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SPN 101

Introduction to Spanish Communication, Culture & Literature
Course Credit: 3 hours credit
Fall 2016
Class times:
UPDATE 9/20/16
FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE IN SPORTS. THE COURSEWORK THAT IS
COVERED IN THIS CLASS IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT WILL ALWAYS BE
AVAILABLE THE WEEK AFTER THE CLASS; IT IS UP TO YOU TO KEEP UP WITH
THE INSTRUCTION. THERE IS NO MAKEUP WORK IN THIS COURSE, YOU WILL
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK IN THE SAME FASHION AS ALL STUDENTS.
PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE DAILY FOR UPDATES. ALL WORK IS DUE THE
FOLLOWING CLASS SESSION.
CLASS WILL ONLY BE CANCELED DUE IN PART TO A CANCELLATION BY THE
DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM, INCLEMENT WEATHER, SCHOOL CLOSURE, OR
ARRANGEMENT ANNOUNCED IN SCHOOL BY THE DIRECTOR. LISTEN TO THE
ESCALANTE DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS-EVEN IF YOU ARE A STUDENT WHO
ONLY ATTENDS CLASSES FOR PARTIAL DAY.
THANK YOU.
Tuesdays @ EHS 4:15-6:00/6:15-8:00
Instructor: Mariana Ulibarri-Horan
Escalante High School Satellite
Email: loscuatro@rocketmail.com

Course Website: megustavivir.weebly.org
Class Location: Escalante High School
Tierra Amarilla, NM
Office Hours: Appt. via. Mrs. Manzanares
Phone: 505-699-5315

Course Description
SPAN 101 (3)
Prerequisite: None
Beginning Spanish for students with no previous exposure to Spanish. Development of all four
language skills, with emphasis on listening and speaking. Introduction to Spanish history,
culture, and literature.
SPAN 102 (3)
Prerequisite: SPN 101

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Beginning Spanish for students who have completed 101. Continued development of four skills
with emphasis on listening and speaking. Introduction to Spanish history, culture, and literature.

Course Purpose
The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to explore the Spanish
language, culture, and literature through language and grammar mechanics, reading, writing, and
Spanish conversation in topics related to Spanish social & geographic culture and literature.
REQUIRED MATERIALS TO BE SUPPLIED BY STUDENT FOR CLASS
PARTICIPATION GRADE:



Flashdrive
Notebook
Binder
Pens, pencils, markers, crayons

Trademark Outcome(s)
Trademark Outcome (TO): A distinctive product and skill set developed through completion of
a Language & Culture Acquisition program, which separates undergraduates in that program
from other individuals in similar fields—thus providing a differential advantage to dual credit
students. The course focuses on mechanics, literature, reading, and writing as well as the
exploration of Spanish speaking cultures within each class activity. Majority of class activities
will be completed during meeting times with the exception of 3-4 virtual class meetings. Times
and specific instructions for these classes will be clear and posted on the course website.

Apply and Evaluate
The skill set that is developed through the exposure to other cultures through literature and
language is crucial in today’s culturally diverse society.
Students will conduct a cultural mapping exercise by interviewing (1) individual with familial
background or ties with the Spanish speaking community. The interview should be conducted in
Spanish if the individual speaks Spanish. Respect for tradition and culture is to take place at all
times during the interview. This is not an exercise in judging or critiquing another individual’s
culture, but instead, to gain intimate knowledge, outside of our text in class, of how relevant
class content is in regarding individuals in the Spanish culture. Items that are suggested for
discussion in the interview:
1) Is the individual familiar with Spanish history or literature? Folklore and cuentos are
considered as literature, as discussed in class, and play a huge role in the development of
cultural identity and tradition.

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2) Does this individual speak Spanish? If so, make every attempt to communicate using
your knowledge of the language that you have learned in class. Record the interview; this
can count towards the proficiency level “orals” that will be required at the end of the
semester.
3) If the individual is of a Spanish speaking culture themselves, how do they identify
themselves? What are some examples of how their family participates in traditions, if
any? Is the individual, or any of their family members, of immigrant status?
4) How does the individual feel about the cultural diversity in our society? What are some
positive and negative aspects that they feel have resulted from this global fact?

