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SPAN 101-A01: Elementary Spanish I Syllabus & Course Calendar Summer 2014.

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SPAN 101-AO1: Elementary Spanish I
Summer 2014 May 19 – June 27
Professor: Dr. Esperanza Román-Mendoza Email: eromanme@gmu.edu Office: Aquia Building, 329
Office Hours: By appointment or via Blackboard Collaborate or Skype. Available Monday at 9 am to Friday at 5 pm for student
inquiries. During this 5 day period, I will respond to student inquiries within 24 hours
Skype: e.roman.mendoza Google: eromanme@gmail.com
Twitter: @eromanme Course hashtag: #101su14
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Course Description ............................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Materials .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Technology Requirements ................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Assessment .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Assignments ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
1. MySpanishLab Online Exercises (25%) ........................................................................................................................................ 5
2. Exams (30%) ................................................................................................................................................................................ 5
3. Compositions (15%). .................................................................................................................................................................... 5
4. Reflection Essays on my Learning Blog (5%). .............................................................................................................................. 5
5. Kaltura Projects (20%). (webcam required). ............................................................................................................................... 5
6. Interviews with the Professor (5%). ............................................................................................................................................ 6
Participation and Communication ....................................................................................................................................................... 6
Student Expectations ........................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Academic Integrity .......................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Honor Code ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
MasonLive/Email (GMU Email) ....................................................................................................................................................... 6
Patriot Pass ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
University Policies ........................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Responsible Use of Computing ....................................................................................................................................................... 7
University Calendar ......................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Students with Disabilities ................................................................................................................................................................ 7
Student Services ................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
University Libraries .......................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Writing Center ................................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Counseling and Psychological Services ............................................................................................................................................ 7
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) ........................................................................................................................ 7
Weekly Course Schedule ...................................................................................................................................................................... 8


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COURSE DESCRIPTION
SPAN 101-AO1 is a three-credit asynchronous distance learning course for beginning students of Spanish, and completes part of
the basic language requirements for most majors in CHSS and COS. Combined with SPAN 102 this course is equivalent to SPAN
110. This asynchronous online course is designed to help students develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in
Spanish and to provide them with an introduction to the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. In this course, students
will:
1. synthesize the acquired vocabulary and sentence structures to broaden oral and written comprehension;
2. strengthen their ability to express ideas orally and in writing with an appropriate level of grammatical accuracy and
fluency focusing on both presentational and interpersonal modes of communication;
3. demonstrate a certain level of knowledge and critical understanding of the products, practices and perspectives of the
Spanish-speaking world;
4. understand speech used by native speakers;
5. Increase their ability to use online tools to communicate and learn

This online course is taught via Blackboard Courses (Log into http://mymason.gmu.edu, select the Courses Tab, and the course
can be found in the Course List). This course is offered completely online. Each week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. In
our online learning community, we must be respectful of one another. Please be aware that innocent remarks can be easily
misconstrued. Sarcasm and humor can be easily taken out of context. When communicating, please be positive and diplomatic. I
encourage you to learn more about Netiquette.

As a distance learning course, SPAN 101 requires students to study and practice the language on their own following the
guidance of the instructor. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the grammar and vocabulary explanations
included in the Unidos online component tutorials, powered by MySpanishLab, before completing the vocabulary, grammar and
culture exercises assigned for a grade. Our online platform, Unidos, powered by MySpanishLab and integrated into Blackboard,
is a first. It offers a unique online environment where students receive guided instruction and practice accompanied by
individualized learning support and assessment. Students encounter continuous formative and summative assessment
opportunities by following a guided lesson plan that begins with an interactive presentation, follows with a set of carefully
crafted tutorials, and culminates in a series of Apply activities that allow for multiple opportunities to practice and master the
concepts with a wealth of individualized, point-of-need support.

Further questions about any aspect of the coursework will be discussed on an individual basis as needed. Therefore students
should not hesitate to contact their instructor with any questions they might have. Learning a language on an online setting
requires as much work (or more!) as learning in the class, along with a great amount of discipline. Students should expect to have
to work on this class for 2-3 hours every single day of the week, including weekends.

IMPORTANT: Successful learning of a language requires being exposed to large amounts of written and oral input and making
the effort to communicate in that language. Therefore, students should try to use the Spanish language as much as possible,
even beyond class assignments. Students should not expect to comprehend every word they read or hear; instead they should
aim at understanding the overall meaning. After a few weeks of continued practice, the language will start to become more and
more comprehensible.

