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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:

UNIDAD 5: Los Estados Unidos Mexican, Cuban, & Puerto Rican inuence 5.1: The present subjunctive with verbs of emotions 5.3: Review tenses with Preterit/Imperfect (4) UNIDAD 6: El Corazón de Sudamérica Peruvian, Paraguayan, and Bolivian inuence 6.1: The present subjunctive with verbs of persuasion 6.2: The present subjunctive with doubt and denial 16.3: Review pronouns and gustar

UNIDAD 6: El Corazón de Sudamérica Peruvian, Paraguayan, and Bolivian inuence 6.1: The present subjunctive with verbs of persuasion 6.2: The present subjunctive with doubt and denial 16.3: Review pronouns and gustar

UNIDAD 7: El Cono Sur Uruguayan, Chilean, and Argentinian inuence 7.1 Formal and nosotros commands 7.2 Tú commands 7.3 Double Object Pronouns

UNIDAD 8: España South, Central and North Spain 8.1 The present subjunctive with adjectives clauses 8.2 The present subjunctive with conjunctions 8.3 The past subjunctive

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:

A headphone set with built in microphone to do the listening and oral components of the course. Your computer’s built in speaker and microphone may not 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

Grading Procedures:


Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Point RangeGrade
900 - 1000 pointsA
800 - 899 pointsB
700 - 799 pointsC
600 - 699 pointsD
Under 599 pointsF


1 Pronunciación 0 @ 5 points Discussions5
4 Pronunciación @ 20 points eachDiscussions80
4 Participación @ 10 pointsDiscussions40
1 Guidelines Assignment @ 5 pointsAssignments5
1 Google Translate @ 10 pointsAssignments10
4 Escritura @ 40 pointsAssignments160
4 Vistas Culturales @ 40 pointsAssignments160
4 Oral @ 50 pointsAssignments200
1 Prueba de Clase @ 20 pointsQuizzes20
4 Lectura @ 20 pointsQuizzes80
4 Tarea @ 60 points eachROSTROS Interactive240
Total Points 1000


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

There are no proctored exams, finals or midterms in this course. Everything you need for this course is either within Content in D2L and in your materials. Success in a language course requires repeated exposure and repeated practice of the language in written and oral form. Reading increases vocabulary recognition. In Content in D2L you will nd several modules:

Unidad 0: This orientation chapter contains helpful information and links to external websites. Plan to spend 6 - 9 hours, carefully reading the information and completing the activities. There are several graded assignments and activities to help you learn to navigate the course.

Unidades 5 - 8: There are four unidades (units). At the beginning of each unidad module, there is the overview of the unidad assessments, grammar, and topics. Also, you will nd a vocabulary list, grammar and additional grammar explanation worksheet & answers key as well as video tutorials. Finally, there you will nd links to all the graded assessments. Note: to help you to navigate through the course you can use the checklist tool.

Unidad Final: This nal chapter allows you to submit outstanding dropbox assignments, as permitted (see course calendar) and helps close the semester. It is very important to keep up with all due dates. If you are struggling, are having trouble obtaining the materials, or anything else that may be limiting your success, please contact your instructor immediately and ask for help!

ASSIGNMENTS GUIDELINES: D2L. 5pts. Read through the information about the assignments. Download the Word document, rename the le and answer the questions. Save the le and upload to the assignment dropbox.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE: D2L. 10pts. Read through the information about the Google Translate. Download the Word document, rename the le and answer the questions. Save the le and upload to the assignment dropbox.

PRUEBA DE CLASE: D2L. 20pts. plus 5 bonus pts. You have one (1) attempt. It covers important aspects of this course that you need to understand to successfully navigate your way through it. Read the syllabus and welcome letter and navigate through the course before taking the quiz.

TAREA: ROSTROS INTERACTIVE & D2L. Each Tema 20pts. (total 60pts.). Complete la tarea in the Rostros Interactive. Each Tarea has three temas. Each tema is divided into sub-modules. Once you have completed all the parts for each tema, click on the PDF Transcript link to save the output to PDF. Each tema takes approximately 1 -2 hours to complete. Important: you must use the continue button to mark each page as completed. Temas can be submitted to dropbox individually or together. See An Overview of the Rostros Bundle for more information.

