SPAN 1110


TITLE:  Elementary Spanish I
TERM:  Summer 2019
CLASS BEGINS/ENDS:  06/06/19 - 08/15/19
NO CLASS DAYS:  Thursday, July 4
CLASS LOCATION:  Mahoney 114 (South campus) and online at


This is the first of two introductory courses where students begin to learn the fundamentals of Spanish. It stresses comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary. The course includes nouns, adjectives, and present tense as well as a study of Spanish-speaking cultures.

  • use MCC Student Email with attachments
  • save files to and retrieve from a local drive
  • save files in commonly used word processing program formats
  • copy and paste
  • identify and use a compatible web browser
  • identify and install necessary updates
  • install and use course-specific software programs

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an elementary level of language proficiency in Spanish in audio and oral skills, reading and writing.
  • Compare Hispanic cultures and histories in several Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Use basic, daily Spanish vocabulary.
  • Respond orally, or in writing, to elementary, "daily" questions.
  • Comprehend elementary written passages in Spanish, when these are based on known subjects, vocabulary, or cognates.
  • Recognize and use many regular, irregular, and stem changing present indicative tense verbs, both orally and in writing.
  • Portales: Reimagine Language Learning | José Blanco (C) 2016 ISBN: 978-1-68004-196-5
The only item that you NEED is the Portales student access through However, the bookstore will probably provide a bundle which includes a loose-leaf hard copy student textbook plus the Portales access. If you do not choose to purchase your materials through the campus bookstore, you will only be required to purchase access to Portales. Regardless, your access to Portales will include a virtual copy of the textbook called eCompanion which is located under the Resource Tab in Portales.

  • Spanish-English Dictionary (,
  • 501 Spanish Verbs
  • English Grammar for Students of Spanish by Emily Spinelli
  • OnTheHub, at for free and discounted academic software specifically for MCC students, faculty, and staff.


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This course will be comprised of lectures given by the instructor, participation in cooperative learning exercises with the whole class and in many small group/partner activities consisting of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additional participation points (participation assignments and oral practice activities), homework (activities and compositions), and tests will be completed online.

For each chapter, you will have:
  • Online activities through Portales, These activities will cover reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture.
  • A written exam in Portales,
  • Quizzes, compositions, partner, and virtual chat activities may also be assigned.
  • Recorded speaking activities and assessments in Portales,

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INSTRUCTOR NAME:  Anita Saalfeld
GOOGLE VOICEMAIL:  402-210-8383
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment
ACADEMIC AREA: Social Sciences (531-622-4543)

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The course will be comprised of lectures given by the instructor; participation in cooperative learning exercises with the whole class and in many small group/partner activities consisting of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

  • Assessments (oral & written; online & in-class) for Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and a Final Exam will be given.
  • Chapter 6 material will be covered in the final exam
  • Online lesson tests: For Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • A cumulative online final exam will be given for chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 = "Final +6 Exam"
  • If necessary, online chapter quizzes will be assigned in Portales
Online Assignments - Portales
  • The Portales is a requirement for this class.
  • All students must have registered for the Portales site by the end of the 2-week trial period on Portales.
  • Students must complete all assigned online written work.
  • Students must do their own work.
Late papers and assignments
  • All assignments will be due on the dates listed in the calendar on the Portales course site
  • The syllabus is an initial guide; however, Portales  will reflect the most current information
  • Late work will be accepted, but students should make every effort to stay caught up with the class. If you fall behind, it is extremely difficult to catch up.
Missed tests & final exam
  • The online chapter tests should be completed by the dates listed in the syllabus
  • The student is allowed to make up one (1) online test given in the entire course, provided that:
  • Within 3 business days of the missed written test, the student must notify the instructor via email of their desire to make up the test. A verbal request, phone call, or voicemail will not count as notification.
  • If the student fails to make email arrangements with the instructor within 3 business days of missing the test, the student will not be able to make up the online chapter test and no arrangements will be made. 
  • If the student makes arrangements to take the test and then fails to take the online chapter test within a week of the date of availability, the student will not be to reschedule the test. 
  • Any missed online chapter tests that are not made up will receive the grade of 0.
  • Students will not be allowed to re-do assessments that have already been taken.
  • The final exam components are not eligible for make-up. Students must take the final exam on the date(s) listed on the syllabus. No exceptions.
Extra credit
  • There will be no extra credit work for this class.

Final Course Grade Components:

Credit-only activities: 15% of final course grade
  • Students who are present in class are expected to participate in all activities and assessments presented in class. Students will also have online assignments that require participation. If a student does not participate in class and in the assigned online activities, the student will lose full to partial credit points.
Online graded homework: 40% of final course grade
  • The student must complete ALL assigned online Portales activities.
Class participation: 10% of final course grade
  • Class participation can only be graded if the student attends class. Meaningful and positive participation in class activities will receive a satisfactory class participation grade. If a student attends class, but does not positively participate or engages in behavior that does not contribute to the academic environment, the student will be given an unsatisfactory class participation grade. Arriving 30 minutes or more late to class will also result in an unsatisfactory participation grade. 
Written online chapter tests/assessments & final exam: 20% of final course grade
  • The student must complete ALL assigned online Portales assessments, including tests, exams, and quizzes.
Speaking activities & assessment: 15% of final course grade
  • The student must complete ALL assigned speaking tests and the final interview.
Grading Policy
  • A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C= 70-79%, D=60-69%, F<60%
  • No grades will be scaled or curved. No exceptions.
  • Your current grade will be located under the grades tab in Portales. It is the column listed as final grade. Assignment grades will be updated at least once a week in Portales. Your final grade for the course will be posted in My Way (

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Attendance/Participation Reporting: To confirm each student’s eligibility to remain registered for the class, the instructor will officially report attendance/participation on or before the Census Date. Students in this section of SPAN 1110 must attend a class meeting or participate in a class activity by June 19th. 

Class Participation:
  1. Read and study the textbook, use supplements as desired. Read and study the text material for each section. Take notes for yourself as you go outlining important ideas and examples. 
  2. Keep in touch with your instructor and your classmates.  You are encouraged to be touch with the instructor by telephone and Internet as deemed necessary. Your instructor is available for several hours on campus during the week. You may drop in or call in during that time.
  3. Use the communication tool in Portales. Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with classmates with partner chats, virtual chats, and online office hours.
  4. Use the Blackboard mail tool, Portales chat, and Portales Ask Your Instructor tools  to interact with your fellow students one-on-one as well as your instructor.
  5. Complete online assignments, tests, quizzes, assignments, and compositions as specified by your instructor.
Attendance and Class Participation:

See grading rubric for grading criteria.


To confirm each student’s eligibility to remain registered for the class, the instructor will officially report attendance/participation on or before the Census Date.


When you communicate with others in this course, you must follow the Student Conduct Code (, which calls for responsible and cooperative behavior. Please think critically, ask questions, and challenge ideas, but also show respect for the opinions of others, respond to them politely, and maintain the confidentiality of thoughts expressed in the class. You may also wish to review information at


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If you cannot participate in and complete this course, you are encouraged to contact your instructor and consult an MCC advisor, counselor, or the Financial Aid Office to evaluate the consequences of dropping the class. You can officially withdraw through My Services on the MCC My Way portal at or by calling Central Registration at 531-622-5231 or 1-800-228-9553. The last date to withdraw is noted in the CLASS IDENTIFICATION section of this syllabus.