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COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Spanish II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2023

INSTRUCTOR: Sofia Sanz Alonso
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 1:30 PM 2:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or SPAN 201 (As of Fall 2022: Placement or SPAN 201 with a grade of C or above)
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

A continuation of SPAN 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills in the context of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Literary readings, newspaper articles, and films, are an essential component of the course.

The course is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points: verb tenses in the indicative and subjunctive moods, sequence of tenses, “if” clauses, relative pronouns, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, indirect discourse, and the use of prepositions and conjunctions. The course concentrates on consolidating specific communicative tasks, including stating opinions and constructing hypotheses, in both speaking and writing. Specialized vocabulary is expanded and appropriate variables in register are introduced in expository writing and conversation.



Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

- understand written and spoken Spanish at the upper intermediate level

- participate in complex conversations on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses

- ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings

- express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval, possibility and make conjectures

- comprehend the general meaning and details of upper-intermediate level texts

- produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
Aula internacional 4 Nueva Edición - Libro del alumnoGarmendia Iglesias, J. Agustín- Soriano Escolar, Carmen- García Rodríguez, M. Eva- Corpas Viñals, Jaime- Neus Sans, S.L.Difusión9788415620853  Hard CopyFeltrinelli-Angloamerican bookshopAmazon.it

2 TESTSThe two tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary coverd, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability. 20%
Midterm examThe midterm exam is designed 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%
Final ExamThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered,their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability.25%
Oral ProficiencyIn-class oral activities (5%) and final oral exam/oral presentation (10%). Students are examined singularly and in pairs or small groups. The types of tests are: conversation between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role playing. 15%
Class 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.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 cou
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 attending classes are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the language learning process requires considerable practice. 

During the course, students are allowed four unjustified absences that foresee occasional illness, bad day, schedule conflicts, travel plans, etc. For each additional absence the final grade will be lowered by 2 points. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. 


In consideration of the classroom experience, students with an official excuse from the Dean's Office to be absent from class will not be invited to synchronously attend classes from remote, except particular situations. In order to ensure that students who are absent with an official excuse can keep up with the work of their courses, classes may be recorded and shared with the student(s) who missed class. Notes and material used in class will be shared on Moodle and the professor will be available during office hours to help students who missed classes. 


As was done in the past, if a student, due to illness, exceeds the number of allowed absences and wishes to petition for a waiver from the attendance policy (have the absence "excused" due to illness), you must submit the Petition: Exemption from Instructor's Attendance Policies.  If an illness makes you miss an exam or major assignment, the student should submit the Petition: Justification for Missing Exams. The links to both forms can be found on the Registrar's page of the JCU website.



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). The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. 
The same policy is applied for the Quizzes. Students who will be absent from a quiz must notify the Professor before the Quiz and individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons

Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. 


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.


Week 1 - September 5 - 7


Presentations. Let’s know each other

Unit 1. Buenas noticias

Talking about news and social media, writing news

Grammar resources: review of forms and uses of the past tenses in Spanish (pretérito indefinido/pretérito perfecto/ pretérito imperfecto/pretérito pluscuamperfecto

Vocabulary resources: newspapers and social networks, verbs of transmission (manifestar, declarar, etc.), temporal markers


Week 2 - September 12 - 14 -15


Cont. Unit 1 Buenas noticias


Week 3 - September 19 - 21


Unit 2. ¿Y tu qué opinas?

Expressing opinions, evaluating different options, expressing agreement and disagreement

Grammar resources: the use of the subjunctive mode to express evaluations and opinions (creo que + indicativo / non creo que + subjuntivo, es evidente que, es fantástico que…)

Vocabulary resources: talking about tourism, leissure, describing towns and cities


Week 4 - September 26 - 28

Cont. Unit 2 

Making a negotiation and establishing conditions


Thursday September 28 - QUIZ 1


Week 5 - October 3 - 5

Cont. Unit 2 

Grammar resources: solo si / siempre que, discourse markers (en primer lugar, en segundo lugar, etc.), the formation of nouns (sustantivación)



Week 6 - October 10 - 12

Unit 3. Yo nunca lo haría

Giving advice, expressing wishes, describing traditions, making hypothesis (first, second and third conditional)

Grammar resources: uses of the conditional tense, te recomiendo / aconsejo /sugiero que + subjuntivo, the imperfect tense of the subjunctive mode, the pretérito pluscuamperfecto of the subjunctive mode

Vocabulary resources: sports, traditions, dar miedo / pereza/ verguenza….


Week 7 - October 17 - 19

Cont. Unit 3 


Week 8 - October 24 - 26


                  Thursday October 26 - MIDTERM EXAM


Week 9 - October 31 - November 2


Unidad 4. Maneras de vivir

Expressing cause and purposes, making proposals, talking about feelings, character and personality

Grammar resources: the use of the subjunctive mode to express feelings in the present and in the past, uses of por and para, sequence of tenses in relative clauses, discourse markers to add, oppose or deny an information

Vocabulary resources: vocabulary to describe personal relations, phrasal verbs


Week 10 - November 7 - 9

Cont. Unit 4


Week 11 - November 14 - 16


Unit 5. Lugares con encanto

Talking about cities and describing their qualities

Grammar resources: relative clauses (el que, el cual, del que, en el que, dónde), the passive voice, verbs of perception and opinion + indicative / subjunctive

Vocabulary resources: vocabulary to describe cities and travels


Week 12 - November 21


Tuesday November 21 - QUIZ 2


Week 13 - November 28 - 30


Unit 6. Se valorará la experiencia

Expressing requirements and conditions

Grammar resources: uses of se in impersonal sentences (se valorará, se tendrá en cuanta, etc.), the infinitivo compuesto (haber estudiado, haber trabajado…)

Vocabulary resources: politics and society, education


Week 14 - December 5 - 7



Final examinations (date to be confirmed)