SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 102 IS Sec 4, Semester, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

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Instructor name:
Maria Eugenia Landa Vera - Senior Lecturer of Spanish

I have a degree in Education, which qualifies me to teach. I also have a Master’s of Arts in Linguistics, both from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile. I have 30 years of experience in total in university-level education, 12 years in my country and 18 years in this University. In Chile, I taught at both state and private universities and professional institutes. As part of my professional development, I attended lectures, I participated in the organization of conferences, and I went to workshops at the different institutions where I worked. I was blessed as a professional to have the opportunity to teach different groups ranging from ages 8 to 70.

At this University, my general job description includes: teaching Spanish 100 and 200 levels, as well as 111 and 211 intensive Spanish courses; helping to create teaching materials, syllabus and exams; mentoring; attending meetings of the Spanish program and Faculty meetings, workshops, lectures, conferences; serving on committees. I was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.

As a teacher, I understand that I have a great responsibility that goes beyond the fifty minutes of class. I have to be a good model and a good example. Students need to see in me not only a teacher but also someone who cares about their lives and concerns. Sharing part of their life is a challenge, but I accept it with humility and pride. I love to teach and this has been my only aim.

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
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 102, Elementary Spanish II! This course is designed to continue 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 of language
  • Using the larger community as a way to experience and acquire knowledge about language

This course is the second in the sequence of courses in our Elementary Spanish Program. Upon successfully completing this course, the next level in the sequence would be Span 201.

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.

Spanish 101 or equivalent.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

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

Course Outline:

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

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
5 Capítulo 5: Por la ciudad Connect Activities
6 Capítulo 6: ¡A comer! Connect Activities
Unit Exam 1 Proctored exam covering Capítulos 5 y 6 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.
7 Capítulo 7: Los recuerdos y la nostalgia Connect Activities
8 Capítulo 8: La ropa y la moda Connect Activities
Unit Exam 2 Proctored exam covering Capítulos 7 y 8 To be scheduled
and completed before proceeding
Final Exam Comprehensive proctored exam To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


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%


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.