First-year Spanish II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

103A Ordway Hall

Office Hours

I do not have an office on campus, however, you can leave a message for me at the offices of the English & Cultural Studies Department located in Ordway Hall. I can be reached by e-mail every day at Virtual office hours on Zoom are the first day of classes and also the first Monday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and/or by appointment.

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 742 359 3753

If you would like to meet with me outside of scheduled office hours, send me an e-mail to set up a mutually convenient time to meet on Zoom.

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SPAN-1412-001 First-year Spanish II


Prerequisite: SPAN 1411 or appropriate score on language placement test

Course Description

Continued development of basic Spanish language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing within a cultural framework. Students acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the high beginner to low intermediate level.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 2 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


You will use the online textbook Vistas 6th edition that was used for the Amarillo College Spanish 1411 course. (When you buy the access code to this book, it is good for 36 months.) (We will cover chapters 7-12 in Span 1412.) You do NOT need to purchase anything more unless you did not take Span 1411 from Profesora Barton at Amarillo College. If that is the case, you may purchase an online access code from the Amarillo College Bookstore, ISBN 978-1-62680-646-7.  (We also use this acces code for Span 2311 - covering chapters 13 - 18).

Keep in mind that you are NOT required to buy any additional book or materials this semester. You may choose to purchase a hard-bound copy of the book for convenience, but keep in mind that all information necessary for completing this course is found online through the access code.

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. You are required to have a microphone to record your voice and a camera for paired videochat assignments. Paired speaking assignments will not be accepted via any platform other than the website. 

Student Performance

Tests, Assignments and Partner Work:

In addition to writing and listening, some assignments require students to video or record themselves speaking in Spanish. Additionally, students will partner with classmates (via live partner chat) for many assignments to practice speaking in a natural, real-life context. 

Department Tutoring Policy:

If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work.

Course Structure:

  • The course is based on the text listed above. You are responsible for the assignments in each chapter and should review the material indicated on or before the indicated dates.
  • As a continuation of Span 1411, Learning Outcomes for Span 1412 are:

     ·Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the past.

    ·Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish produced by Spanish speakers of diverse origins.

    ·Write simple to moderately complex sentences using level-appropriate grammatical structures and organize them into cohesive paragraphs.

    ·Read and comprehend level-appropriate authentic texts.

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

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

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

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

Partner Chat:

Students are required to partner with classmates via live partner chat to practice the concepts being taught in each chapter, thus you are required to have a camera and microphone on your computer. Unless you request to be the partner of someone in the class, the instructor will make partner assignments on the second day of class.

Academic Honesty:

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, copying and pasting answers from any source, plagiarism, the use of online translators, and collusion, will receive an F for this course. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. STUDENTS WHO ARE GUILTY OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPULSION FROM AMARILLO COLLEGE. THIS WILL BE PERMANENTLY ON THE STUDENTS TRANSCRIPT, WITH LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES INTO THE FUTURE, BOTH ACADEMICALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY.

Please review the section on academic dishonesty in the Amarillo College Handbook.

Students are to take all tests and quizzes CLOSED BOOK. NO HELP. Students are required to sign an honor statement, swearing they will not cheat in any way on assignments and tests.

Grading Criteria

Grade Book:

GRADES ARE POSTED DAILY ON DO NOT LOOK AT BLACKBOARD FOR YOUR GRADE until the end of the semester during finals week when grades are transferred from to Blackboard. Whatever your grade is on IS YOUR GRADE.


Your grade will be weighted according to the following criteria:

Assignments  = 40%

Speaking = 15%

Tests and quizzes = 45% 

Assignments and Grades:

The assigned homework assignments, tests and quizzes are accessed and submitted through (No assignments or tests are found on Blackboard unless specified on the syllabus and in e-mails from the professor) and 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, a vocabulary quiz, and at the end of each chapter, a comprehensive test. Capital letters, punctuation and accents count! The homework assignments may be done three (3) times so that the student may 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 copying and pasting, 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 (10 minutes for vocabulary quizzes and 30 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.Tests completed late will be NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT. Daily assignments may be submitted one day late with a 33% penalty, two days late with a 66% penalty, three days late with 99% penalty, and no credit given after four days.

