1 South Plains College Communications Department Course Syllabus Cover Page Spanish 1512 Section 001 Fall 2015 Instructor: Rob Ramos
2 South Plains College Arts and Sciences Division Communication Department 2 Fall 2015 SPAN MW 11:00 a.m. 12:40 p.m. Levelland Campus Classroom CM113 Language Lab CM123D Professor Ramos Office: CM123C Office Hours: MW 2:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.; 1 st and 3 rd Friday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. *************************************************************************************************** SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE IMPROVES EACH STUDENT'S LIFE *************************************************************************************************** Required Materials: Arriba!, 6 th Edition 2015 Release, by Zayas-Bazán and others, and an access code for the online manual and other valuable information. You will need to register in MySpanishLab (MSL). To do so, please go to (webpage: and follow the instructions. To register you will need to purchase an Access Code (you may do this online) and the Course ID: CRSKL8V If you already have an access code all you will need to do is register in the course using the Course ID listed. Course Description: This course is a 5 credit-hour course. Class time will be devoted to communicating in Spanish and using the structures and vocabulary that you have practiced. Your professor will play the role of communication facilitator in class. If you need help with grammar and/or vocabulary, please take advantage of the help you may get from your professor during his office hours. Also, your professor will not recreate a class that you missed nor to answer questions about online material which you have not studied yourself. Course Objectives: The purpose of this course is formed by ACTFL National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21 st Century, focusing on the five general areas: Communication Communicate in Languages Other Than English Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics. Cultures Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied. Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied. Connections Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language. Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures. Comparisons Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
3 3 Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own. Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own. Communities Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting. Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the past. 2. Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish produced by Spanish speakers of diverse origins. 3. Write simple to moderately complex sentences using level-appropriate grammatical structures and organize them into cohesive paragraphs. 4. Read and comprehend level-appropriate authentic texts. 5. Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world. 6. Compare and contrast the traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic word with characteristics of their own culture. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES Spanish 1512 uses Spanish as the medium of teaching. Students are encouraged to interact with their peers and the professor in Spanish. This method is highly effective. Research has proven that this is the best way to study a second language. You can only learn it by practicing it sufficiently and using it for real communication, so that you can develop your own communicative ability. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions during class in English. This is will be done under the discretion of your professor. This is the only time students will be permitted to speak English. Once the class has been instructed to speak only in Spanish, students are expected to do so. Please do not worry about making mistakes; we are all here to learn. Assignments: Assignments will include MySpanishLab activities, textbook activities, and supplementary handouts designed to stimulate and reinforce foreign language acquisition. Please prepare your assignments carefully and expect to participate in class. Homework not submitted or submitted late will be recorded as a zero. Grading: It is essential that students regularly do both the online course components and participate in class activities. The scores for all graded work are distributed as follows: Participation points 10% Online-MSL points 20% A conversar points 15% A escribir points 15% Chapter Exams points 20% Oral Final points 20% Course grades will be assigned on the basis of weighted course average: A: 90 and above B: *A C or better is required in the course to C: * D: continue to the next level at SPC. F: below 60 Please Note: Grades or averages cannot be sent via or given over the telephone. If at any time you would like to know your grades or class average please see your professor during his office hours.
4 Participation Points: Participation in class activities will be assessed on a weekly basis. Class participation grades are intended to assess the quality and quantity of your class participation, as well as your collaborative attitude during class. If you are absent on the day the class completes the form you will receive a zero for the Participation Points of the week. The forms will be completed during the last five (5) minutes of class. Online Assignments: MySpanishLab (MSL) is the online platform of the course. It contains pronunciation activities, interactive vocabulary and grammar presentations and tutorials. This computer-enhanced course offers the following advantages to you as you learn Spanish: 4 Self-pacing. You can take the time you need to do the online portion of the course as long as you complete the assignments before the deadlines. We will spend time in the language lab (CM123D), and any assignments you do not complete in the allotted time can be completed by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. Immediate feedback. The computer grades your electronic homework exercises instantly, tells you which items or activities are wrong, and helps you to learn by making suggestions on what to study before attempting the exercise again. The program is designed so you can attempt the exercises/activities three times and the average of the three attempts will be recorded. Easy access. You can do your online assignments from any computer that accesses the internet through a reliable internet browser such as Internet Explorer (PC users) or Safari (Mac users). For each activity, you will receive a grade based on the accuracy of your performance. You will be allowed three (3) attempts to complete each activity. The score will be based on the average of your three attempts. Note that spelling, punctuation, and accent marks will signal a difference in your performance, as will proper vocabulary and sentence structure. Online activities are due by 11:59 pm. After that time, the activities will not be accepted. The grade recorded in the gradebook will be the average of the activities per chapter. It is your responsibility to do and submit your online assignments by the due dates. I forgot, I didn't notice or any technical