Conversational Spanish

I.     Course Prefix/Number: SPN 105

       Course Name: Conversational Spanish

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

SPN 102 or consent of instructor: knowledge of beginning Spanish vocabulary, sounds and structures, including present, imperfect, preterite, future and conditional tenses.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues the oral skills developed in the first year. Content includes conversation and oral drills for to provide additional audio lingual training.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Build student proficiency in speaking Spanish.
  2. Refine pronunciation and intonation.
  3. Acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Spanish.
  4. Use the Spanish language in the context of real life situations.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Week Chapter Topic Activities Exams
1   Course Introduction    
2 1 —Interpersonal relationships
Self-reflection, self analysis
The “ideal person”
The “perfect date”
Friends and friendship
3 2 —Students and student life
Study habits
University and college services
4 3 —Athletes and travelers
On vacation
Major sports figures
5 4 —Customs and traditions
Astrology: science or fiction
6 5 —Better to prevent than to cure
Menu planning
7 6 —Traveling
Study abroad
Practical information
Finding one’s way around a city
Car rental
8       Midterm
9 7 —Bon appetite!
Where to eat?
Where to celebrate?
At a restaurant
10     Class going to a restaurant  
11 8 —Municipal and urban issues
Recycling and environmental protection
Recruiting volunteers
Civic projects
Self-defense and protection in the city
12 9 —Lights, camera, action
Cinema and television
Television yesterday and today
Programming and scheduling
Advantages and disadvantages of television
Movie critics
Deciding titles for video productions
13 10 —Work
Advantages of bilingualism
Spanish-speaking businesses
At the bank
Earning a living
Investing and other financial matters
14   “Viaje” around the Hispanic World    
15       Final Exam
16       Individual consultations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally; that is, it deals with the tasks or functions that form the basis of spoken communication.  Class time will be used to practice using Spanish in order to express the kinds of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations.  Your suggestions for use of class time will be incorporated throughout the semester.  Group and individual oral reports and impromptu talks will also be used.  Students will work at home with a CD of authentic conversations coordinated with each chapter.  A video series will be used in class for laboratory oral practice; these videotapes may be reviewed as desired in the language lab
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This Course must be taught face-to-face.

Regular class attendance!  Obviously, this is a participation class, so your presence is obligatory.  Prepare the assigned text pages prior to each class so that you will feel comfortable in the situations we play out.  There are no written exams. At mid semester, you will need to participate in an assigned role-playing exercise; throughout the semester you will be involved in a variety of group activities; and as a final, you'll give an oral report and take an oral reading exam to demonstrate accuracy of pronunciation.

The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices. 

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
  • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

Suggested text: (Other texts designed for conversation may be chosen)

  1. ¡Conversemos! (W/CD), Intermediate Conversation, Latest Edition, by Jarvis and Lebredo, Publisher: Cengage Learning.
  2. A Spanish/English dictionary of your choice.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress


1. Participation: 130
2. Preparation: 120
3. Presentations: 140

Grading Scale:

1. A 390-350
2. B 349-310
3. C 309-270
4. D 269-230
5. F 229 + below
Final grade is based on class preparation and participation, two oral exams, and participation in class dining experience at restaurant.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.

Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:

Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.