This course is designed for students who have completed Spanish 1134, 1234, and 2133 or the equivalent. The focus is on improving communication skills (both oral and written) in the Spanish language and acquiring knowledge about cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through reading.
There will be many opportunities provided during class for students to improve their communication skills in Spanish. There will be whole-class activities, when the instructor interacts with the students, as well as group and paired activities. Students will be expected to participate readily during all class activities.
There will be three major exams. No make-up exams will be given.
HOMEWORK AND QUIZZES
Homework will be assigned regularly from all text material. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments in order to prepare for the class activities and quizzes. No make-up quizzes will be offered. Quizzes are typically unannounced but will cover material assigned as homework. Also, there are numerous supplemental activities on the textbook company’s website, including practice quizzes, audio exercises, video quizzes and flashcards. Students are encouraged to use these resources regularly.
Students will write four compositions to demonstrate their ability to use acquired vocabulary, language structures, and cultural information. The compositions will be written in class. No dictionaries will be allowed. No make-up compositions will be offered.
Students will watch video clips from Mosáicos and take lab quizzes in the language lab. Attendance in the lab is required once per chapter. No make-ups!
Homework and quizzes 15%
Language Lab 10%
ATTENDANCE, PARTICIPATION, AND CLASS ETIQUETTE
This syllabus serves as notice that you will be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than three (3)times. You are allowed a maximum of three absences. There are no excused absences. An absence is an absence regardless of reason. Please note that if you decide to drop the course, you must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” If the instructor drops you, you will receive a “WF” or “F.”
Your presence and participation in class are of the utmost importance for your success in the course. Please arrive on time and expect to remain for the duration of the class. Do not get up and leave the classroom during class time or exam time. If you carry a cell-phone or other electronic device please disable the sound so that you will not disrupt the class. No text messaging during class. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late to class, you will be counted absent. Leaving early is the same as arriving late. If you have a cell phone, smart phone, or some other unauthorized electronic device visible (in your hands, on the floor, on your desk, etc. . .) during a quiz, exam, or composition, you will automatically earn a zero for that particular quiz, exam, or composition.
One package of short Scan-Tron sheets
Fuentes: Conversación y gramática with Panorama Cultural(Cengage, 2011)