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SPAN 201 Hybrid

¡Bienvenidos a Spanish 201 híbrido!

Course Description

SPAN 201 represents the equivalent of the first part of a second-year course delivered in a hybrid course format.  Its hybrid format combines class instruction with a significant component of technologically based materials: Interacciones workbook to accompany the Interacciones textbook, the Spanish 201 Hybrid Website with online readings, quizzes, and exams and for online meetings (Mondays or Wednesdays) a sound/text chat program (Zoom).  The course materials and exercises focus on consolidating the same array of skills promoted in the regular SPA 201 (i.e., meeting 4 days face-to-face).  This course is particularly appropriate for the following student conditions: (1) a preference for learning mediated through technology (This is a hybrid course, so this indicates that you will be working most of the time with technology); (2) schedule/time limitations (since class meets only two days a week in the classroom and once a week online with your instructor and classmates); (3) responsible and independent students who do not need an instructor to remind them to do their work (e.g., exams,  readings…).

More about this Spanish 201 hybrid format course:

1)    The instructor meets with students Tuesdays and Thursdays in the classroom to work with the textbook Interacciones, and to practice our speaking and listening skills.  Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture.

2)    Once a week (Mondays or Wednesdays) students will chat online (sound and text) with the instructor and classmates. Your instructor will inform you about the assigned day and time you have to connect to our Spanish online meetings during the semester. Each student has to log in using Zoom for our online meetings. (Check your calendar for the first and following online meetings)

3)    In between class meetings, students will use the Interacciones textbook & workbook, and the online tasks to perform additional exercises and activities. Students will also take their exams outside class time in the Testing Facility, located in room 60 in the basement of Carver Hall. You will need a college ID to take these.

Intended Course Learning Outcomes/Course Goals:

The goal of this course is to help students to consolidate their basic knowledge of the Spanish language, with emphasis on grammar, reading, writing and communicative activities in order to improve your listening and speaking skills. This course prepares students to move into more advanced writing and conversations courses. It is assumed, therefore, that students registered for this class have a good command of beginning Spanish, i.e. sound system, grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Read and demonstrate comprehension of uncomplicated prose in Spanish.
  2. Converse in the target language on practical daily subjects and be understood by speakers of Spanish.
  3. Write in Spanish with complex sentences on various topics, cultural material, and everyday subjects.
  4. Understand Spanish spoken at normal speed with some repetition on a variety of selected topics in various formats.
  5. Develop critical thinking skills of deduction and inference about grammar patterns and syntax in order to extract meaning from texts and verbal discourse.
  6. Continue developing awareness of cultural values, beliefs, and ideologies of the Hispanic world.
  7. Demonstrate oral proficiency to the ACTFL Intermediate Mid-level.

Required Materials

  • Interacciones: Emily Spinelli Carmen García & Carol E. G, 7th edition, Heinle Cengage Learning.
  • QUIA online workbook with Lab Manual Printed Access Card. Ilearn Heinle Cengage learning.
  • Web-based materials that provide cultural readings, quizzes, and other resources using the Blackboard webpage.


We will cover chapters 1 through 5 of the Interacciones textbook. There will be an exam after completing every chapter. Remember all exams are cumulative. Information you learn through spaced repetition stays with you longer than information you “cram.” You are responsible for preparing for and taking all 5 exams in the Testing Facility, room 60 at Carver Hall.  Your exams will be based on listening, grammar, vocabulary, culture and writing.

Spanish coordinator for this course:
Charles Nagle
Office: 3118B Pearson Hall
Office Phone: 294-6089
E-mail: cnagle@iastate.edu
WLC Department Phone: 294-4046