Beginning Spanish II


  2. A. Course Title: Beginning Spanish II
    B. Course Number: SP 124 - 10414
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 8:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Cavitt, Tami
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I will meet you virtually during the summer session by appointment. I will respond to emails within 24 hours.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: BUC240

    Beginning Spanish II is a continuation of SP 114. The conversational approach to language acquisition is used to provide students the opportunity to increase their fluency in Spanish. This course provides development of vocabulary, conversation, reading, and grammar with careful attention given to pronunciation. This course contains a lecture and lab component. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisite: SP 114


    Beginning Spanish II is a course designed to give native and non-native speakers written and oral communication skills in Spanish. This is a general education course which is on the New Mexico General Education Matrix. It will transfer to all New Mexico schools. It is important, however, to check with other receiving institutions for confirmation that this course will transfer. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC's Counseling Office. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student's responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Supersite Code for Vistas: Introducción a La Lengua Española
    Vista Higher Learning
    Blano/Donley 4th Edition
    Boston, Massachusetts 2015
    The textbook is online within the Supersite code.


    501 Spanish Verbs

    The following supplemental study aids are suggested:
    1. Spanish/English Dictionary: There are many good dictionaries available for purchase. (I recommend Vox by McGraw Hill)
    2. Tutoring: Students may sign up for free personal tutoring at the NMJC Learning Assistance Center in Mansur Hall Room 121.
    3. Writing Reference Book: Little, Brown Essential Handbook 7th ed. (2011), Jane E. Aaron, Pearson/Longman Publisher
    4. Brainfuse: NMJC provides an online tutoring service free to students. You will find a link to Brainfuse under "Distance Learning" on the NMJC homepage.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Grading Policy
    This course covers Chapters 5-8 in the Vistas textbook. All Lab, Homework, Quiz and Test Grades will be posted both in the Vistas Supersite and in Canvas. They will be weighted according to the following scale for each chapter:
    Graded Activities: 30%
    Credit Activities: 10%
    Communication Activities 20%
    Quizzes: 10%
    Tests: 30%


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The State Educational Matrix has the following objectives:

    1. Students will analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    2. Students will compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual).

    3. Students will recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    4. Students will draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    A. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to understand most Spanish spoken at normal pace and develop skills and coping strategies for filling in the gaps of imperfect comprehension.

    B. In terms of speaking, students should be able to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics in the present and past tense.

    C. Students should be able to perform many daily routines, such as going shopping, going on vacation, and preparing meals.

    D. Students should be able to read almost any basic material and will have gained some experience in reading materials written for the native-speaking reader.

    E. Students should be able to write in Spanish using correct vocabulary and grammar.


    Each lesson contains five components: Contextos, Fotonovela, Cultura, Estructura, and Adelante.

    Make up work will only be given in case of illness or emergency. Students must notify the instructor PRIOR TO OR ON the date of the exam to be able to make up the work. Otherwise, no make up work will be given.

    This is an ITV course, and students will be expected to perform in an honorable fashion. During a test, no books or notes are allowed. Using an online translator program will be considered plagiarism. This could cause a student to be dropped from the course.

    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course.

    The best way to contact the instructor is through email in Canvas. I will respond within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend.

    All course announcements will be made on the Announcement Board on Canvas as well as the Supersite.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    All due dates are clearly stated on the Supersite and on Canvas. You will be reminded of test dates on the Announcement Board in both sites and in your Course Calendar.

    Week 1: Syllabus Quiz
    Leccion 5: Las vacaciones
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about travel and vacations, months of the year, seasons and weather and ordinal numbers

    Week 2: Fotonovela: The difference between b and v will be presented

    Week 3: Continuation of Leccion 5
    Cultura: El Camino Inca and Punta del Este

    Week 4: Estructura: Estar with conditions and emotions, the present progressive, ser and estar, direct object nouns and pronouns
    (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment)

    Supersite lab activities to accompany Leccion 5

    Test #1 Tuesday, February 13

    Week 5: Leccion 6 De compras!
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about clothing and shopping, negociating a price and buying items, and colors and adjectives

    Week 6: Fotonovela: The difference between d and t will be presented.

    Week 7: Continuation of Leccion 6
    Cultura: Los mercados al aire libre and Carolina Herrera
    (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment)

    Week 8: Estructura: Saber and conocer, indirect object pronouns, preterite tense of regular verbs and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

    Supersite lab activities to accompany Leccion 6

    Test #2 Tuesday, March 14

    Week 9: Leccion 7: La rutina diaria
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about a daily routine, personal hygiene, and time expressions

    Week 10: Fotonovela: The consonants r and rr will be presented

    Week 11: Continuation of Leccion 7
    Cultura: La siesta and Ir de tapas
    Estructura: Reflexive verbs, indefinite and negative words, preterite of ser and ir and verbs like gustar
    (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment)

    Supersite lab activities to accompany Leccion 7

    Test #3 Tuesday, April 11

    Week 12: Leccion 8: La comida
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about food, food descriptions and preparing meals

    Week 13: Fotonovela: Pronouncing ll, c and z will be presented

    Week 14: Cultura: Frutas y verduras de las Americas and Ferran Adria: arte en la cocina
    Continuation of Leccion 8
    Estructura: Preterite of stem-changing verbs, double object pronouns, comparisons and superlatives

    Supersite lab activities to accompany Leccion 8

    Test #4 (Final Exam) The Chapter 8 Test is the Final Exam. It will be on Monday, May 8 at 8:00 a.m.