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SPAN 1020 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

SPAN 1020 - Beginning Spanish II

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Spanish 1020 is the second course of the beginning level of Spanish, which is designed to provide college students with a foundation in the following basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding. The Elementary Spanish II course reinforces the basic vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in Spanish 1010. Students will further develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills through a variety of interactive audio and video activities. Authentic video and audio material will be used as well as online tutorials for grammar lessons’ explanations. Students will learn cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world and will communicate with the instructor and classmates via discussion board and occasionally e-mail

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to speak and write using simple sentences, in the present and past tense, about topics covered during the quarter using newly acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures; understand basic questions on subjects explored during the course and reply accordingly; read and comprehend the “gist” of simple authentic material (ads, messages, captions, articles, children’s stories, etc…). Students should “get by” if traveling to visit a Spanish-speaking country. This course will prepare students for Spanish 2010 (Intermediate Spanish I). A C- grade minimum is advised to move on to the next level.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None, students should be able to use a computer and browse the Internet.

Course Topics:

Lección 5 – Las vacaciones Lección

6 – ¡De compras! Lección

7 – La rutina diaria Lección

8 – La comida

Specific Course Requirements:

Regular access to an Internet-accessible computer to be able to practice listening, reading, and speaking in the target language on a daily basis.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

It is recommended students obtain a headphone set with built in microphone to do the listening and oral components of the course. Your computers built in speaker and microphone may be adequate for recording and listening purposes-please check.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There is no proctoring required for any assessments. Respondus Lockdown browser is required for all exams. Please see document "Respondus Lockdown" in Course Content for more information about Respondus Lockdown.

Grading Procedures:

The grading scale is based on the total number of points of all graded items. Each module is worth 250 points. There are four modules giving a total of 1000pts.

Grading Scale:

Point Range                   Assigned Grade

900-1000 Points                   A

800-899 Points                     B

700-799 Points                     C

600-699 Points                     D

under 599 Points                  F

Assignments and Projects:

How To Navigate This Course Exam. 10pts. (BONUS) This exam is open until the 1st quiz opens. It can be taken an unlimited number of times. This exam covers some of the most important aspects of this course, which you need to know in order to successfully navigate your way through it. If you do not complete the How to Navigate This Course Exam, you will be unable to take the second quiz.

Prueba = Quizzes. Each worth 10 points. Each quiz closes at a different time. Once opened, students have 15 minutes to complete the quiz. Students can take the quiz up to three times—your highest score will be recorded. Note: all other quizzes (except cultural quiz) in the assessments are for practice only. You can copy and paste accents into the answer from the copy and paste box or you can insert the accent after the letter or use English punctuation (?co’mo esta’s? = ¿cómo estás?)

Note: Each question will be deducted -25% for misplaced & missing accents.

Prueba Panorama Cultural = Culture Quizzes. Each worth 20 points. Once opened, students have 15 minutes to complete the quiz. Students can take the quiz up to three times—your highest score will be recorded. Note: these are the only graded quizzes (except the previous four quizzes) all other quizzes in the assessments are for practice only. Information for the culture quizzes can be found in your textbooks.

Examen = Exam. Each worth 80 points. Students will be prompted to download the Respondus LockDown software when taking the first exam—allow an extra 10 minutes in order to complete the Respondus LockDown download. Note: you must erase all old versions of Respondus first for the most current version to work correctly. Once downloaded you must click on the Respondus icon to open a browser. There is a document with more information about Respondus in Course Content. The exams are available for a 72-hour period. Once opened students have 90 minutes to complete and submit the exam. There is a 5 minute grace period, after which time the system will automatically submit the exam whether it has been completed or not. It is recommended students press save after completing each question. Note: students must make sure they have a secure Internet connection before taking the exam—students will not be able to retake this exam if they do not complete it nor if they experience Internet connectivity issues. If you want to insert an accented letter, look for the "Ã" icon located on the top bar of the screen. If you click on this icon, you will find every accented letter you may need--click to insert. Important: make sure the volume on your computer is turned ON and UP--the volume cannot be adjusted once you have started the exam.

Oral = Speaking Assignment. Each worth 40 points. Students will need to record a paragraph of at least 5 sentences or phrases (approximately one minute) according to the directions given by the instructor, which will be posted in the DROPBOX. You can either a) record directly using the DROPBOX recording tool. You can only record 60 seconds at a time. However, you can upload more than one recording. b) you can record using sound recorder or a similar program and upload the Mp3 to DROPBOX. Please play back your recording before you submit it. It is helpful to paste your script into the comments box-this will enable the instructor to give more detailed feedback. There is a rubric within DROPBOX, which will show you how this assignment will be graded.