Alignment to Instructional Standards
Communication-Communicate in Languages Other Than English
 Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express
feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
 Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety
of topics.
 Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners
or readers on a variety of topics.
Cultures-Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
 Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate n understanding of the relationship between the
practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
 Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the
products and perspectives of the culture studied.
Connections-Connect With Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
 Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through
the foreign language.
 Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that
are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
Comparisons-Develop Insight Into the Nature of Language and Culture
 Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through
comparisons of the language studied and their own.
 Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through
comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
Communities-Participate in Multilingual Communities at home and Around the World
 Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
 Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the
language for personal enjoyment and enrichment
Course Specific Student Learning Outcomes and Methods of
Assessment

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The conceptual framework, program goals, and course emphases lead to a set of expected student
learning outcomes and related assessment measures. These features are found in the following
table.
Student Project Outcomes
Examine, analyze and synthesize literature for
cultural pluralism; utilization of classroom
website: www.megustavivir.weebly.com
Cultural pluralism - Develop personal
observation and opinion based on textual and
contextual practices within the confines of the
geographical and cultural aspects of the Spanish
language and tradition
Oral presentation mastery - Develop large scale
oral presentation practices based on their current
work context within the text as well as outside
content presented through lecture and research
activities
Assessment language acquisition, culture, and
literature studies.

Student Learning Outcomes
By the conclusion of this
course the student will:
Demonstrate the ability to
respect and appreciate cultural
diversity.
Develop resources for
developing language acquisition
skills and mechanics.
Integrate cultural literature into
content area instruction
Become familiar with basic
dialog and conversation in
Spanish
Identify, analyze, and discuss
cultural diversity within
individual communities and
careers.

Methods of Assessment
Student online responses
Student online responses to responses
Student responses to instructor
Small Scale Integration to 21 Spanish
speaking countries and cultures through
reading, question and answer exercises, and
chapter Mastery activities in text.
Large Scale Oral Presentation Activity
(Mid Term).

Final exam in oral and written formats.

Course Assignments
Students will complete the
following assignments to address
the student learning outcomes:
Answer and discuss Guided
Discussion Question referencing
“real” characters that have been
written about, or have written, small
literary pieces in each chapter.
Use a Spanish/English Dictionary,
Verb Resource Book, translation
applications, and other means to
assist in studying and mastering
language mechanics.
Socratic Seminar classroom and
online discussion
Spanish Notebook
Interview

Methods of Assessment
Student learning outcomes will be
assessed by the following methods:
Rubric
Online Response to Blog

Rubric
Quizzes
Studyspanish.com
Cuaderno de Practica
Rubric
Online Response to Blog
Rubric
Scoring Guides
Rubric

Required Textbook and/or Other Resources
THE MATERIALS BELOW ARE PROVIDED TO THE STUDENT, IF THE
MATERIALS ARE DAMAGED OR LOST, THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE

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FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THAT SPECIFIC MATERIAL; MOST OF THE
TIME THESE MATERIALS ARE LEFT IN THE CLASSROOM, BUT THEY
ARE AVAILABLE TO CHECK OUT AT ANY TIME THROUGH
ARRANGEMENT WITH MS. MARIANA (losucatro@rocketmail.com)
Required Textbook(s):
Cervantes, Miguel. (2009). Don Quijote de la Mancha. Farmington Hills, MI 1303CPI: Teacher's Discovery. 
ISBN­978­0­7560­1181­9
Nissenberg, PhD, G. (2009). Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Sentence Builder. United States of America: 
McGraw­Hill.  
ISBN­978­0­07­160039­2
Rodegher, D. (2014). VOCES Spanish I. Troy, MI 1402JMR: Teacher's Discovery. 
ISBN­978­0­7560­4319­3
501 Verbs Application (IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID)
Spanish/English Dictionary Application (IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID)
Anónimo, (2013). Cantar de Mío Cid. Lecturas Adolescentes, Italia: Teacher’s Discovery. 
ISBN­978­88­536­1584­8

