Intermediate Spanish

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Caron Glenda Juerakhan

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Course Support:  Ms. Phillip +1 444 4175 ext 3823

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

Span 201 reviews key elements of Introductory Spanish and provides a solid grammatical base and a rich and useful vocabulary within the context of Hispanic culture. It seeks to help the students acquire the necessary skills to enable them to communicate orally and in writing satisfactorily in Spanish about everyday situations and to understand different articles in Spanish. The course is textbook based and is supplemented by audio aids. Emphasis will be placed on the following language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 Course Objectives: 

  1. Positive attitudes to foreign language learning, to speakers of the language        and their cultures.
  2. Essential language skills for effective communication in Spanish.
  3. A sound base for further study and use of the language in practical, everyday situations relating to work and leisure.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand and communicate with reasonable accuracy in Spanish at an intermediate level on a variety of topics, using the simple present and past tenses, as well as the future tense;
  2. Demonstrate adequate grammatical accuracy both orally and in writing;
  3. Use the subjunctive mood with reasonable accuracy;
  4. Read and respond to authentic language taken from texts and oral messages;
  5. Research and write reports in Spanish using adequate vocabulary and grammatical structures;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of certain aspects of Latin American and Spanish culture.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

  • 1:  Narrate and describe in present, past and future, on a variety of familiar topics.
  • 2:  Read and understand a variety of texts which include Latin American culture and lifestyle.
  • 3: Communicate orally on different topics and in a variety of social situations.
  • 4: Understand discourse on a variety of topics and situations.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less

Course Materials:

Text: Ultimate Spanish,  Beginner-Intermediate Living Language

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Websites:,, transparent.con,, 

Television: Univisión, Cubavisión

Course Grading Requirement:

Attendance: 10%

Participation: 10%

Course work; 20% (2 quizzes /assignments)

Assignment/Project: 30 % 

Assignment/Project: 30 %  

Total                                           100%

Course Requirements:

Class time will be devoted exclusively to activities that will allow the students to practice the skills of understanding and interacting in Spanish. Therefore they are expected to use the tentative class schedule as a guide [the instructor will also inform them] to read the notes on the topics and be prepared to participate in every class. Attendance is mandatory as a language is spoken as well as written. 

Course Schedule

The following topics will be covered:

Weeks 1-4 

  • Food and drink [national/Hispanic]
  • National dishes and drinks 
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quiz 1: [Oral. Mon and Wed of week 3]
  • Repaso
  • Grammar: The preterit tense
  • Regular and irregular verbs
  • Questions on past events
  • The family [Questions/paragraphs on the family]                                                                         
  • Reading/Listening Comprehension
  • Topic for project 1:  Write a paper in SPANISH on the different dishes and drinks in TWO SpanishCountries of your choice. Include which of the two countries you would like to visit and which dishes and drinks you would like to try. [No less than 2 written pages]
  • Deadline : Wed of Week 7
  • Submission procedure: TWO [2] marks will be deducted every day after the deadline.

Presentation [cover page, essay structure, sources…]






Weeks 5-7

  • Grammar:  The Imperfect tense, exercises/questions
  • ¿Qué hacías durante las vacaciones de verano cuando eras joven?
  • Grammar:  Object Pronouns
  • Grammar:  Making negative statements and questions
  • Grammar:  Relative pronouns
  • Reading /Listening Comprehension
  • Submission of project 1

Weeks 9 /10

  • Grammar: stem changing verbs
  • The environment
  • Climate change and global warming
  • Reading Comprehension Global Warming, El paso de un huracán El cambio climático…  

Week 11  

  • Grammar: Present perfect tense
  • Travel/Transport
  • Topic for Project 2: Write a paper about the effects and possible solutions of climate change in your country and what you can do to help mitigate the problems. [in SPANISH]
  • Deadline: Wed of Week 14]    No less than 2 written pages]                                                               
  • Submission procedure: TWO [2] marks will be deducted every day after the deadline.

Weeks 12-14

  • Grammar: Por/para
  • Grammar: Present subjunctive
  • Grammar: Expressing likes: gustar/encantar Reading comprehension [una carta entre amigas…]
  • Fun facts: Questions on geography 
  • Submission of project 2
  • Quiz 2 [Written] Wed of week 13

Week 15

  • Pending Assignments  
  • NB. Attendance and Participation: 20% of evaluation.

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Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.