problems with your personal computer or Internet provider are not valid excuses for not completing your assignments. A Conversar: There will be three (3) A Conversar activities during the semester. These are in-class oral activities. The class day before A Conversar activity is scheduled; you will be given a handout to complete at home and it will be part of your A Conversar grade. On the scheduled day you will spend at least 25 minutes speaking to your classmates in Spanish. This activity will be evaluated based on how well you are prepared and the amount and the quality of your participation. A Escribir: There will be two (2) writing activities during the semester. These activities consist of a composition and a revision of that composition. The composition is worth 36 points and the revision is worth 14 points. Chapter Exams: The chapter exams will be over Chapters 5, 6, & 7. The exams will be divided in 5 parts: Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and a Composition. Oral Final Exam: The exam will consist of the information covered in chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8, and will be administered on Monday, December 7, 2015, from 10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. The exam may not be taken early. Course Calendar: All of the assignments and due dates for the class are listed. Please refer to the calendar daily. It is your responsibility to keep up with the due dates. You will also find the Course Calendar and the Syllabus on MSL in the folder Class Syllabus and Course Calendar. Specific Policies Regarding Missed Assignments, Make-up Work Class Attendance Policy: Attendance is mandatory. Anyone who has more than 5 unexcused absences in this course will receive an automatic F in the course. Three tardies (less than fifteen minutes late) will constitute an absence. If you are more than fifteen minutes late, you will be counted absent. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. You are also expected to remain in class until the class is dismissed. If you leave prior to the dismissal of class you will be counted absent. Please Note: If you are late to class, you will earn a zero for any missed assignments given during the time you were not in class. Please arrive on time.
5 Excused absences for this policy are absences due to documented chronic illness, hospitalization, court appearances (excluding actual jail time and/or arraignment during the semester), funerals for immediate family, official university travel and attendance at scheduled religious observances covered by Texas House Bill 256. The original documentation to support the above stated absences must be presented to your professor during his office hours within two classdays. Documentation not presented within two class-days will not be accepted resulting in an absence, and missed assignments will not be accepted. The documentation will be verified. Absence due to religious observance: Texas House Bill 256 requires institutions of higher education to excuse a student from attending classes or other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day. The student shall also be excused for time necessary to travel. An institution may not penalize the student from the absence and allows for the student to take an exam or complete an assignment from which the student is excused. If your circumstances will prevent you from meeting the attendance requirements of this course, it is certainly an option to consider dropping and re-enrolling at a later time when your schedule is conducive to attending class, arriving on time and remaining the duration of class. Other Academic Policies Diversity Statement: In this class, the professor will establish and support an environment that values and nurtures individual and group differences and encourages engagement and interaction. Understanding and respecting multiple experiences and perspectives will serve to challenge and stimulate all of us to learn about others, about the larger world and about ourselves. By promoting diversity and intellectual exchange, we will not only mirror society as it is, but also model society as it should and can be. Academic Honesty: Academic integrity is taking responsibility for one s own work, being individually accountable, and demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement. It is the aim of the faculty of South Plains College to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work that they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense and renders the offenders liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the professor) or the attempt to commit such an act. Also, the use of online translators is not permitted in or outside of class. Civility in the Classroom: Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Help maintain a positive learning environment by arriving on time, turning off cellular phones before entering the classroom, and avoiding distracting behavior. Any student whose behavior disturbs our learning environment may be asked to leave. The following are examples of inappropriate behavior in the classroom: Speaking English without permission Overt and covert inattentiveness Use of cell phone Making offensive remarks Making unnecessary jokes during class Please Note: If after a clear warning, the student continues to repeat inappropriate behavior in the classroom, he or she will be asked to leave the class, and will be expected to speak with his or her professor during his office hours concerning the misbehavior. Please Note: If you need to leave your cell phone on because of an emergency, please speak with your professor before class begins. Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities, including but not limited to physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Disability Services Office early in the semester so that the appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must provide acceptable documentation of his/her disability to the Disability Services Office. For more information, call or visit the Disability Services Office at Levelland (Student Health & Wellness Office) , Reese Center (Building 8) , or Plainview Center (Main Office) or Please Note: Please present the Letter of Accommodations to your professor during his office hours. 5
6 Student Use of Personal Technology: The use electronic or digital devices in class are subject to the approval of the professor. No personal electronic device should be used during quizzes, examinations or other testing or assessment situations without the authorization of the professor. Authorized devices meant to be adaptive or assistive in nature, and which are incorporated as part of a documented disability or medical condition, are exempt from this policy. 6 Veterans Assistance: Military Programs ( Veterans Resource Coordination Group ( and Lubbock Veterans Center ( ). Extra Credit Policy: There will be no extra credit options in this course. Closure of College or Cancelation of Classes: In the event that classes are cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather, please follow the instructions communicated by South Plains College. If needed, revisions to the syllabus and/or any of the calendars may be made.
