Spanish 1010-2020

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SPAN 1010 and 1020 are courses reserved exclusively for true beginners, students who have never studied Spanish before entering UVA. SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020 will be offered during Summer Session only. Students who have studied Spanish prior to coming to UVA and who wish to continue in Spanish will be placed according to scores obtained on the College Entrance Examination Board SAT II tests, the AP Exam, the IB (high level) exam, or the U.Va. Spanish placement exam.

The sequence of courses, depending on the level at which the student begins, is as follows: SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020; or SPAN 1060, 2010, 2020; or SPAN 2010, 2020; or SPAN 2020. The sequence must be followed to complete the language requirement.

Once students begin the sequence of courses, they cannot skip any course in the sequence. Students are not permitted to self-place in a language course.  Students who place themselves incorrectly will receive an F for the courses in which they enroll without permission.

All Spanish courses to be counted toward the language requirement must be taken at U.Va. or at a U.Va. approved study abroad program.

In keeping with the College of Arts & Sciences Competency Requirements, courses taken to fulfill the foreign language requirement, must be taken for credit and a grade.


On the second day of class, students will be asked to provide proof of placement by showing their instructor a copy of their AP Exam score, SAT II Exam score, IB (high level) or U.Va. Spanish placement exam score. Students who have previously taken Spanish courses and who did not take the SAT II, AP Exam or the IB (high level) Exam must take the online Spanish Placement exam. For more information, please go to World Language Placement.

Students may not enroll in a course different from the one into which they have placed. Students who place themselves incorrectly will not receive credit for the courses in which they enroll without permission.

Add/Drop Guidelines

Please note: Course enrollment in SPAN 1010-2020 closes earlier than the College of Arts & Sciences ADD Deadline

ADD Deadline for SPAN 1010, 1060, 2010 and 2020 Classes: Wednesday, August 30, 2023



To add a course:

Students must enroll in Spanish courses via the Student Information System (SIS)All students who do not attend class on the first day will be dropped from the class roll to open up spaces for other students.

THE DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH, ITALIAN & PORTUGUESE DOES NOT ACCEPT COURSE ACTION FORMS. Once a course is full, please use the waiting list or permission list through SIS. Please do not contact the professor. For information about class wait lists and permission lists please visit the SIS Help Center.

All non-registered students who wish to add into a course after classes have started must first be on the waiting list or permission list for that course and must attend class regularly until an opening is available. Attending class is also important to keep up with the material in the course. If no openings become available, all students on a course waiting list will be notified that the course is closed.

If the class you want is full, consider taking the course the following semester or perhaps during Summer Session. You may also want to consider a Study Abroad program or  the Summer Language Institute (SLI).

To drop a course:

Students must use SIS to drop a course.

Waitlist & Course Permissions

The Department of Spanish Italian & Portuguese uses wait lists and permission lists, through the Student Information System (SIS), for course enrollment. The department does not accept course action forms. For guidance with getting on a wait list or permission list, please visit the SIS Help Center.

If a course is full, please use the wait list or permission list through SIS. Please do no contact the professor.


In keeping with the College of Arts & Sciences Competency Requirements, courses taken to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be taken for credit and a grade.

Assignments are due at the beginning of class and on the date indicated on the syllabus. No late work and no make-up work will be accepted. Students who will not be in class should either turn in their assignment ahead of time or have a friend turn it in before class.All homework and lab work will be completed online using Quia.

Instructors will assign a grade for each homework not based on how many answers a student got right or wrong but based on whether the student has completed all of the assignment and has clearly self-corrected the entire homework. The grading scale used in all Spanish courses is the following:

Letter Grade Range Grade Point
A+ 100-99 4
A 98-96 4
A- 95-90 3.7
B+ 89-87 3.3
B 86-84 3.0
B- 83-80 2.7
C+ 79-77 2.3
C 76-74 2.0
C- 73-70 1.7
D+ 69-67 1.3
D 66-64 1.0
D- 63-60 0.7
F 59- 0.0


Good participation includes much more than just volunteering a few times each class. Your attendance, daily preparation for class, cooperation and enthusiasm, and active participation during class will not only contribute to your learning, but are also important factors in determining your grade. For each hour spent in the classroom, it is expected that you spend an average of two hours at home on homework and class preparation. Students are expected to come to class having prepared the material on the syllabus for that day and ready to participate actively in class. Students are expected to participate in Spanish only during each class period. The instructor will monitor student participation closely on a daily basis and deduct points for those students speaking in English during class.

