Spanish 1

Catholic Central Course Syllabus

Spanish I

Foreign Language

1 Year 1 Credit

Prerequisite: None

  1. Text Books

2.1 Primary Text: Realidades 1 Digital Edition by Peggy Palo Boyles, Myriam Met, Richard S. Sayers, and Carol Eubanks Wargin; Pearson; 2014

2.2 Secondary Text: Realidades 1 – Leveled Vocabulary and Grammar Workbook; Pearson

2.3 Tertiary Text: Realidades 1 – Communication Workbook with Test Preparation; Pearson

  1. Course Goals and Objectives: This course is intended to introduce students to Spanish and give them a foundation for further studies in the language. We will address the five skills of foreign language: speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture. Speaking and Listening are extremely important because they the most commonly used forms of communication. Good grammar skills allow students to more quickly assimilate the foundations of the language and communicate at a higher level. Reading, writing and cultural awareness all contribute to better communication in the target language. The focus is on the use of language for communication.
  2. Course Description

4.1 General Overview: This course focuses Spanish for communication, building vocabulary and grammar skills as tools for communication. Instruction, assessment and learning will be taught in English and in the target language, with emphasis on comprehension and application of Spanish in colloquial conversation.  Students will learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish at an elementary level.

4.2 Itemized Details of Course Content

                        4.2.a. First Quarter

                                    Unit: para empezar

Vocabulary + Grammar: Greetings and introductions, classroom directions, numbers, time, parts of the body, colors, weather, seasons and calendar vocabulary

Culture: Greeting styles and seasons in South America

Unit 1A

Vocabulary: leisure activites, expressing likes and dislikes

Grammar: infinitives, negatives, expressing agreement and disagreement

Culture: music and after school activities in the Spanish-speaking world,- emphasis on Spain

Unit 1B

Vocabulary: personality traits, expressing likes and dislikes

Grammar: adjective agreement, definite and indefinite articles, word order within the sentence

Culture: map of the Spanish-speaking world, Describe Yourself project

                        4.2.b. Second Quarter

                                    Unit 2A

Vocabulary: school subjects and schedules, school supplies, class


Grammar: subject pronouns, present tense of “ar” verbs

Culture: typical school day and schedule

Unit 2B

Vocabulary: Classroom items and furniture, computers, location words

Grammar: the verb “estar”, plural forms of nouns and articles

Culture: differences between American and South American school days- quick overview of Central America

Unit 3A

Vocabulary: foods and beverages for breakfast and lunch, expressions of frequency

Grammar: present tense of  “er” and “ir” verbs, me gustan, me encantan

Culture: “new world” foods, breakfast and lunch traditions

                                    Unit 3B

Vocabulary: food groups, dinner foods, healthy activities, ways to describe foods  

Grammar: plural forms of adjectives, adjective agreement, the verb “ser”

Culture: Foods of Spain Project, shopping habits, overview of South America

4.2.c. Third Quarter

Unit 4A

Vocabulary: leisure activities, places in the community

Grammar: the verb “ir”, question words

Culture: Spanish-speaking areas in the U.S.

Unit 4B

Vocabulary: common etiquette, holiday celebrations

Grammar: preterite and imperfect (describing a situation), reciprocal actions

Culture: perspectivas del mundo hispano (El Roscón de Reyes)

                        4.2.d. Fourth Quarter

                                    Unit 5A

Vocabulary: la casa, natural disasters and crisis situations

Grammar: expressions using tener, the use of ¡Qué…! in exclamations, preterite and imperfect (other uses), the preterite of verbs like oír, leer, creer, and destruir

Culture: la cultura en vivo (las leyendas)

Unit 5B

Vocabulary: part of the body, accidents, what happens in emergency rooms

Grammar: irregular preterites (venir, poner, decir, and traer), imperfect progressive and preterite

Culture: perspectivas del mundo hispano (la seguridad social y los servicios médicos)

Unit 6A

Vocabulary: los programas y las películas, television programs and sporting events

Grammar: verbs like gustar, the preterite of –ir stem changing verbs, other reflexive verbs

Culture: la cultura en vivo (la guía de la tele)


4.3 Laboratory/Library Work: Students will use the internet for research projects and to work with grammar concepts on foreign language websites.  Students will also use the electronic textbook for additional practice.

  1. Course Assignments and Requirements

5.1 There is no set number of quizzes or tests; however students are evaluated on a regular basis for participation, quizzes, tests, and projects.  There is on average a quiz or test each week.

5.2 Homework is assigned every night.  Students are required to complete every assignment for random homework checks

5.3 Each quarter grade is calculated with the total points earned divided by the total number of points possible. As with all courses, the semester grade is figured by averaging the two quarters and the final exam.

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