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There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students who successfully complete Spanish 101 will be able to communicate at the intermediate-low level according to the ACTFL Guidelines. This means students will be able to create simple sentences to talk about themselves and some personal needs and make simple purchases and other requests. They will generally be understood by sympathetic native speakers.
  2. Students will begin to be able to interact with native speakers in culturally appropriate ways.
  3. Students will be able to explain some cultural differences between their own culture and Hispanic culture.

Course Materials

To successfully complete this course, you will need the following:

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Unit Outlines

Preliminary Unit — Welcome to Unidos, Greetings, and Classroom Skills

Unit 1 — ¿Qué estudias?

Unit 2 — ¿Quiénes son tus amigos?

Unit 3 — ¿Qué hacen para divertirse?

Unit 4 — ¿Cómo es tu familia?

Unit 5 — ¿Dónde vives?

Unit 6 — ¿Qué te gusta comprar?

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You must pass the orientation quiz with 100 percent before you continue in the course.

Practice Activities

These activities do not count toward your course grade. They include:

Non-graded activities are meant to give you extra practice with the culture, grammar, and vocabulary information that you have learned about in the unit. Even though they are not worth specific points, they are very worth doing—taking every opportunity to build your skills and understanding will be very helpful as you learn Spanish!

Culture Videos and Activities

Culture videos and activities provide students with insights into the way of life of the Spanish-speaking world. Some of the information will be helpful as students move through the rest of the unit. Most of the culture activities will be computer graded and make up 8% of your final grade.

Vocabulary Tutorials and Application Quizzes

Vocabulary tutorials are designed as practice assignments. Students are encouraged to repeat the tutorials as many times as needed in order to master the material. The related application activities will be primarily computer graded. They are open book and are designed to measure students’ skill in using the vocabulary in question. Vocab application quizzes are worth 10% of your final grade.

Grammar Tutorials and Application Quizzes

Grammar tutorials are designed to provide instruction in how the language is structured. Students are encouraged to repeat the tutorials as many times as needed and refer to them as they complete the application activities. The related apply activities will be primarily computer graded. Grammar application quizzes are worth 15% of your final grade. Remember, you can retake these until you are happy with your grade!

Conversation Café

Conversation Café — The grade in the Conversation Café will be based on three components:

  1. Time — in order to receive full credit students need to spend five hours in the conversation café per chapter.
  2. Completion of the speaking activities — students will speak live with another student or the TA in the conversation café to complete specific activities from the text.
  3. Helpfulness/Use of Spanish — students will spend the remainder of their time in the conversation café engaging with other students in Spanish.

For example, students could engage in peer tutoring by asking/answering questions about grammar principles, vocabulary, or course materials, helping students at other points in the course to complete their assigned speaking activities, or just chatting in Spanish. Students will self-report if they spent the minimum amount of time in the café and who they practiced with. Café participation is worth 11.5% of your final grade. Students may spend a maximum of 1 hour per day in the Conversation Café. 5 hours are required per unit (except unit 1, which only requires 2.5 hours). You must complete the Conversation Café for each unit before the speaking appointment to get credit.

Unit Speedback

Unit speedback tests will be computer graded except for a small written section. They will test students' mastery of the vocabulary and grammar related to the unit in ways similar to the application activities. Speedbacks make up 15% of your final grade

Speaking Appointments

Speaking appointments are live, one-on-one, graded appointments with the TA or professor. During speaking appointments, students will be asked to complete a task related to the unit material. The lowest speaking appointment score will be dropped, with the exception of the final exam speaking appointment. Speaking appointments make up 15% of your final grade. A webcam will be required for all speaking appointments. Students cannot use Spanish notes in speaking appointments. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. You must complete the Conversation Café for each unit before you complete the speaking appointment or you accept a zero for your Conversation Café activities. No exceptions.

Readiness Checks

These brief quizzes are found in each unit and help you know if you're ready to go on to the next point in the course. You will take the quiz once before you study the grammar and once after. Your highest score will count toward your final grade. Though these account for a very small portion of your grade, you are required to complete them. Note that you must complete all graded items before you can receive your final course grade. Readiness quiizes account for 0.5% of your final grade.

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The final oral exam will consist of a speaking appointment where students engage with their TA in an open-ended conversation that will resemble an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Students will be judged according to the ACTFL guidelines for speaking. The oral exam is worth 10% of your final grade. You must complete the oral exam before you can request the written exam. You must pass the final exam with 60 percent or higher in order to pass the course.

The final written exam is proctored and will be comprehensive, meaning that it will include material from each of the prior unit. The written exam is worth 15% of your final grade.

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This is a pass or fail class. Whether you pass or fail will be calculated based on the percentage you earn of the total possible points. The pass or fail grade will be based on the following approximate breakdown (the percentages correspond to the total number of points possible in each category):

Assignments Percentage
7 Readiness Quizzes 0.5%
9 Culture Video and Activities 8%
Vocab Tutorials with application quizzes 10%
Grammar tutorials with application quizzes 15%
6 Unit Speedbacks (Units 1-6) 15%
6 Unit Speaking Appointments 15%
Conversation Café 11.5%
Final Oral Exam 10%
Final Written Exam (comprehensive) 15%
TOTAL 100%
Grading Scale
Pass 80%
E (fail) 79%

*NOTE: There are no resubmissions or retakes of the speedbacks and final exam. The lowest speaking appointment score will be dropped.

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Tips for Success

Participating in an online independent study course can be challenging, and learning another language is of course not easy, but that’s what makes it so amazing! So here are some tips to help you along the way:

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


37 vocabulary application quizzes (no resubmissions); 32 grammar application quizzes (no resubmissions); 9 Culture Videos and Activities (no resubmissions); 6 *Conversation Café assignments (resubmissions allowed), and 7 readiness quizzes (one resubmission); 6 Speedback tests (no resubmissions), 6 speaking appointments (no resubmissions; lowest score dropped).

*Conversation Cafe's are arranged to help you with your language skill development.  The TA's associated with the course are there to help moderate group discussion in 30 minute increments.  There is a one hour limit per student per day.    


1 final exam with two parts (speaking portion and proctored, written portion), no retake, must pass to pass the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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