1 Youngstown State University Department of Foreign Languages Syllabus: SPAN 1550 Fall 2012 CRN #: Aug 22, Dec 16, 2012 MW 6:00-7:50 pm DEBH ; W 7:00-7:50 pm DEBH 558 (Language Lab) Instructor: Laura A. Goist Office Hours: MWF 9-10 and by appointment Office Phone: Language Lab: The LLRC (Foreign Language Lab) will be open Mon.-Th. 8 am-8 pm; Fri. 8 am-3 pm; Sat. 10 am-1 pm Final Exam: Wednesday, December, 12, 2012, 6-8 pm Course Description: Intensive training in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Students will acquire knowledge about the cultures of Spanish speakers. Assignments in the language lab. Grading is ABC/NC. 4 s.h. Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. say and understand basic phrases in Spanish, ask and answer simple questions, describe themselves and others (personal information), express likes and dislikes, talk about the weather, talk about the university and their studies, understand and give directions to locations on campus and in the community, and narrate common events in present and past tenses; 2. read and understand the main idea of both edited and non-edited material, such as short narratives, simple dialogues and poems, classified ads, and recipes; 3. write simple sentences, guided short paragraphs, and simple notes on familiar topics, particularly those related to personal information and routine activities, in present and past tenses; 4. recognize and appreciate basic differences within the Hispanic cultures and between Hispanic cultures and their own. Required Course Material: Terrell, Tracy D., Dos mundos textbook and Dos mundos online workbook (Quia) (7 th ed.) Graded Course Activities: Assignments (tareas) 10% Class participation 15% Two mid-term exams 40% Final Exam 35% Grading Scale: % = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 69% or less = NC Grading Policy: Grading in this course is ABC/NC. If your grade in the course is A, B, or C, then you have successfully completed the elementary course and you may advance to Intermediate Spanish If your grade is NC, you have NOT successfully completed the course. The foreign language requirement in most majors which have a foreign language requirement is the successful completion of Intermediate 2600 in any one language. Your Banner account will display your final course grade approximately one week after the final exam. Students must pass the final exam with a C in order to receive credit for the course. Assignments: The workbook exercises for each chapter should be done by the students at home. Doing them will help to prepare for various portions of the exams. The four homework assignments (each tarea = 2.5%) are mandatory, and are to be turned in during class on the due date specified on the course calendar. No overdue homework assignments will be accepted. Class Participation: For a good class participation grade, students will: attend class regularly, arrive on time, participate actively in all activities and discussions, volunteer in class, have reviewed materials from the book, website and workbook before coming to class, listen attentively when others speak, be polite (no cell phone use), contribute to a positive and productive atmosphere, and provide accurate (or mostly accurate) responses when called upon. The language lab attendance and workbook assignments will also contribute to the class participation grade. An attendance record is kept and placed in the Department files at the end of the semester for both regular and auditing students. See attendance policy on below. 1 1 Auditors: Students auditing this course receive no credit and are not obligated to take the tests. However, attendance is required. To receive the AU grade, auditors must attend at least 60% of the class meetings. If this attendance requirement is not met, the AU will be changed to a W.
