Verano 2014

SPANISH 051

Syllabus

mayo 19 - junio 27

60871 Intermediate Language Study I section Horario: martes / miércoles / jueves 5:00-7:30 Salón de clase: Lafayette Hall L 302 Profesora: Lourdes de Dios Oficina: Waterman 501 Teléfono: 656-3582 Correo electrónico: l.dedios@uvm.edu Hora de oficina: by appointment I. Course description

(3 credits)

Spanish 051 is a course designed to provide a communicative learning experience that works to expand students' ability to interact with others successfully in Spanish. To achieve this goal we will devote approximately half of our time to grammar and vocabulary review. The other half we will concentrate on activities geared toward helping students develop the use of Spanish in their own lives both inside and outside the classroom through the development 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 work at least 6 hours a week outside of the classroom. II. Course objectives By the end of Span 051, you will be able to: • • • • • •

speak with your peers about things you have done or would like to do speak informally about your opinions regarding a variety of issues and topics relevant to you and your community listen to and follow the main ideas of extended conversations on familiar topics comprehend the main events detailed in cultural or historical interviews, movies, or oral narratives write academic comparisons and reactions with thoughtful use of tense, aspect, and word choice read and comprehend authentic articles, descriptions, and brief stories written about cultural, social, and personal topics that employ a wide range of grammatical structures and more sophisticated vocabulary

III. Course Materials: Texto: IMAGINA español sin barreras 2nd Edition ISBN 978-1-60576-513-6 Spanish/English Dictionary Sitios de la red (websites): www.wordreference.com (diccionario) www.spanishclassroom.com www.elmaeagles.com/spanish.htm www.drlemon.com/Grammar101.html www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_verb_chart IV. Grade Breakdown: 1 Examen 2 Pruebas Participación y asistencia Tarea Presentaciones 2 composiciones 1 Examen oral 20 15 15 10 15 20 5 100 Blanco * Tocaimaza-Hatch

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 excuse is presented in writing. It is your responsibility to check carefully the exam dates on this syllabus in 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 arrivals a. 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 practice and self-discipline. In this class, active participation includes volunteering answers, answering questions accurately; staying on task in pair and group work, and respecting the classroom environment rules (see VI below).

b. Absences Since the emphasis of class is communicative proficiency, particularly speaking and listening comprehension, 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 be absent. If you are absent without a doctor’s note your grade will decrease your overall grade by a 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 authentic commitment to language learning. Please use high-quality dictionaries, avoid automatic translators, and carefully review your work. Late homework WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Examen oral (5%) The oral exam is designed to evaluate speaking and listening skills. You will receive more detailed 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 one you 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 Spanishspeaking country or region that they would like to learn more about. There will be various activities relating to this project over the course of the semester. At the end of the semester, each group will do a Power Point presentation about their topic. This will be turned in (via attachment or CD) along with a list of reference materials used. Each student will also submit a short reflection on their own contribution to the project and what they learned through the experience. The grade on the 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.

Grading scale used in all Romance Languages and Linguistics courses at UVM A+ = 97-100% A = 94-96% A- = 90-93% B+ = 87-89% B = 84-86% B- = 80-83% C+ = 77-79% C = 74-76% C- = 70-73% D+ = 67-69% D = 64-66% D- = 60-63% F = 0-59%

University of Vermont Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes. The instructor has the final authority to excuse absences. It is the responsibility of the instructor to inform students of his or her policy for handling absences and tardiness, and the penalties that may be imposed. Notification should be done both verbally and in writing at the beginning of each semester. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor regarding the reason for absence or tardiness from class, and to discuss this with the instructor in advance whenever possible. The instructor has the right to require documentation* in support of the student's request for an absence from class. If an out-of-class exam is scheduled which conflicts with a regularly scheduled class, the regularly scheduled class has priority. The instructor has the right to disenroll any student from a course if that student (1) does not meet the prerequisites of the course, or (2) fails to attend a scheduled course by the third instructional day of a semester or the second scheduled class session of a course, whichever comes later, unless the student has notified the instructor and has been excused. To disenroll a student, the instructor must notify the registrar by the add/drop deadline. Upon such notification, the registrar shall remove the student’s name from the class list and the course from the student’s schedule. The student is responsible for determining whether she or he is enrolled in a class. *When a student is unable to attend class for a health reason, the student may give permission for the instructor to discuss the situation with a representative from the Center for Health and Wellbeing. As with all absences, the faculty member has final authority to excuse students from classes.

V.

Varia

1. Academic integrity: It is plagiarism to present another’s ideas or words as your own. In a foreign language classroom, this includes computer-based translations. If you have questions when preparing a composition or other graded assignment, please ask your instructor. Do not have someone else correct your writing for you before turning it in for a grade. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and can result in a failing grade or worse. http://www.uvm.edu/cses/?Page=ah.html&SM=ahmenu.html 2. Student learning accommodations: In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizing accommodations should contact ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on campus (www.uvm.edu/access). 3. Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class to observe a religious holiday, please submit the dates of your absence to your instructor in writing by the end of the second day of classes. You will be permitted to make up work within a mutually agreed-upon time. 4. Classroom environment expectations: It is expected that students will be fully engaged in SPAN 051 daily class activities. Leaving the classroom without permission or holding conversations during class discussion will not be tolerated. The use of electronic equipment (iPods, iPads, computers, or telephones) during class will significantly reduce your class participation grade, whether your instructor speaks to you about it or not. Being courteous in class creates a good working and learning environment for everyone. 5. Key administrative information:

6. Resources for language students: a. The Language Resource Center at the University of Vermont: http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmlrc b. Free tutoring at the Learning Cooperative: www.uvm.edu/learnco c. Bailey & Howe Library Media Collections d. UVM has a subscription to SCOLA, the international television service: www.scola.org. To access SCOLA, use the following information: User Id: VermontU10 Password: Catamounts e. Meeting times for the Spanish language conversation group will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

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