Course Details

Course Number: 2233  Section Number: 401

Summer II 2011

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 204

Days & Times:

MTWR 08:00-10:00

Course Attachments

Syllabus  syllabus summerII_10_H_H_RECENT-20120312-133638.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Heidi Hakimi-Hood   
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Course Objectives

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.

Course Expectations


                There will be three major exams. No make-up exams will be given.



                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!

Grading Standards


                                                                Homework and quizzes                     15%       

                                                                Language Lab                                      10%

                                                                Exams                                                   60%

                                                                Compositions                                       15%

Final Exam8/4/2011  08:00

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


        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.

Other Policies


                One package of short Scan-Tron sheets



                Fuentes: Conversación y gramática with Panorama Cultural(Cengage, 2011)

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.