Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Section 203: 10 am - 10:50 am (Dillard 131)
Section 204: 11 am - 11:50 am (Dillard 131)
Section 205: 12 pm - 12:50 pm (Dillard 171)
OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY
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.
Attendance (4%) & Participation (6%)
Quizzes and Homework
Language Lab & Google Voice Assignments
Exams (every two chapters)
Final Exam (comprehensive)
You are required to be in class for the entire 50 minute period. Arrive on time. You may be counted absent if you are more than 10 minutes late for class or if you leave class early.
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. Each absence lowers your attendance grade. The attendance grade is calculated by dividing the number of days that you are in class by the number of days that the course meets. (Example for 2 absences out of a total of 57 class days: 55/57 = .9649…= 96.49%)
If you will miss an exam due to an official university function, please make arrangements with the instructor as soon as possible. If you are absent from an exam, you must present documented proof of illness or university activity to your instructor before a make-up exam will be scheduled.
This syllabus serves as notice that you may 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.”
Language Lab Assignment Due Dates:
Chapter 7: February 5
Chapter 8: February 19
Chapter 9: March 5
Chapter 10: March 26
Chapter 11: April 9
Chapter 12: April 30
Exploraciones Student Activities Manual / Coursemate: An optional but recommended resource. 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 by a speaker icon. You may listen to the audio files on your own device (directly from the internet or as a downloaded file) or on any campus computer connected to the internet and equipped with headphones. Some activities are designed to help you practice your pronunciation so you may also wish to use a device equipped with a microphone. Keep your SAM activities up-to-date. Use it side by side with your textbook or e-book. Working on a regular basis with this resource will improve your Spanish-proficiency. In order to access, the Coursemate resources, including audio files for SAM activities, you must have purchased CourseMate Access (check the front portion of your textbook). You will also need a Course Access Code, which I can provide to you. See me if you have any questions about this optional resource.