FLS 101 - Elementary Spanish

For students with little or no background or previous study of Spanish or those who place into course via Spanish placement exam. Development of communicative abilities within an integrated skill approach (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Introduction to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Includes written and oral assignments of language structures and vocabulary. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Closed to native speakers of Spanish.

We offer Fall and Spring MWF classes in face-to-face sections of 220 students. During the Summer, we offer MTWHF classes in face-to-face sections of 30 students. Also, we offer asynchronous distance education (DE) sections during the Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters/sessions.

Schedules and Syllabi

Spring 2022
  MWF | DE

Summer I 2022

Summer II 2022

Fall 2022
  MWF | DE

Catalog Description

Listening and speaking; development of a balanced foundation in all Spanish language skills. Idiomatic, everyday Spanish and cultural awareness. Class practice, laboratory and written homework.


At the conclusion of  the course, successful students will be able to do the following with sufficient accuracy to be understood by a native speaker who is accustomed to dealing with foreigners:

1. Communicative Skills

Successful students at the 101 level are able to…

1.1 provide information on familiar topics, using short phrases or sentences in the present time frame
1.2 meet a few practical writing needs by following a model or using familiar material
1.3 be understood by those accustomed to interacting with language learners
1.4 demonstrate listening and reading comprehension of short pieces of formal and informal Spanish in familiar contexts

Contexts in which students perform the language tasks and functions include:

1.5 Greeting, getting to know people and saying goodbye
1.6 University life
1.7 Family relationships and friendships
1.8 Leisure activities
1.9 The house and household activities

Language functions include:

1.10 Greeting and saying goodbye
1.11 Asking and answering short informational questions
1.12 Describing familiar people, places and things
1.13 Expressing likes and dislikes
1.14 Communicating present actions and feelings

2. Cultural Knowledge Skills

Successful students are able to…

2.1 identify countries and regions of the Spanish-speaking world
2.2 identify and describe distinguishing features of countries and regions in the Spanish-speaking world
2.3 give examples of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking world
2.4 describe influences of the history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world on the student’s native culture
2.5 compare and contrast patterns of behavior in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and the student’s native culture