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SPAN 115 - Communicating in Spanish II

Saint Louis University Spring 2008

Instructor _________________________________ Office _____________________ Telephone _____________ E-mail _______________________ Section no. ______ Office hours _____________________________ General Coordinator of SPAN 115: Dr. Kara McBride, RH 324, Tel. 977-3673, [email protected] Textbook: Dos mundos: En breve. Terrell, et al. McGraw Hill, Third Edition, 2006. Quia: online workbook. Prerequisite: SPAN 110 or Webcape placement exam with a score of 268-359. If your proficiency level is higher than the one expected for this course you will be requested by your instructor to register in SPAN 210 or any other appropriate level. Course Description: SPAN 115 is designed to help you develop your ability to understand and speak everyday Spanish, to help you improve your reading and writing in Spanish, and to teach you more about the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world. Classes are conducted in Spanish. To get the most out of a class session, you do not need to understand every word, only enough to understand the task at hand. You are required to speak Spanish more than 90% of the time, including when you speak to your classmates. When you speak you will make mistakes, as they are a natural part of the learning process. Don't be concerned about these mistakes. In time your speech will become more accurate. You are expected to study the vocabulary and grammar before the material is covered in class. Your instructor's presentation will highlight the main points, but is not meant to take the place of your thorough preparation for class. Course format: MWF classes are based on communicative activities--for this is the only way one can attain fluency, as opposed to merely bookish knowledge, in a language--and participation is your responsibility to this learning environment. The instructor plans, teaches, directs, and helps, but students are primarily responsible for their learning process and for the development of their skills. You are expected to take advantage of the Tuesday Ancillary Labs and Grammar Workshops (see explanation below), and your instructor's office hours, to review and clarify grammatical aspects.

Attendance policy: Since class time is used for developing communication skills, attendance is required. For every two times that a student is late to class or leaves early, he/she will be marked one absence (three minutes after the beginning of class is considered late). After your third absence of the semester, each additional absence will cause your final grade to drop 2%. After ten absences students will be assigned an AF in the class. Students are responsible for the material covered in class and homework due on the days they are absent. No late work will be accepted and no make-up exams will be administered without documentation (written medical excuse or a certificate of attendance in the case of funerals). Excused absences: In order for an absence to be excused you must contact your instructor in advance of the absence. Upon or before returning to class you must provide documentation that clearly demonstrates that the absence was unavoidable on the date(s) in question. Arrangements for a make-up exam must be made prior to returning to class. The grade will not be counted until the documentation is provided. Grading Policy: Grades are calculated as follows: Participation (including labs) Homework Quizzes Tests (2) Midterm exam Midterm oral interview Compositions (2) Final exam Final oral interview Group presentation 10% 13% 15% 15% 10% 5% 10% 12% 5% 5%

Participation. This component of your grade includes class preparation, active participation in class activities, using Spanish in the classroom, and attendance. The participation grade also includes attendance to at least one event hosted by the Spanish House. To obtain full credit for attending the event you must also turn in to your instructor a detailed paragraph in Spanish describing the event. Homework. Regular practice is essential for foreign language acquisition. No late work is accepted. Many of the homework assignments will be done through Quia, an online activity platform. Quizzes. Some quizzes will be announced ahead of time, and some may not. The announced quizzes are indicated on the semester schedule (pp. 6-7 of this syllabus). Tests. Tests will include listening comprehension, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, culture, and history. The tests are on Feb. 22 and April 16.


Midterm. The midterm exam will include all material from Chapter 6 through Chapter 8. It will take place in your regular classroom, at your regular class time, on March 12. Midterm Oral Interview. This will be a one-on-one interview with your instructor and it will be a personalized application of the material in Chapter 6 through Chapter 8. Interviews will take place during the week of March 10. Compositions. Students will write two short compositions on an announced topic. The compositions are due March 10 and April 16. No late compositions will be accepted, and the composition must be the student's own, original work. Final Exam. The final exam will be comprehensive but with greatest emphasis on Chapter 11. It will be held during exam week (5/7-5/13). Final Oral Interview. This will be an "improvised dialogue" with a classmate. The content of the dialogue will be based on a selection of topics from Chapter 6 to Chapter 11. The topics will be announced ahead of time so that students can prepare, but the actual topic will be selected randomly on the day of the interview. The final oral interviews will take place during finals week. Group presentations. In late April we will take two days to have groups do short presentations in Spanish for the class.

