SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

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

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Diana Semmes

Instructor name:
Diana Semmes

Diana Semmes is a Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi, where she has been teaching since 2007. She holds a B. A. In History and an M. A. In Spanish from the University of Mississippi. Her interests include second language acquisition and bilingualism in children as well as linguistics.  Her interest in Spanish began at a young age in part due to hearing the stories of the mission trips her grandmother made to Mexico.  It sparked a curiosity in the language and culture of the people that only continued to grow over time.  As a student, Spanish always came naturally, and in college became a favorite subject that eventually led to the pathway of teaching.

Contact Information:

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.

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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.


The keys to success in this class are generally the same as those in any other class. However, given the nature of online classes, students are responsible for covering a good deal of material on their own. Competency in the basic use of a computer is required to complete numerous independent web-based activities. The level of proficiency and the final grade attained will depend largely on what a student puts in to his or her learning. Student success requires substantial commitment and proactivity. Students are expected to dedicate 12-15 hours of study per week to this class, thus, it is in students’ best interest NOT to wait until the last minute to complete assignments.


Two or fewer years of high school Spanish instruction. Some exceptions apply to those who finished high school many years ago.

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

This course is the first in the sequence of courses in our Elementary Spanish Program. Upon successfully completing this course, the next level in the sequence would be Span 102.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 4 instructional modules (or lessons) and 3 proctored exams.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


*NOTE: You must pass the Syllabus Quiz and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Content page.

Syllabus Quiz


Capítulo 1: En la clase

Connect Activities


Capítulo 2: Mis amigos y yo

Connect Activities

Unit Exam 1

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 1 y 2

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.

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 the Announcements tab.


Capítulo 3: ¿Qué haces?

Connect Activities


Capítulo 4: ¡Qué bonita familia!

Connect Activities

Unit Exam 2

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 3 y 4

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Final Exam

Comprehensive proctored exam

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit.


The grading format is as follows:
Connect 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.