Introduction to Spanish Literature

I.     Course Prefix/Number: SPN 210

       Course Name: Introduction to Spanish Literature

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

SPN 202 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course includes reading of selected masterpieces from various periods. Content includes speaking based on discussions of literary works read, and writing based on readings and class discussion.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Acquire a knowledge of Spanish literature.
  2. Measure reading abilities by being exposed more to concepts that facts.
  3. Measure oral proficiency by discussing the reading assignments orally.
  4. Measure writing abilities by being exposed to literary texts.
  5. Verify the understanding of the Spanish culture.

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

1 Introduction to course objectives and policies. Translating of poem 1.
2 Short story 1, discussion and drills.
3 Short story 2, discussion and drills.
4 Short story 3, discussion and drills.
5 Short story 4, discussion and drills.
6 Short story 5, discussion and drills.
7 Short story 6, discussion and drills.
8 Short story 7, discussion and drills.
9 Short story 8, discussion and drills.
10 Short story 9, discussion and drills.
11 Short story 10, discussion and drills.
12 Short story 11, discussion and drills.
13 Short story 12, discussion and drills.
14 Short story 13, discussion and drills.
15 Short story 14, discussion and drills.
16 Short story 15, discussion and drills.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class activities include literature lectures, discussions on readings, and the application of a background in grammar to the readings.  The student will account in writing for each one of the reading assignments.  The students will polish their pronunciation by accounting orally for their readings.  The students will comment orally on the literary value of the readings.  Grammar aspects will be pointed out and consolidated as being used by the writers being dealt with in class.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Class may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Students are expected to come to class prepared for the day's activities; complete assigned exercises and submit them on the date specified in the syllabus.  Students are expected to spend two hours per week listening, viewing, and reading assigned audio-visual and authentic material and submit written or oral reports.  Students in this course are required to produce at least 15 pages of critical written assignments over the course of the semester.  These may be assigned in a variety of ways including essays, journals, response papers, lab or project reports, etc.

The mid-term and final exams will include speaking, listening, reading, and writing components.

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.

An anthology of literary works will be selected by the instructor.  Works will include a mix of fiction, poetry and drama.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Final grade is based on exams, quizzes, written exercises, and attendance.

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.