Grading Scale: 93-100 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 65-69 0-64 10 absences


Excellent Approaching excellent Superior Approaching superior Above average A little better than average Fulfills the requirements Below average Inferior Unacceptable Failure due to excessive absences

Guidelines for Testing. 1. Make up tests/exams are not administered without a written medical excuse (or a certificate of attendance in the case of funerals) and must be taken within 3 days of the scheduled test/exam. No test/exam is given prior to the scheduled day and time. For all tests and examinations, be on time. 2. University policy states that if a student is absent from the scheduled final examination and has not requested previous permission from the instructor in written form for an alternate exam time, he or she will be assigned the notation "X". Advance authorization for deferring the taking of a final examination may be given, but only rarely and for serious reasons. 3

Labs and Workshops

Sony Lab. Every third Tuesday (beginning February 5) students are required to attend a laboratory class in the Sony Lab classroom, RH 331. Activities in the Sony Lab extend the material from the MWF classes and make use of the technology available to us in the lab. Grammar Workshops. On those Tuesdays when we do not meet in the Sony Lab, there will be Grammar Workshops held in RH 202. There, specific grammar topics connected to the MWF classes will be covered. Unlike MWF classes, you will have some opportunity to communicate with the instructor in English. You are required to attend at least four of these workshops. Students are asked to sign up for the Grammar Workshop that corresponds with their scheduled lab time. Students should sign up for the workshop ahead of time. There is a limit of 20 students per workshop. The sign-up sheet is located on the counter in RH 325. Ancillary Labs. In the Ancillary Lab (back room of the lab, RH 325) on Tuesdays, starting January 29, there will be Spanish instructors available for additional help with course materials. There will be a sign-up list on the counter at the entrance to the lab. You can sign up in advance, but you are also welcome to walk in and use the service if there is a slot available. Slots will be allocated in increments of 15 minutes but can go longer if scheduling allows.

NOTE ON ACADEMIC HONESTY: Students are expected to be honest in their academic work. The University reserves the right to penalize any student whose academic conduct at any time is, in its judgment, detrimental to the University. Such conduct shall include cases of plagiarism, collusion, cheating, giving or receiving or offering or soliciting information in examinations, or the use of previously prepared material in examinations or quizzes. Violations should be reported to your course instructor, who will investigate and adjudicate them according to the Policy on Academic Honesty of the College of Arts and Sciences. If the charges are found to be true, the student may be liable for academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from the University.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ­ DISABILITY SERVICES: Any student who because of disability, feels that he or she may need academic accommodations in order to meet the requirements of the course as outlined in the syllabus, should contact the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Please telephone the office at (314) 977- 8885, or visit DuBourg Hall, Room 36. Confidentiality will be observed in all inquiries.


Participation Criteria

The grade will be determined by your use of Spanish and your contribution to group and paired tasks and discussion. The students will be asked to self-evaluate, but the final decision on grade assignment will be left to the instructor.


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I attended class/lab and arrived on time. I greeted people and took leave using Spanish expressions. I worked on my comprehension skills by listening when others spoke. I spoke only Spanish. I participated in all activities with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. I helped others to do all of the above. I attended class/lab and arrived on time. I greeted people and took leave using Spanish expressions. Every now and then, I didn't listen to others when they were talking. I spoke Spanish in class/lab but also used English on occasion. I participated in all activities, sometimes enthusiastically. Overall I showed a positive attitude. I made participating in class/lab easier for other people. I arrived late to class/lab. I used more English in class/lab than Spanish. I wasn't listening while others talked. I used my cell phone, read a newspaper, or displayed other, similar off-task behavior. My presence in a group didn't make much difference in getting the task done.




