SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 201 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.

Dr. Bussade became interested in the program offered by AFS (American Family Services), and she arrived in Buffalo, NY for a six-month teacher’s 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.

Instructor Information (Semester):

Karla Durán

Instructor name:
Karla Durán

Karla Durán is a Spanish Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi with more than 15 years of experience.

She was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. She came as visiting scholar in 2007 and has been teaching in the Basic Spanish Program.

She holds degrees from the Universidad de Costa Rica: a bachelor degree in Education and a Master's in Spanish as a Second Language. Karla has helped with the Free Tutoring in Portuguese offered to the students of 100 and 200 levels.

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 201, Intermediate Spanish 1! This course is designed to continue your instruction in 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 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 11: Gente e historias (II)

MySpanishLab activities


Capítulo 12: Gente sana

MySpanishLab activities

Unit Exam 1

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 11 y 12

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Capítulo 13: Gente y lenguas

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 14: Gente con personalidad

MySpanishLab activities

Unit Exam 2

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 13 y 14

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Capítulo 15: Gente que se divierte

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.