Beginning Spanish II


  2. A. Course Title: Beginning Spanish II
    B. Course Number: SP 124 - 10512
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: Virtual

    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 should transfer to most New Mexico schools. It is important, however, to check with the receiving institution 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.



    Portales Online Text
    Vista Higher Learning, 2016
    ISBN 978-1-68004-216-0


    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: Harbrace Essentials w/Resources for Writing in the Disciplines
    2nd edition

    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.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    The course covers Chapters 5-8 in the Portales program. All Lab, Homework, Quiz and Test Grades will be posted both in Portales 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%

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Each lesson contains six components: Contextos, Fotonovela, Pronunciación, Cultura, Estructura, and Adelante. Students are to work through the assigned activities in each section.

    Students can track their progress and points by clicking the Notifications tab. Some activities are oral and require an online partner. You must have a partner for all of the partnered oral exercises in each chapter, and your camera must be enabled. If you find it difficult to connect with another student in the class, there is a Spanish tutor available to record with you. It is preferable to find a partner that can be online with you the same time every day. You will make more progress in your language acquisition if you make it natural; that is between two people in a conversational situation.

    All tests are open from Sunday at 12:00 p.m. until Monday at 11:59 p.m. MST You will have one hour to take each test. Please plan ahead so that you will be available during these times to take your test. Check the Calendar in Canvas for all due dates. They are also listed in the Course Outline.

    Students may view instructor comments in both the Portales program as well as on Canvas. Announcements will be made on both the Canvas and Portales sites, so students should check both every day.

    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 online 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.

    Communication between student and professor is vital to success in this course. For this reason, I will respond to emails within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend. Grades will be posted within 36 hours of the due date.

    The online program requires that student listen to and record video and audio assignments. For this reason, computers with a camera and microphone are needed to complete many assignments. Computers are available in the NMJC labs for student use if needed.


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    All due dates are clearly stated in the Portales program and in the Canvas course calendar. All Announcements will be made in both the Canvas and Portales programs, so students should check both daily. All tests will be given in Portales.

    Week 1: Leccion 5: Las vacaciones
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about travel and vacations, months of the year, seasons and weather and ordinal numbers
    Fotonovela: The difference between b and v will be presented

    Week 2: Continuation of Leccion 5
    Cultura: El Camino Inca and Punta del Este
    Estructura: Estar with conditions and emotions, the present progressive, ser and estar, direct object nouns and pronouns

    Lab: Online activities to accompany Leccion 5

    Test #1 The Chapter 5 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, February 12 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 13.

    Week 3: Leccion 6 De compras!
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about clothing and shopping, negotiating a price and buying items, and colors and adjectives
    Fotonovela: The difference between d and t will be presented

    Week 4: Continuation of Leccion 6
    Cultura: Los mercados al aire libre and Carolina Herrera
    Estructura: Saber and conocer, indirect object pronouns, preterite tense of regular verbs and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

    Lab: Online activities to accompany Leccion 6

    Test #2 The Chapter 6 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, March 12 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 13.

    Week 5: Leccion 7: La rutina diaria
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about a daily routine, personal hygiene, and time expressions
    Fotonovela: The consonants r and rr will be presented

    Week 6: 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

    Lab: Online activities to accompany Leccion 7

    Test #3 The Chapter 7 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, April 9 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 10.

    Week 7: Leccion 8: La comida
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about food, food descriptions and preparing meals
    Fotonovela: Pronouncing ll, rr, c and z will be presented
    Cultura: Frutas y verduras de las Americas and Ferran Adria: arte en la cocina

    Week 8: Continuation of Leccion 8
    Estructura: Preterite of stem-changing verbs, double object pronouns, comparisons and superlatives

    Lab: Online activities to accompany Leccion 8

    Test #4 Final Exam: The Chapter 8 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, May 7 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 8.