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SPAN 2020 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

SPAN 2020 - Intermediate Spanish II

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Spanish 2020 is the second course of the intermediate level of Spanish, which is designed to provide college students with a more advanced foundation in the following basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture.

This class will endeavor to use the basic skills you learned in Spanish 1010, 1020, and 2010 to a higher level of communicative competence. The grammar rules, which you learned in the elementary classes, will be highlighted again, together with additional rules. The grammar, with additional vocabulary, is essential for building the basic skills for communication. Also, Spanish 2020 will require more reading in dealing with Spanish and Latin American cultures. You will find that reading not only reinforces the other basic skills in learning the language, but also enhances knowledge of the many societies where Spanish is spoken.

Course Outcomes:

Spanish 2020 is the second semester of the intermediate level of Spanish, which is designed to provide college students with a more advanced foundation in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and appreciating culture.

This course will review the basic structures of Spanish learned in the Beginning and Intermediate I Spanish courses, but it will highlight new uses of those structures. The course will incorporate authentic reading materials from different Spanish-speaking cultures, which will include literary selections from different genres, pop culture and art, as well as other selections that reflect the everyday life of the Spanish-speaker in its different forms.

There will be audio and video components in each chapter. The audio component of this course is included in the Dropbox and the Discussion Tools. Students will also be required to give an oral introduction at the beginning of the course.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

SPAN 2010. Students should be able to use a computer, be familiar with the Internet, and know how to submit audio files.

Course Topics:

Lección 13 - La naturaleza (Nature) The vocabulary and grammatical structures that you will learn in this chapter will allow you to describe nature and the environment, recycling and conservation. You will also learn how to use the subjunctive mood to express emotions, disbelief, doubt and denial.

Lección 14 – En la ciudad (Around Town) In this chapter, you will learn to give advice to others, give and receive directions, and discuss daily errands and city life. You will also learn about Venezuela and Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

Lección 15 – El bienestar (Well-being) You will learn to talk about health, well-being and nutrition as well as physical activities. You will also learn how to form the present perfect, past perfect and present perfect subjunctive tenses. Bolivia and the Bolivian musical group Los Kjarkas will be the cultural focus of the chapter.

Lección 16 – El mundo del trabajo (The World of Work) In this chapter, you will expand your ability to talk about your future plans, talk about an discuss work, interview for a job, and express agreement and disagreement.

Specific Course Requirements:

Knowledge of RealPlayer. Students must be able to use an Internet Browser, and computers must be able to play sound recordings, such as RealAudio, QuickTime or MP3. Many computers have microphones installed in them. Students whose computers do not have a microphone will need to purchase one to be able to record audio files in the Dropbox.

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:

Students will need to have a microphone to be able to post the oral portions of the course in the Dropbox. 

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:

Most of our content is set up as quizzes, so all the practice exercises will actually show up as quizzes. Please do not panic! Most of the practice exercises will not be graded. You will also have several attempts on most graded assignments, so, if you mess up the first time, you will have the opportunity to do better the second and third times. Pay attention to the number of attempts you have on each assignment. ¿Lógico o ilógico?, ¿cierto o falso? and professor graded assignments have only one attempt. You also only have one attempt on tests.

Prueba = Examen = Exam: Exams are the last assignment of each chapter.

You must make arrangements with a TBR institution or a local library (prior approval of your instructor) for the second and fourth tests, as these will be proctored and will require a password for access. Only the proctoring centers will have access to these passwords. All dates for tests are listed in the calendar and in the assessments tab. The exams have the words Assessment and exam in the title. The dates for proctored exams can be found on the TN eCampus academic calendar and will coincide with the mid-term and final exam dates. Please make sure you plan ahead, and schedule your appointment with your testing center early! Most centers require that you schedule your appointment at least two weeks in advance.

You will have 90 minutes to complete each test. You must be prepared or you will run out of time before completing the test. Books, dictionaries, online help or help from other people are not allowed during the test. Remember that you are bound by the honor code when taking a test.

