Elementary Spanish

Course Details

Course Number: 1134  Section Number: 170

Fall 2013

Location: Bea Wood Hall

Classroom Number: 203

Days & Times:

MW 5:00 - 6:40

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Katherine Gilbert   
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Course Objectives

Learning a second language is a proces always inextricably connected to the culture/s from where that language originated.  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 in the preparation of a student to be a productive member of a 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 tointeract with the teacher and other students in Spanish.

Course Expectations

1.  Arrive on time./

2.  Be prepared.

3.  Paritcipate.

4.  If you carry a cell phone or pager, turn it off. It will not be allowed in class.  I reserve the right to ask you to leave in the event you are using an electronic device in class.  Texting or the use of non-authorized electronic devices is strictly prohibited in class.

Grading Standards

1.  Quizzes/homework             15%

2.  exams                                  45%

3.  lab                                         10%

4.  final exam (comprehensive)   20%

5.  participation/attendance          10%

Final Exam12/9/2013  5:45-7:45

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.

Late Paper Policy

No late work, lab quizzes, homework, will be accepted.  Again, this will be dealt with on an individual basis depending on illness or official university function.

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

1.  You are required to be in class for the entire class period.  Arrive on time.  Attendance will be taken every class day.  It is your responsibility to tell me if you arrive late.  Otherwise, you will be counted absent.  More than 15 minutes late is an absence.

2.  The only 'excused absences' are illness with a doctor's note or an official university function with documentation.  Please discuss these with me outside of class.

3.  Should you be absent from an exam, you must present proof of illness or official universty documentation before an exam can be administered.  These will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Other Policies

Schedule of assignments (subject to modification)

9/26     intro & 1

9/28     1

9/2       Labor Day holiday

9/4       1

9/9       1

9/11     2   lab#1

9/16     2

9/18     2

9/23     2

9/25     exam 1

9/30     3  lab #2

10/2     3

10/7     3

10/9     3

10/14   4  lab #3

10/16   4

10/21   4 last day to add/drop w/ W 4PM

10/23   4

10/28   exam 2

10/30   5  lab #4

11/4     5

11/6     5

11/11   5

11/13   6  lab #5

11/18   6

11/20   6

11/25   6

11/27  Thanksgiving holiday

12/2     exam 3

12/4     repaso  lab #6

12/9     final exam 5:45-7:45



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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.