David Michael Burrow

Elementary Spanish I (Fall, 2001)




Course Number

Tuesday & Thursday nights; 6:00pm - 10:00pm
August 28 - October 23, 2001
The course is taught live at the Algona center of Iowa Lakes Community College. It is available over the ILCC television system in Estherville, Emmetsburg, Spencer, and Spirit Lake.

4 semester hours

There are no formal prerequisites for this class. However, a working knowledge of English grammar is helpful.

David Michael Burrow

Home Phone/FAX

ILCC Voice Mail
800/242-5106 *301



Zayas-Bazán and Bacon. ¡Arriba! -- Comunicación y Cultura.. 3rd Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice - Hall, 2001.

Other Supplies

This course is an introduction to the Spanish language. The course will cover the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. A thorough study of basic Spanish grammar is included, as are investigations into Hispanic culture around the world.

Overall Goals

  1. Understand basic Spanish vocabulary.
  2. Understand major points of Spanish grammar.
  3. Use correct Spanish pronunciation.
  4. Use correct structure to form complete thoughts and sentences in both spoken and written Spanish
  5. Understand the meaning of written and spoken Spanish passages.
  6. Appreciate the culture of Spanish-speaking people.
You will have written assignments each class. Some will be done during class time, and others will be on your own time. These will not be formally graded, but you must understand them in order to do well on tests and quizzes. We will go over most assignments in class.

Each Tuesday (after the first week), class will begin with a short quiz. These will include a matching section with vocabulary from the previous lesson and may also have a few short exercises about the grammar points discussed recently. There will be seven quizzes in all, and your lowest two scores will be dropped (so five will count). The quizzes as a group will count for 25% of your grade. If you are absent for a quiz, you will receive a “0”, which you will probably count as one of the dropped grades.

Writing and Speaking Samples
Each student will keep demonstrate their skills in writing and speaking Spanish.

The writing and speaking samples will account for a total of 25% of your grade. No exceptions will be made to the due dates on these assignments; late work will receive reduced credit.

There will be three tests over the course of this class. By the nature of the course, all tests will be somewhat cumulative. The three tests together will be worth 40% of your grade. Tests must be taken when scheduled, unless you make prior arrangements.

Attendance and Class Participation
Spanish is something that you learn by doing. Each student’s overall class participation will be informally evaluated. It is expected that students should do well in this area, which is worth a total of 10% of your grade. Because of the nature of this course, attendance is important. There are a total of 16 class meetings, and any student who is absent more than 2 times will have their grade for class participation reduced.

Various methods will be used to grade the different categories. Together, they are worth 100% of your grade. Under the ILCC scale, A = 90%+, B = 80%+, C = 70%+, D = 60%+, and F = 59%-. No plusses or minuses are given at ILCC. In general, extra credit is not available.

Weather Cancellation
In the unlikely event of severe weather, the college will announce any cancellations on KLGA and other area radio stations. Listen to the 5:00 news for any announcements.

Horario de Clases (Schedule)

Martes, el 28 de agosto (Lección 1 -- Primera Parte)

Jueves, el 30 de agosto (Lección 1 -- primera parte) Martes, el 4 de septiembre (Lección 1 -- segunda parte) Jueves, el 6 de septiembre (Lección 1 -- segunda parte) Martes, el 11 de septiembre (Lección 2 -- primera parte) Jueves, el 13 de septiembre (Lección 2 -- primera parte) Martes, el 18 de septiembre (Lección 2 -- segunda parte) Jueves, el 20 de septiembre (Lección 2 -- segunda parte) Martes, el 25 de septiembre (Lección 2 -- segunda parte) Jueves, el 27 de septiembre (Lección 3 -- primera parte) Martes, el 2 de octubre (Lección 3 -- segunda parte) Jueves, el 4 de octubre (Lección 3 -- segunda parte) Martes, el 9 de octubre (Lección 4 -- primera parte) Jueves, el 11 de octubre (Lección 4 -- segunda parte) Martes, el 16 de octubre (Lección 5 -- primera parte) Jueves, el 18 de octubre (Lección 5 -- segunda parte) Martes, el 23 de octubre

Vocabulary Practice

Follow these links to practice the vocabulary in each section. You can use the pages like flash cards. Just click on the Spanish word or phrase to see what te English is.

Online Language Tools

Be warned. Dictionaries and translation services are seldom foolproof. Words often have MANY meanings, and the one supplied by an online service may not be the one you want.


***** Links to other sites on the Web

* Mr. Burrow's ILCC Page
* Mr. Burrow's Home Page
* Official ILCC Home Page

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