Spanish Courses

Semester Offerings

The ASU Foreign Language Department strives to offer Spanish language classes at all levels in order to accommodate the needs of all our students. The small size of our department, however, dictates that a limited number of courses at each level be offered each semester.

Additionally, ASU students wishing to begin the study of Spanish at the beginning level must enroll in Spanish 103 classes during the fall semester, and then continue with Spanish 104 in the Spring. The department will not offer Spanish 103 during the Spring semester; therefore, students are encouraged to plan their schedules carefully. Likewise, Spanish 203 will only be offered during the fall semester, and then continue with Spanish 204 in the Spring.

First Year Language Courses in Spanish

The learning-pace and level-of-progression of Spanish 103 and Spanish 104 are consistent with other university-level Spanish classes. Generally, the acquisition of language skills follow predictable levels of performance during the first two semesters. Students are encouraged to be diligent in the study and practice of Spanish in order to maximize their progress and fluency in the language.

Second Year Language Courses in Spanish

The learning-pace and level-of-progression of Spanish 203 and Spanish 204 are consistent with other college-level Spanish classes. Generally, intermediate levels-of-performance also follow predictable patterns of progression. Our classes are designed to nurture and challenge the normal acquisition of language skills during this intermediate phase of study. Students are encouraged to maintain an active level of participation in Spanish usage in order to maximize their progress and fluency in the language.

Learning and Acquisition of Spanish

Learning to use Spanish requires consistent practice in the language "performing" tasks. This means that the student should look for every opportunity to "use" what is being learned in the classroom. The students are encouraged to listen to Spanish music, t.v. programs, radio productions and join conversation groups outside of class. Striving to reach higher levels of oral & written performance in language use will make your language experience more enjoyable and profitable.

Reward yourself by challenging your language abilities

You know your own language performance abilities better than anyone. Follow a self-placement course of study that challenges your abilities. Our self-placement policy rewards your efforts by giving you up to 8 "free credits" for self-placing at a level in Spanish that challenges you (see our Self-placement policy).

Span 103 Elementary Spanish I (4)

Covers the principles of pronunciation, conversation, essentials of grammar, written composition, and reading of materials of graded difficulty.

Span 104 Elementary Spanish II (4)

Prerequisite: Span 103 or one year of high school Spanish

A continuation of Span 103. Covers the principles of pronunciation, conversation, essentials of grammar, written composition, and reading of materials of graded difficulty.

Span 201 Spanish Pronunciation (2)

Prerequisite: Span 104 or two years of high school Spanish.

The course will help developing good pronunciation in Spanish.

Span 203 Intermediate Spanish (3)

Prerequisite: Span 103 and 104 or two years of high school Spanish and permission of instructor

Review of grammar, written composition, and translation. Special attention to vocabulary building. Emphasis on understanding and speaking Spanish.

Span 204 Reading and Conversation (3)

Prerequisite: Span 203

Readings on cultural topics, discussions, speaking activities, review of some grammatical features, attention to vocabulary building. Emphasis on understanding and speaking Spanish.

Span 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition I (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Intensive course in grammar and in the writing composition of the language. Advanced grammar principles, translation from English to Spanish, and other Spanish language refinements.

Spanish 310 Southwest Spanish & Standard Spanish (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

This course helps understanding the differences between the dialectal use of the Spanish language and Standard Spanish. The students will learn to produce the oral and written standard Spanish forms.

Span 313 Conversation & Composition I (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

The course provides instruction in the development of intermediate level writing skills (spelling, paragraphs, summaries, letters, reports, etc.) in Spanish. Practice of everyday writing skills needed to communicate in Spanish.

Span 315 Spanish for Business (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Provides instruction in the specific vocabulary, grammatical structures and cultural insights needed to effectively deal with the common everyday business.

Span 316 Spanish for the Health Profession (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Provides instruction in the special vocabulary, grammatical structures and cultural understanding needed to deal effectively with the Spanish speaking patient/health professional interactions.

Span 317 Spanish for Translation (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Provides instruction in vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural insights to effectively deal with non-technical general translation of texts from English/Spanish or Spanish/English.

Span 325 Topics in Spanish Culture (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Designed to help the student gain an understanding and appreciation of the culture and civilization of Spain. The relationship of Spain and the Hispanic Southwest of the U.S. is also stressed.

pan 326 Topics in Latin American Culture (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Selected themes taken from the historical legacy and cultural institutions of the Latin American people. The selected themes will determine the supplemental reading for in depth discussion and study.

Span 330 Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest (3)

Prerequisite: Span 104, or instructor’s permission

A study of the rich folklore of the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado Hispanic people. A study of existing collections of Hispanic folklore of the region to learn how these folk ways, traditions, oral literature, and language have shaped their values and culture. Course taught in English.

Span 340 Topics in Spanish Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Selected topics taken from the historical and literary legacy of the Spanish people. Students will identify writers and describe the treatment of main themes in their works.

Span 341 Topics in Latin American Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

Selected themes taken from the historical and literary legacy of the Latin American people. Students will identify and describe significance of treatment of main topics (the conquest, the indian, independence, social protest, women, religious faith, etc)

Span 395 Spanish Phonetics - History of the Spanish Language (3)

Prerequisite: Span 203 and 204

Acquaints the teacher with the practical application of the sound system, rhythm, juncture, pitch, stress, intonation, pronunciation, and enunciation of the English and Spanish languages. History and development of the Spanish language from its inception to modern times.

Span 396 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language in the Public Schools (3)

Prerequisite: Span 204

A study of effective teaching methods used in presenting grammar, composition, and literature to present day public school students.

Span 400 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 340 or Span 341

This is a senior level course that provides an in-depth study of selected complete works of Spanish literary masterpieces. Five complete literary masterpiece works by Spanish writers will be selected for an in-depth study.

Span 401 Masterpieces of Latin American Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 340 or Span 341

This is a senior level course that provides an in-depth study of selected complete works of Latin American literary masterpieces. Five complete literary masterpiece works by Latin American writers will be selected for an in-depth study.

Span 411 Contemporary Spanish Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 340 or Span 341

This is a senior level course that provides an in-depth study of selected complete works of contemporary Spanish literary works. Five complete literary works by Spanish writers will be selected for an in-depth study.

Span 412 Contemporary Latin American Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 340 or Span 341

This is a senior level course that provides an in-depth study of selected complete works of contemporary Latin American literary works. Five complete literary works by contemporary Latin American writers will be selected for an in-depth study.

Span 413 Literatura Indigenista (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 340 or Span 341

Study of literary works whose theme is the indian. Students identify main authors, styles, and characteristics of their works and their views.

Span 414 Spanish American Thought (3)

Prerequisite:Either Span 340 or Span 341

Study of the major themes, ideas, and perspectives of major Latin American writers. The selected readings include interpretive essays, literary narratives, and philosophical works by such writers as: Sarmiento, Andres Bello, Juan Montalvo, Jose Marti, Octavio Paz, Jose Vasconcelos, Leopoldo Zea, and others.

Span 415 Cervantes (El Quijote: Novelas Ejemplares) (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 340 or Span 341

A study of the life and important works of Cervantes with special emphasis on the Quijote.

Span 416 La Novela de la Revolucion Mexicana (3)

Prerequisite: Either Span 320 or Span 340 or Span 341

Analysis of the most important novelists of the Mexican Revolution and their impact upon the present day political, social, and economic structure of Mexico.