First-year Spanish I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPAN-1411-001 First-year Spanish I


Course Description

Basic Spanish language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing within a cultural framework. Students will acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the beginner level.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 2 lab)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information



The online textbook Vistas, 6th Edition (published by Vistas Higher Learning) will be used. Students may purchase an access code from the AC Bookstore.  ISBN 978-1-54330-639-2, Supersite Plus Code (w/ WebSAM + vText + Practice App). This book will be used for Spanish 1411, 1412 and 2311, so, if the student takes those courses at AC within 36 months, no additional purchase will be necessary.

It is the student's choice if he/she wants to buy the hard-bound textbook. Keep mind that all the information you need is found online, the hard-back book is not required, but many students find it helpful to have a book in hand. 

Instructions for accessing the online book, redeeming your access code, and creating your account can be found at:


You will need speakers or a headset to listen to audio portions of various assignments. Your computer also needs a microphone to record your voice and a camera to live videochat with classmates for certain partner videospeaking assignments.

Student Performance

Learning Outcomes:

  • · Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the present and producing questions and responses on a variety of topics dealing with everyday life.

    · Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish.

    · Write simple sentences and organize them into short paragraphs.

    · Read and comprehend level-appropriate texts.

    · Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world.

    · Compare and contrast the traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world with characteristics of their own culture.

  • If you would like a great opportunity to practice what you are learning in a Spanish-speaking country and have a spectacular adventure as well, you are encouraged to take a global education opportunity trip with Amarillo College, lead by Profesora Barton, to Costa Rica during Fall 2019. More details are below on this syllabus, or contact Profesora Barton,, or Lesley Ingham, Amarillo College Honors Program Co-coordinator, or visit our website at:

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Academic Dishonesty:

Students are responsible for adhering to the highest standard of behavior when it comes to honesty and plagiarism. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, the use of online translators, and collusion, will receive an F for this course. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

ALL TESTS AND QUIZZES ARE TO BE TAKEN CLOSED BOOK. NO HELP. All students must sign an honor statement, swearing they will not cheat on any assignment or test.

Grading Criteria


Your grade will be weighted according to the following criteria:

Assignments  = 30%

Tests  = 40% 

Oral Participation = 30%

The assigned homework assignments, tests and quizzes need to be completed by a certain date. They are a combination of listening, speaking, reading, writing, fill-in-the blank, multiple choice and T/F exercises, and at the end of each chapter, a comprehensive test. The homework assignments may be done two (2) times so that the student can learn the material more thoroughly and achieve the desired grade. Students may seek help when completing homework assignments as needed, but the use of any type of translator, online or otherwise, is strictly prohibited on all work. Homework assignments (not tests) may be completed at any time before the due date. The tests are timed (45 minutes for vocabulary quizzes and 60 minutes for lesson tests) and may be taken only once. Tests may be taken as early as two (2) days before the due date. ALL TESTS ARE TO BE TAKEN CLOSED BOOK. NO OUTSIDE HELP.  Students are strongly urged to keep up with the assignments by working AHEAD of the schedule at least one or two days. Assignments completed late will be NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT.

The standard ten-point spread is used to determine the letter grade received:

90 –100 =  A

80 – 89  =  B

70 –79   =  C  

60 – 69  =  D

below 60 = F

There is no extra credit in this course.

There are many assignments not marked as a required assignment in the content for each chapter. These assignments would prove extremely helpful if worked by students. The more assignments you complete, the better you will understand grammatical concepts as well as spoken Spanish.

There will be no make-ups for missed chapter tests. If there is a one-time, extenuating circumstance, such as a death in the family or hospitalization of the student or a member of his/her immediate family, please advise the instructor, who will make a case-by-case judgment call.

Computer or technical difficulties are no excuse for missing assignments or tests, so, keep a close eye on the calendar of assignments so that you do not miss any deadlines. Take care of computer repair/problems promptly. No late work will be accepted unless there are extreme, extenuating one-time circumstances, such as a death in the family or hospitalization of the student or a member of his/her immediately family.


