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SPAN 102 Traditional

Course Description

SPA102 represents the equivalent of the second part of a first-year course. This course has a significant component of technologically based materials: Online workbook to accompany the Pura Vida textbook, the Spanish 102 Website in Blackboard with online readings, quizzes, and compositions.

Course Objectives

The goals of SPANISH 102 are to develop functional proficiency in Spanish through speaking, listening, writing and reading; and to understand basic elements of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. In order to accomplish these language acquisition goals, students will be exposed to authentic (Spanish) language in contexts, activities that are meaningful to their own lives and cultures, and how are these represented in the Spanish speaking world.


This course is not open to native Spanish speakers. Students who have completed three or more years of high-school world language study may not enroll in or receive credit for 101-102 in those languages; credit may be obtained by passing the appropriate Exam for Credit or by completing an advanced sequence (200-level or higher) in that language. “Students who have completed two years but less than three years of a single high-school world language may enroll in either a 102 course in that language, or in the case of Spanish, Span 97; Before enrolling in either Span 97 or a 102 language course, students are recommended to take the on-line placement test available at http://language.iastate.edu/students. After completing the online placement test, students who believe that they have extenuating circumstances may appeal to the Department of World Languages and Cultures in order to request enrollment in a 102 language course. Students requesting a waiver regarding eligibility for 101-102 must appeal in writing to the WLC Advisors Ruxandra Looft, 515-294-7570, or Ginger Nally, 515-294-8988.

Required Materials:

  1. ¡Pura Vida! Beginning Spanish (López-Burton, Marques-Pascual, and Pardo-Ballester), 1st edition, Wiley & Sons.
  2. Online Cuaderno de actividades to accompany Pura Vida, 1st edition.
  3. Web-based materials that provide cultural readings and homework using the Blackboard webpage.
  4. Headphones, a microphone and a camera to be used for the online meetings.

Spanish coordinator for this course:

Charles Nagle
Office:   3118B Pearson Hall
Office Phone:  294-6089
E-mail: cnagle@iastate.edu
WLC Department Phone: 294-4046