Spanish 1020 Syllabus

Course Description:

 Beginning Spanish II is an elementary course designed to provide college students with a foundation in the basic skill areas of speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture.

Oral practice, including repetition and drills, will focus on accurate pronunciation and effective communication in basic survival situations in the target language. Listening exercises in class will give the student necessary practice with oral comprehension of ideas expressed within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures presented, as well as the ability to guess at unfamiliar vocabulary based on context. Preparation outside of class of written exercises and short paragraphs, as well as reading of longer texts, will allow you to build upon material presented and practiced orally in class. Through readings, lectures, and discussions you will obtain a basic knowledge of important aspects of culture in the Spanish-speaking world.

By the end of the school year, students will be able to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking members of the community, including the ability to talk not only of the present and future, but also of the past, and of everyday activities using the Spanish reflexive verbs, and communication should be more fluid due to the use of pronouns.


Official Disability Statement:

If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or you have questions related to any accommodations for testing, readers, etc., please contact the office of Counseling & Disability Services (Jones Student Center, Room 159), and speak with me as soon as possible.


 Text: Vistas. Introducción a la lengua española, Vista Higher Learning. 3rd edition Textbook with Supersite Passcode.


Class attendance is required and, due to the nature of language learning, absolutely essential to your success. You are expected to prepare all the material assigned for each class period. Regardless of the cause or nature of an absence, YOU are responsible for all class work covered or assigned during the absence.  I recommend that you get a classmate’s phone number so you can be prepared for the next class in case of an absence. Absences will affect your participation grade, with more than four (4) (for a MW or a TTR class) or two (2) (for a T only class) absences resulting in an F.   Attendance means you were present for the entire class. Your first two absences will have not adverse effect, but 2.5 points will be deducted from your Final Average per occurrence after that. Consistent tardiness will also affect your grade.

No game playing. (2.5 points deducted from Final Average per occurrence) on computers, cell phones, I-pods, etc.during the scheduled hours of class. Use of these items will result in 2.5 points being deducted from your Final Average per occurrence.

Extra Credit:

Any extra credit offered during the term is totally voluntary. If you are interested in earning extra credit, you must let me know early on in the course. Please do not ask for any extra credit work at the end of the semester. The purpose of extra credit work is to help you with your course work. Most students that decide to earn extra credit will learn more on the subject and understand it better, which will help them get a better grade. If a student is between grades, extra credit work, effort, and attitude towards the subject will decide which of the two grades s/he gets. Under no circumstances will extra credit work alone be sufficient to earn a student a passing grade if his/her grades do not reflect that the student has earned a passing grade.


The purpose of homework is to help you to learn by heart the structure of the language. If you rush your homework, you will hurt your preparation for the exams. Homework must be turned in on the dates that I establish. Late homework will not be accepted, except in the case of an absence.

Read the explanations of grammar in the text before you come to class; it will help you understand explanations given in the class. You must keep up with the work or your grades will be affected.

Check the workbook answer key, and turn in your corrected workbook pages. Only corrected workbook pages will receive credit.



There will be four (4) tests in this course. A test will be taken after we cover one or two chapters. To make preparation for the test easier, we will take quizzes on a regular basis. If you miss a test, let me know ahead of time so that you can arrange a time with me to take the test as soon as possible. 


You are encouraged to listen to the audio CDs that accompany the Student Activities Manual outside of class time. These CDs may be borrowed from me. Students are also encouraged to complete the Laboratory exercises outside of class to reinforce classroom work.

Grade Distribution:

          Homework:                15%
          Participation:             10%
          Quizzes                       5%

          Tests:                         70%

Tentative Schedule for Beginning Spanish II

Week 1 Review. Las vacaciones.Weather. Seasons. Dates.
Week 2 Estar with conditions and emotions.
Week 3 The present progressive. Ser & Estar.
Week 4  Direct Object nouns & pronouns. Review for test 1
Week 5 Test I. Clothing & shopping. Colors. Numbers 101 & higher
Week 6 Indirect object pronouns.
Week 7  Pretérite of regular verbs.
Week 8  Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns.
Week 9  Review for test 2. Test 2.
Week 10 Daily routine. Personal Hygiene. Time expressions. Reflexive verbs.
Week 11 Indefinite and negative words. Preterite of ser and ir.
Week 12 Gustar and verbs like gustar. Review for test 3.
Week 13 Test 3. Food, food descriptions, meals.  Preterite of stem-changing verbs.
Week 14 Double object pronouns. Saber & conocer.Comparisons and superlatives. Celebrations. Stages of life. Irregular preterites.¿Qué? and ¿Cuál?
Monday, May 4th @ 11:00 a.m. Final Exam


The final exam for this class will be at  10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd in this room.

Important dates:

 Please refer to  the CSCC spring 2007 schedule, which can be found online  at columbia state schedule, for a complete list of important dates.


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