Course Syllabus

Course Structure

Course Description

This is the second part of an introductory course in Spanish for beginners and students with less than two years of high school Spanish. The emphasis of this course is on the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Course Objectives

  1. Display a continuing knowledge of basic Spanish grammar.
  2. Develop increased understanding of instructions relating to course assignments, classroom activities and begin to respond to questions directed to them.
  3. Improve reading comprehension and pronunciation skills needed to continue their study of the language.
  4. Show an increased ability to compose short expressions using the grammar and vocabulary they are learning.

Course Schedule

The course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule in which students complete one lesson per week. The instructor may shift the order of completion for some assignment and may even extend the deadlines on a few assignments if circumstances warrant it for the whole class. However, for most assignments and quizzes, students are expected to have them all completed by Saturday 11:59 p.m. (mountain time) each week.

In order to help students plan out their weekly schedule, every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. (mountain time) students will be given access to the following week’s learning activities for the next week's lesson. Essentially, students will be given access to two weeks at a time. This is done so that students will be able to work on those lessons over the weekend if they choose to do so. Students are not required to complete the following week’s learning until the week it is due.

On average, it takes approximately 12 hours to complete all the learning activities for each lesson. With these classes, there is no "time off" for holidays like students might get in face-to-face classes. Consequently, students should make sure to arrange their study schedule so that holiday activities do not keep them from completing learning activities.

Required Materials

This course uses a low-cost, auto-access textbook. Read the information in the Textbook Information module to learn how to access your textbook.

IMPORTANT: This course requires McGraw-Hill Connect access to complete the activity and assignments. Please do not opt out of materials for this course. It is necessary for the integration to properly work in the course.

Resource Title/Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author/Provider Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable)

Puntos de Partida

(comes with course; charged first day of class)

Thalia Dorwick

McGraw-Hill Education

11e 9781259991684

McGraw-Hill Account

This course uses McGraw-Hill Connect activities. If you have not previously created one for a BYU-Idaho course, you are required to create a McGraw-Hill account. Instructions, found on the About Your Textbook page, guide you to complete the necessary steps for setup.

Conversation Lab Attendance

Students will be required to attend three Conversation Labs each week. They may sign up to attend Sessions offered on the google calendar. This will offer a variety of times and will be posed on the announcement page in the second week of the semester.  The calendar will have times available to attend. The student will choose the times that work best with their schedule.  If the student has concerns about their schedule, please reach out to the instructor during the first week. Plan on attending 3 during each week. The Conversation Lab Leader or the instructor will direct all of the learning activities through out each session. These learning activities will reinforce what students have learned in the previous learning activities for this lesson.

It is students' responsibility to come prepared to each Conversation Lab. They can do this by making sure they have completed all of the learning activities that are listed before each Conversation Lab. Because the sessions involve all group members interacting with one another, it is crucial that students come to each session prepared to teach one another. If it is obvious to the Conversation Lab leader or the instructor that students have not completed the previous learning activities, they will be asked to leave the lab session, and will loose attendance points for that session.

If students miss more than two lab sessions, or if they are unprepared for more than two lab sessions, their grade will be reduced by one grade step (for example, from a B+ to a B) for each lab session this occurs. For example, if students miss two lab sessions and come unprepared to a third session, their grade would be reduced by one grade step (for example, from a B to a B-). If students miss or come unprepared to a fourth session, their grade would be reduce by another grade step (for example, from a B- to a C+). Missing the Conversation Lab sessions will have serious consequences to their grade! Please make sure students work out their weekly schedule so that they will be able to attend all of the lab sessions.

Grading Policies

Grading Scale

Grades will be based on a percentage of the total number of points students may earn from assignments and quizzes, participation in online class meetings, and completion of any other learning activities assigned by the instructor. Grades will be determined as follows:

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 93% –100%
A- 90% – 92%
B+ 87% – 89%
B 83% – 86%
B- 80% – 82%
C+ 77% – 79%
C 73% – 76%
C- 70% – 72%
D+ 67% – 69%
D 63% – 66%
D- 60% – 62%
F below 60%

Students may check their total number of points for all assignments and quizzes at any time using the My Grades link on the Course Menu.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.


Help Desk

If any technical difficulties arise through out the course, contact the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.

Help Desk: (208)496-1411 or

Course Summary:

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