Blackboard Readings: A student guide for Don Quixote de la Mancha and Cantar Mio Cid will 
be posted on the blackboard for reference and study throughout the course.  There will also be 
weekly “cuentos” posted to the blackboard to use during classroom dialogue and conversation.  
All other literature and reading material will be provided by the instructor during class meetings. 
Duplicates of these readings will not be provided; take care with your copy or have a copy made 
for yourself as a backup.
Internet: Students are expected to use instructor’s email (loscuatro@rocketmail.com) and have
consistent and reliable access to the Internet. Students will also be expected to check the course 
website, www.megustavivir.weebly.com, weekly for updates and assignment documents and 
resources.  Class and Blog responses will be a graded component to this class.  Links to practice 
exercises as well as audio presentation of some of the literature that is provided in class will be 
available through the class website. Please be sure to ONLY email me from the email that you 
have used when you filled out your personal profile in class.  I have set my email to accept these 
emails and other emails that are strange to my email will be sent to SPAM. Other links that will 
assist you in preparing for quizzes and classes are studyspanish.com and teachme123.com.  I 
encourage you all to find and “play with” Spanish and translator type “apps”.  Phones are 
allowed in class for this purpose ONLY. Please refrain from texting or any other type of phone 
use, otherwise. 
Be sure to try Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer on your own when different
programs do not work. There is no way for me to know when updates in Browser preference
happens as all websites that are used in this class are not maintained by UNM or affiliates of
UNM. I personally use a MAC computer and can help you with basic troubleshooting when it
comes to completing classroom assignments. I will always post PowerPoint, links, Utube video,

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PDF, or other elements that will need to be downloaded prior to class. Please do not wait until
the last minute to prepare for these sessions. You will not be excused from participating in class
due to the fact that you waited until the last minute to prepare. Follow the syllabus and plan
ahead in regards to printing out notes, conversation scripts, and the like.

Assignments, Evaluations Procedures, and Grading Policies
The coursework for this class is rigorous. The weekly sessions are 2 hours long. We will not
dismiss early. In this course, the first session is from 4:00 to 6:00 and the second session is 6:30
to 8:30. Please prepare and schedule your time to practice, study, read, and prepare for each
week for at least 3 hours a week (one hour, ever other day). The best way to schedule your time
is to follow the guidelines and suggestions for each type of activity that we review and practice
in class. Studying and practicing with a partner is optimal, but if you aren’t able to accomplish
this, recording your self and really utilizing the studyspanish.com links on the class website that
coincide with the classroom activities works equally well. Please let me know if you feel you are
struggling as soon as this seems to be your situation! There are applications, extra practice
exercises, and many other resources I can direct you to. I can also assist you with possibly
pairing you with a student in another Spanish class
Requirements and Grades:
There will be five basic grade requirements in this course:
A.
B.
C.
D.

Comprehensive Written and Oral Exam
Research Response Interview
Participation/Attendance
Classroom Assignments, Reading Assignments and Class Preparation, Internet
Response, Homework
E. Quizzes
A. The Comprehensive Written and Oral Exam will consist of a written exam that will
contain multiple choices, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. This exam will be
in short answer format and require students to analyze, evaluate, and answer questions
about grammar, mechanics, and content in the chapters from the text. There will be
questions on this exam about the readings that have been covered in class.
B. Research Response Interview: This research presentation will be a compilation and
analysis of the interviews conducted for the A&E assignment. The research should be put
into PowerPoint format (with APA references), and presented in class so all may be
discussed. These should also be turned into the professor as a hard copy and also an
electronic version that you send through Blackboard. The rubric for this assignment is at
the end of the syllabus and will also be posted on the class website
www.megustavivir.weebly.com.
C. Attendance and participation are strongly encouraged. This can be accomplished
through weekly attendance, posting on the website, and responding to posts as well.
I strongly encourage discussion because students are often extremely insightful and
helpful to others. Sharing ideas is good. Most of the homework and reading assignments
are guided and completed in class. When you are not in class, you are missing important