2 Exams: The first exam will cover the introduction to the book (Pasos A-C), Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. The second exam will focus primarily on Ch The final exam is comprehensive, but it concentrates more on the material from Ch Administrative Add / Change of Grading Option: Last day to add or to change the grading option from a standard grade to CR/NC or from CR/NC to a standard grade: Wednesday, August 29, Drop Option: Last day to drop with a 100% refund: Tuesday, September 4, Withdrawal Option: The last day to withdraw with a W : Saturday, October 27, Academic Honesty: It is assumed that students will do their own work. Students may help one another by sharing knowledge and information when doing assignments inside and outside of class. However, students must not copy from one another or from any source, nor should they seek help from native speakers in preparing graded assignments outside of class. Translation software may not be used. Furthermore, students must not help one another during tests. Americans with Disabilities Act: Anyone requiring special adaptations or accommodations should inform the instructor as soon as possible. In accordance with University procedures, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 275 Fifth Avenue (phone: ) at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required. Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Disability Services. If this class is being cancelled on a particular day because of instructor illness, or for other reasons, notification will be sent to the student address as soon as possible. Departmental Policy on Attendance, Make-up Work, Incompletes and Extra Credit: Attendance Policy: The Department has developed the following attendance policy. Please note that this policy exists independent of the class participation grading component. Students who miss 50% or more or the classes shall have their final grade lowered by 2 letter grades (i.e., an A will become a C, a B will become a D, and a C or D will become an F). Students who are absent 25-49% shall have their final grade lowered by 1 letter grade (i.e., an A will become a B, a B will become a C, a C will become a D, and a D will become an F). Excused absences will not be counted in the above calculations, but for an absence to be excused, acceptable documentation must be provided to and approved by the instructor (and then passed on to the Department Head). Make-up Policy: Graded work missed (or not submitted) due to an excused absence must be made up as quickly as possible. Students will have one day per day of excused absence to make up the missed work (e.g., if class meets MTWF and you miss Tuesday and Wednesday and return to class on Friday, you would have to make up the work by the next Tuesday.) A make-up request form must be filled out and signed by the student and instructor. This form will include an explanation for why the student requires a make-up, and will specify the DATE and TIME when the make-up will be given (or the assignment turned in). Failure to meet that deadline will result in a grade of zero for the assignment. If you are unable to take an exam as scheduled, you must notify the instructor as soon as possible. A legitimate excuse (illness, accident, or death in the family) will be required for the authorization to make up the exam. Incomplete Policy: Incompletes will be given only in cases in which students have completed all assignments and evaluations for the first thirteen weeks of the semester and have (at the time of the request) a course average which would enable them to receive credit for the course. A request for incomplete form must be filled out and signed by both the student and the instructor. This form will include an explanation of why the student requires an incomplete and appropriate documentation to support the request. An Explanation of an Incomplete Grade form
3 will be filed only after the Chair has conferred with the instructor and given approval for the granting of the incomplete. Students will have one month from the date of the final examination to remove the Incomplete. Extra credit: Department policy forbids the awarding of extra credit. Class Calendar Spanish 1550 Fall 2012 MW; Wednesday Language Lab 6-7pm The course calendar shows the material which the class will focus on for each day, and which you are expected to prepare before coming to class. Before each class, students should: a) read all of the communicative and grammar activities and explanations from the book indicated on the calendar, b) study the vocabulary from the previous class, from the cultural readings, and at the end of the chapter, and c) review the material presented in the previous class. It is also expected that students will read all the En resumen ( In review ) sections and cultural readings (Lecturas, Enlace literario, Ventanas al pasado &Ventanas culturales). We will discuss some of them in class. ABBREVIATIONS AC: Actividades de comunicación GE: Gramática y ejercicios CA: Cuaderno de actividades LE: Lecturas EL: Enlace LL: Language Lab Homework VC: Ventanas culturales VP: Ventanas al pasado Semana (week) 1 LUNES MIÉRCOLES (Monday) (Wednesday) AUGUST Introducción a la clase Paso A- La clase y los estudiantes, Panamá Los nombres de los compañeros de clase AC 1, GE A.1-A.2, Quién es? AC 2-3, GE A.3 Los colores y la ropa AC 4-5, GE A.3-A.4, Los números (0-39) AC 6 Los mandatos en la clase AC 7, GE A.5, Los saludos AC 8 Tareas y Exámenes