Quia website. This is where you will go to do a lot of your homework. Dos Mundos website. Here you can get additional help, particularly with grammar. This site has self-grading quizzes, animated grammar explanations, flash cards, and you can hear all of the vocabulary read off. Blackboard can be entered through


Semester Schedule Spanish 115, Spring 2008

DATE Mon. 1/21 Tues. 1/22 Wed. 1/23 Fri. 1/25 Mon. 1/28 Tues. 1/29 Wed. 1/30 Fri. 2/1 Mon. 2/4 Tues. 2/5 Wed. 2/6 Fri. 2/8 Mon. 2/11 Tues. 2/12 Wed. 2/13 Fri. 2/15 Mon. 2/18 Tues. 2/19 Wed. 2/20 Fri. 2/22 Mon. 2/25 Tues. 2/26 Wed. 2/27 Fri. 2/29 Mon. 3/3 Tues. 3/4 Wed. 3/5 Fri. 3/7 Mon. 3/10 Tues. 3/11 Wed. 3/12 Fri. 3/14 Mon. 3/17 Tues. 3/18 MATERIAL COVERED IN CLASS No Classes, Martin Luther King Day No lab Introduction to the course Capítulo 6: El vecindario y la casa (Lea gramática 6.1-6.2) Las actividades en casa Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Las actividades con amigos (Lea gramática 6.3) Lecturas del capítulo Las presentaciones (Lea gramática 6.4-6.5) Sony Lab Quiz 1 Repaso, En resumen Capítulo 7: Mis experiencias (Lea gramática 7.1-7.2) "Cuando salimos;" Las experiencias con los demás (Lea gramática 7.3-7.4) Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Ventanas Culturales; Las experiencias con los demás Quiz 2 Hablando del pasado (Lea gramática 7.5) "La independencia de Sudamérica" (pp. 254); En resumen Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Lecturas; repaso Test over Chapters 6 and 7 ­ Prueba 1 Capítulo 8: Las comidas, las bebidas, y la nutrición (Lea gramática 8.1-8.2) Sony Lab La compra y la preparación de la comida (Lea gramática 8.3-8.4) Los restaurantes (Lea gramática 8.5) Lecturas Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Quiz 3 En resumen Peer review of compositions and mock interviews Composition 1 is due Repaso Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Midterm exam Entrevistas Spring Break Spring Break 6

DATE Wed. 3/19 Fri. 3/21 Mon. 3/24 Tues. 3/25 Wed. 3/26 Fri. 3/28 Mon. 3/31 Tues. 4/1 Wed. 4/2 Fri. 4/4 Mon. 4/7 Tues. 4/8 Wed. 4/9 Fri. 4/11 Mon. 4/14 Tues. 4/15 Wed. 4/16 Fri. 4/18 Mon. 4/21 Tues. 4/22 Wed. 4/23 Fri. 4/25 Mon. 4/28 Tues. 4/29 Wed. 4/30 Fri. 5/2 Mon. 5/5 Tues. 5/6

MATERIAL COVERED IN CLASS Spring Break Spring Break No Class; Easter Monday Sony Lab Capítulo 9: La familia y los parientes (Lea gramática 9.1-9.2) La niñez (Lea gramática 9.3) La juventud (Lea gramática 9.4-9.5) Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Quiz 4 Lecturas Capítulo 10: La geografía y el clima (Lea gramática 10.1-10.2) Los medios de transporte (Lea gramática 10.3-10.4) Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab La ecología y el medio ambiente (Lea gramática 10.5) Lecturas Group work day Sony Lab Composition 1 is due Test over chapters 9 and 10 ­ Prueba 2 Capítulo 11: Los viajes en automóvil En busca de sitios (Lea gramática 11.1) Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Quiz 5 Los planes de viaje (Lea gramática 11.2-11.3) Group presentations Group presentations Grammar Workshop and Ancillary Lab Los planes de viaje Los sitios turísticos (Lea gramática 11.4-11.5) Repaso Reading Day Final exams Wed. 5/7 through Tues. 5/13 Time and day of our final exam _____________

Time, day, and place of Oral Interview _____________________________



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