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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

During this course, your understanding of Spanish will increase along with your confidence in using it in simple conversations. By the end of this course you should be able to

  1. understand the Spanish influence throughout the world and gain an overview of Spain and their school life (culture videos and activities)
  2. introduce yourself and greet others, discuss time, weather and different classroom activities as well as use numbers and the Spanish alphabet (vocabulary tutorials)
  3. use ser, estar, numbers, time, present-tense -ar, -er, -ir verbs, articles, and question words (grammar tutorials)
  4. converse with other students and the course TA/instructor in Spanish (Conversation Café and speaking appointments)

Course Materials

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

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This course consists of eight units, a midterm quiz and a final exam. Each unit includes a quiz and a speaking appointment. These assignments are graded and will help you prepare for the midterm quiz and the final exam that includes both a multiple-choice and an oral portion, with the final exam also having a written section. There are also five writing assignments. After your writing assignment has been graded by an instructor or TA, you will post it to a discussion board where you will also comment on other students’ work. Self Check activities are for extra practice and do not count toward your final grade. Additionally, there is a course wiki in the course resources folder that is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or to post relevant information for the course.

This course also includes an orientation. You must pass the orientation quiz with 100 percent before continuing in the course.

Lesson Quizzes and Video Activities

The video activities will either help you to prepare for or to assess your understanding of the videos viewed in this course. The lesson quizzes will also check your understanding of material covered in each lesson. Students are encouraged to repeat the tutorials in each lesson as many times as needed in order to master the material. You can complete both the lesson quizzes and the video activities as many times as you would like. They are open book and computer-graded. Your highest score will count toward your final grade. See “Grading” below to see what percentage lesson quizzes and video activities are on your final grade.

Conversation Café and Speaking Appointments

The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor. Hours of the Café are posted on the Communication and Conversation Café page. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn! Before you complete your speaking appointment, you must spend some time practicing in the Conversation Café. You must complete the first Conversation Café to move on in the course.

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. You will be required to complete certain language tasks or have a dialogue with the TA/instructor during your speaking appointment. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you can take the unit quiz and speaking appointment in the next unit. You cannot complete more than one speaking appointment per day. TA-graded speaking appointments are completed on a first-come, first-served basis (no scheduling) in the Conversation Café room. The first, middle, and final exam speaking appointments will be scheduled with your instructor and will take place in the instructor’s virtual room. These appointments require a photo ID and a webcam. If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, you must reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you fail to show up at your scheduled time, you will receive a 0.

A grade will be posted within 24 hours of the appointment. The lowest score from all of your speaking appointments will be dropped. (This does not include the midterm or final speaking appointment.) See “Grading” below to see what percentage of your final grade the speaking appointments are on.

We strongly encourage you not to use notes during your speaking appointments. That will help you be better prepared for the final speaking appointment where no notes are allowed. Note: You must complete all speaking appointments in the correct order. For more specific information about each speaking appointment, please refer to each assignment in the course.

Writing Assignments and Discussion Boards

Grammar tutorials are designed to provide instruction in how the language is structured. You will be required to complete five writing assignments throughout the course. You may refer to your notes to complete your writing assignments; however, you may not use a translation device of any kind for your written assignments. These assignments will be submitted and graded by the instructor or TA. Graded assignments will be returned with comments. On four of the writing assignments, you will then revise your work and post the results to a discussion board. See “Grading” below to see what percentage the writing assignments are on your final grade.

Unit Quizzes

This course includes unit quizzes on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. They are computer-graded. They are open book and are designed to measure students’ skill in using the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in question. You may take these unit quizzes once. See “Grading” below to see what percentage unit quizzes are on your final grade. Note that you must complete all graded items before you can receive your final course grade.

Midterm quiz

The midterm has two parts: a speaking appointment and a multiple-choice exam that covers the same material found in units 1–4. There is a time limit of 1 1/2 hours. If you study the course material and the assignments you should be adequately prepared for the test. The midterm quiz is open book and open notes. See “Grading” below to see what percentage the midterm is on your final grade.

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The final exam is closed book and closed notes. Your final speaking appointment will be in the same format as the other speaking assignments in the course and must be completed before you request your written exam. This is part of the final exam, not a traditional speaking appointment; therefore, you cannot drop your score for this speaking appointment. Notes will not be allowed during your final speaking appointment. If you use notes during the final speaking appointment, you will receive a 0 grade and fail the course.

The final exam (multiple-choice and essay) is a proctored test that will cover the same material found in units 5–8. There is no time limit. If you study the course material and the assignments you should be adequately prepared for the test. See “Grading” below to see what percentage the final exam is on your final grade. You must pass both portions of the final exam with 60 percent or higher in order to pass the course.

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This is how your final grade for the course will be divided:

Assignments Percentage
Lesson Quizzes/Video Activities 10%
Unit Quizzes (Units 1–8) 15%
Speaking Appointments (Units 1–8) 25%
Writing Assignments and Discussion Board Posts 20%
Midterm (Oral and Multiple-Choice Quiz) 15%
Final (Oral and Multiple-Choice Exam) 15%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Scale























E (Fail)

59% or below

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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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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.


28 computer-graded lesson quizzes and video activities, 8 computer-graded unit quizzes, 8 speaking appointments (and 1 required Conversation Café), 5 writing assignments, 5 discussion board posts, and 1 midterm quiz (oral and multiple choice). There are no resubmissions on instructor-graded assignments, unit quizzes, discussion board posts, the midterm quiz or the final exam. On speaking appointments, lowest score may be dropped. You must complete the speaking appointment in each unit before you can move on to the next unit.


1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, instructor-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

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 course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism