Yavapai College SPA 101 Syllabus – Fall 2008 Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-10:00am 4 Credits Instructor: Curtis Kleinman
Office and phone: 928-776-2290 Email: email@example.com Office and office hours: Bldg. 3 room 231 Mon. & Wed. 9-12, Thurs. 10:30-1:30 Classroom: Bldg. 3 room 216 Required Materials: 1. Knorre, Dorwick, PerézGironés, Glass, and Villareal. Puntos en breve, 2nd ed. 2. Quia/Puntos en breve Online workbook/lab manual (www.books.quia.com) Important Links: 1. Online work book/lab manual: www.books.quia.com 2. Online SpanishEnglish/EnglishSpanish dictionary: www.wordreference.com 2. YC Blackboard log in screen: https://blackboard.yc.edu/webapps/login/ 3. Puntos en breve website: http://highered.mcgraw hill.com/sites/0073123862/student_view0/ 4. Instructor’s site for supplemental Tegrity Lessons: http://curtiskleinmanspanish.wetpaint.com/page/Supplementary+Lessons 5. Puntos de partida (Puntos en breve) video website: http://wlcmedia.csumb.edu/Spanish/Puntos_de_partida7/Videos/ 6. YC Learning Center (Spanish tutoring available): http://www2.yc.edu/content/learningcenters/default.htm 6. Spanish placement test info: http://www.yc.edu/content/testingservices/foreignlang.htm 7. Languages CLEP testing info: http://www.yc.edu/content/testingservices/clep.htm 8. Due dates for adding/dropping and withdrawing (also note links in right hand menu bar for additional info/calendar): http://www2.yc.edu/content/registration/registration/drop.htm 9. Setting up your Online Work book/ Lab Manual Tegrity tutorial: http://europa.yc.edu/Tegrity/cklein02/cklein02_Sandbox/Setting%20up%20the%20On line%20WB%20and%20LMfaf5275f69e74b1cae321f22dff53f7e/default.htm Course Description: Spanish 101 is an introductory Spanish course that assumes some prior exposure to Spanish and the Spanish speaking world through real world contact with Spanish speakers and/or through the media. This course aims to develop all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to help students develop the ability to communicate in Spanish, while at the same time introduce them to Hispanic culture. A strong emphasis is placed 1
on using the language in practical situations, while also helping students grasp the basics of Spanish grammatical rules, word order, and word formation. There are no prerequisites for this course. Please keep in mind that Spanish classes are designed to present the basic tools necessary for learning Spanish. To be successful in the achievement of the course goals, students should actively participate in all inclass learning experiences (e.g., by participating in class discussions, being productive in group work, etc.) and they should also take advantage of outside of class learning opportunities (e.g., listening to music in Spanish, seeing movies in Spanish, etc.). Students do not automatically become fluent/proficient in Spanish by completing the introductory Spanish course set. Language acquisition must also occur outside of the classroom. Students hoping to become proficient in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs or in an immersion program. Please contact your instructor for more information on such programs. Course Goals: The following describes the types of tasks that you should be able to accomplish upon completion of this course with a passing grade. 1. Understand the main idea and some of the supporting details of spoken Spanish intended for beginning college students regarding topics related to their daily lives and current affairs. 2. Initiate and respond verbally to noncomplicated, basic communicative tasks and familiar social situations with sufficient accuracy in pronunciation and grammar so as to be understood by persons accustomed to interacting with learners of Spanish. 3. Read simple, edited written material (e.g., articles, novelettes, short stories, etc.) on topics related to everyday uses of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture with an understanding of the main idea and most of the supporting details. 4. Write short, coherent compositions of several paragraphs on familiar topics with sufficient accuracy in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary so as to be understood by persons accustomed to interacting with learners of Spanish. 5. Understand some significant cultural traits of the Spanishspeaking world (customs, lifestyles, attitudes, geography, famous people, etc.) so as to be able to function appropriately in typical social situations.
Course Content: 1. Formulaic expressions (e.g., Of course!) 2. Courtesy expressions (e.g., Thank you, good evening) 3. Basic needs 4. Question formation and interrogative words 5. Basic biographical information (e.g., name, age, origin, profession, phone number, address) 2
6. Telling time 7. Comparisons 8. Descriptions of activities 9. Narrations of daily routines 10. Descriptions of objects, places, and people 11. Spanish phonetic and stress systems 12. Spanish spelling system 13. Accent marks in Spanish 14. Reading authentic Spanish passages that relate to basic survival vocabulary and/or current events 15. Components of the Spanish-speaking culture: physical (e.g., personal space, customs), nonverbal (e.g., gestures), geographical (e.g., maps), and the arts (e.g., music, arts) Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 1. Use and respond to formulaic expressions and courtesy expressions (e.g., Of course!, Thank you), formulate questions to satisfy basic needs (e.g., What time is it?) and express basic needs (e.g., I'm looking for the bus to Guadalajara). 2. Describe objects, places, and people. 3. Express basic biographical information on oneself and others (e.g., name, age, origin, profession, phone number, address) 4. Narrate daily activities and routines of oneself and others (e.g., At seven, I wake up, shower, and shave. After I get dressed and eat breakfast, I go to the university.). 5. Respond and contribute to very simple face-to-face conversations with limited spontaneity using frequently used expressions and learned vocabulary. 6. Apply the Spanish alphabet and phonetic system, the rules of stress, and the rules of accent marks. 7. Identify components of the Spanish-speaking culture: physical (e.g., personal space, customs), non-verbal (e.g. gestures), geographical (e.g., maps), and the arts (e.g., music, arts). Expectations Foreign language classes are focused on helping each student gain fluency in the target language. New theories in language acquisition emphasize communicative interactions in the target language between peers and the instructor in order to obtain this fluency with greatest efficacy. • I therefore expect each student to be using Spanish as frequently as possible in class, eventually obtaining the goal of only using Spanish in class. • I expect you to arrive to class on time. • I expect all assignments to be turned in on time; late assignments without having communicated with me prior to the due date will not be accepted. • I expect you to have all cell phones turned off during class time. • I expect you to be able to download all assignments from our Blackboard shell, and I expect you to not come to class unprepared due to technological problems. • I expect you to check our Blackboard shell daily for new announcements and other communications from me. 3
I have included my YC email address and office phone above for emergencies, but under normal circumstances I expect you to communicate with me using Blackboard email. (Usually the least effective way to get in touch with me is by phone). I expect you to consider your participation grade carefully and the factors that contribute to it. (See “Participation Evaluation” below.)
Conversation Partners People learn languages best when they receive input from a multiplicity of sources. Therefore, we will frequently be changing conversation partners, to give each student the opportunity to negotiate meanings in Spanish with different members of the class, and by so doing, be exposed to different sources of input—facilitating learning. SIC Days From time to time we will have “SIC days” (Speak In Castillano [another word for Spanish, used in some countries]). This means that no English will be used in class (by the instructor or students). These immersion experiences are great opportunities to make marked advances in your language proficiency. Exceptional performance by individual students during SIC days will be rewarded (e.g. exemptions from homework assignments or even quizzes). Course Requirements: Homework: The bulk of the homework in this class will consist of the online workbook and lab manual pages. All of the workbook and lab manual online activities are required for each chapter of your Puntos en breve book, unless I notify you otherwise. These activities must be completed by midnight of the day they are due. The workbook and lab manual activities will correspond to the lectures and discussion given in class, so use these activities weekly (usually after a class meeting) to review and practice what we have covered as a class. In addition, throughout the course of the semester I may also assign additional homework assignments. Due dates for these assignments will vary and will be announced in class. These assignments are designed to help you reach your ultimate goal: being able to communicate in Spanish. You must complete all assignments on time and come to class prepared to actively use the vocabulary and structures you are studying. You should plan on 1 1/2 to 2 hours of out of class preparation for every hour spent in class. Compositions: I will determine the topic of each essay, and this topic will not be disclosed until the day of the composition. All of the compositions will be written in class unless otherwise specified. Your three compositions in Spanish will be graded on content, vocabulary, and the appropriate use of learned grammar. I may give you the option of rewriting your composition based on my comments and input. A composition rubric explaining assessment procedures and stipulations will be provided at a later date.
Creative Book—Ongoing Project: You will select a fictional character (it can be a pet, a childhood cartoon, a makebelieve person/character) to create a children’s book. Using every Puntos de partida chapter that we study as a guideline (e.g., utilizing the vocabulary and grammar themes from the chapter we are currently studying), you will create at least one page with pictures and a few sentences written in Spanish. The rough draft for each page will be turned in for my corrections at the end of each Puntos en breve chapter (see course plan). Finally, the final polished copy of the creative children’s book will be turned in at the end of the semester (TBA). Only the final version will be awarded points. The book should have a small plot and resolution like a real book for children. This project is expected to be very fun, therefore BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU CAN! You can draw, paint, make a collage, paste, or whatever makes you happy! The final book will be turned in at the end of the semester. A rubric, similar to the rubric used in assessing your compositions, will be provided at a later date. This rubric will explain assessment procedures and stipulations. Participation: As this is a class focused on helping you learn to speak Spanish effectively, a significant portion of your grade will be based around your participation in class activities focused on obtaining this goal. As stated in the attendance policy, your grade will suffer a great deal if you choose not to participate by frequently missing class. However, when you are in class you should always keep your participation grade in mind and actively use Spanish to participate in small group and whole class activities as well as arrive on-time for class and be prepared for class by reading the required material and bringing the necessary course tools to be successful on any given day. These may include but are not limited to: your book, note taking materials, and any assignments that may be due. For more details see “Participation Evaluation” below. Quizzes: You will be required to take three quizzes in class throughout the semester. Study and memorize the “vocabulary” list located on the last few pages of each chapter. Key grammar points may also appear. Your instructor will detail the specific format and content for each quiz. For quiz dates see the course plan. Exams: a) In class exams: There will be two regular in class tests this semester, all of which will include listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and composition. Remember all exams are cumulative. Information you learn through spaced repetition stays with you longer than information you “cram”. Daily study periods of shorter duration are more productive than marathon study sessions just before an exam. b) Final exam: The final exam in this course will be comprehensive, testing you on all of the chapters studied this semester. Details in terms of content will be provided at the appropriate time. c) Comprehensive listening exam: Because the development of your ability to understand spoken Spanish is one of our primary goals and because it is essential for success in subsequent 5
courses, you will complete an exam that assesses your ability to understand the main ideas and supporting details in spoken discourse. This exam will be given near the end of the semester. In this sense, the exam will be comprehensive, requiring you to remain acquainted with the vocabulary and structures studied throughout the semester. d) Oral assessment: A major assessment of your speaking abilities will be conducted at the end of the semester, providing you with an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities to communicate about everyday topics and situations in Spanish. This assessment may be conducted as an interview between you and the instructor, as roleplays performed between you and a classmate, or as a short presentation about the topics covered during the semester or cultural aspects of Spanishspeaking countries. A rubric explaining assessment procedures and stipulations will be provided at a later date. The Final Grade: Participation (5%), homework (5%): 10% Compositions: 10% Quizzes: 10% Creative book: 7% Exams: 25% Final exam: 20% Listening exam: 8% Oral assessment: 10% Your grade for this course will be based on the following: 90100 = A; 8089 = B; 7079 = C; 60 69 = D; below 60 = F Attendance (1)You may miss four class meetings without penalty (you will receive no penalty other than the fact that you may miss classwork which counts toward your final grade [classwork cannot be made up]. Absences may also cause you to miss important information regarding upcoming assignments/due dates, etc. I am not responsible to inform you of any items that you missed due to absence; you must take the initiative and contact me or one of your classmates). (2)After five absences your grade will be lowered one letter; ten absences will lower your grade two letters and so on. (3)In addition, being absent from class does not dismiss you from any assigned due dates. For example, if an assignment is due on Tuesday and you feel sick Tuesday morning causing you to miss class, I still expect your assignment to be dropped off in my office (bldg. 3 rm. 231) by you or a messenger sent by you any time on Tuesday (I accept assignments all day on the day that they are due). (4)Regardless of circumstance, I expect you to email me prior to class if you are planning to be absent on a given day. Just as stiff penalties are provided for absences, extra credit will be awarded for perfect attendance in the form of three percentage points added to your overall grade at the end of the semester. 6
Withdrawal procedures The deadline to withdraw from semester length classes at YC is November 1st for the fall semester and April 1st for the Spring semester. For a more detailed description of these procedures and to view a withdrawal calendar please see number eight in the “Important Links” section above, or click here. Academic integrity Dictionaries, verb conjugators, and other supplemental study materials, including online materials, can be invaluable resources and often I will provide you with links to these. However, turning in work completed by an online translator is laughingly easy to spot and will not be tolerated. If I discover that you have cheated in this manner you will automatically be given a failing grade for the semester. Cheating is unfair to your classmates, your instructor and to yourself. Cheating is also prohibited by the College and such behavior is grounds for dismissal from Yavapai College as provided by the “student code of conduct”. Student code of conduct Yavapai College is committed to providing a safe and effective learning and working environment for its students and employees. Students are expected to treat fellow students and instructors with respect and to act with integrity during all collegiate interactions. Please read the “student code of conduct” for a more detailed description of expected behavior while attending classes here at the College. Disability support services Yavapai College strives to accommodate students who can provide proof of a documented disability. If you feel that these supplemental services may apply to you, it is your responsibility to meet with a representative from the YC Disability Resources/ADA Office and then to inform your instructor in writing of the accommodations to which you are entitled. Please see the YC ADA homepage or call, 9287762079 to arrange a meeting with an ADA Coordinator. Problems Students having specific problems should see their instructor during office hours or ask for an appointment. If you have a more pressing concern, you may talk with the Liberal Arts Division Dean, Mark Shelley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Keep in mind that Spanish tutoring is available through the Learning Center. Tentative Course Plan, SPA 101 Chapters AT-5 Puntos en breve Semana
1: Aug. 25-29
Content, Assignments and Assessment Introducción al curso y a la clase, Ante Todo: Saludos y expresiones de cortesía pg. 2, El alfabeto español 7
2: Sept. 1-5 Día del trabajador, no hay clase