PREREQUISITE: None.
PLACEMENT: If you have studied Spanish in high school (2+ years), you must take the placement test regardless of how long ago
this took place. The only exception is for students enrolling in SPAN 115 AND who have not learned the language outside of the
classroom. Students who place into 250 or 300-level in the language receive a waiver of the foreign language requirement. Those
who place out of 250 (and into the 300-level) are awarded 3 credits for 250.
The test is free, does not require advance registration, and is administered in the Modern and Classical Languages Lab in Aquia
Building 336, Fairfax campus. You should take it prior to the first day of classes in a new semester. For more information, access:
http://mcl.gmu.edu/placement-testing or call 993-1220.

If you You must take
have never studied Spanish or have had less than 2 years of Spanish in high school AND have not
learned Spanish outside of the classroom (e.g, by speaking Spanish at home, by living in a Spanish-
speaking country)
SPAN 110 or SPAN 101
& 102 combined (this
option is only available
during the summer)
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have taken 2 years or more of Spanish in high school AND have not learned Spanish outside of the
classroom (e.g., by speaking Spanish at home, by living in a Spanish-speaking country)
The placement test
or SPAN 115
have learned Spanish outside of the classroom (e.g., by speaking Spanish at home, by living in a
Spanish-speaking country)
The placement test
or SPAN 315*
have completed one year of college Spanish or have tested into 3rd semester on the GMU
placement test or the SAT-2
SPAN 210
have tested into 4th semester on the GMU placement test or the SAT-2 SPAN 250
have completed the equivalent of 101 at another college The placement test
or SPAN 115
* SPAN 315, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, is aimed at students who have learned the Spanish language at home with or without previous
formal instruction.

MATERIALS
A. Required
MySpanishLab New Design with eText for Unidos for Pearson Learning Solutions -- Standalone Access Card, 1/e Guzmán
ISBN-10: 1269418890 | ISBN-13: 9781269418898 |
AND
Guzmán, E. Lapuerta, P. and Liskin-Gasparro, J. (2013). Gramática en Contexto for Unidos [loose leaf]. Prentice Hall. ISBN-10:
0205995462. ISBN-13: 978-0205995462
Note: MySpanishLab must be accessed through Blackboard. Proper sign in and registration are required. See handout with
registration instructions and system requirements, and refer to the User Guide video or PDF.
B. Highly recommended
1. A good Spanish-English dictionary such as the Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary.
2. 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) [Paperback] by Christopher Kendris (2010).

All other materials are accessible from the Blackboard site. Please make sure you are aware of all technical requirements for this
class.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
System requirements for MySpanishLab:
http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/mylanguagelabs/students/support/system-
requirements/index.html
You must make sure that your computer meets all of the requirements detailed below before using MyLab.
Hardware:
Students will need access to a Windows or Macintosh computer with at least 2 GB of RAM and to a fast and reliable
broadband internet connection (e.g., cable, DSL). A larger screen is recommended for better visibility of course material.
Students will need speakers or headphones to hear recorded content and a headset with a microphone is recommended
for the best experience. A webcam will also be needed. For the amount of Hard Disk Space required to take a distance
education course consider and allow for:
1. the storage amount needed to install any additional software and
2. space to store work that you will do for the course.
Students considering the purchase of a new computer, are recommended to view ITU’s Recommended Computer Systems:
http://compstore.gmu.edu/recommend/
Software and online services:
This course also uses Blackboard as the learning management system. Students will need a browser and operating system
that are listed compatible or certified with the Blackboard version available on the myMason Portal. See supported browsers
and operating systems. Log in to myMason to access this course.

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This course requires the use of Respondus LockDown Browser for taking online exams. The computer used for taking exams must
also have a built-in or external webcam (sometimes called Respondus Monitor). Students will need to download and install
Respondus LockDown Browser to their computer and use it to take tests (instead of using your normal browser). Respondus
LockDown Browser System Requirements: http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/requirements.shtml
Visit the following site to download Respondus LockDown Browser:
http://coursessupport.gmu.edu/Students/index.cfm?audiencename=Students&categoryname=Bb%20Assessments&datname=R
espondus%20Monitor%20and%20Lockdown%20Browser
Respondus Lockdown Browser Demo movies: http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/demos.shtml
Notes: Don't download a copy of Respondus LockDown Browser from elsewhere on the Internet; those versions won't work at
our institution.
If you experience technical problems with Respondus LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor, you need to contact or go to
the Collaborative Learning HUB in the Johnson Center, room 311 (Hours: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday: Closed. 703-993-3141 or e-mail club@gmu.edu). For other computer related issues you can contact ITU:
https://itservices.gmu.edu/services/view-service.cfm?customel_dataPageID_4609=6129
Access to a Computer Workstation with:
Web browser (See Blackboard supported browsers and operating systems)
Blackboard Courses (Log into http://mymason.gmu.edu, select the Courses Tab)
Blackboard Collaborate (select from the course menu)
Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)
Flash Player (free download)
Windows Media Player (free download)
QuickTime (free download)
A word processor, such as Microsoft Word (not free: purchase)
Skype (free download)
MySpanishLab’s browser check: http://browsertuneup.pearsoncmg.com/pegasus/world_languages/index.html
Note: Students using an employer-provided computer or corporate office for class attendance should verify with their systems
administrators that they will be able to install the necessary applications and that system or corporate firewalls do not block
access to any sites or media types.