Grading Procedures:

We will use the point system. The Workbook and Lab Manual assignments are worth 3 points each. Even though you may see a different value on an assignment, the computer will automatically convert this to the 3 point value and to a percentage. Each test will be worth 100 points. We will have a test after each chapter is completed for a total of 4 tests. Tests will consist of several different types of questions that will measure your ability to listen, use the vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. You will need head phones if you plan to use a public or shared computer. For health reasons, many college labs do not have head phones for student use. Discussions are 25 points each, and the oral reports are each worth 50 points.

Participation = Discussion Board. Each discussion is worth 25 points and will, in part, have a cultural aspect. Each student is required to post a minimum of 5 times per discussion topic. The goal of the discussions is to create a community among students, therefore, it is very important that posts be entered on different days. Entries made on the same day will only count as one post, and will be awarded a maximum of 5 points. Do not wait until the due date to enter all your posts! You will not receive credit if all your entries are made on the same day. One entry should be on a topic selected by your instructor and you should post at least one response to someone else's comments. Other posts can be about anything to do with the chapter. Consider the Discussion Board your virtual classroom. This is where you can get to know your classmates, and where you can ask questions. Directions regarding the cultural topic will be available on the discussion board. The discussion board is also a great place to practice your Spanish and to connect and have your queries answered. Discussions will be conducted in English, but feel free to practice your Spanish here.

The dropbox has information on the oral reports. To post your oral reports, you will need to click on record audio below the space provided. The recorder in the Dropbox only allows you to record a maximum of 1 minute. If you need more time, you may submit multiple recordings. Instructions for each oral assignment will be posted by your instructor at the beginning of each semester.

You will have to do four oral recordings, (in addition to the introduction), one for each chapter. Instructions will be left in the Dropbox for you. Each oral presentation will be given in Spanish, and each will be worth 50 points. You will need to use the Record Audio widget or be able to send an audio file for the presentation. You will also be required to introduce yourself to all the other students. This assignment must be done in Spanish. Give your name; tell us where you study, where you live, about your family, if you wish. It does not have to be long, just a short introduction. The introduction is worth 20 points.

Assignments and tests will only be available for a short period of time. You must do all work within the allotted time. Late work will not be accepted, and the student will receive a zero (0) for the assignment.

Assignment NameNumber of AssignmentsPoints 
Exams 4 exams @ 100 points each400
Oral Introduction 1 introduction @ 20 points20
Oral Reports 4 oral reports @ 50 points each200
Discussions4 topics @ 25 points each100
Workbook65 assignments @ 3 points each195
Lab Manual 21 assignments @ 3 points each 63
          Total Points 978


Grading Scale: this grading scale is based on the total number of points of all graded items. To figure out your percentage, multiply the number of points you have acquired by 100 and divide by the total number of points. For example if the total number of points you can achieve is 1300 and you have 910, multiply 910 by 100 and then divide by 1300 (910 x 100 = 91000, 91000/1300=70. That means your average is 70%, which is equal C).


0-100 = A You must have a minimum of 880 points to make an A.

80-89 = B You must have a minimum of 782 points to make a B.

70-79= C You must have a minimum of 685 points to make a C.

60-69 = D You must have a minimum of 587 points to make a D.

Below 60 = F Below 587 points = F

Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

All exercises in the course content, which includes workbook and lab manual, must be completed before taking the tests on the assigned dates. The course content is directly tied to your textbook. For grammar explanations and a detailed list of your vocabulary, please refer to the textbook or the course content before you do the practice assignments, graded activities and assessments on your computer. Make sure you have studied and master the content before the test dates.

Class Participation:

The D2Learn system allows the instructor to check a student's attendance to class by monitoring dates and times that each student logs in. Students must log in to read the syllabus and to check and meet the requirements for the class on a regular basis in order to remain current and to successfully complete the course. Students are expected to log in to the class several times per week. Remember I can tell how long you spend on each item. Do not wait until the last minute to complete a task, and always study the content before you attempt an activity.

Late Policy:

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 April 23, 2018