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information and discussion that help with the analysis and understanding of the class
content and activities. 1-2 absences, without a needed excuse, will be tolerated. Use
these wisely! You MUST notify at the time that you know you are not going to be in
class. All determination for excused absences go through Ms. Manzanares. Any absence
after that will be dealt with as a case-by-case situation, following the attendance
guidelines illustrated I the UNM Student handbook. Regardless of the reason of your
absence, you will be responsible for checking the website or collaborating with fellow
students to see what you missed in class. You will be responsible for all work assigned.
D. Classroom Assignments, Reading Assignments, Studying and Participation, Internet
Response, and Homework is completed in class or assigned for a particular turn in date. I
would rather not accept late assignments, but if you feel that you are not going to make a
deadline, it is better to notify me as soon as possible. Excused late work will be granted
on a case-by-case scenario. All assignments come from the text or reading that are
assigned in class. Internet Responses are also assigned based on classroom activities or
readings. Exams and quizzes are based on the content that is assigned and completed in
class.
E. Quizzes are an important aspect of this course and should not be “feared!”. If you are
keeping up with the coursework, studying & completing classroom assignments &
readings, you will not have any problems with the quizzes. These are used to allow me
the opportunity to assess whether or not the class is following the content as it is being
introduced, and also, whether or not students are practicing content that is introduced in
class. I will allow 1 quiz to be dropped from your grade book at the end of the
semester.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments
Date
8/23

8/30-Internet
Course
Instruction
9/6

9/13

Topic

Assignment/Readings

Introductions
Website and Resources
Course Outline
¿Quién Soy?
Búsqueda del Tesoro-Soy México

Meet and Greet w/Ms. Juanita
Classroom expectations and
organization; general
“housekeeping”
megustavivir.weebly.org

Capítulo 2: Guatemala
 El salon de clase
 Gender Identification
 El artículo definido e indefinido
 El Plural/Singular
 Hay

Read: “VOCES” internet
response/peer response
Practice: ¡Vamos a charlar!
Study: Articles, Gender, NumberQuiz next week!

Choose a study method reviewed thus far in class and
prepare a study guide for one of your classmates that
covers all the grammar and mechanics presented
chapter 1-3; bring three copies or 3 forms of your
guide to class next week.

Read: Capítulo 3: El Salvador
Prepare: Choose a study method
reviewed thus far in class and
prepare a study guide for one of
your classmates that covers all
the grammar and mechanics
presented chapter 1-3; bring three

Intro Cantar De Mío Cid

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9/20
9/27
10/4

10/11
10/18
10/25

11/1

11/8
11/15
11/22

TBA

Búsqueda del Tesoro
QUIZ
Comprehensive Discussion of Content Chapters 1-3
Share Study Guides-“Cuaderno de Práctica”
Review El Salvador
Quiz-Cuaderno de Práctica
 Artículos
 Genero
 Número
 Adjetivos
 La Familia
 Tener
 Las preguntas
Lectura en clase
Cantar de Mío Cid
(Homecoming Week)-Cinema WE HAVE CLASS!!!
Búsqueda del Tesoro
Capítulo 4: Honduras
 La ropa y los accesarios
 Los colores
 En una tienda
 Los adjetivos demostrativos
 Verbos regulares terminando en –ar
¡Vamos a charlar!
Capítulo 5: Nicaragua
 El tiempo y el calendario
 Dialagos
 El presente de los verbos regulares
teminando en –er, y –ir
 Conjugaciones
Búsqueda del Tesoro WE HAVE CLASS!!!
Movie and class discussion: The Man from the
Mancha or El Cid
Take this class period to work on Cultural/Community
Interview (Research Response Interview). See course
documents for rubric and template for
document/presentation development and grading
structure. The presentations will take place for our
final class.