Kaltura technical requirements:
Kaltura is a video recording and uploading tool integrated in Blackboard. Please check http://coursessupport.gmu.edu/Students/
and select Kaltura from the navigation menu on the left for more information. Kaltura allows you to record directly from your
webcam, and then add your videoclip to any discussion forum or assignment.

ASSESSMENT
The progress made by students in this class will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Assignments % Grade scale
MySpanishLab online exercises (Chapters 0-3) 25% A+ 97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D 60-69
F 0-59
3 online exams (using Respondus LockDown Browser &
Monitor)
30%
3 compositions (Parts A & B) 15%
3 Kaltura oral projects (Parts A & B & C) 20%
3 reflection comments on My Learning Blog 5 %
2 interviews with professor 5%

Note: Missed and late assignments, exams, collaborative activities, etc. will receive grades of zero, which will be computed in the
final average. For GMU policies about Incomplete grades (IN), please check:
http://catalog.gmu.edu/content.php?catoid=22&navoid=4763#undergrad
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ASSIGMENTS

1. MySpanishLab Online Exercises (25%)
Students are responsible for completing the assigned homework on the due dates via MySpanishLab. This online platform has to
be accessed through the Blackboard course page (http://mymasonportal.gmu.edu/). These contextualized activities will help
students learn grammar and vocabulary, develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, and connect to culture. Some of
the activities (Readiness Check & Comprueba lo que sabes activities) are for preparation and they are not graded (only checked
for completion). Other activities, such as the Apply, Pronunciación, While Viewing, After Viewing and the Entrevistas video
activities are graded and for most of them only two attempts are allowed. The highest grade of the two will be computed. Late
assignments (i.e., after the Friday of the week they are due) will not be accepted, and missed assignments will result in a zero
on the gradebook. In order to complete the MySpanishLab assignments, students need to follow the handout registration
instructions posted in Blackboard (”MySpanishLab Registration Instructions”).

2. Exams (30%)
There will be three online exams (Exam 1 for Chapters 0 and 1; Exam 2 for Chapter 2; and Exam 3 covering Chapter 3). All exams
will test three learning skills (listening, reading and writing) and will cover vocabulary, grammar, culture, and short-essay
questions related to topics covered in the assigned chapter(s). Exams 1 and 2 will be done on Blackboard within 1 hour between
Saturday and Monday. The use of Respondus LockDown Browser, which must be downloaded and installed on your computer,
and a webcam are required for these three exams. Instructions on how to download and use Respondus LockDown Browser can
be found on the course schedule and in Blackboard. Prior to taking the first exam, students are recommended to take the
sample quiz using Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (a webcam).
A study guide and review activities will be provided for students prior to each exam. There will be no make-ups for missed
exams. Exam 3 will be also done on Blackboard, on June 27
th
. You will have two hours to complete this last online exam.
Note: If you have experienced technical problems with Respondus LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor while taking the
practice quiz, you need to contact or go to the Collaborative Learning HUB in the Johnson Center, room 311 (Hours: Monday
through Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Closed. 703-993-3141 or e-mail club@gmu.edu). For other computer
related issues you can contact ITU: https://itservices.gmu.edu/services/view-service.cfm?customel_dataPageID_4609=6129

3. Compositions (15%).
Three graded written assignments will be collected via the Blackboard assignment tool. Each composition will be written in two
stages: first draft (70%) and the final version (30%). These assignments will help students write more accurately and with fewer
errors, and give them a sense of self-confidence with their writing skills. Students are allowed to use dictionaries, but they
cannot look up for other information on the internet, use translation programs, copy from books/notes as they write their
compositions, nor turn in work used for previous classes. The program SafeAssign (plagiarism prevention tool) will be used for
submitted compositions. The compositions’ topics and due dates are specified on the course schedule. More details about these
compositions as well as the rubric are posted in Blackboard. Late assignments will not be accepted, and missed assignments
will result in a zero on the gradebook.

4. Reflection Essays on my Learning Blog (5%).
For every chapter, students will write in Spanish the answers to a selection of questions (75 words not to exceed 100) reflecting
on the content of the chapters, what they have learned, the errors they made in the online activities, oral projects, compositions,
and exams when applicable. Students will explain why they made the errors and how they corrected them. Other reflections
about the learning process are welcome. The purpose of this task is for students to reflect on their progress and to deepen the
communication with the instructor. Details, including due dates, about this assignment can be found on the course schedule and
in Blackboard. Late assignments will not be accepted, and missed assignments will result in a zero on the gradebook.