Frases útiles

If you have questions or problems in class, it is your responsibility to ask your instructor in Spanish. The words and phrases below will help you participate and interact effectively in the classroom.

Tengo una pregunta. I have a question.
¿Cómo se dice cat en español? How do you say “cat” in Spanish?
Otra vez, por favor. Again, please.
No entiendo/ No comprendo. I don’t understand.
¿Cómo? What?
Un momento, por favor. Just a minute, please.
No sé. I don’t know.
¿Cómo se escribe ____?  How do you write ____?
¿Cómo se deletrea ____? How do you spell ____?
Siéntese. Sit down.
Levántese. Get up.
Abra el libro en la página 20. Open your book to p. 20.
Cierre el libro. Close your book.
Lea en voz alta. Read out loud.
Escriba. Write.
Saque un papel. Take out a piece of paper.
Vaya a la pizarra. Go to the board.
Busque un compañero. Look for a partner.
Trabajen en parejas. Work in pairs.
¿voluntarios? Voulnteers?
¿Hay preguntas? Any questions?
¿Comprenden? Do you understand?
Formen grupos de 4. Get into groups of 4.
Levanten la mano. Raise your hand.

Grading Participation

Your participation will be assessed using the rubric below:


Attends class and arrives on time. Does all the homework and preparation assigned for class. Listens attentively when others speak. Speaks only in Spanish. Asks questions in Spanish. Participates in all activities with patience and a willingness to learn. Demonstrates ongoing very active involvement. Helps others do all the above too.


Attends class and arrives on time. Doesn’t always pay attention when others speak. Speaks mostly Spanish, but uses English on occasion. Participates in all activities, sometimes reluctantly. Overall shows a willingness to learn. Does not make participating in class difficult for other students.


Arrives late for class. Uses more English in class than Spanish. Doesn’t listen when others speak. Does not participate effectively in class activities. Distracts other students or is disruptive in class.

No grade

Was absent or very late to class.

(Adapted from Cheryl Krueger’s French Resource Site)

Absences and Attendance

Attendance is obligatory for all Spanish courses. In order for students to progress in their understanding and speaking of Spanish, they must be exposed to hearing and speaking it on a regular basis.

Students are allowed three (3) free unexcused absences in all 1000 level courses and in the 2000 level courses that meet MWF. In 2000 level courses that meet TR, students are allowed two (2) free unexcused absences. Beyond that, for each additional absence, one percentage point will be deducted from the student’s final grade.

University approved excused absences are those that occur because of hospitalization, death in the student’s family, severe illness, important religious holidays, or authorized University activities (see University Regulations section in the Undergraduate Record). Student athletes must provide the instructor with an official team schedule of away games that may cause him/her to miss class before the instructor can excuse that absence or provide arrangements for make-up work. Students anticipating the need to miss class must notify the instructor before the absence or within 24 hours of the missed class.

Excessive absences

An excess of a certain number of absences in Spanish courses will result in a withdrawal from or failure in the course. That number is eight (8) for 1000 level courses, six (6) for 2000 level classes that meet MWF, and four (4) for 2000 level classes that meet TR. If a student has exceeded that number of absences, we will either drop him/her or fail him/her from the course.


Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Being late to class counts as half an absence. Arriving to class late is disruptive to the learning environment and disrespectful to the class.

Learning Resources

For a list of resources to help with your 1010-2020 coursework, please consult this page. For a link to e-Portfolio Student resources, please click here. If you'd like to learn more about e-Portfolios and student learning, please consult the College of Arts & Sciences guide to e-portfolio learning design.