Research Response Interview Presentations
Final written and oral exam

copies or 3 forms of your guide to
class next week.
megustavivir.weebly.org
Read “VOCES” internet
responses/peer response
Practice: Cuaderno de Práctica
Practice: Cuaderno de Práctica &
¡Vamos a charlar!
Lectura en la casa…

TBA
TBA
Practice: Díalagos & Cuaderno
de Práctica.
(make sure and update your
Cuaderno de Práctica at home if
you did not do it during class)
Practice: Cuaderno de Práctica
Quiz next week.

TBA
Cuaderno de Prática
Socratic Notebook
Research Response Interview
Cuaderno de Práctica-study for
final and written oral exam.
These class sessions/meeting
TBA
We will do presentations and
also review all info before
presentations for questions or
comments on the assignments
Have a great winter break!

Course Policies and Procedures

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Written Assignments: Assignments will be submitted for evaluation using email. If you are late
and cannot open the assignment drop box, please indicate this in an email, along with the reason
as to why it is late. All late work will be considered by a case-by-case situation. All written
work is expected to be neat, correctly spelled, grammatically/mechanically correct. I will grade
all work using a “comments” format, that means you will get your paper back with a
“comments” column on the right of the page that you can use in identifying your mistakes and
you will be given the opportunity to resubmit any assignment for 5 extra credit points to that
assignment.
Please type this information on all typed assignments
Class-Name of assignment
Email, phone number
We are not at all opposed to your showing your paper to a partner from class and asking
for their feedback. We want you to get used to working as a team and, besides, peer
checking leads to positive outcomes. Please be aware of all policies regarding plagiarism as
well as cheating. Simply stated, these types of behaviors will not be tolerated in my class
and could result in expulsion or other types of administrative actions.
Attendance and Participation: Participation in class assignments is expected and punctuality,
preparation, and participation are expected. As a college student, being an active participant is
part of your professional obligation. Each student is expected to participate and contribute during
discussions and other occasions that include student to student or student to instructor
interaction. The quality of the course depends on the extent to which you share, reflect, and
participate. Please give the class your best effort. As a foreign language student, there is no way
for me to assess your level, progression, or proficiency in the language or understanding of
culture and relative literature within the classroom structure without your participation during
our class meeting times. Please be reliable and punctual. When you are tardy you will miss
important instruction information as well as you become a disruption to other students when you
come into class late. Please email me if you are not going to be in class, but I expect you to get
with another student in regards to notes or discussions points that you have missed in class.
Classes are not recorded through the university, but you are more than welcome to record any
courses either in the classroom, or virtually, for future reference on your part.
Viewing Your Grades: You can access your grades at any time during my break on Thursday
nights between 6:00 and 6:30. If you have a problem with a grade or you feel that I have not
considered your assignment in its best light, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss the
matter further.
Late Assignments: Assignments are due as specified by the due date in the course calendar.
Completing work on time is part of who we are as professionals. Reading, analysis, synthesis and
response work should be completed within the timeframe provided in. Computer failure is not an
excuse for late assignments. I do not take off points for late work, as LIFE happens without
mercy! I will give a zero for any late assignment (or assignments that are simply just not done)
that you have not emailed me telling me (1)the assignment is going to be late (2)the reason it is
late (3)what you are going to do to keep the situation from repeating itself.
Please remember that true mastery learning takes place through the completion of quality work
in a meaningful way. Consistently being late on assignments will lead to a professional
conversation with the instructor.