5. Kaltura Projects (20%). (webcam required).
The purpose of this activity is to get to know each other better, and to practice oral communication skills in Spanish. The projects
have two parts:
 Part A (50%): By Thursdays, students will be assigned a topic or a series of questions (see calendar &
Blackboard) to answer using Kaltura on a Blackboard Discussion. Video-taped Presentations should be around
1-3 minutes long. Please initiate a thread with your name to write your post with the Kaltura video.
 Part B (50%): By Saturday, students should choose one classmate and watch his or her videocomments for that
week. Using the Reply option on the discussion board, students will summarize in a Video what his or her
classmate said, and will ask him or her a question.
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It is very important for the students to record their name and last name clearly, and avoid reading from a script. Participants
should speak spontaneously as this is not a reading test, and points will be deducted if there is reading on the students’ part.
Students should use as much of the learned vocabulary and grammar as possible. A grading rubric will be provided beforehand
so students know what to expect. See course schedule for topics and due dates (More information to be found in Blackboard).
Late assignments will not be accepted, and missed assignments will result in a zero on the gradebook. For technical
information about how to use Kaltura check http://coursessupport.gmu.edu/coursetools.cfm?categoryname=Kaltura.

6. Interviews with the Professor (5%).
Twice in the summer session, the instructor will be interviewing students individually via Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, or on
campus (Aquia 329). The purpose of these interviews is to assess the students’ communicative skills in Spanish and discuss any
issues of concern. Each interview will last approximately 10 minutes. See course schedule for dates and Blackboard's
“Interviews” section for more details and rubric. SIGN UP FOR THE INTERVIEW ON THE GOOGLE DOC & DO NOT RESCHEDULE
WITHOUT A 24 HOUR NOTICE.

Note: Informal meetings to discuss any issues that might come up over the course of the semester are strongly encouraged. The
earlier students start working on problem areas, the easier they are to master.
In the event that students encounter technical issues with Blackboard Collaborate, they should access:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336 Recent MacOS updates (10.8.4) may cause an
issue launching Collaborate sessions or recordings. Mac users should access:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336
Guide and instructions for using Blackboard Collaborate:
https://files.pbworks.com/download/NrZSl9oCOT/gmucollaborate/51844314/Collaborate_Student_Guide.pdf
http://www.blackboard.com/getdoc/5dcff8d2-5fda-4181-aac6-184b4a2ed24c/Introducing-Blackboard-Collaborate-Web-
Conferencin.aspx
Guide and instructions for using Skype: https://support.skype.com/en/

PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNICATION
Students are expected to participate in all online activities. Working 100% online requires dedicated efforts for the instructor and
the students. Check your GMU email inbox and Blackboard on a daily basis for important updates, materials and
announcements. I will rely on you to communicate any questions or problems that might arise.
George Mason University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment free from any
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or age.
Mutual respect and civility of others will be considered an essential component of students’ participation in this class.
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Academic Integrity
Students must be responsible for their own work, and students and faculty must take on the responsibility of dealing explicitly
with violations. The tenet must be a foundation of our university culture. [See http://academicintegrity.gmu.edu/distance].

Honor Code
Students must adhere to the guidelines of the George Mason University Honor Code [See http://oai.gmu.edu/the-mason-honor-
code/].

MasonLive/Email (GMU Email)
Students are responsible for the content of university communications sent to their George Mason University email account and
are required to activate their account and check it regularly. All communication from the university, college, school, and program
will be sent to students solely through their Mason email account. [See https://masonlivelogin.gmu.edu/login].

Patriot Pass
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Once you sign up for your Patriot Pass, your passwords will be synchronized, and you will use your Patriot Pass username and
password to log in to the following systems: Blackboard, University Libraries, MasonLive, myMason, Patriot Web, Virtual
Computing Lab, and WEMS. [See https://password.gmu.edu/index.jsp].

University Policies
Students must follow the university policies. [See http://universitypolicy.gmu.edu and http://catalog.gmu.edu].

Responsible Use of Computing
Students must follow the university policy for Responsible Use of Computing. [See
http://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/responsible-use-of-computing/].

University Calendar
Check the GMU calendar at http://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/.

Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who seek accommodations in a course must be registered with the George Mason University Office of
Disability Services (ODS) and inform their instructor, in writing, at the beginning of the semester [See http://ods.gmu.edu].

STUDENT SERVICES

University Libraries
University Libraries provides resources for distance students. [See http://library.gmu.edu/distance].

Writing Center
The George Mason University Writing Center staff provides a variety of resources and services (e.g., tutoring, workshops, writing
guides, handbooks) intended to support students as they work to construct and share knowledge through writing. [See
http://writingcenter.gmu.edu]. You can now sign up for an Online Writing Lab (OWL) session just like you sign up for a face-to-
face session in the Writing Center, which means YOU set the date and time of the appointment! Learn more about the Online
Writing Lab (OWL) (found under Online Tutoring).

