SPAN 121 Accelerated Elementary Spanish

SPAN 121 IS Sec 4, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

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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 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 121, Accelerated Elementary Spanish! This course is a combination of Span 101 and 102, and is designed for students who have had at least two years of high school Spanish. It serves as a review of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Our main goal for you is to have you practice how to communicate effectively in Spanish and develop knowledge and an appreciation for Hispanic cultures. In this course, you will continue 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 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.


At least two years of high school Spanish instruction. 

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 either Span 201 (3 credit hours) or 211 (6 credit hours).

Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 instructional modules (or lessons) and 4 proctored exams.


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 1: En la clase

Connect activities


Capítulo 2: Mis amigos y yo

Connect  activities

Unit Exam 1

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 1 y 2
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Capítulo 3: ¿Qué haces?

Connect activities


Capítulo 4: ¡Qué bonita familia!

Connect activities

Unit Exam 2

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 3 y 4
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit


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 5: Por la ciudad

Connect  activities


Capítulo 6: ¡A comer!

Connect  activities

Unit Exam 3

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 5 y 6 
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Capítulo 7: Los recuerdos y la nostalgia

Connect activities


Capítulo 8: La ropa y la moda

Connect activities

Final Exam

Proctored exam covering Capítulos 1 through 8 
NOTE: any previous assignments not completed by the time you take a unit exam may receive a grade of zero.

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:
Connect activities: 20%
Unit Exam 1: 20%
Unit Exam 2: 20%
Unit Exam 3: 20%
Final Exam: 20%


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.