Beginning Spanish I


  2. A. Course Title: Beginning Spanish I
    B. Course Number: SP 114 - 30145
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 8:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Dovalpage, Teresa
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 112
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2837
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 12:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:30:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 12:30:00 PM-4:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:30:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: BUC240

    Beginning Spanish I is a course that provides a conversational approach to language acquisition to teach vocabulary and comprehension. This course allows beginning language learners to hear Spanish and experience its cultural diversity. This course provides development of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension in Spanish with careful attention given to grammar and pronunciation. This course contains a lecture and lab component. This is a four credit hour course.


    Beginning Spanish I 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.



    Vistas: Introducción a La Lengua Española
    Vista Higher Learning Supersite Code Only
    Blanco/Donley 5th Edition
    Boston, Massachusetts 2016.
    We DO NOT use a physical textbook. All you need is a code that gives you access to the Supersite, the virtual textbook (vText) and all the Supersite online activities.
    Please contact the NMJC bookstore or email me if you have any questions about it.


    The following supplemental study aids are suggested:
    1. Spanish/English Dictionary (Vox by McGraw Hill, Cuyás, Webster's Spanish-English/English-Spanish Dictionary or any other )
    2. 501 Spanish Verbs (Barron's Educational Series)
    3. Tutoring: Students may sign up for free personal tutoring at the NMJC Learning Assistance Center located in the Library building.
    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

    This course covers Lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4 from the Vistas textbook.

    Your grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:

    Participation (20%): You are expected to attend class and participate. Your participation grade includes your contributions during regular class sessions and the Participation Assignments on Canvas.

    Homework (30%): Your homework will be done on the Supersite. Every week you will be assigned a number of exercises. They are good practice, a way to learn and to receive feedback. Make sure to read the explanations and watch the video tutorials first, as they will prepare you to do the homework exercises. Notice that all these exercises are due by midnight on the assigned dates. Plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute to do your homework. Late homework will not be accepted! At the end of every lesson you will get a homework grade based on the percentage you receive on the Supersite for that particular lesson.

    Quizzes (30%): There will be three quizzes (for lessons 1, 2 and 3.) They will be done on the Supersite during class time.

    Final Exam (20%): The final exam is cumulative and will cover material from all the lessons. It will have a written part, done on the Supersite and timed, and an oral part that will be done on Canvas.


    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 slower than normal pace, understand some 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, describe people and places, and narrate recurring (present) events.

    C. Students should be able to perform many daily routines, such as making phone calls, greeting and departing, and so on.

    D. Students should be able to read almost any simple 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 appropriate vocabulary and correct grammar.


    About the Supersite activities:

    First, the Supersite is your friend! It contains a lot of useful information that you will need to do your quizzes and final exam. It also contains all our homework activities.

    The Supersite tutorials are very useful to help you understand the content of the lessons. You will need to watch and study them and maybe take notes in order to be able to do the exercises later. They are essential to understand the lesson so please take the time to get familiar with the information offered there.

    The homework is a very important component of the Supersite. Remember, homework is 30% of your final grade. And it is done on the Supersite!

    You will notice that after the second week you will have to devote more time to the Supersite activities. The first week is particularly easy to give you time to familiarize yourself with the Supersite system and get help if you need it, but after that, activities will increase in number and duration.

    More information about the course:
    Following the principles of the communicative approach, the course will be taught mostly in Spanish though I will use English to explain grammar issues and make sure the students understand the main topics. Students are responsible for self-advocating. If they do not understand something or if the instructor is going too fast, student will request repetition (Repita, por favor) or a slower pace (Hable más despacio, por favor).

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

    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. I will respond within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend.

    ¡Nos vemos en clase!


    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 at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    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 Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This course covers Lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the Vistas textbook.

    All due dates are clearly stated on the Supersite and on Canvas. Consult the Assignment Calendar to keep track of what is due and when.

    Week 1: Introduction to Lección 1. ¡Hola, ¿qué tal?
    Contextos: Students will learn greetings and leave-takings, introducing themselves and others, and expressions of courtesy.

    Week 2: Lección 1 (cont.)
    Fotonovela. Students will get familiar with the main characters of the Fotonovela (Marissa, Don Diego and la familia Díaz). The Fotonovela always introduces topics that we will study later in the lesson. For example, in Lesson 1 we will see introductions, asking and telling the time, etc. Do not worry if you do not understand everything at first! At the end of the chapter you can watch the Fotonovela on your own, again. You will notice how much more you understand.
    Pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet.
    Cultura: Introduction to Saludos y Besos en los países hispanos and La Plaza Principal.These are short readings in English that will provide the students with information about usual greetings between men and women in different Spanish-speaking countries. (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment.)

    Week 3: Lección 1 (cont.)
    Estructura: Nouns and articles.
    Numbers 0-30.

    Week 4: Lección 1 (cont.)
    Present tense of ser.
    Telling time. Students will learn how to answer the question ¿Qué hora es?
    Panorama: Estados Unidos y Canadá.

    Lesson One Quiz.

    Week 5: Lección 2: En la Universidad.
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about the classroom and academic life, fields of study and academic subjects.
    Students will learn about days of the week and class schedules.

    Week 6: Lección 2 (cont.)
    Fotonovela: Marissa and her new friends talk about their classes. Maru, Juan Carlos and Miguel are introduced here.
    Spanish vowels will be presented
    Cultura: Introduction to La elección de una carrera universitaria and La Universidad de Salamanca. These are readings in English that describe the Spanish university system. (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment.)

    Week 7: Lección 2 (cont.)
    Estructura: Present tense of regular -ar verbs and the verb gustar.
    Forming questions in Spanish.

    Week 8: Lección 2 (cont.)
    Present tense of estar.
    Numbers 31 and higher.
    Panorama: España

    Lesson Two Quiz.

    Week 9: Leccion 3: La Familia.
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about their family as well as professions and occupations.
    Students will learn terms for family relationships and how to create and read a family tree.

    Week 10: Lección 3 (cont.)
    Fotonovela: Marissa meets relatives of the Díaz family like Tía Nayeli and Tío Ramón.
    Diphthongs and linking.
    Cultura: Introduction to ¿Cómo te llamas? and La familia real española. These are readings in English that will provide students with information about the names and surnames used in Spanish-speaking countries, the concept of independence for young adults and more. They will also learn about the Spanish royal family. (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment.)

    Week 11: Lección 3 (cont.)
    Estructura: Descriptive adjectives, adjectives of nationality.
    Possessive adjectives. Position of adjectives.

    Week 12: Lección 3 (cont.)
    Present tense of regular -er and -ir verbs.
    Introduction to irregular verbs. Present tense of tener and venir.
    Panorama: Ecuador.

    Lesson Three Quiz.

    Week 13: Leccion 4: Los pasatiempos.
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about pastimes, sports, and places in the city
    Estructura: Present tense of the verb ir.

    Week 14: Lección 4 (cont.)
    Fotonovela: Marissa and her friends visit a cenote while Felipe and Juan Carlos go to a soccer (fútbol) game.
    Word stress and accent marks will be presented.
    Cultura: Introduction to Real Madrid y Barca: rivalidad total and Miguel Cabrera y Paola Espinoza. These readings in English deal with sports. One is about the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barca, the two most important soccer teams in Spain, and its political implications. They also feature two prominent athletes.

    Week 15: Lección 4 (cont.)
    Estructura: More irregular verbs.
    Presentation of stem-changing verbs.

    Week 16: Lección 4 (cont.)
    Verbs with irregular yo forms
    Review of Lesson 4 and of the overall content of the semester.

    The final exam will take place in class. Please refer to Finals schedule for exact date and time.