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Online and Lync Discussions:
Discussions, which will occur online, and weekly via weebly sessions are an important part of
this course. They will all take the form of Q & A blog communication and will be a part of your
grade.
How will our online discussions work?
We will be using the Weebly board in this course for reflections and dialogue. We will
place a prompt in the Discussion section and ask you to respond thoughtfully to the
prompt with a paragraph or so. With some exceptions, such as “What is your
interpretation of diversity within communities…” there are no right or wrong answers.
After posting your response to the each module’s discussion, please read the postings of
your fellow class members and reply to at least two of them.
Why should we invest time in doing this?
While you might think, at first, that this is a tedious requirement, it is actually one of the
best ways to promote communication among cohort members, a proven key to successful
and satisfying not only in distance learning but also in helping you with the development
of communication and discussion skills at the college level. We want you to feel
connected to each other, and to learn from each other, so please reply to each other’s
postings in a substantive way (more than “Me, too” or “I agree”). This is your chance to
share professional, collegial dialogue.

Will the instructor be reading the postings?
Yes! We will be reading at least selected postings, even though we might not post
comments to all of them, every time. Your postings and replies will contribute toward
your participation grade. A research assistant will keep track of the number of posts you
make and their timeliness.
What if we disagree with each other's opinions?
Just to set the tone, please remember that differing opinions are welcome in the
discussions. We expect each of you to express your opinions honestly and professionally
and to honor the opinions of others, responding to them courteously even if you disagree.
Learning how to conduct civil scholarly dialogue with colleagues, even when you
disagree, is part of becoming a successful doctoral student. With an open mind, we often
learn from listening to the perspectives of others.
Incomplete Course Grade and Withdrawals: A final course grade of “Incomplete” is appropriate
for circumstances involving illnesses, death in the family, or other major personal problems that prevent a
student from completing the work of the course. A final course grade of “Incomplete” cannot be given for
academic reasons. You will need to meet with Ms. Juanita in regards to any situation that would
require discussions of this type.
All withdrawals from individual courses and/or the university must be initiated by the student and
only with the permission and guidance of Ms. Juanita. It is the student’s responsibility to become
aware of semester deadlines for dropping / withdrawing from courses. Please meet with Ms. Juanita prior
to considering dropping this course. Do to the registration of satellite courses; the process needs to go
through her. You can reach her at 505-470-7621. I am not able to advise on adding and dropping,

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and all administrative processes that have to do with the university. DO NOT contact the
University of New Mexico as each satellite site has it’s own processes for administrative procedures
that are to be dealt with by the site director.

E-mail Communication: Please use only loscuatro@rocketmail.com or the submission portal on
the megustavivir.weebly.com website for sending e-mail messages to me. I will respond to your
email message within 24 hours on weekdays and within 48 hours on weekends, sometimes
quicker-if you have an urgent message, please call and leave it on my voicemail. I am able to
check that throughout the day. Text if you have an emergency or if you feel you are really lost.
Do not start on an assignment you do not feel comfortable with before contacting me, but do not
use that as an excuse after a weeks time that you have to work on the assignment.
Civility in the Online Classroom: Regarding civility of the online discussions and blogs and
physical classroom, please remember one rule, “treat others how you would like to be treated”
(be nice!). Inappropriate behavior shall result in consequences ranging from a request to correct
the problem, to removal from the course. Disciplinary actions will be taken according to the
University of New Mexico Code of Student conduct-you have each received this manual upon
registration into the program and have been briefed on it with Ms. Juanita prior to entering my
class. Students are expected to maintain an online and classroom environment conducive to
learning. Therefore, the following are prohibited:
 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE PICTURES OF CLASSMATES,
ASSIGNMENTS, QUIZES, ECT. TO BE POSTED ON PUBLIC SOCIAL MEDIA.
Posting any of this type of materials is subject to immediate dismissal from my class.
 I can open a group “room” for you within the guidelines of the university where you
can “vent”, discuss the course, share notes, discuss ideas, and study for tests
together.
 Making offensive remarks in e-mail, classrooms, or the discussion board,
 Using inappropriate language or discussing inappropriate topics online, spamming,
hacking, using e-mail or discussion board for commercial purposes,
 Using all caps (considered shouting in online communications), or cyber-bullying or
online harassment of any type.
Parent Visit: Parents are welcome in my classroom at any time. Please email or call me ahead of
time in order for me to prepare an evaluation sheet for your parent to fill out after their visit.
Feedback of classroom instruction and procedure is welcome. All instances where a parent
feels the need to report any incident within the classroom should be directed to Ms.
Manzanares, not to Escalante staff. Please do not just “show up” to class as it causes
unneeded disruption. I welcome visiting with parents between 6:00-6:30 on Thursdays between
classes or via telephone or email.
Technical Requirements: This course is not 100% online, but does require online and basic
software capabilities and knowledge. You will need the following to be successful in this course
(please make an appointment with Ms. Juanita 505-470-7621 in obtaining access to all software
and network permissions that are listed below):
 Active online participation
 Internet access (preferably high speed)
 Microsoft Office 2007 or later
 Microsoft Communicator
 Adobe Reader 9.4

