Beginning Spanish - Syllabus


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Beginning Spanish - Syllabus
  S PANISH U27   112:   B EGINNING S PANISH   F ALL ,   8/30/2011    –    12/20/2011T UESDAY ,   6 PM -8:30 PM   Duncker 1   Instructor: María Alejandra Aguilar Dornelles Office: Ridgley 030Email:maaguila@wustl.eduOffice hours: by appointment Course Description and Goals ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de Español 112! This course is designed for students with little or no previous experience in Spanish. The text ¿Sabías que? is used with the accompanyingworkbook, known as the manual  . The video  Los hispanos hablan may be shown periodically, aswell as the online telenovela,  Destinos . Although it can be intimidating to venture into a newlanguage, STUDENTS MUST ALWAYS ATTEMPT TO SPEAK IN S PANISH .This course has several important goals: •   Develop the ability to comprehend spoken Spanish •   Develop grammatical tools, vocabulary and other strategies for communicating inSpanish •   Develop the proficiency to complete specific tasks while using the Spanish language •   Develop reading comprehension in Spanish •   Develop writing skills in Spanish •   Learn about culture, geography, history, politics and daily life in the Spanish-speakingworldYou will learn a great deal of grammar in this course. However, the primary goal of the course isto develop communicative competence , that is, your ability to communicate successfully andeffectively in the language. To help you achieve this goal, the course is designed to provide youwith large amounts of  comprehensible input  (samples of the Spanish language that you hear andread, and can understand) and to provide you with the background knowledge and linguistictools necessary to complete specific tasks in Spanish (e.g., describing daily routines, describingyour family, ordering in a restaurant, etc.). In pursuit of these goals, vocabulary developmentwill be strongly emphasized on a daily basis throughout the course. Methodology and Day-to-Day Activities This course is taught using the task-based communicative language teaching approach. Thisapproach emphasizes(a) providing meaningful and comprehensible input to learners, (b) establishing the role of thestudent as an active participant in the learning process, and (c) focusing on questions related toreal-world information as the foundation for class activities. Classroom activities are oftenorganized as follows: “1. Formulate a question or set of questions for the student to answer. 2.Give the student the linguistic tools necessary to get the answer. 3. Provide the student with asource or sources for the information.” (VanPatten, Lee & Ballwin, 2000, xix.)  As a student in this class, your primary tasks are (a) to attempt to understand as much Spanish as possible during class; (b) to participate actively and enthusiastically in classroom activities; (c) tocomplete all homework assignments and study appropriate pages in the course text beforeattending the class; (d) come to class. Texts The texts may be purchased in the course packet at the bookstore, or you could try to find themonline. If you buy them online, you must make sure that you purchase the correct edition.1.   ¿Sabías qué…?, textbook, 5 th edition2.   ¿Sabías qué…?, manual, volume 13.   Workbook to accompany  Destinos , Lessons 1-264., or a printed dictionary Attendance Please be considerate to your classmates and arrive at 6pm. Since the course meets once a week, ONLY ONE UNEXCUSED ABSENCE IS ALLOWED .  Each additional unexcused absence after the first will lower the student’s final grade by one percentage point  . For instance, 3 unexcusedabsences will lower a final grade of 90% to 88%. I understand that working adults might have aschedule conflict with a course, so please talk to me about excusing unavoidable absences.Remember, however, that the success of this course depends upon the consistent participation of you and your classmates. In the case of any absence, unexcused or excused, students areresponsible for completing all work missed during class and all work due for the following class(including preparation for exams.)  Please plan to attend all exams. Late Work Policy •   Short compositions (  Para entregar  ) that are turned in late will be accepted for full creditonly for excused absences and will be due on the day the student returns to class. •   Quizzes may be rescheduled only for an excused absence. The make-up quiz must betaken within one week of the srcinal quiz date, and it is the student’s responsibility toschedule it with his/her instructor. •   Exams may be rescheduled only for an excused absence. If a make-up exam is granted,it must be taken within one week of the srcinal exam date. Again, it is the student’sresponsibility (NOT the instructor’s) to schedule the test within the required time frame. Grading Scale 100-98 A+ 88-89 B+ 78-79 C+ 68-69 D+ 0-59 F93-97 A 83-87 B 73-77 C 63-67 D90-92 A- 80-82 B- 70-72 C- 60-62 D- Policy on Pass/Fail Grading Option According to departmental policy, students who take Spanish courses under the Pass/Fail optionmust receive a grade of C (not C-) or better in order to qualify for the Pass on their final grade.Students who take the Pass/Fail option should be aware that only courses taken for a letter grademay be used toward the major and minor.  Grading Components Exams (2) 25% Short compositions 12%Quizzes 15% Participation (3 evaluations) 12%Final Exam 15% Oral Exam 6%  Manual  activities 10% Final Composition 5% Exams There will be two written exams.   The format of the exams consists of the following sections:listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, culture, andcomposition. An outline of the exam will always be provided before an exam. Each exam isworth 12.5% of your final grade. Quizzes A typical quiz will consist of all or some of the following sections: listening comprehension,reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, composition and culture. Oral Exam There will be an oral exam during the last week of classes. The oral exam will have two parts:(1) a short student skit and (2) a dialogue between student and instructor. Students must showtheir range of vocabulary and accurate use of targeted grammatical structures. The instructor will provide more details regarding content and expectations later in the semester. The oralexam is worth 6% of your final grade. Short Compositions (  Para entregar  ) Certain assignments which are marked in the calendar as “  Para entregar  ” emphasizedevelopment of writing skills. These will be handed in to the instructor on a separate sheet of  paper. •   All of these assignments will be revised twice (except for the last composition), withthe rough draft worth 60% and the final draft worth 40% of the overall