SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

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

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Instructor name:
Ashley Fly Ledbetter

Ashley Fly Ledbetter is an instructor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish, with an emphasis in Spanish linguistics, from the University of Mississippi. As a student, Ashley studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2008 and Cadiz, Spain in 2011. She also has experience in teaching English as a Second Language, which provided the opportunities to teach English at La Salle University in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012 and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany in 2015. Ashley has always enjoyed engaging with the many cultures surrounding the Spanish language. In 2015, Ashley and her husband hiked the full 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago that stretches across northern Spain. She loves using her valuable experiences abroad to enhance her language 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.

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

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

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

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 work towards developing 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 course, and understand and be able to talk about the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS COURSE:
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 into 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.

Prerequisites:

Two or fewer years of high school Spanish instruction. Some exceptions apply to those who finish 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).

LESSON Reading Assignments Due for Grades
Syllabus *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
1 Capítulo 1: En la clase Connect Activities
2 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
MIDPOINT OF COURSE 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.
3 Capítulo 3: ¿Qué haces? Connect Activities
4 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

Grading:

The grading scale is as follows:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

The grading format is as follows:
Connect activities: 30%
Unit Exam 1: 20%
Unit Exam 2: 20%
Final Exam: 30%

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

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!