M,T,Th,F 9am - 9:50am
Learning a second language is a process inextricably connected to the culture or cultures in which the language is spoken. Thus, this course focuses on developing students’ Spanish-language proficiency through modes of communication that reflect real life communication in the varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. By employing interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative modes in the target language, students will explore the ideas, values, beliefs and other cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking peoples across the world and how these aspects work together to affect human experience. By providing students with knowledge of a language and culture different from their own, this course contributes to preparing students to be productive members of global society as well as to understand and relate with people and ideas different from their own.
This course’s methodology is based on the Communicative Approach to language teaching, which encourages students to interact with the instructor and each other in Spanish.
Final Exam (Comprehensive) 20%
Exams 45% Participation 10%
This syllabus serves as a notice that you will be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than eight times. 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.” Absences due to official university functions or documented illness will be dealt with on an individual basis. There are no "excused absences" from regular class periods. Should you be absent from an exam, you must present documented proof of illness or university activity to your instructor before a make up exam will be allowed. Students will not be allowed to make-up quizzes.
If you carry a cell phone or pager, please turn it off. Text-messages or the use of non-authorized electronic devices will be penalized by deducting points from your participation. If you have a cell phone in you hands during a quiz or exam you will receive a zero whether or not the cell phone was on.
Neither food nor drinks are allowed in the classroom.