pg. 5, ¿Cómo es usted? pg. 7 Introducción al curso y Ante Todo: Los números 0-30 pg. 12, gustos y preferencias pg. 14, “¿Qué hora es?” pg. 15 No hay clase Capítulo 1 Vocabulario (En la clase y las materias) Gramática: Sustantivos singulares, género y artículos pg. 147, sustantivos plurales pg. 31 Capítulo 1 Gramática: pronombres de sujeto pg. 33, el presente de verbos con –ar; negación pg. 33 Capítulo 1 Gramática: el verbo “estar” pg. 38, el tiempo del día pg. 39 (por la mañana, por la tarde, etc.), repaso para quiz 1 Capítulo 1 el verbo “hay” pg. 12, Más repaso de Cap. 1, Quiz 1, introducción al vocabulario de Cap. 2 DUE: WB/LM activities by 11:59pm; Rough draft of creative book chapter 1 (in class) Capítulo 2 Vocabulario (La familia y los parientes, los números 30-100) Gramática: adjetivos (número género y posición) pg. 50, el verbo “ser” y sus usos pg. 55 Capítulo 2 Gramática: acento ortográfico pg. 49, explicando sus razones pg. 58, adjetivos de posesión pg. 59, composición 1 Capítulo 2 Gramática: verbos con –er e –ir pg. 62, repaso para examen 1 Capítulo 2 más sobre los pronombres pg. 62, más repaso para examen 1, Examen 1 DUE: WB/LM activities by 11:59pm; Rough draft of creative book chapter 2 (in class) Capítulo 3 Vocabulario (La ropa, colores, números más allá de 100) Gramática: ¿verdad? y ¿no? pg. 72, Demostrativos pg. 79 Capítulo 3 Gramática: los verbos tener, venir, preferir, querer y poder y algunas expresiones idiomáticas con “tener” pg. 83, repaso para quiz 2 Capítulo 3 Gramática: “mucho” y “poco” como adjetivos y adverbios pg. 86, ir a + infinitivo y la contracción “al” pg. 88, más repaso para quiz 2, quiz 2 Capítulo 3 más ir a + infinitivo pg. 88, Acento ortográfico pg. 77, Composición 2 DUE: WB/LM activities by 11:59pm Capítulo 4 Vocabulario (¿qué día es hoy?, Los muebles, los cuartos y las otras partes de la casa, ¿Cuándo? y preposiciones) Gramática: verbos con 8
3: Sept. 8-12
4: Sept. 15-19
5: Sept. 22-26
6: Sept. 29-Oct. 3
7: Oct. 6-10
8: Oct. 13-17
9: Oct. 20-24
10: Oct. 27-31
11: Nov. 3-7
“—go” pg. 98, repaso para quiz 3 DUE: Rough draft of creative book chapter 3 (in class) Capítulo 4 Gramática: verbos que cambian de raíz pg. 103, pronunciación “b” y “v” pg. 98, repasito para quiz 3, Quiz 3 Capítulo 4 Gramática: pronombres reflexivos pg. 106, repaso para examen 2 Capítulo 4 contracción “del”, pronombres preposicionales pg. 118, repasito para Examen 2, Examen 2 DUE: WB/LM activities by 11:59pm; Rough draft of creative book chapter 4 (in class) Capítulo 5 Vocabulario (¿Qué tiempo hace?, los meses y estaciones, ¿dónde está? y las preposiciones de lugar) Gramática: el presente progresivo pg. 121 Capítulo 5 Gramática: otros verbos con el gerundio pg. 125, “ser” versus “estar” pg. 126 Capítulo 5 Gramática: comparativos pg. 132 Capítulo 5 Gramática: más sobre los comparativos pg. 132, más sobre los gerundios irregulares pg. 121, repaso de vocabulario AT-5 Capítulo 5 Repaso de capítulo 5, composición 3 DUE: WB/LM activities by 11:59pm; Rough draft of creative book chapter 5 (in class) Repaso para el examen auditivo Examen auditivo/empezar a repasar para examen oral
12: Nov. 10-14
13: Nov. 17-21
14: Nov. 24-28 No hay clase, día de acción de gracias 15: Dec. 1-5
Repaso para examen final
No hay clase, día de acción de gracias
Exámenes orales Exámenes orales
16: Dec. 8-12
Exámenes finales Exámenes finales
A maximum of 20 points can be earned for the last few weeks of class in your participation grade (which falls into your “homework/participation” category, which equates to 10% of your overall grade). There are three categories in which you will evaluate your participation: Use of Spanish; Interaction, Group Work; Interaction, Whole Class Work; and Tardiness. The chart below represents the points that may be earned in each of the different categories, please circle the one that best applies to you and total your points below.
Points USE OF SPANISH 5 4 2 0
I use only Spanish. I use mostly Spanish. I use half Spanish, or I am quiet often. I use more English than Spanish.
INTERACTION: GROUP WORK 5 4 2 0
I am always engaged and I take a leadership role. I am usually engaged and contribute as muchas as others. I am interested but I contribute more passively than actively. I sometimes distract others and I do not contribute as much as others.
INTERACTION: WHOLE CLASS WORK 5 4 2 0
I volunteer often and listen to the professor and others carefully. I volunteer occasionally and generally listen to the professor and others. I do not usually volunteer but I am interested. I do not volunteer and at times I do other things during class time.
TARDINESS 5 4 2 0
I am always on time for class. I am usually on time for class. I am sometimes on time for class. I am very rarely or never on time for class.
/20 « TOTAL
I, (print your name) _______________, have read and understand the Spanish 101 syllabus and will abide by the stipulations presented therein. Signed: ______________________________________________ Date: _________________