Counseling and Psychological Services
The George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff consists of professional counseling and clinical
psychologists, social workers, and counselors who offer a wide range of services (e.g., individual and group counseling,
workshops and outreach programs) to enhance students' personal experience and academic performance [See
http://caps.gmu.edu].

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the "Buckley Amendment," is a federal law that
gives protection to student educational records and provides students with certain rights. [See http://registrar.gmu.edu/privacy].
IMPORTANT DATES (The following dates are for courses that meet during Session A (5/19 – 6/27) only)
Last Day to Add/Last Day to Drop (No Tuition Liability): Wednesday, May 21
Last Day to Drop (50% Tuition Liability): Friday, May 23
Selective Withdrawal Period*: 5/24 – 5/30

*The selective withdrawal period applies to undergraduate degree-seeking students only. See the University catalog for details.
Note: It is the student's responsibility to speak to the instructor in advance should their religious observances impact their
participation in class activities and assignments. A Calendar of religious holidays and observations can be found on the University
Life website: http://ulife.gmu.edu/calendar/religious-holiday-calendar/

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SPAN101- A01 Summer 2014
WEEKLY COURSE SCHEDULE
(Updates or minor changes will be emailed, twitted, and posted in Blackboard)


WEEK 0: Before May 19
th

 Read complete syllabus and make sure you meet the technical requirements for the course.
 Read “Strategies for Online Learning Success” @ http://masononline.gmu.edu/success/
 Navigate the Blackboard course page (http://mymasonportal.gmu.edu/) & create your profile (Tutorial on how to create a profile in Blackboard:
http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_myblackboard_profiles.htm)
 Take the online Orientation Quiz about the syllabus. (Available at Week 0-Getting Started)
 Take the Preliminary Course Survey (Available at Week 0-Getting Started)
 Sign in and Register on MySpanishLab through Blackboard following the guidelines available in Blackboard (MySpanishLab content area). MySpanishLab Technical Support:
800-677-6337
 Tune-up your browser to be able to use all the MySpanishLab’s features: http://browsertuneup.pearsoncmg.com/pegasus/world_languages/index.html
 View MySpanishLab “Take a Tour” tutorial video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcO1_FqESaA&feature=youtu.be and check MySpanishLab User Guide to become
familiar with the different features: http://media.pearsoncmg.com/alt/pegasus/ml_shared_assets/student_guide/student_user_guide2_5.html
 Go to Oral Project and record an introduction on the discussion forum using Kaltura about yourself. Professor will also upload her own introduction on a discussion thread.
You can find more information about how to use Kaltura at http://coursessupport.gmu.edu/coursetools.cfm?categoryname=Kaltura
WEEK 1: May 19-May 25 Capítulo Preliminar: Bienvenidos a Unidos
Last Day to Add/Last Day to Drop (No Tuition Liability): Wednesday, May 21
Last Day to Drop (50% Tuition Liability): Friday, May 23
Objectives MySpanishLab: Vocabulary,
Grammar & Culture virtual
instruction & practice
(Due by M, W & F)
Compositions & Learning Blog
(Due by Saturdays and Sundays in
Blackboard)

Kaltura oral projects
(Due by Thursdays & Saturdays)
Interviews with Professor (Sign up
in Google Doc)
Exams
(Time frame for exams 1 & 2
from Saturday 8:00AM to
Monday 8PM. 1 hour in one
sitting)
Introduce yourself, great
others, and say goodbye

Identify people and classroom
objects

Identify learning and teaching
expressions

Spell names and addresses

Dates, time and weather
Monday:
1. Listen & read assigned
Vocabulary Interactive
Presentations
2. Watch all assigned Vocabulary
Tutorials.
3. Complete assigned
Pronunciación activities. (Due by
5/19)
Wednesday:
4. Listen & read assigned
Vocabulary and Grammar
Interactive Presentations
Composition #1 Part A (70%):
“Presentaciones”
Write a 75-word composition
about you:
-Cómo te llamas, dónde vives, cuál
es tu número de teléfono. Cómo
es el tiempo en donde vives.
Use the present tense.

