• Welcome to WCC College Intermediate Spanish. It is my hope and expectation that all my students succeed and that this course will enhance your personal learning experience of the Spanish language.  Students are motived to do well because this is an elective course and can viewed as a challenge on their resume.

     This course is designed to help you achieve fluency to communicate, to read in the Spanish and to write well-organized and developed essays with a good command of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. 

    WCC Intermediate College Spanish Syllabus


    This course provides students with an opportunity to develop students’ linguistic as well as communicative competencies in Spanish based on readings of a literary and cultural nature while providing for additional review of grammar in the context of the reading selections. This course is conducted in Spanish.


    Upon successful completion of Spanish 3, students will continue on to the WCC Spanish 201 - Intermediate Spanish 1 course. They will have the opportunity to get college credit while at the same time prepare for the AP Spanish Language course for the following year.  This course would take the place of the Spanish 4 courses that we offered in which students received High School credit.


    The program’s effectiveness will be assessed through student enrollment in the course and successful completion. The students will participate in discussions and complete assignments (projects, interviews, reflections, journals, essays, letters, one-act plays) to demonstrate their abilities when speaking, listening, reading and writing. 


    The course is designed to support students in mastering the NYS World Language Standards in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The World Language Standards can be found at:




     Students who successfully complete the course can earn 3 college credits from Westchester Community College.


    Grading Scheme: 

    This course is A – E graded and there are no s/u (pass/fail) options (This statement must be in your


    Method by which grades will be determined:

    i.e., (25% Homework, 25% Oral Participation, 15% Projects, 10% Tests, 25% Final Exam)


    Attendance Policy (sample):  A maximum of 10 absences will be allowed for a full year course.  2 points will be deducted from your final grade for every absence above 10

    The following are forms of academic dishonesty. These practices will not be tolerated.

    Standards of Academic Integrity:  (Please include this)

     All  members  of  this are expected to  conduct  themselves  in  a  manner befitting its tradition of honor and integrity. Members are expected to assist by reporting suspected violations of academic integrity to appropriate faculty and/or administrative offices. Behavior that is detrimental to the role of an educational institution is unacceptable. Claims of ignorance,  of  unintentional  error,  or  of  academic  or  personal  pressures  are  not  sufficient  reasons  for violations of academic integrity.

    The  following  are examples of  the  types  of  behaviors  that  are  defined as academic  dishonesty and  are therefore unacceptable: 

    Plagiarism: Presenting as one’s own work the work of another person. Plagiarism includes

    paraphrasing or summarizing without acknowledgment, submission of another student’s work

    as one’s own, the purchase of prepared research or completed papers or projects, and the

    unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else; Cheating on Examinations: Giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an examination; Multiple Submission: Submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once; Sabotage: Destroying, damaging, or stealing of another’s work or working materials;

    Unauthorized Collaboration: Collaborating on projects, papers, or other academic exercises that is regarded as inappropriate by the instructor(s); Falsification: Misrepresenting material or

    fabricating information in an academic exercise or assignment; and Bribery: Offering or giving

    any article of value or service to an instructor in an attempt to receive a grade or other benefits not legitimately earned or not available to other students in the class.  Circumventing Security: Users are prohibited from attempting to circumvent or subvert any system's security measures. Users are prohibited from using any computer program or device to intercept or decode passwords or similar access control information. Forgery: Imitating another person's signature on academic or other official documents, including class material. Theft, Damage, or Misuse of Library or IT Resources: Removing uncharged library materials from the library, defacing or damaging library materials, intentionally displacing or hoarding materials within the library for one's unauthorized private use, or other abuse of reserve-book privileges. Any violation of the University’s Responsible Use of Information Technology policy. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized use of the University's or another person's computer accounts, codes, passwords, or facilities; damaging computer equipment or interfering with the operation of the computing system of the University.

    Curriculum Map / Timeline



    1. Grammar and tenses 


    1. Present and present progressive
    2. Preterite Vs imperfect and past progressive
    3. Future and conditional 
    4. The perfect tenses
    5. The imperative
    6. The subjunctive tenses
    7. All forms of gustar and verbs like gustar
    8. Indirect and direct object pronouns

    1. Reading comprehension through annotations and citations


    1. Blancanieves
    2. Un oso y un amor
    3. La hija del torrero
    4. El décimo
    5. Un premio a papá
    6. La rosa
    7. Una carta a Dios
    8. Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos
    9. No hay que complicar la felicidad
    10. Meciendo


    1. Day of the dead picture sequence writing


    1. Writing 
      1. Journals
      2. Essays (Example, ¿Por qué es necesario educar a los niños en todos los rincones del mundo?)DBQ
      3. Letters 
      4. One act play- written and performed by students 


    Essential Questions


    1. Can students use the tenses learned in their writing and speaking?
    2. Can students write a 200 word composition on various topics?
    3. Can students communicate orally, using idiomatic expressions?
    4. Can students understand authentic speech, such as, television broadcast, heritage speakers, and movies?
    5. Can students read and understand authentic material?


    Performance Anchor 


    1. Election speech and plans for the future composition 
    2. Journal Writing 
    3. Composition using Document Based Questions
    4. Letter or email to editor or complaining about a product (formal)
    5. Presentation to class on story read


    Suggested readings






    1. Grammatical review of previous levels


    Read for understanding, annotation techniques, citing

    Appendix A

    Present, present progressive, stem-changing verbs, reflexive verbs 

    Alternate ending, presentation, creating open-ended questions

    2. Family and community


    Un oso y un amor

    Read for understanding, annotation techniques, citing, use of graphic organizers

    Appendix B

    Preterite and Imperfect tenses

    Alternate endings, Presentations, Story illustration


    La hija del Torrero

    Talk about future plans

    Appendix C

    Future and Conditional tenses

    1st Quarter exam

    3. Cultural understanding

    Day of the Dead


    Essay building: Introduction, Body & Conclusion

    Appendix D

    Preterite and imperfect

    Picture sequence writing

    4. Formal Vs Informal letters

    El Décimo

    Differences between formal and informal letters and patterns (MLA)

    Appendix E


    Informal & Formal letters


    Un premio a papá


    200 word composition

    5. Traditions and values

    La rosa


    Appendix F

    The perfect tenses


    6.Personal relationships

    Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos

    Discuss what is Subjunctive (Express Doubt,Emotion,Negation and Probability)

    Appendix G


    Project/Group presentation



    Una carta a Dios


    7.Social conscience

    No hay que complicar la felicidad

    Discuss usage of Past 


    Appendix H

    Past Subjunctive

    DBQ question

    8. Poetry


    Introduction to analyzing poetry using literary terms

    Appendix I

    Syllable count, verses, definitions of literary terms, structure of a poem


    sion questions