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SPAN 121, Accelerated Elementary Spanish, v1
University of Mississippi

3 credit hours


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Instructor name:

Dr. Julia Bussade

Instructor Information:

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 Bachelorís in Liberal Arts from the Philosophy College of Itaperuna. She received a Masterís 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 employeesí children.

Dr. Bussade became interested in the program offered by AFS (American Family Services), and she arrived in Buffalo, NY for a six-month teacherís exchange program. Later, for personal reasons, she had the chance to return to the United States. She arrived in Oxford, MS, where she has been ever since. In 1996, she was hired by the University of Mississippi as an instructor of Portuguese and Spanish. In 1999, she finished her MBA with emphasis in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. In 2007, she was invited to be the director of Portuguese and Spanish, her current job title at the University of Mississippi. Since her early childhood when she used to teach her dolls, Julia knew she wanted to be a teacher.


If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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

The University of Mississippi, Department 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


Welcome to Spanish 121, Accelerated 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 continue 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 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 9-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 ìNeed Helpî and ìFeedbackî options after the first attempt.

NOTE: COMPLETE THE COURSE IN ORDER. Any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero, and unit exams must be taken before beginning a new unit.


Required Textbook:

textbook cover
  1. Follow the MySpanishLab link in this Blackboard course to purchase access to the textbook and MSL.
    • De la Fuente, MartÌn, & Sans (2016). Gente: Nivel b·sico. Textbook. Tercera ediciÛn (Third edition). **Please make sure your "Tercera ediciÛn" textbook has a green and white cover and states "2015 Release" on the cover.** You may use the printed copy and/or the eText for this course.
    • MySpanishLabÆ access card for online workbook.

      An electronic version of the textbook, called eText, comes with the access card; therefore, there is no need to purchase a paper version text, unless you absolutely need to have one.

  2. The easiest way to access and buy MySpanishLab is to follow the link on the main Lessons page in the Blackboard course.
    • To purchase the access card, follow these steps:
      - Do you have an access code? Choose No, I need to buy access.
      - Next
      - Choose MySpanishLab
      - To select your book, scroll to the right until you find this icon (make sure it is the 3rd edition)

  3. You will also need speakers or headphones for online listening activities, and a computer microphone for online speaking activities.


  1. A good-quality Spanish-English dictionary, such as University of Chicago.
  2. A book of verb conjugations, such as 501 Spanish Verbs.

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.


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:


This course consists of 9 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

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.

Syllabus Quiz

CapÌtulo 1: Gente que estudia espaÒol

MySpanishLab activities
CapÌtulo 2: Gente con gente
MySpanishLab activities
Unit Exam 1
Proctored exam covering CapÌtulos 1 y 2
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

CapÌtulo 3: Gente de vacaciones

MySpanishLab activities

CapÌtulo 4: Gente de compras

MySpanishLab activities
CapÌtulo 5: Gente en forma
MySpanishLab activities
Unit Exam 2

Proctored exam covering CapÌtulos 3, 4 y 5
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

CapÌtulo 6: Gente en la casa y en el trabajo

MySpanishLab activities
CapÌtulo 7: Gente que viaja
MySpanishLab activities
Unit Exam 3
Proctored exam covering CapÌtulos 6 y 7
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

CapÌtulo 8: Gente que come bien

MySpanishLab activities

CapÌtulo 9: Gente de ciudad

MySpanishLab activities
Final Exam
Proctored exam covering CapÌtulos 8 y 9
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.
To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit



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


The grading format is as follows:

MySpanishLab activities: 20%
Unit Exam 1: 20%
Unit Exam 2: 20%
Unit Exam 3: 20%
Final Exam: 20%



A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.



In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Online Attendance Verification
The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

Your textbook needs to include access to an online platform called MySpanishLabÆ (MSL). On MSL you will have access to various tools, including readiness checks, tutorials and practice activities. The readiness checks review some basic grammar concepts in English so that you can draw comparisons between what you are learning about Spanish and what you already (intuitively) know about English. The tutorials are explanations about the Spanish grammar structures you will see in class. The practice activities are designed to provide you with the opportunity to use your new vocabulary and grammar in a controlled and structured manner, and to provide you with the repetitive practice that is essential to language learning. The majority of these activities will be computer graded so you will receive immediate feedback. Practice activities will allow you three tries, and provide feedback before grading your answer.

To access the assigned activities on MySpanishLab, go to:

All activities under the ASSIGNED ACTIVITIES folder are assigned and for a grade, including the Tutorials one. You will also have access to Learning Tools, Apps and Games, and Video Resources.

You'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos on MSL.

There will be 4 proctored exams throughout the course. Depending on the language courses you have taken in the past, the format for these exams might be unfamiliar to you at first. In our task-based program, the exams closely mirror the activities and assignments practiced in MSL; that is, real-world tasks. The exams will include reading, writing, culture and listening sections and will assess your ability to creatively use the grammar, vocabulary and cultural information that you learned. Remember that effective language learning means that you must be able to understand, use and build on previous knowledge. This means that for each exam you will be expected to use vocabulary and structures seen in previous units and exams, along with the material being assessed in that given exam. You will need headphones to complete the listening sections.

Final Exam
The final exam is not comprehensive. You will need headphones to complete the listening sections.


The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662 - 915 - 7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at


You should not share your private personal passwords (for your Blackboard account or for your email) with anyone else, including brothers or sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, or parents. Logs of all your activity within the Blackboard course environment, including the Internet location from which you are accessing Blackboard, are available to the instructor and to the Independent Study office. Any evidence of logins to a student's Blackboard course by someone other than the student will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty and will result, at minimum, with failure in the course; the student may also be subject to the more severe disciplinary actions outlined in The University Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (ACA.AR.600.001)

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.


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  1. Contact your instructor directly by using the Email Your Instructor link to send an email via Blackboard.
  2. Contact your instructor indirectly by sending a written message or email message ( to the instructor in care of the iStudy department. Your message will be promptly forwarded to the instructor.

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