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SPAN 201, Intermediate Spanish I, sec 3

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dr. Julia Bussade

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 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.

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 ìNeed Helpî and ìFeedbackî options after the first attempt.

Textbook Information:


All your assignments are on MySpanishLab (MSL).

To purchase an access code directly from the Ole Miss custom portal website at a discounted price, please go to:

Be sure to choose the semester option that works for you!

  • Semester students will probably want the single semester option.
  • Flex (12-month) students will probably want the multi semester option.

After you purchase your code, return to the link above, and click on ìRegister.î Follow the steps on the screen. When the system asks you for a course ID, enter the code as follows:

  1. semester student course code:CRSKL4J-695868
  2. flex student course code: CRSKLCT-698963

You will need to have a compatible web browser in order for this product to work. You will also need to allow pop-up blockers. Here is the link with important information about the system requirements:

You will also need speakers or headphones for online listening activities, and a computer microphone for online speaking activities. Please set up your device before you start submitting your activities.

Once you are ready, click on a chapter, and work on the activities under ASSIGNED ACTIVITIES. Everything under that folder and the subfolders are due.

We wish you success in this course!

Recommended Materials:

  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.

Semester Midpoint Requirements

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex (asynchronous) students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint but not completed by the midpoint deadline will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons and complete course exams (other than the final) is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

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).

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
CapÌtulo 11: Gente e historias (II)
MySpanishLab activities
CapÌtulo 12: Gente sana
MySpanishLab activities
Unit Exam 1
Proctored exam covering CapÌtulos 11 y 12
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
CapÌtulo 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 orientation 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 orientation information.

CapÌtulo 14: Gente con personalidad
MySpanishLab activities
Unit Exam 2
Proctored exam covering CapÌtulos 13 y 14
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
CapÌtulo 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

The grading format is as follows:

MySpanishLab activities: 30%
Unit Exam 1: 20%
Unit Exam 2: 20%
Final Exam: 30%


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!

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