7 Spanish 1512 MW 10:00 a.m. 11:40 a.m. Course Calendar Fall etext: Electronic Textbook (See MySpanishLab at MSL: MySpanishLab OJO! Some of the assignments in the book have more than one activity (e.g., Paso 1, Paso 2). If a specific activity is not assigned, you should complete all of them on a given assignment. *Please skip lines for the activities that are written on notebook paper (hoja de papel), and write the number of the activity (e.g., 5-1). Capítulo 5: Cómo pasas el día? Learning Outcomes Describing your daily routine and habits Expressing needs related to personal care Expressing emotional states Comparing objects and people Talking about what you do around the house Describing people or things using superlatives Describing what is happening at the moment Week 1 Overview of the course Aug. 24 th Aug. 25 th Vocabulary Tutorials: Las actividades diarias; Algunas partes del cuerpo; Artículos de uso personal; Las actividades; diarias y Algunas emociones; Reflexive Constructions Lee página 152 Estudia página ; 5-2 Please write your answers on notebook paper and skip lines. Intensive Review of Chapter 2 Grammar Tutorials: Reflexive Pronoun Forms; Placement of Reflexive Pronouns; Reciprocal Constructions 05-01, 05-02, 05-03, , 05-09, 05-10, 05-11; Aug. 26 th Grammar Tutorials: Comparing things that are equal; Comparing things that are unequal Thurs., 05-16, 05-17, 05-18, Aug. 27 th Cuánto saben? 05-21, 05-22, 05-23, Aug. 28 th Lee páginas The audio can be found in the etext on MSL. 5-7 Paso 1 y Paso 2; 5-10 Paso 1 Please write your answers on notebook paper and skip lines. Lee páginas Paso 1 Lee 5-17 Para ti. Intensive Review of Chapter 3 Begin Chapter 5 5-6; 5-7 Paso 2; 5-8; 5-10 Paso 2; 5-11; 5-12
8 Week 2 Aug. 31 st Sept. 1 st Vocabulary Tutorials: Los accesorios y los muebles; Los accesorios y los muebles y Algunas partes de una casa Vocabulary Tutorials: Los quehaceres domésticos; Los partes de una casa; Preposiciones de lugar and The superlative 05-29, 5-30, 05-31, 05-32, Lee página 168 Estudia página ; 5-24; 5-26 The audio can be found in the etext on MSL Lee página Lee página ; *5-33 Hoja de papel Intensive Review of Chapter Sept. 2 nd Grammar Tutorials: Superlatives; Present Participle; The Formation of the Present Progressive; Use of the Present Progressive Lee página ; 5-35 Cultura: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá Thurs., 05-38, 05-39, 05-41, 05-42, Sept. 3 rd Vocabulary Tutorials: Verbs that express feelings, moods, and conditions Cuánto saben? 05-44, Sept. 4 th Week 3 Sept. 7 th Sept. 8 th Extra Practice: Reflexive Pronouns Forms; Placement of Reflexive Pronouns; Reciprocal Constructions Labor Day Holiday Extra Practice: Comparing Things that are unequal; Comparing things that are unequal; Más de (numbers); Superlatives Extra Practice: Formation of the Present Progressive; Use of the Present Progressive Participation Points 1 Sept. 9 th Practice Test 05--Read TB page 178 for the Panoramas portion of the Practice Test. A conversar 1 (Preparation given in class.) Examen: Capítulo 5
9 Thurs., Sept. 10 th Vocabulary Tutorials: Las comidas y las bebidas A, B, C, D, E; En un restaurant y Verbos; Gustar and Similar Verbs 9 Sept. 11 th 06-01, 06-02, 06-03, 06-04, 06-05, Grammar Tutorials: Indirect Object Pronouns; Decir; Dar; Placement of Indirect Object Pronouns 06-11, 06-12, 06-13, 06-14, 06-15, Lee página 186 Estudia página ; 6-2 Lee páginas *6-8 Paso 2 Hoja de papel y *6-9 Hoja de papel (Answer with complete sentences.) Capítulo 6: Buen provecho! Learning Outcomes Discussing food, eating preferences, and ordering meals Week 4 Talking about things and expressing to whom or for whom Expressing likes and dislikes Discussing foods, cooking, and recipes Talking about events in the past A conversar 1 (25 minutos) Sept. 14 th Sept. 15 th Grammar Tutorials: Gustar and Similar Verbs 06-17, 06-18, 06-19, Cuánto saben? 