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2013 SPANISH 051
Syllabus mayo 21 - junio 27
Intermediate Language Study I section
(3 credits)
martes / miércoles / jueves 5:00-7:30
Salón de clase
: Mann Hall Trinity 104 (Trinity Campus:
see map online
: Lourdes de Dios
: Waterman Room 501
: 656-3582
Correo electrónico
: lourdes.de-dios@uvm.edu
Hora de oficina
: after class
Course description
Spanish 051 is a course designed to provide a communicative learning experience thatworks to expand students' ability to interact with others successfully in Spanish. Toachieve this goal we will devote approximately half of our time to grammar and vocabularyreview. The other half we will concentrate on activities geared toward helping students developthe use of Spanish in their own lives both inside and outside the classroom through thedevelopment of successful reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills.
Students should have a prior knowledge of these verb tenses: preterite, imperfect, subjunctive(present and past), present perfect, present pluperfect, conditional, commands, and future.The University of Vermont respects the Department of Education's definition of a credit hour: for every hour spent in a classroom, a student is expected to complete approximately 2 hours of coursework outside of it. Thus, in SPAN 051, a 3-credit course, a student should expect to workat least 6 hours a week outside of the classroom.
Course objectives
Upon completion of Span 051, student:will express personal opinions and ideas in spoken Spanishwill write short essays expressing and explaining a point of viewwill summarize the main topics or themes of short texts/videos in Spanishwill develop greater cultural awareness of Spanish speaking countries/communitieswill increase mastery of Spanish grammar structures
Course Materials:Texto: IMAGINA español sin barreras 2
Edition Blanco * Tocaimaza-HatchISBN 978-1-60576-249-4Spanish/English Dictionary
 Sitios de la red (websites):
Grade Breakdown:
1 Examen 202 Pruebas 15Participación y asistencia 15Tarea 10Presentaciones 152 composiciones 201 Examen oral 5100
Exam (20%)
I will let you know which chapter to study.There will be NO make-up tests in this class unless a medical, religious, or other official excuseis presented in writing. It is your responsibility to check carefully the exam dates on this syllabusin order to avoid foreseeable conflicts.
 Pruebas (15%)
There will be 2 quizzes. There will be NO make-up quizzes in this class unless a medical,religious, or other official excuse is presented in writing
Class participation, absences, and late arrivalsa. Participation (15%)
In the SPAN 051 classroom, active and constructive class participation is a requirement.Speaking a foreign language with proficiency is an acquired skill that entails consistent practiceand self-discipline. In this class, active participation includes volunteering answers, answeringquestions accurately; staying on task in pair and group work, and respecting the classroomenvironment rules (see VI below).
b. Absences
Since the emphasis of class is communicative proficiency, particularly speaking and listeningcomprehension, most of the class time will be spent using the language not talking about it,therefore, class attendance is a requirement. This course is 18 DAYS! YOU CANNOT beabsent. I
f you are absent without a doctor’s note your grade
will decrease your overall grade bya plus or minus (for example B will drop to a B-). Please make sure to notify your instructor ahead of time in the event of an excused absence (e.g., medical reasons).
c. Late arrivals
Three (3) late arrivals equal one absence in this course.
Tarea (10%)
You must respect your instructor’s homework guidelines. All assignments must follow the
University of Vermont Code of Academic Integrity (see V below) and show an authenticcommitment to language learning. Please use high-quality dictionaries, avoid automatictranslators, and carefully review your work.
Examen oral (5%)
The oral exam is designed to evaluate speaking and listening skills. You will receive moredetailed information about this exam and its assessment.
There will be NO make-ups for the oral exam without a written medical, religious or other official excuse. Missed oral exams will automatically receive a zero.
Composiciones (20%)
There will be 2 compositions throughout the semester. One you will write at home, the other oneyou will write in class. I will give the topics during the semester.
There will be NO make-ups for any composition without a written medical, religious or other official excuse.
Presentaciones (15%)
These will be done in small groups (approx. 3 students per group), focusing on a Spanish-speaking country or region that they would like to learn more about.There will be various activities relating to this project over the course of thesemester. At the end of the semester, each group will do a Power Point presentation abouttheir topic. This will be turned in (via attachment or CD) along with a list of referencematerials used. Each student will also submit a short reflection on their owncontribution to the project and what they learned through the experience. The grade onthe final project will take into account all of the above activities.
There will be NO make-ups for these presentations without a written medical, religious or other official excuse.

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