SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 202 IS Sec 4, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

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Instructor name:
Edgar Serrano

Edgar Serrano is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He has lived in the United States for more than 25 years. Edgar has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in International Marketing and a Master’s of Arts in Modern Languages from The University of Mississippi.  Currently, he teaches Spanish full-time at The University of Mississippi and also part-time at Oxford University School; teaching 3-year-olds to 7th graders. He is a strong advocator for early language teaching.

Edgar’s passion for teaching started while working for a furniture manufacturer as director of international sales. During his business career, he had the opportunity to interact, train, and teach sales personnel in different countries around the world. This experience gave him ample cultural awareness and he saw first-hand that the great advantage of speaking another language helps to create jobs in the USA.

Currently, Edgar serves as Executive Director for the Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA) and is the Mississippi Representative of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). His presentation, A Picture is Worth Thousand Words, Really! was voted as the ‘Best of Mississippi’ at the 2014 MFLA conference. In 2015, he was recognized as a ‘Teacher of Excellence by the MFLA. In 2018, he was recognized as a ‘National Teacher of the Year by AATSP in Salamanca, Spain. Edgar has been a strong force in the implementation of the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy, where he served as co-chair. Edgar Serrano continues to be an active speaker and language learning advocate at different local, regional, and national conferences.

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 202, Intermediate Spanish II! 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 intermediate 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.

This 4-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 delivered by Connect, an interactive online learning system. There will be machine-graded and instructor-graded activities. You will have three (3) attempts to complete each activity. 

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 fourth in the sequence of courses in our Introductory Spanish Program; the second in the Intermediate level. Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to sign up for Span 303, which counts towards a Spanish major or minor. 

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 201 or equivalent.

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 last in the sequence of courses in our Intermediate Spanish Program.

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 13: La naturaleza y el medio ambiente Connect Activities
2 Capítulo 14: La cultural y la diversión Connect Activities
Unit Exam 1 Proctored exam covering Capítulos 13 y 14 To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
MIDPOINT OF COURSE As a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.  
3 Capítulo 15: Si la vida fuera diferente... Connect Activities
4 Capítulo 16: La amistad y el amor Connect Activities
Unit Exam 2 Proctored exam covering Capítulos 15 y 16 To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
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.