4 SEPTEMBER 3 5 Students go to the LLRC (Language Lab: Labor Day DEBH 558) for an introduction to QUIA, the online workbook, and to do listening University closed activities (Paso A and B) LL Paso A & B due 2 Paso B - Las descripciones, Nicaragua, Hablando con otros AC 1-2, GE B.1, Las cosas en el salón de clase... AC 3, GE B.2-B.3 Las cosas en el salón de clase... AC 4, GE B.4, Los números (40-69) AC 5, El cuerpo humano AC 6, GE B.5 La descripción de las personas AC 7-10, En resumen Paso C - Mi familia y mis amigos, Colombia, La familia AC 1-5, GE C.1, Qué tenemos? AC 6-8, GE C.2 Los números (10-110) y la edad AC 9-10, GE C.3 Los idiomas y las nacionalidades AC 11-13, GE C.4-C.5, En resumen LL Paso A and B DUE LL Paso C DUE Tarea 1 DUE VP: Frida y Diego, LE: La pasión por los deportes Cap. 2- Mis planes y preferencias, Ecuador, Los planes AC 1-4, GE 2.1 activities (Cap. 1) Cap. 1 - Los datos personales y las actividades, Cuba, Las fechas y los cumpleaños AC 1-3, GE 1.1 Datos personales AC 4-5, GE , Las actividades favoritas y los deportes AC 9-13, GE 1.5 La hora AC 6-8, GE 1.4, EL: Cuba, VC La misión...rigoberta Menchú, activities (Cap. 2) Las clases AC 5-7, GE 2.2, VP: La primera universidad, Las preferencias y los deseos AC 8-13, GE 2.3 LL Cap. 1 DUE LL Paso C Tarea 1 LL Cap. 1
5 5 24 VC: Edward James Olmos, El tiempo AC 14-16, GE , EL: La música andina, LE: De paseo Repaso (review) Examen 1 26 EXAMEN 1 LL Cap. 2 DUE LL Cap. 2, EXAMEN 1 (Pasos A-C, Caps. 1-2) 6 7 OCTOBER 1 3 Cap. 3 Las actividades y los lugares, EE.UU., Las actividades diarias AC 1-6, GE , Las 3 comidas AC 7-9, GE Los lugares AC 14-15, GE 3.4, EL: El cine en México y en España De dónde es usted? AC 16-17, GE 3.5 LE: La presencia vital de los hispanos Los lugares AC 10-13, GE 3.5, VP Antoni Gaudí activities (Cap. 3) activities (Cap. 4 first half) Cap. 4 - La vida diaria y los días feriados, Guatemala, Los días feriados y las celebraciones AC 1-4, GE LL Cap. 3, Tarea LL Cap. 3 DUE Tarea 2 DUE La rutina diaria AC 5-10, GE , VC: El carnaval de Barranquilla, VP: Las calaveras de Posada EL: Versos sencillos, Vida y cultura Cap. 5 Las clases y el trabajo, Venezuela, Las actividades de los estudiantes AC 1-5, GE 5.1 Las habilidades AC 6-8, GE 5.2, Las carreras... AC 9-12, GE activities (Cap. 4 second half) Los estados físicos y anímicos AC 11-15, GE 4.5, LE: Grandes fiestas Students meet in the LLRC to do listening activities (Cap. 5) Las carreras... AC VC Las palabras... EL: El rock... LL Cap. 4 DUE Tarea 3 DUE LL Cap. 4, Tarea Las actividades futuras EXAMEN 2 LL Cap. 5, AC 15-17, GE 5.5 VC: La diversidad profesional, EXAMEN 2 (Cap. 3-5) LE: El lenguaje del cuerpo, Repaso/ Examen 2 LL Cap. 5 DUE
6 11 NOVEBER 5 7 Cap. 6 - La residencia, Costa Rica, El vecindario... AC 1-6, GE , Las actividades en casa AC 7-9, EL: Cuadrados y ángulos activities (Cap. 6) Las actividades con los amigos AC 10-13, GE 6.3, VP: La historia de las mascotas Veterans Day University closed 14 Las presentaciones AC 14-15, GE , VC: De casa... LE: Las hermosas Cap 7 - Hablando del pasad, Argentina, Mis experiencias AC 1-4, GE EL: Cuando salimos de El Salvador University closed LL Cap. 6 Las experiencias con los demás AC 5-11 GE LL Cap. 6 DUE 26 VC: La Diablada Hablando del pasado VP: La independencia..., AC 12-13, GE activities (Cap. 7) LE: Machu Picchu, Práctica - Entrevista Repaso/Examen final LL Cap. 7, Tarea 4 LL Cap. 7 DUE Tarea 4 DUE DECEMBER Presentación y entrevista Presentación y entrevista Presentación y entrevista Final Exam: The exam date and time are indicated on the syllabus. Language Lab (LLRC = DEBH 558) guidelines and procedures AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED FOR THE ONLINE WORKBOOK, WRITE DOWN YOUR USERNAME: AND PASSWORD: EVERY TIME YOU COME TO THE LAB, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING: 1) Go to and log in. 2) Click on the link: Dos mundos: Online Cuaderno de actividades, 7th Edition 3) Go to the chapter that is assigned for the week. (If you cannot remember what chapter that is, look at your class calendar and see what it says for the date that you are in the lab). 4) Click on section Actividades Auditivas on the left side of the screen. 5) Do all of the activities listed in this section.