As this is a dual credit on-line class, the college instructor will not take attendance, but the student's high school teacher may have an attendance policy. Notwithstanding the no-attendance policy, all assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date or students will receive 0 credit for assignments completed late.


All assignments are listed on the calendar of assignments on the website and below and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pay close attention to the calendar, as no late assignments are accepted (unless there is an extreme, extenuating circumstance; judgment calls will be made on a case-by-case basis [such as the student was hospitalized, or had a baby, or there was a death in the family]). All assignments (not tests) may be completed and submitted any time before the due date. Tests may be taken up to two (2) days before the due date.

Spanish 1411

Fall Semester 2018

Lección 1 - Hola, ¿Qué tal? {greetings and goodbyes; identifying yourself and others; courtesy expressions; nouns and articles; numbers 0-30; present tense of ser; telling time}

8/27 - 9/6 Homework assignments 

8/31 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 8/29 - 8/31

9/3 Labor Day Holiday

9/7 Lesson 1 Test (closed book); may be taken 9/5 - 9/7

Lección 2 - En la universidad {the classroom and academic life; days of the week; fields of study and academic subjects; class schedules; present tense of -ar verbs; forming questions in Spanish; present tense of estar; numbers 31 and higher}

9/10 – 9/20 Homework assignments

9/14 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); maybe taken 9/12 - 9/14

9/21 Lesson 2 Test (closed book); may be taken 9/19 - 9/21

Lección 3 - La familia {identify family members; professions and occupations; descriptive adjectives; possessive adjectives; present tense of -er and -ir verbs; present tense of tener and venir}

9/24 – 10/4 Homework assignments

9/28 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 9/26 - 9/28

10/5 Lesson 3 Test (closed book); may be taken 10/3 - 10/5

Lección 4 - Los pasatiempos {pastimes; sports; places in the city; present tense of ir, stem-changing verbs: e→ie; o→ue; stem-changing verbs e→i; verbs with irregular yo forms}

10/8 – 10/25 Homework assignments

10/12 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 10/10 - 10/12

10/15 - 10/19 Fall Break

10/26 Lesson 4 Test (closed book); may be taken 10/24 - 10/26

Lección 5 - Las vacaciones {travel and vacation; months of the year; seasons and weather; ordinal numbers; estar with conditions and emotions; the present progressive; ser and estar; direct object nouns and pronouns}

10/29 – 11/8 Homework assignments

11/2 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 10/31 - 11/2

11/9 Lesson 5 Test (closed book); may be taken 11/7 - 11/9

Lección 6 - ¡De compras! {clothing and shopping; negotiating a price and buying; colors; more adjectives; saber and conocer; indirect object pronouns; preterite tense of regular verbs; demonstrative adjectives and pronouns}

11/12 – 11/29 Homework assignments

11/16 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 11/14 - 11/16

11/19 - 11/23 Thanksgiving Holiday

11/30 Lesson 6 Test (closed book); may be taken 11/28 - 11/30

12/3 - 12/7 Review

12/10 – 12/12 Final exams (closed book); may be taken 12/10 - 12/12

Additional Information

Profesora Barton will be leading  a group of students and community leaders to Costa Rica during Fall Break 2019. Any present or former Amarillo College student (must be at least 18 at the time of the trip) of Profesora Barton or any other community member is welcome to take this trip, which will be one to remember! Interested persons can find program price and details, and ultimately enroll, at: The earlier you enroll, the less expensive the price will be, as the price increases the closer we get to departure date.

Additional information provided via the VHL Supersite calendar, e-mails from the professor, and on Blackboard

Link to the VHL Supersite: 

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Syllabus Created on:

08/17/20 3:22 PM

Last Edited on:

08/31/21 2:52 PM