LSPA 300 - Reading and Writing for Communication-Spanish

  • 3 credits

Reading and Writing for Communication (LSPA 300) is a core course for the Spanish major and minor and a prerequisite for all upper-division courses. The purpose of this course is to develop reading and writing proficiency through a thematic approach that focuses on communicative goals and utilizes tasked-based activities and assessments. Students will analyze contemporary texts that have been selected to promote personal reflection, cultural awareness, language acquisition, and analytical skills.

At the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Exchange information on familiar and global topics in all major tenses.
  • Formulate complex questions about familiar and global topics.
  • Present information on familiar and global topics using high-frequency words, memorized words, and paragraphs.
  • Extract the main ideas of texts of several pages related to everyday life and global topics.
  • Make inferences and identify connotative meanings in texts.
  • Synthesize, analyze, and present information in academic writing styles with thesis statements, topic sentences, and source citing.
  • Critically analyze, compare, and contrast everyday cultural practices, perspectives, and products in the Spanish-speaking world.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring ProctorU or ProctorTrack as determined by the course faculty. The course syllabus will provide information on the approved electronic testing service. Please see for detailed instructions. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.


LSPA 201 (Second Year Spanish II) or LSPA 230 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers).

Textbooks and Materials

No textbooks are required. All materials will be available through Canvas.


Colleen McKee

Colleen McKee received her M.A. in foreign languages and literatures with a concentration in Spanish from Colorado State University in 2005. Her courses are designed to build language proficiency through authentic input and real-life activities and assessments. Colleen taught English in Puebla, Mexico for a year and has taken multiple trips to Spain. In the classroom, she is particularly interested in exploring rites of passage, immigration stories, cultural practices, and artistic expression of all types.