LECTURA: D2L. 20pts. each. Go to quizzes. Read the passage from your textbook based on a cultural topic related to the unit. Take the lectura quiz. This is a multiple-choice quiz. Choose the most correct option based on what you have understood in the reading. 1 attempt.

ESCRITURA: D2L. 40pts. each. Go to assignments, read the instructions, and complete the escritura according to the instructions. There are two steps: 1) submit escritura to Spanish Center in Virtual Tutoring (/d2l/common/dialogs/quickLink/quickLink.d2l?ou=7834574&type=lti&rcode=TBR41011337&srcou=7834574). Note: expect as much as a 72-hour turn around, 2) revise your escritura based on the Virtual Tutoring tutor feedback, 3) submit the revised escritura and tutor mark up to the assignment dropbox. You may only use word document for this assignment. There is a checklist to help you prepare this assignment. There is also a rubric that will show you how this assignment will be graded.

ORAL: D2L. 50pts. each. Follow these steps: 1) Go to the escritura assignment and read instructor feedback. 2) Go to oral, review the checklist and rubric, revise your escritura (if needed), 3) Using the corrected escritura as your script, read the escritura aloud, paying attention to speed, tone, intonation, and pronunciation. Either record directly in assignment using the recording tool (you can only record 60 seconds at a time, but you can upload more than one recording) or record using sound recorder or a similar program and upload the audio le. 4) Please play back your recording before you submit it. You must submit three les: original escritura, revised escritura, and audio le(s).

For extra credit: submit your revised escritura to Spanish Center in Virtual Tutoring. Make changes as necessary based on tutor markup. Attach Virtual Tutoring markup and revised escritura (ORAL) assignment to dropbox. Note: expect as much as a 72-hour turn around.

VISTAS CULTURALES: D2L. 40pts. each. You will explore four essential questions related to the four chapter topics. An essential question inspires a quest for knowledge and discovery, encourages and develops critical thinking processes, leads students to engineer real-world solutions for real-world problems and is all about possibilities. You will reect on your own experiences, the cultural discussion, and review two or more articles related to the topic. You will then write a short reective journal entry (500 words or fewer) within Penzu in which you examine the different perspectives on the topic, including your own. Students will use the guiding questions to create their essay. This is an English language cultural perspective assignment.

For extra credit, you may submit your entry into English Language & Literature Center in Virtual Tutoring.

PRONUNCIACIÓN: D2L. 20pts. each. Located in discussions, there will be a text for you to read out. Review the warm-up exercises before submitting this activity. To submit: 1) complete the pronuunciación quiz (and score 100%), 2) compose a new post in the pronunciación forum, 3) scroll down to the attachments at the bottom of the post, 4) click on Record Audio or record using a third party app (title le correctly), 5) record yourself reading the text out loud, 6) attach and then post. The instructor may give feedback about your assignment with comments or suggestions.

Learning a language requires consistent practice, 30 to 45 minutes of daily study is far more effective than a long study session once a week or the day before an assignment is due. The daily study period must include oral and listening practice to develop the students' Spanish speaking and listening skills, which is an important component of the course. Note: organize your time-this class may move more quickly than you anticipate.

PARTICIPACIÓN: D2L. 10pts. each. There is an In English and En Español forum for each unidad. Students need to post a minimum of ten (10) times per unidad. Participation is graded on the frequency of your posts as well as the content. The Spanish forum is a great place to practice the unidad grammar and vocabulary. The English forum is a great place to connect with your classmates, get help and support, ask questions, and nd answers to queries. It is also a place to discuss the Vistas Culturales topics.

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! Students should 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 (10) postings per unidad are between the English and Spanish forums only. For unidad 15, posts in the preséntense and in English 0 forum will count towards your participation for unidad 15.

Students who regularly participate and engage in the class generally receive higher grades, feel less isolated, experience less stress and enjoy the class more.

Class Participation:
Late Policy:

All discussion board activities assignments must be taken on time. There are no makeups. Assignments and Quizzes are open for late submission after the due date has passed. You have seven days to submit late. Once the assignment dropbox closes, no submissions are accepted. Note: Not all Unidad 8 assignments will be open for 7 days beyond the due date for late submission (and may close sooner). Check the course calendar for end 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 August 11, 2020