See detailed guidelines and rubric
in Blackboard’s Composition tab.
Upload composition in Blackboard
(Due by Saturday, 5/24)
Kaltura project #1:
Complete Part A (50%, R):
Questions:
1. ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cómo se
llama tu profesora de español?
¿Cómo se llama tu mejor amigo/a?
¿Qué objetos tienes en tu mesa de
trabajo (desk)? ¿Qué tiempo hace
hoy? (Due by Thursday 5/23)
Complete Part B (50%) of Kaltura
project #1: Select a classmate and
upload a video as a reply to his or
her post summarizing what he or
Visit the following site to
download Respondus
LockDown Browser:
http://coursessupport.gmu.ed
u/Students/index.cfm?audien
cename=Students&categoryn
ame=Bb%20Assessments&dat
name=Respondus%20Monitor
%20and%20Lockdown%20Bro
wser&single=yes
Respondus LockDown
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5. Watch all Vocabulary Tutorials.
6. Complete assigned Apply
activities. (Due by 5/21)
Friday:
7. Listen & read assigned
Grammar Interactive
Presentations
8. Watch all assigned Tutorials.
9. Complete assigned Apply
activities. (Due by 5/23)
she said. Ask him or her a
question. (Due by Saturday 5/24)

Browser System
Requirements:
http://www.respondus.com/p
roducts/lockdown-
browser/requirements.shtml

In Blackboard, do the sample
quiz using Respondus
LockDown Browser and a
webcam. (This quiz will not be
graded, but must be done to
make sure Respondus
LockDown Browser has been
properly installed and
function).
WEEK 2: May 26 – June 1 Capítulo 1: ¿Qué estudias?
Objectives MySpanishLab: Vocabulary,
Grammar & Culture virtual
instruction & practice
(Due by M, W & F)
Compositions & Learning Blog
(Due by Saturdays and Sundays in
Blackboard)

Kaltura oral projects
(Due by Thursdays & Saturdays)
Interviews with Professor (Sign up
in Google Doc)
Exams
(Time frame for exams 1 & 2
from Saturday 8:00AM to
Monday 8PM. 1 hour in one
sitting)
Talk about studies, campus and
university life
Describe daily routines and
activities
Specify gender and number
Express location and states of
being
Ask and answer questions
Compare the educational
system of Spain and the US.

Monday:
1. Complete Readiness Check 01
before studying the grammar &
doing the grammar activities.
(Due by 5/26). These exercises
will test your understanding of
the English grammar related to
the Spanish grammar concepts in
the chapters. The Readiness
activities are not graded, but will
be checked for completion.
Tutorial on how to use Readiness
Checks:http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=QvoUZuXKGiU

2. Listen, read & do all assigned
Grammar, Vocabulary and
Practice activities (Due by 5/26)

Composition #1 Part B (30%):
“Presentaciones”. Upload in
Blackboard revised version of
composition # 1.
(Due by Saturday, 5/31)

Learning Blog #1 (Chapter
Preliminar & Chapter 1) In
Blackboard write a 75-100-word
blog in Spanish or English on
chapters Preliminar and 1 in which
you reflect on what you have
learned so far, what sections
and/or exercises you liked /
disliked, which ones were difficult
for you, what mistakes you made
and what you have learned from
them, how confident you feel
understanding the readings and
videos, whether or not you feel
Interview #1 with Professor:
Access Blackboard’s
“Interviews” tab for more details
and do not forget to sign up on the
Google doc. DO NOT RESCHEDULE
WITHOUT A 24 HOUR NOTICE
The questions will be similar to the
following ones although not exactly
the same:
1. ¿Cómo te llamas?
2. ¿Dónde vives?
3. ¿Qué haces en un día normal?
4. ¿Qué estudias?
5. ¿Es fácil aprender la cultura, el
vocabulario y la gramática en
MySpanishLab?
6. En general, ¿qué piensas de la
tarea para este curso?
7. ¿Tienes Respondus LockDown
Browser en tu computadora? ¿El
Review for exam #1 by
completing: MySpanishLab
practice activities from Cap.
Preliminar & 1 “¡Comprueba
lo que sabes!” folder:
-Cap.01 Vocabulario
-Amplifire Study Modules 01:
Vocabulario en contexto &
Gramática en contexto
-Flashcards 01
-Games: 01-01, 01-02, 01-03
-Practice Test 01 with Study
Plan
Note: These activities that are
assigned for Sunday, June 1st,
are not graded, but should be
completed for practice.
SEE STUDY GUIDE IN
BLACKBOARD FOR MORE
SPAN 101-A01: Elementary Spanish I Syllabus & Course Calendar Summer 2014. MCL, GMU Page 10
Wednesday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities
(Due by 5/28)
Friday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities and
Enfoque Cultural.
(Due by 5/30)

that you can successfully
communicate your ideas, in what
you need more practice, what you
need to do to improve, etc.
Include any questions or concerns
you have. (Due by Sunday, 6/1)

webcam de tu computadora
funciona bien?
8. ¿Tienes alguna pregunta sobre
este curso, sobre el material que
estás estudiando o el examen?