06-24, 06-25, 06-26, Sept. 16 th Lee página ; *6-14 Paso 1 Hoja de papel; 6-15 Lee página ; 6-11; 6-12; 6-14 Paso 2; 6-16; 6-17 Thurs., Sept. 17 th Sept. 18 th Vocabulary Tutorials: En la cocina y en la mesa; En la mesa y en la receta, Ortas palabras y expresiones Vocabulary Tutorials: Adverbial expressions in the past and Verbs with spelling change in the preterit 06-32, 06-33, 06-34, 06-35, Lee página 198 Estudia página ; *6-23 Paso 1 Hoja de papel 6-24 The audio can be found in etext on MSL. Participation Points 2
10 Week 5 Sept. 21 st Grammar Tutorials: Preterit; Regular Verbs in the Preterit; Spelling Changes in the Preterit; Stem-Changes in the Preterit Lee páginas ; 6-28 *6-29 Paso 2 Hoja de papel 6-25; , 06-40, , 06-44, 06-45, 06-46, Lee página 206 Sept. 22 nd 6-33 *6-34 Paso 2 Hoja de papel Sept. 23 rd El pretérito 6-30; 6-31; 6-32; 6-36 Thurs., Cuánto saben? 06-49, 06-50, 06-51, Sept. 24 th Sept. 25 th Week 6 Sept. 28 th Práctica: Taller página 214, 6-48 Antes de escribir y A escribir Participation Points 3 A escribir 1: Taller página 214, 6-48 (20 minutos) El pretérito Lee página 210 Sept. 29 th 6-40 Sept. 30 th El pretérito Cultura: Chile Thurs., Oct. 1 st Oct. 2 nd Week 7 Oct. 5 th Oct. 6 th Oct. 7 th Extra Practice: Indirect Object Pronouns; Decir; Dar; Placement of Indirect Object Pronouns; Gustar and Similar Verbs Extra Practice: Preterit; Regular Verbs in the Preterit; Spelling Change in the Preterit; Stem-Changing in the Preterit Practice Test 06 Read page 210 for the Panoramas portion of the Practice Test. Vocabulary Tutorials: En la playa y Qué tiempo hace?; Los pasatiempos; Qué tiempo hace; Opiniones, sugerencias, y reacciones A conversar 2 (Preparation given in class.) Participation Points 4 A escribir 1 Revisions due the beginning of class El pretérito Examen: Capítulo 6
11 Thurs., 07-01, 07-02, 07-03, 07-04, 07-05, 07- Oct. 8 th 06, Oct. 9 th Grammar Tutorials: Preterit Forms of Ser and Ir; Preterit Forms of Estar and Tener; Preterit Forms of Dar and Ver 07-09, 07-10; Fall Break Lee página 218 Estudia página ; 7-2 & 7-3 The audio can be found in the etext on MSL. Lee página ; 7-8 Paso 1 11 Capítulo 7: A divertirnos! Talking about activities you like to do in your free time Week 8 Oct. 12 th Oct. 13 th Making plans to do something Talking about indefinite people and things, and people and things that do not exist Talking about some activities in the past Talking about different sports Reporting more past events and activities Taking shortcuts in conversation to avoid repetition Vocabulary Tutorials: Indefinite and negative expressions; Indefinite and negative expressions y Otras expressiones Grammar Tutorials: Indefinite and Negative Expressions; Uses and Placement of Negative Expressions Lee página Paso 1 y Paso 2 A conversar 2 (25 minutos) 7-4; 7-9; 7-10 Lee , Cuánto saben? 07-19, 07-20; Paso 1 Oct. 14 th Thurs., Vocabulary Tutorials: Los deportes A, Oct. 15 th B; Otras palabras y expressions Oct. 16 th 07-27, 07-28, 07-30, Grammar Tutorials: Irregular Preterit Forms; Verbs with Different Meanings in Preterit/Present Tense 07-35, 07-36, 07-37, Lee página 230 Estudia página ; The audio can be found in the etext on MSL. Lee páginas *7-22 Paso 2 Hoja de papel (Answer with complete sentences.) *7-23 Hoja de papel (Write complete sentences.) Participation Points 5
