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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Spanish II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020

INSTRUCTOR: Sofia Sanz Alonso
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 3:05-4:25 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or SPAN 101 (As for Fall 2022: Placement or SPAN 101 with a grade of C or above)
OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Wednesday from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm or by appointment

A continuation of SPAN101. This course aims at developing and reinforcing the language skills  acquired in Introductory Spanish I, while placing special emphasis on oral communication.

Students will learn how to use verbally and in writing simple but effective structures using present, future and past tenses. They will also extend their vocabulary related to every day situations.

Grammar: Past simple regular and irregular; pronominal verbs; past continuous; conditional tense; imperative; direct object pronouns.

Group discussions, role play and conversation in the classrom, all help to improve oral communication, vocabulary knowledge and sentence structure.


Upon completing this course, students will posses the following abilities:

a) Listening

Understand messages aired by the media ; concise telephone conversations asking for information and related answers; short dialogues between native speakers; public presentations with visual aids on familiar topics.

b) Speaking

Converse face to face in everyday situations (at the restaurant, tourist office, train station, airport); speak about activities: work, study and leisure-time; describe past experiences.

c) Reading comprehension

Understand simple personal letters and e-mails; short notices; brief instructions related to study, work or the home environment.

d) Writing

Write short texts as notes, messages and advertisements, personal letters explaining past experience, e-mails to friends giving thanks, inviting them, accepting or rejecting an invitation. 

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
Aula Internacional 2Corpas-Garmendia - SorianoDifusion9788415640103     
Uso de la gramatica espanola IntermedioFrancisca CastroEdelsa9788477117100     

2 testsDesigned to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.20%
Midterm ExamDesigned to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered up to this point, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.25%
Oral ProficiencyFinal oral presentation (10%) and in class activities (5%). The type of in class activities/tests will be: conversation between two students, monologues, role playing. Conversations, monologues, role playing and oral presentation will be elicited by visual stimuli, texts, or questions from the instructor.15%
Final ExamReading comprehension: Students will have to answer in writing several questions that test their comprehension of what they have read. Writing ability: Students will have to answer writing questions and produce written texts of increasing length, formality and complexity on topics of every day life. Listening comprehension: Students will have to answer in writing an increasing number of questions that test their comprehension of what they have heard. Oral Proficency: conversation between two students, monologues, role playing25%
Attendance, Participation, and HomeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Homework and assignments must be prepared and handled (if required) for the scheduled date. Late work will be penalized. It is mandatory for the course to have and use the student's book to participate in all activities. You are expected to log in to the Moodle platform of the course at least two times per week, in order to follow the course schedule, to participate in class and complete all the required Moodle activities. The activity completion and the login activity will be tracked by the platform. 15%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

Students are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed three (3) unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Two late entrances or leaving early from class for two times count as one absence.


Individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons. The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs  (Please see the John Cabot University Catalogue and Student Handbook).

As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Please note that there will be make-up Friday classes on Oct 9, 16 and Nov 13


Please take note of the dates of the exams:

Quiz 1- October 13

Midterm Exam - October 29

Quiz 2 - November 19

Oral Presentations - December 10

Week 1 - 22- 24 September


Tasks: Talking about feelings and learning difficulties, cognitive skills and personal experiences.

 Grammar: verbs noto que / me resulta difícil / A mí me parece (I realize that, I notice that, it was hard for me, it seems to me). Giving advice: verbs intentar and procurar (try to, seek to)

 Vocabulary related to education and learning process. 


Week 2 - 29 September - 1 October

Tasks: Writing a biography

Grammar: past simple regular and irregular. Prepositions: desde, durante, hasta


Week 3 - 6 - 8 - 9 October


Tasks: Expresing preferences, likes and dislikes. Making comparisons

Grammar: Pronominal verbs: gustar, encantar. Comparative adjectives

Vocabulary: rooms and furniture in a house


Friday 9 October - MAKE UP DAY


Week 4 - 13- 15 - 16 October


Tasks: Making and responding to polite offers and requests. Offering to do things

Grammar: Past continuous. Conditional tense


QUIZ 1 – Tuesday October 13


Friday October 16  - MAKE UP DAY


Week 5 - 20-22 October


Tasks: Expressing preferences and desires. Making suggestions, accepting or rejecting them. Talking about plans and arrangements. Talking about dates and times
Grammar: past tense: Preterito Perfecto (present perfect)Tense markersAdverbs and expressions of frequency
Vocabulary related to the entertainment industry: leisure spaces and activities, types of TV programs and films

 Week 6 - 27-29 October

Midterm review and MIDTERM EXAM


Week 7 - 3-5 November


Tasks: Talking about eating habits. Recipes

Grammar: Grammar: Se impersonal (english passive form). Direct object pronouns. Ser/estar

Vocabulary: Food and drink

Week 8 - 10-12-13 November

Tasks: Talking about experiences. Describing people

Grammar: past simple regular and irregular/present perfect. Pronominal verbs: caer bien o mal, llevarse bien o mal. I would like to know if  (me gustaría saber si)

Vocabulary: personality adjectives

            Friday 13 November - MAKE UP CLASS


Week 9 - 17-19 November

Cont. Describing people and past tenses


  QUIZ 2 Thursday November 19


Week 10 - 24-26 November


Tasks: Talking about our health status and feelings. Warnings and advice

Grammar: Tienes que/Hay que (to have to, to must). Imperative.
Vocabulary: Health and medicine. Parts of the body. Sickness and accidents. Feelings


Week 11 - 1-3 December 


Tasks: Talking about past habits. 

Talking about past experience.

Grammar: past simple regular and irregular/present perfect/past continuous. Sequence adverbs. Estaba+gerund / estuve+gerund


Week 12 - 10 December


Final review




 Final examinations (date to be confirmed)