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 offered in this course.

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

There will be no make-ups for tests unless there is a one-time extreme, extenuating circumstance.

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 and repair computer problems promptly. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED unless there is an extreme, one-time extenuating circumstance such as sickness or a death in the family or hospitalization of the student or a member of his/her immediately family. 


As an on-line class, the college instructor will not take attendance. However, students must turn in all work by the due date or he/she will receive late penalties for assignments and 0 credit for tests.


All assignments are listed on the calendar of assignments on the website and below. No assignments are posted or submitted via Blackboard or any other platform unless specified by the professor in advance and on the syllabus. All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm Central Time on the due date. Pay close attention to the calendar, as no late tests are accepted (unless there is an extreme, extenuating circumstance such as the student was hospitalized, or had a baby, or there was a death in the family, student or student's dependent contracted COVID19; judgment calls will be made on a case-by-case basis, and she must be contacted immediately) and daily assignments submitted one day late receive a 33% penalty, 66% penalty on the second day, 99% penalty on the third day. 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 (giving you a three-day window). If a test falls on a Tuesday, you are given four days in which to take the test in order to include the Saturday before.

Spanish 1412

Fall Semester 2021

Lección 7 La rutina diara {daily routine; personal hygiene; time expressions; reflexive verbs; indefinite and negative words; preterite of ser and ir; verbs like gustar}

8/23 – 9/2 Homework assignments

8/27 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 8/25 - 8/27

9/3  Lección 7 test (closed book); may be taken 9/1 - 9/3

9/6 Labor Day Holiday (no assignments)

Lección 8 La comida {food; food descriptions; meals; preterite of stem-changing verbs; double object pronouns; comparisons; superlatives}

9/7 – 9/16 Homework assignments

 9/10 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 9/8 - 9/10

9/17 Lección 8 test (closed book); may be taken 9/15 - 9/17

Lección 9 Las fiestas {parties and celebrations; personal relationships; stages of life; irregular preterites; verbs that change meaning in the preterite; ¿qué? and ¿cuál?; pronouns after prepositions}

9/20 – 9/30 Homework assignments

9/24 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 9/22 - 9/24

10/1 Lección 9 test (closed book); may be taken  9/29 - 10/1

Lección 10 En el consultorio {health and medical terms; parts of the body; symptoms and medical conditions; health professions; the imperfect tense; the preterite and the imperfect; constructions with se; adverbs}

10/4 – 10/14 Homework assignments

10/8 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 10/6 - 10/8

10/15 Lección 10 test (closed book); may be taken 10/13 - 10/15 

10/18 - 22 Fall Break (no assignments)

10/25 - 11/5 Special Assignment "Don Quixote" - accessed via Blackboard

Lección 11 La tecnología {home electronics; computers and the internet; the car and its accessories; familiar commands; por and para; reciprocal reflexives; stressed possessive adjectives and pronouns}

11/8 – 11/18  Homework assignments

11/12 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 11/10 - 11/12

11/19 Lección 11 test (closed book); may be taken 11/17 - 11/19

Lección 12 La vivienda {parts of a house; household chores; table settings; relative pronouns; formal (usted/ustedes) commands; the present subjunctive; subjunctive with verbs of will and influence}

11/22 – 12/6 Homework assignments

11/25 - 11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday (no assignments)

11/30 Vocabulary quiz (closed book); may be taken 11/24 - 11/30

12/7 Lección 12 test (closed book); may be taken 12/4 - 12/7

 12/8 - 12/10 Review and prepare final exam

12/13 - 12/15 Final exam due any time until 15th at midnight

Additional Information

Additional announcements and information provided via the VHL Supersite calendar and e-mails from the professor every Monday morning and as needed. Neither announcements nor assignments will be posted on Blackboard.

Link to the VHL Supersite: 

For problems with the VHL Supersite, you may email: or call 1-800-248-2813.

For problems logging into AC Online, contact 806-371-5000.

Syllabus Created on:

08/13/21 4:14 PM

Last Edited on:

08/13/21 4:42 PM