grade. •   The revised version will be due one week after the graded first draft is handed back.It is your responsibility to turn it in within the required time frame. •   You will be evaluated on content, grammar, vocabulary and organization. •   All versions will be typewritten and double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Length will be specified for each individualassignment. Notice on the Use of Translation Software and Online Dictionaries  The use of translation software and online dictionaries to translate beyond individual words isnot permitted. Students who use these sources inappropriately will receive an “F” for theassignment. If a student continues to use these sources, he/she will be referred to theUniversity’s committee on academic integrity. Final Composition A composition (worth 5% of the final grade) is due at the end of the semester. The compositionmust be 20-22 lines (not sentences) long, typed and double-spaced, with 1 inch margins and 12-   point Times New Roman font. It should be well-developed and carefully proofread. You will beevaluated on content, organization, vocabulary and grammar. The topic and other details will beexplained later in the semester. Final Exam The final exam is a two-hour exam with a format similar to that of the two previous exams. It iscumulative and worth 15% of your final grade. Please note the date and time of the final examnow (see below). Notify your instructor as soon as possible if you have a conflict. You must be punctual because no matter what time you arrive, the final exam will begin and end on schedule.There is no make-up final exam except in cases of documented and verifiable emergency or major illness.  SPANISH 112 FINAL EXAM:December 20 th , 2011: 6-8:00pmParticipation Active participation is vital to the language-learning process. Participation counts as 12% of your final grade. In paired and group activities, students should have an open attitude and mustcooperate and contribute in a friendly manner. Students are expected to volunteer answers on aregular basis; it is not necessary to raise your hand . S TUDENTS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TOSPEAK EXCLUSIVELY IN S PANISH , AS SPEAKING IN E NGLISH WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT YOUR PARTICIPATION GRADE . You will receive a written evaluation of your class participation andspoken Spanish abilities three times throughout the semester.  Criterios de participación: Outstanding = 100 points• Greets people and takes leave using Spanish expressions• Speaks exclusively in Spanish during whole class and group discussion• During whole group discussion, often initiates interactions• Often asks questions when something is not clear (¿Cómo se dice…?)• Contributes actively during group activities with enthusiasmVery Good = 85-95 points• Sometimes greets people and takes leave using Spanish expressions; but alwaysuses Spanish during whole class activities.• Speaks Spanish during whole group discussions and only rarely uses English• During whole group discussion, sometimes answers others’ questions• Participates in all activities, often enthusiasticallyAverage = 75-85 points• Regularly uses more English than Spanish during group activities,• During whole group discussion, participation is often limited to answeringinstructor's questions• Sometimes volunteers during group activities• Sometimes contributes to getting the task done in group work  Special accommodations for students with disabilities  Students seeking disability-related accommodations and guidance from the University must usethis official resource and are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Cornerstone on  enrollment or once diagnosed. If you have a disability-related need for reasonableaccommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 935-5970. In contrast to high-schoolstudents, college and graduate students are expected to self-identify themselves and to makespecific requests for accommodations by notifying the Disability Resource Cornerstone.Eligibility for accommodations is determined on an individual basis, must be supported by professional documentation, and must be renewed each semester. The DRC will guide youthrough each step of this process, whether you are a prospective or current student,undergraduate or graduate. Instructors will maintain strict confidentiality regarding disabilityissues and related accommodations and will refer students directly to   University Policy on Sexual Harassment  Please refer to the following URL: Academic Integrity Students are bound by the University policy on academic integrity in all aspects of this course.All references to ideas and texts other than the students' own must be so indicated throughappropriate footnotes, whether the source is a book, an online site, the professor, etc. Allstudents are responsible for following the rules outlined in the document regarding the universityacademic integrity policy: Policy of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures 1. Any student who is experiencing problems doing course work in the target language of aforeign language course at any level (language or literature), and who wishes to seek helplearning to use the language correctly, should always consult directly with his/her instructor. Theinstructor will provide appropriate assistance in office hours, and may refer the student to a tutor.Certain tutors are approved by the department each year to work through the campus tutoringoffice with students in lower-level language courses, based on their training and language proficiency. If a student needs help learning to write or speak with correct forms at moreadvanced levels, it is important that the instructor contact an appropriate tutor about the nature of the student’s needs. Students should not refer themselves to persons offering tutoring services.2. While a student may choose to discuss ideas with others, it is expected that all writing and anyassessed work will be the student’s own and has been done without the assistance of tutors (paidor unpaid), native speaker acquaintances, and/or other students. If there is any evidence thatwork turned in for a grade was not done by the student alone, the material will be referred by thedepartment to appropriate authorities for evaluation.3. When work turned in for a course grade shows significant evidence of collaboration, the person(s) giving assistance will be subject to appropriate sanctions, as will the student whosubmitted the work.  Destinos The best way to watch  Destinos is online, at: Choose Foreign Languages under “by Discipline”, Click on “Go.” Click on “  Destinos : AnIntroduction to Spanish.” Choose the Episode Number you wish to view. Registration may berequired.
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