Spanish 1134 Syllabus
Instructor: Dr.Roberto Fuertes-Manjón
Office: Bea Wood Hall 101
Please note that this course uses supplemental D2L. Please make sure you access the D2L site regularly for class updates.
If you carry a cell phone or pager, turn it off. It will not be allowed in class. Text-messaging or the use of non-authorized electronic devices is prohibited in class.
Required text and materials:
Exploraciones Student Activities Manual and CourseMate for Exploraciones
OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY
Learning a second language is a process always inextricably connected to the culture or cultures from where that language was originated. 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 the knowledge of a language and a culture different than their own, this course contributes to prepare the student to be productive member of the global society as well as to understand and relate to people and ideas different than their own. This course methodology is based on the Communicative Approach to language teaching. What this means is that students are encouraged to interact with the teacher and other students in Spanish.
Your participation grade will be based on a combination of attendance and participation. Six percent (6%) will be based on your use of Spanish, your active participation in classroom activities and your volunteering. The remaining four percent (4%) is based on your attendance. Notice that you will have to speak Spanish during the class, but don t be afraid, nobody expects you to speak perfect Spanish.
The participation scale accounts for your attendance and active participation. Quite simply, you cannot participate if you are not in class
You are required to be in class for the 1hr. & 40 min. period. Arrive on time. You will be counted absent if you are more than 10 minutes late. If you leave the class during a break and don t return to class, it will count as one absence.
This syllabus serves as notice that you may be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than FOUR 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 and should be discussed with the instructor outside of class time. 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 nor video lab quizzes (taken in Moffett 112A).
3. Homework, quizzes and other assignments
Regular assignments will be made from the text. Students are expected to prepare homework as assigned. Frequent quizzes, based on homework and class work, will be given.
4. Exploraciones Video Lab (Moffett 112A)
You will need to visit the Foreign Language Lab (Moffett 112A) once for each chapter covered this semester. You will watch a short video consisting of two introductions (Presentaciones), a conversation or dialog (Conversación) , and a culture segment highlighting one of the Spanish-speaking countries. The video in the lab runs on a loop, so you may view it as many times as you like while in the lab. You may preview the videos through your CourseMate access. Make-up and/or late lab quizzes are NOT permitted. Please note the due dates given below:
Video Lab Assignment Due Dates:
Lab Assignment Due Dates:
Chapter 1: Sept. 16
Chapter 2: Sept. 30
Chapter 3: Oct. 21
Chapter 4: Nov. 4
Chapter 5: Nov. 18
Chapter 6: Dec. 6
You will also find it helpful to read and study the following textbook pages prior to each Chapter’s video lab:
5. Exploraciones Student Activities Manual / CourseMate (workbook and online audio exercises)
The Student Activities Manual (SAM) contains activities to help you master the vocabulary and grammatical concepts presented and practiced in class. Audio exercises are indicated with a speaker icon. You are expected to complete these activities as they are assigned by your instructor. You may listen to the audio files on your own device or on any campus computer connected to the internet and equipped with headphones. If you wish to work on your pronunciation, you will also want to use a device equipped with a microphone so that you may hear your responses. Keep you SAM activities up-to-date. Working on a regular basis with this resource will help your performance in the class.
6. Grading components
Quizzes/Homework 15% Final Exam (Comprehensive) 20%
Exams 45% Participation & attendance 10%
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
26. Capítulo 1
28. Capitulo 1
02. No hay clase
04. Capítulo 1
09. Capítulo 1
11. Capítulo 2
16. Capítulo 2
18. Capítulo 2
25. Examen I
30. Capítulo 3. Quiz I
02. Capítulo 3
07. Capítulo 3
09. Capítulo 3
14. Capítulo 3
16. Capítulo 4
21. Capítulo 4
23. Capítulo 4
28. Examen II
30. Capítulo 5. Quiz II
04. Capítulo 5
06. Capítulo 5
11. Capítulo 5
13. Capítulo 5
18. Capítulo 6
02. Examen III
04. Repaso .Quiz III
Final Exam : Wed., December 11, 2013. 0100-0300 p.m.