Spanish 202 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 202  ENLACES                                              INSTRUCTOR  Gustavo Fares

Phone:             6691

Office:            MH 321



Pre-requisite for SPAN 202: SPAN 201, or equivalent.


ENLACES 2nd edition


ISBN: 978-1-68005-031-8

Supersite Plus Code (w/ WebSAM + vText)

·     Online textbook (vText); your textbook’s online resources (assignments, audio, video, reference tools, assessment, gradebook, teacher-student communication, etc.);

·     Supersite Plus assignments and tools; and your WebSAMonline workbook(s).


ISBN: 978-1-68005-035-6

·   Loose-leaf Student Textbook for class use, homework, and a great reference tool. (3-hole punched)

·   Supersite Plus Code (w/ WebSAM + vText)

o   Online textbook (vText); your textbook’s online resources (assignments, audio, video, reference tools, assessment, gradebook, teacher-student communication, etc.);

o   Supersite Plus assignments and tools; and your WebSAMonline workbook(s).


A bridge between intermediate and advanced Spanish courses. The class provides comprehensive practice of all language skills with emphasis on achieving control of most structures, considerable breadth of vocabulary, and appropriate communicative competence. Selected readings, written assignments and discussions serve to further develop the linguistic and analytic skills needed for advanced study in Spanish. Taught in Spanish.


The main objectives of the course are:

  • To further develop listening, speaking, writing and reading skills.
  • To enable students to communicate at practical level in real-life situations in the Spanish speaking world.
  • To enable students to communicate in an academic setting, critically assess ideas and texts, and be able to present them in writing to an academic audience.
  • To provide students with an overview of the rich cultural, geographical, and linguistic variety of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • To establish a point of departure and a solid language basis for students interested in continuing the study of Spanish at the advanced level (SPAN 300’s courses and beyond).

As you well know by now, Spanish is different from other classes you have been taking at LU, in the sense that it is a non-lecture-based course. Consider it a sport, since Spanish is a skill and this is a skills course. That means that there is a skill you are to acquire and that acquisition comes with practice, your practice. The professor is the coach, as when you play soccer; your coach does not lecture you in the field, nor does he play in your place; simply put, once the coach told you the rules of the game, you play it, to the best of your abilities. I watch from the sidelines, give you encouragement, organize “games” (opportunities to practice and so on) but YOU are the player, the one who makes the effort, uses the language and take the tests. If there is a rule of the “game” (language) you have not understood, I will do my very best to explain it as many times and in as many ways as necessary, but once the initial rule is understood, it is your effort that counts not my repetition. See, you cannot learn a language by the professor talking about it, you need to use it. In that regard, the bulk of the effort in the class will be yours, please do not be disappointed if the professor does not intervene more often, he needs not to.



WebSAM 30%
Participation 10%
Written Component 15%
Exam 1 Chapter. 1& 2 15%
Exam 2  Chapters 3 & 4 15%
Exam 3  Chapters 5 & 6 15%



A      94-100

A-      90-93



B+   88-89

B      84-87

B-      80-83



C+    78-79

C       74-77

C-       70-73



D+      68-69

D        64-67

D-        60-63


F         59 or below



  • Attendance: A maximum of three unexcused absences are allowed for this class.
    • After this limit is reached, there will be a deduction of 10% (per additional absence) taken from the student’s final participation grade.
    • In addition to this standard grade penalty, any absence or lack of punctuality will also impact a student’s participation score.
  • Written Component  15%
    • THREE written assignment (and rewrite)
    • 5% of final grade each assignment + rewrite) :
      • 1 essay 500 words long – roughly 1 page long (either lesson 1 or 2)
      • 1 essay 1000 words long – roughly 2 page long (either lesson 3 or 4)
      • 1 essay 1500 words long – roughly 3 page long (either lesson 5 or 6)
    • To be completed by the dates in the Table of Activities


1 Escribir un ensayo de 500 palabras sobre la presentación de la artista Venezolana Sydia Reyes, a la que los estudiantes asistirán el día 19 de Septiembre, a las 4:30.

o   + Rewrite (500 words long – roughly 1 page long)

2 o   Lección 3: pg 118 #4 “Narrar una historia familiar”+ Rewrite (1000 words long – roughly 2 page long)


o   Lección 4: Lee el texto de la pg. 153 “Recursos Naturales.” Contesta las preguntas de la pg. 154 # 1, y haz un resumen en tus propias palabras.

o   + Rewrite (1000 words long – roughly 2 pages long)

3 o   Lección 5: Lee el texto de la pg 194-5. Escribe de acuerdo al ejercicio # 4 de pg. 196.  + Rewrite (1300-1500 words long – roughly 3 pages long)


o   Lección 6: Lee el texto de la pg 232-3, haz un resumen, y contesta las preguntas de los ejercicios #1 y #2,  pg 234. Cuenta un episodio que conozcas de algo que pasó en tu ciudad/pueblo. (you may include the questions and prompt as part of the 1,500 words)

o   + Rewrite (1500 words long – roughly 3 pages long)

  • Participation: Students are required to speak Spanish at all times. They need to be thoroughly prepared in order to participate successfully in class, complete the required assignments, and pass several written and oral exams. Intensive interactive practice in the classroom includes a variety of challenging tasks that require students to read, write, listen and speak in Spanish every day.
  • They should prepare beforehand by studying the relevant material and completing the assigned homework and lab exercises in the Panorama Supersite.
    • Some computer activities provide immediate feedback. This feature allows students to identify problems and doubts before coming to class.


IMPORTANT: It is YOUR responsibility to inquire regularly about participation and general progress in this class.  If you wish to receive more detailed feedback on a specific assignment or exercise, please ask your professor promptly. Do not wait until the end of the term.

Please do NOT chew gum in class, no matter what the day’s planned activities (including testing days), and be sure to turn off your cell phone before class starts.

Expected Time Required

The amount of time students are expected to dedicate to work on this course outside of the classroom is 1.5-2 hours of study time and homework time for each hour spent in class.

Extra Credit:  Spanish Table

Students are eligible to receive extra credit for attending the Spanish tables at the rate of .2% per table attended, for a maximum of 2% of their final course grade. No more than .2% can be earned per week, so while attending both Spanish tables is heartily encouraged, attendance at the second will not be rewarded with course credit.


Honor Code

All assignments and exams in this course are subject to the honor code, and any violations will be reported to the Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

 All student work submitted for grading in this course is assumed to be pledged.

Students should review the Honor Code included in Student Handbook and familiarize themselves with the sections that outline the procedures for the enforcement of the code.

There will be

*NO MAKEUPS of EXAM or WebSAM Exercises*


Mindset in Spanish



But, wait a minute! Isn’t there something called IQ, which establishes the unchanging conditions of an individual’s intelligence?

In fact, there is an IQ test, but it was “designed by Binet, a Frenchman working in Paris in the early twentieth century to identify children who were not profiting from public schools, so that new educational programs could be designed to get them back on track” since he believed that “education and practice could bring about fundamental changes in intelligence” (Mindset 5)

A Growth Mindset for us means the following

  • Practice makes perfect;
  • You will not be judged. Period. But your willingness to participate and your actual work will count towards your final grade;
  • There is no “ability” to learn a language, just practice and more practice. So, practice!!