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Flash Player
E-mail
Ability to read/listen to Windows media files, such as Windows Media Player (free
download, just Google-search Windows Media Player).
The textbooks specified at the beginning of this syllabus.
A three ring binder for final course materials.
Skills and dispositions - Microsoft Word, E-mail, attacking documents, Internet searches,
downloading plug-ins, unblocking pop-ups, downloading browsers (some people find
that Blackboard works better in Firefox, free download from www.mozilla.com). You
will learn to use a threaded discussion in this course, if you haven’t done that before.

Syllabus Revision: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus at any point when
deemed necessary and appropriate for the needs of the students.
Methods of Teaching: Instructional methods for this course may include, but will not be limited
to the following: reading of electronic and tangible documents (books and articles), small and
large group dialogue, small and large group problem solving, lecture and presentations, written
reflections, and case study analysis activities. The majority of the teaching will take place within
the classroom environment that is why attendance is crucial! Dialogue and conversation is an
essential component to language acquisition. Please note, the instructor will not ‘stand and
deliver’ and provide answers to questions. The instructor will provide some information matterof-factly, but the majority of the course will be reading literature, analyzing, synthesizing your
ideas of it, sharing your synthesis, and providing a critical analysis of peer synthesis.
Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism (UNM Student Handbook): “Academic dishonesty”
includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records,
misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student
(such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same assignment for two courses
without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such an act. If a student
is involved in any form of academic misconduct and is proven that the action took place, the
instructor may initiate a disciplinary action. For more details see your UNM Student Handbook
or make an appointment to discuss any questions you might have about this topic with Ms.
Juanita 505-470-7621.
Students with Disabilities: Any student who, because of a disability, may require special
arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as
possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification
from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note instructors are
not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification
from Student Disability services has been provided. For additional information, you will need to
contact Ms. Juanita 505-470-7621. She in turn will set up an appointment and guide you through
the process of disclosing disabilities, specific needs and accommodations in the classroom
setting, or a need to be evaluated for specialized services. Do not contact the university directly
as this will cause unneeded delays in processing the needed documentation and registration
needed to qualify for specialized services or accommodations in the classroom.
Religious Holy Days:. A student who intends to observe a religious holy day should make that
intention known in writing to the instructor prior to the absence. A student who is absent from

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classes for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to take an examination or
complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence. A
student who is excused may not be penalized for the absence; however, the instructor may
respond appropriately if the student fails to complete the assignment satisfactorily. Please make
an appointment to meet with Ms. Juanita, prior to the written intention, if you have any questions
or need to request a period of time off in order to meet any personal religious obligations.
Grade Appeals: Students initiating grade appeals should follow the official Grade Appeal
Procedures outlined by the university. Please see the university website for a link to this policy.
It is very important that at any time a student is unhappy with their college experience, but
especially their experience in this class, they contact Ms. Juanita immediately! She will guide the
student through the proper process, per University of New Mexico Code, in order to file the
correct documentation for the situation. Because most of you are under the age of 18, there are
specific guidelines that were discussed with your parents in regard to any type of situations that
may arise in the UNM classroom regarding dissatisfaction or a feeling of being treated unfairly.
In order for the appropriate proceedings to take place, Ms. Juanita will need to facilitate the
process.