DETAILS ABOUT THIS EXAM.
-Do exam #1 in Blackboard by
Monday, June 2, 8 pm (1
hour). Respondus LockDown
Browser and a webcam must
be used in order to complete
this exam.
WEEK 3: June 2 – June 8 Capítulo 2: ¿Quiénes son tus amigos?
Objectives MySpanishLab: Vocabulary,
Grammar & Culture virtual
instruction & practice
(Due by M, W & F)
Compositions & Learning Blog
(Due by Saturdays and Sundays in
Blackboard)

Kaltura oral projects
(Due by Thursdays & Saturdays)
Interviews with Professor (Sign up
in Google Doc)
Exams
(Time frame for exams 1 & 2
from Saturday 8:00AM to
Monday 8PM. 1 hour in one
sitting)
Present information about
Hispanic influences on the US.

Describe people, places, and
things.

Express origin and possession.





Monday:
1. Complete Readiness Check 02
before studying the grammar &
completing the grammar
activities. (Due by 6/2). The
Readiness activities are not
graded, but will be checked for
completion.
2. Cultura en línea: Vistas
culturales Interactive Globe: Los
hispanos en EEUU
1. Read Introduction.
2. View all sections of the videos
3. Complete assigned activities &
Video Comprehension Check.
(Due by 6/2)

Wednesday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities (Due by
6/4)

Friday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities. (Due by
Composition #2 Part A. Topic: La
amistad. Describe a un amigo/a
tuyo/a. Escribe cómo es, qué
estudia, dónde está, que le gusta
hacer, etc. (Due by Saturday, 6/7)
KALTURA PROJECT #2:
COMPLETE PART A (50%, R):
QUESTIONS:
1. Habla sobre lo que te gusta hacer
y sobre lo que no te gusta hacer.
Habla sobre lo que le gusta hacer a
tu mejor amigo o amiga (Due by
Thursday 6/5)
Complete Part B (50%) of Kaltura
project #2: Select a classmate and
upload a video as a reply to his or
her post summarizing what he or
she said. Ask him or her a
question. (Due by Saturday 6/7)

Exam #1 must be completed
in Blackboard by Monday,
June 2
nd
8PM (1 hour).
Respondus LockDown
Browser and a webcam must
be used in order to complete
this exam.




SPAN 101-A01: Elementary Spanish I Syllabus & Course Calendar Summer 2014. MCL, GMU Page 11
6/6)

WEEK 4: June 9 – June 15 Capítulo 2: ¿Quiénes son tus amigos?
Objectives MySpanishLab: Vocabulary,
Grammar & Culture virtual
instruction & practice
(Due by M, W & F)
Compositions & Learning Blog
(Due by Saturdays and Sundays in
Blackboard)

Kaltura oral projects
(Due by Thursdays & Saturdays)
Interviews with Professor (Sign up
in Google Doc)
Exams
(Time frame for exams 1 & 2
from Saturday 8:00AM to
Monday 8PM. 1 hour in one
sitting)
Understand the forms and uses
of ser

Distinguish meaning when ser
and estar are used with
adjectives.

Use possessive adjectives to
express ownership


Discuss likes and dislikes using
the verb gustar

Monday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities (Due by
6/9)

Wednesday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities
(Due by 6/11)

Friday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities
(Due by 6/13)

Composition #2 Part B: “La
amistad”. Upload in Blackboard
revised version of composition
# 2.
(Due by Saturday, 6/14)

Learning Blog #2 (Chapter 2) In
Blackboard write 150-200-word
blog in Spanish or English on the
errors you made in MySpanishLab,
the oral activities, and the exam.
Explain why you made the errors
and how you corrected them.
Reflect about your learning
process: Explain your daily study
routine, what you need to
improve, what difficulties you are
having with the course material,
etc. Do you feel you have
progressed since your last blog?
Do you have any questions or
concerns? (Due by Sunday, 6/15)


Review for exam #2 by
completing: MySpanishLab
practice activities from Cap.
02 “¡Comprueba lo que
sabes!” folder:
-Cap.02 Vocabulario
-Amplifire Study Modules 02:
Vocabulario en contexto &
Gramática en contexto
-Flashcards 02
-Games: 02-01, 02-02, 02-03
-Practice Test 05 with Study
Plan
Note: These activities that are
assigned for Sunday, June
15th, are not graded, but
should be completed for
practice.
See Study Guide in Blackboard
for more details about this
exam.
-Do exam #2 in Blackboard by
Monday, June 16
th
, 8PM (1
hour). Respondus LockDown
Browser and a webcam must
be used in order to complete
this exam.
WEEK 5: June 16 – June 22 Capítulo 3: ¿Qué hacen para divertirse?
Objectives MySpanishLab: Vocabulary,
Grammar & Culture virtual
instruction & practice
(Due by M, W & F)
Compositions & Learning Blog
(Due by Saturdays and Sundays in
Blackboard)

