SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 101 IS Sec 3 and 4, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information (Flex):

Dr. Mary Thurlkill

Instructor name:
Dr. Julia Bussade

Julia Emilia Bussade was born in Itaperuna, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from the University of Mississippi. She received a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from the Philosophy College of Itaperuna. She received a Master’s of English degree from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. While she was finishing her degree, she also attended law school for three years at the State Law School University of Campos (UNIFLU), in the State of Rio de Janeiro. She also worked full-time as a bilingual Human Resources generalist at a Nabisco powdered milk plant in her hometown, where she was in charge, among other duties, of training, translations, and the exchange programs for employees’ children.

Instructor Information (Semester):

Gabriel Alexander Garrido

Instructor name:
Gabriel Alexander Garrido

Gabriel Alexander Garrido was born in Venezuela. He is a native speaker of Spanish and speaks two other languages, English and German. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Yacambú University (Venezuela) and a Master of Arts in Spanish from The University of Mississippi. In the year 2000, he left his home country with $200 in his pocket in search of a new life. The road led him to Vienna, Austria. After learning German by completing languages courses at the University of Vienna, he worked as a full-time actor at the city’s famous Burgtheater (Imperial Theater) between 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he continued his life journey and landed in Melbourne, Australia, where he also became a citizen in 2010. That same year, he was admitted to The University of Mississippi, where he earned his MA with a 4.0 GPA. Several honor societies—Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi, as well as the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi—welcomed him as a member.

With a background both in Sciences and the Humanities, Mr. Garrido taught Spanish, Mathematics and Science at an elementary school in Clarksdale, MS. In the year 2013, he began work as an Instructor of Spanish at The University of Mississippi. He has taught language courses in both the regular and the accelerated track. He is always looking for new methods and techniques to improve his teaching and gives yearly presentations at regional conferences and workshops. In 2018, he published his first literary work, titled “Ardilla” (Squirrell), a short theater play. He is currently working on his first book of poetry. Mr. Garrido recites Spanish-language poetry and publishes it online. He is the founder and administrator of the Spanish-language poetry site, La Taberna Poética, which, to this date, has more than 5,000 followers.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

Welcome to Spanish 101, Elementary Spanish! This course is designed to introduce you to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Our main goal for you is to have you learn to communicate effectively in Spanish and develop knowledge and an appreciation for Hispanic cultures. In this course, you will begin to develop your Spanish communicative skills through extensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening. By the end of this class, you should be able to complete basic communicative tasks in Spanish using the communication strategies, grammar structures and vocabulary acquired during the semester, and understand and be able to talk about the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.

This 5-unit Independent Study course will help you learn to communicate effectively in spoken and written Spanish through a variety of guided and open-ended activities, integrating cultural information and using MySpanishLab, an online learning system. All submitted activities will be checked by your instructor whether they are machine-graded or not. You will have three (3) attempts to complete each activity. The minimum passing score for each activity is 70%. The program will display “Need Help” and “Feedback” options after the first attempt.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

The goals of this course are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. These standards, often referred to as the 5 Cs, emphasize the following areas:

  • Communication in Spanish
  • Learning about different cultures in the Spanish speaking world
  • Using language to make connections to other disciplines
  • Comparing and contrasting languages and cultures to develop a deeper understanding about language
  • Using the larger community as a way to experience and acquire knowledge about language

Course Outline:

This course consists of 5 instructional modules (or lessons) and 3 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz


Capítulo 1: Gente que estudia español

MySpanishLab activities


Capítulo 2: Gente con gente

MySpanishLab activities

Unit Exam 1

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 1 y 2

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Capítulo 3: Gente de vacaciones

MySpanishLab activities


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Capítulo 4: Gente de compras

MySpanishLab activities

Unit Exam 2

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 3 y 4

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Capítulo 5: Gente en forma

MySpanishLab activities

Final Exam

Comprehensive proctored exam

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.