Listening = Listening Assignment. Worth 20 points each. Go to DROPBOX and listen to the recording by clicking on the attached Mp3. Answer four of the five questions in English, using complete sentences whenever possible. If you answer all five questions, the instructor will grade all five answers. Type up answers in a word document attach and submit via Drop Box or type answers directly into the comment box (although you will still need to attach a document). You must choose one of the following formats: .txt, .pdf,.doc, .docx only.

Written = Written Assignment. Worth 20 points each. Go to DROPBOX, read the instructions, and complete the assignment according to these instructions. Type up paragraph in a word document attach and submit via Drop Box or type directly into the comment box. You are encouraged to use Smarthinking tutorial service to help you prepare this assignment—please ask your instructor for more information about accessing this free service.

DROPBOX LATE FOLDERS: In the DROPBOX, for every oral, listening, and written assignment folder, there is a late folder. You may submit the assignment after the due date has passed in the late folder. You will be deducted 1pt. per day for each day after the assignment deadline has passed. Example: Your grade = 18pts. / 20pts. Days late = 4 days. 18 – 4 = 14. Final grade = 14pts. / 20pts. The Late Dropbox for each assignment will be open for 2 weeks, except for the last chapter Drop boxes, which will close sooner—see Dropbox for closing dates.

Pronunciación = Pronunciation Assignment. Each worth 10 points. Located in Discussions, there will be a list of sentences for you to read out. There is also a recording you can listen to of the sentences being read out by a native speaker. You are graded on completion of the exercise. Compose a new post in the pronunciación forum. Scroll down to the attachments at the bottom of the post. Click on Record Audio. Record yourself reading the sentences out loud. Attach and then post. The instructor may record feedback about your assignment with comments or suggestions.

Participation = Discussion Board. Worth 20 points. There is an English and Spanish forum for each lección. Participation is graded on the frequency of your posts as well as the content. The Spanish forum is a great place to practice the lección grammar and vocabulary--your instructor will post questions in Spanish for you to answer and provide feedback when necessary (if the instructor has not posted any questions, please ask him or her to do so). The English forum is a great place to connect with your classmates, get help and support, ask questions, and find answers to queries. Important: Posting "Thank you!", "Me too.", "I agree." etc. etc. will not count towards your overall number of postings. Your postings must add value to the discussion board forum! It is recommended that students check the discussion board every day Monday to Friday. All general questions should be posted in the discussion board (students can email any individual issues). Note: the minimum ten postings per chapter are between the English and Spanish forums and can be split any way.

Here is the rubric: 20 superior posting. The student has posted more than ten (10) times total over the lección opening period AND the postings have aided a better understanding of the grammar/vocabulary to the student and/or others, have given support, or provided another benefit. Student must post in the English AND Spanish forums.

18-19 excellent posting. The student has posted more than eight (8) times total over the lección opening period AND the postings have been beneficial to the student and others. Student posted in the English AND Spanish forums.

14-17 good posting. The student has posted between six and eight (6-8) times total over the lección opening period AND the student may have made most of the postings in a 24-hour period on or around the due date. Student posted in the English AND Spanish forums.

11-13 needs improvement. The student has posted six (6) times or less total over the chapter opening period OR the postings may be all in a 24-hour period and/or mostly on the due date. Student posted in either the English OR Spanish forum

1-10 very lacking. The student has posted six (6) times or less total over the chapter opening period AND the postings may be all in a 24-hour period and/or mostly on the due date. Student posted in the English OR Spanish forum.

0 did not post. The student didn't post within the lección deadlines.

Class Participation:
Late Policy:

Exams and quizzes must be taken on time. There are no makeups. Oral, listening, and written assignments may be submitted late. In DROPBOX, you will see a late folder for each assignment. You may submit the assignment after the due date has passed in this late folder. You will be deducted 1pt. per day for every day after the assignment deadline has passed. Example: Your grade = 18pts. / 20pts. Days late = 4 days. 18 – 4 = 14. Final grade = 14pts. / 20pts. The Late Dropbox folders for each assignment will be open for 2 weeks, except for the last chapter Dropbox, which will close sooner. See Dropbox for closing dates.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 22, 2017