Kaltura oral projects
(Due by Thursdays & Saturdays)
Interviews with Professor (Sign up
in Google Doc)
Exams
(Time frame for exams 1 & 2
from Saturday 8:00AM to
Monday 8PM. 1 hour in one
sitting)
SPAN 101-A01: Elementary Spanish I Syllabus & Course Calendar Summer 2014. MCL, GMU Page 12
Describe leisure activities
and plans

Describe places to visit in Peru,
Bolivia, and Paraguay

Describe food

Plan daily activities

Monday:
1. Complete Readiness Check 03
before studying the grammar.
(Due by 6/16). The Readiness
activities are not graded, but will
be checked for completion.
2. Cultura en línea: Vistas
culturales Interactive Globe:
1. Read Introduction
2. View all sections of the video
3. Complete assigned activities
and Video Comprehension Check.
(Due by 6/16)

Wednesday
Listen, read & do all assigned
Grammar, Vocabulary and
Practice activities (Due by 6/16)

Friday
Listen, read & do all assigned
Grammar, Vocabulary and
Practice activities (Due by 6/20)

Composition #3 Part A. Topic: "El
mundo hispano", to be submitted
on Blackboard. Using all the
vocabulary and grammar studied
so far, write a composition about
one of the Spanish-speaking
countries we have seen in this
course. Imagine you would like to
visit that country. Explain why and
describe what you would see
there. (Due by Saturday, 6/21)

Learning Blog #3 (Part of chapter
3 and overall course experience)
Write a 150-200-word blog in
which you reflect on what you
have learned so far in chapter 6,
your strengths and weaknesses in
this course, what you enjoyed
most or did not like much. Also
give your overall impression of this
course and mention if you are
considering enrolling in another
Spanish course and if you would
choose the online environment
again. Include any other
comments pertaining to this
online course. (Due by Sunday
6/22)
Kaltura project #3:
Complete Part A (50%, TRF):
Questions: 1. Describe tu lugar
favorito de los EE.UU. y tu lugar
favorito de Latinoamérica. Elige una
foto de un paisaje y descríbelo a tus
compañeros. No les digas dónde es.
(Due by Thursday 6/19)
Complete Part B (40%) of Kaltura
project #3: Select a classmate and
upload a video as a reply to his or
her post summarizing what he or
she said. Ask him or her a
question. (Due by Saturday 6/21)

Exam #2 must be completed
in Blackboard by Monday,
July 28th (1 hour). Respondus
LockDown Browser and a
webcam must be used in
order to complete this exam.

WEEK 6: June 23- June 27 Capítulo 3: ¿Qué hacen para divertirse?
Objectives MySpanishLab: Vocabulary,
Grammar & Culture virtual
instruction & practice
(Due by M, W & F)
Compositions & Learning Blog
(Due by Saturdays and Sundays in
Blackboard)

Kaltura oral projects
(Due by Thursdays & Saturdays)
Interviews with Professor (Sign up
in Google Doc)
Exams
(Time frame for exams 1 & 2
from Saturday 8:00AM to
Monday 8PM. 1 hour in one
sitting)

Identify prices and dates

State what and whom you
know


Monday: Listen, read & do all
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities. (Due by
6/23)

Grammar Interactive Learning
Wednesday: Listen, read & do all
Composition #3 Part B: “El mundo
hispano”. Upload in Blackboard
revised version of composition
# 3.
(Due by Friday, 6/27 )

Access Blackboard’s “Interviews”
tab for more details and do not
forget to sign up on the
Google doc. The questions will be
similar to the following ones
although not exactly the same:
1.¿Cómo estás al final del curso?
Review for exam #3 by
completing: MySpanishLab
practice activities from Cap.
03 “¡Comprueba lo que
sabes!” folder:
-Cap.03 Vocabulario
-Amplifire Study Modules 03:
SPAN 101-A01: Elementary Spanish I Syllabus & Course Calendar Summer 2014. MCL, GMU Page 13
assigned Grammar, Vocabulary
and Practice activities. (Due by
6/25)

2. ¿Qué es te gusta más del curso?
Explica.
3. ¿Qué te gusta menos del curso?
¿Por qué?
4. ¿Cuál es tu rutina de estudio?
5. ¿Cómo son tus compañeros?
6. ¿Cómo es la profesora?
7. ¿Tienes alguna sugerencia para la
profesora?
8. One of the topics presented and
discussed in chapters preliminar-3
will also be included.

Vocabulario en contexto &
Gramática en contexto
-Flashcards 03
-Games: 03-01, 03-02, 03-03
-Practice Test 03 with Study
Plan
Note: These activities that are
assigned for June 27
th
, are not
graded, but should be
completed for practice.
See Study Guide in Blackboard
for more details about this
exam.
-Do exam #3 in Blackboard by
Friday, June 27
th
, any time
from 4:00AM to 8:00PM (2
hours). Respondus LockDown
Browser and a webcam must
be used in order to complete
this exam.