7 If you have any technical questions, contact Quia CentroSupport at: or , extension 2 (8am 5pm PST). Tareas (Homework assignments) For each homework assignment (Tarea), you will have a choice of writing about one of two compositions topics. For full points, please use the following guidelines for all four homework assignments: You must turn the homework in to your instructor at the beginning of the class period on the due date. No late work is accepted. The only exception to this rule is when there is a university-approved excuse, such as illness, family emergency, and other such circumstances. Documentation must be provided in order to be excused. The homework must be typed and double-spaced. Failure to do this may result in a zero. Remember that each of these assignments is worth 2.5% of your final grade, so if you receive a zero on 1-2 assignments, your grade may be lowered by a complete letter grade. All accents or other such marks must be typed. Please look at the accents on the computer section below if you do not know how to make accent marks on the computer. If you do the wrong assignment or do not follow the guidelines and specific directions of the assignment, including regarding composition length, you may receive a zero or a significant deduction of points. Please consult with the instructor if you do not understand how to do a particular assignment. You may ask a tutor or someone else to look over the assignment beforehand; however, you can only ask that person to indicate where you made mistakes; you must make the corrections on your own. Do not use translation software. It is best to use the expressions that you learned in class, from the book and from the workbook when writing compositions. You should focus on the key grammar concept and/or vocabulary that is required for each composition (for example, if you are asked a series of questions in a particular verb tense, you should answer those questions using that verb tense). Be careful with your use of dictionaries because literal translations are often problematic; many times a word in English may have many different translations in Spanish and have different connotations. If it looks like you used translation software, directly translated the composition word for word from English to Spanish, or asked someone else to write your composition or correct it for you, you may receive a zero or a very low grade for the assignment, or you may be asked to explain your use of some of the grammar and vocabulary, depending on the circumstances. Accents on the computer PC Users: For accents, press the Control key (Ctrl) and keep it held down and then press the Apostrophe key ( ). Release both keys and then press the letter that you want the accent over. For upside down question marks ( ), press Ctrl, Alt, Shift keys down simultaneously and keep them held down, then press the question mark key. For the upside down exclamation points ( ), do the same thing, but with the exclamation key. For the ñ, press Ctrl and Shift keys down simultaneously and keep them held down, then press the ~ key. Release all keys and then press n. For ü, do the same thing, except press the : key and then the letter u. Mac Users: To get accents on the Mac, hold down the Option key, and while holding it down, type the letter e; then release those keys and type the letter that you want the accent to appear on. Other punctuation marks are achieved as follows: ñ = Opt + n, then n, = Opt + 1, = Opt + shift +? and ü = Opt + u, then u. Back-up method: In the menu bar for MS Word, go to: Insert > Symbol > More Symbols > select Times New Roman Font and scroll down to find the symbol you want.