12 Week 9 El pretérito 12 Oct. 19 th Oct. 20 th Oct. 21 st Thurs., Oct. 22 nd Práctica: Taller página 246, Oct. 23 rd 7-39 Antes de escribir y A escribir 7-21; 7-24 El pretérito Participation Points 6 Week 10 A escribir 2: Taller página 246, 7-39 (20 minutos) Oct. 26 th Oct. 27 th Vocabulary Tutorials: Double Object Pronouns Grammar Tutorials: Order and Placement of Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns used Together Lee página Paso 1; , 07-40, 07-41, Paso 2; 7-27 Oct. 28 th Thurs., Cuánto saben? 07-43, 07-44, 07-45, Oct. 29 th Extra Practice: Indefinite and Negative Oct. 30 th Expressions; Uses and Placement of Negative Expressions Week 11 Nov. 2 nd Nov. 3 rd Extra Practice: Preterit Forms of Ser and Ir; Preterit Forms of Estar and Tener; Preterit Forms of Dar and Ver; Irregular Preterit Forms; Verbs with Different Meanings in Preterit/Present Tense Extra Practice: Order and Placement of Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns used Together Practice Test 07 Lee página A conversar 3 (Preparation given in class.) Participation Points 7 A escribir 2 Revisions due the beginning of class Cultura: Cuba, Puerto Rico y la República Dominicana
13 Nov. 4 th Vocabulary Tutorial: La ropa y los accesorios A, B; La ropa y los accesorios, Lugares donde vamos a comprar, y En una tienda; Verbos y Otras palabras; En una tienda y verbos; Expresiones para comprar Thurs., 08-01, 08-02, 08-03, 08-04, 08-05, 08- Nov. 5 th 06, Lee página 250 Estudia página ; 8-2 The audio can be found in the etext on MSL. Examen: Capítulo , 08-10, 08-11, 08-12, 08-13, 08- Nov. 6 th 14 Vocabulary Tutorials: Ordinal Numbers Lee página ; 8-7 Lee página 258 Lee 8-13 Grammar Tutorials: Ordinal Numbers 08-16, 08-17, Capítulo 8: En qué puedo servirle? Talking about clothes and shopping at a department store Week 12 Talking about what used to happen and what you used to do in the past Describing a scene in the past Shopping for personal care products Contrasting what happened in the past with something else that was going on Talking about what people say and believe Talking about what is done Cuánto saben? 08-19, 08-20, A conversar 3 (25 minutos) 8-3; 8-4; 8-9; 8-11; 8-12 Nov. 9 th Nov. 10 th Vocabulary Tutorials: En la joyería y Descripciones; En la farmacia; Las tiendas; Shopping expressions y Verbos Lee página 262 Estudia página ; 8-19 The audio can be found in the etext on MSL. Nov. 11 th 08-26, 08-27, 08-28, 08-29, Vocabulary Tutorials: Expressions used with Preterit and Imperfect A, B 8-20; 8-21 Participation Points 8
14 Thurs., Nov. 12 th Nov. 13 th Week 13 Grammar Tutorials: Imperfect of Regular Verbs; Imperfect of Irregular Verbs; Use of the Imperfect; Summary of Uses of Preterit and Imperfect 08-34, 08-35, 08-36, 08-37, Lee páginas Paso 1; *8-23 Paso 3 Hoja de papel (Answer with complete sentences.) 8-25; *8-26 Hoja de papel (Answer with complete sentences.) 8-27; Nov. 16 th Nov. 17 th Grammar Tutorials: Impersonal se; Passive Voice with se Lee página Paso 2 Hoja de papel (Answer with complete sentences.) 08-41, 08-42, ; 8-31; 8-32 Nov. 18 th Thurs., Cuánto saben? 08-45, 08-46, 08-47, Nov. 19 th Lee página 276 Nov. 20 th 8-36 Participation Points 9 Week 14 Nov. 23 rd Extra Practice: Imperfect of Regular Verbs; Imperfect of Irregular Verbs; Use of the Imperfect; Summary of Uses of Preterit and Imperfect Cultura: Perú y Ecuador Club cultura Ecuador Nov. 24 th Extra Practice: Ordinal Numbers; Impersonal se; Passive Voice with se Nov. 25 th Thurs., Nov. 26 th Nov. 27 th Practice Test 08 Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving Break
15 Week 15 Repaso 15 Nov. 30 th Dec. 1st Dec. 2nd Last class day. Practice for the Oral Final Exam Practice for the Oral Final Exam Oral Final Exam Monday, December 7, 2015; 10:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.