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FLS 201 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I -

Polices, Procedures, & Grading


**Please read this information carefully and pay attention to supplementary information
that your instructor presents in class. You are responsible for understanding and adhering
to course policies.**

Course: FLS 201 (004) Spring, 2014 Intermediate Spanish I


Syllabus: FLS 201 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I - Polices, Procedures, & Grading
Instructor: Karen Coachman

Table of contents
 General Description & Requirements
o Catalog Description
o Placement and Pre-requisites
o Required Text & Supplementary Materials
o Instructor QUIA & iLrn Course Codes
o QUIA Help
o iLrn Help
o Language Laboratory
o Communication with Instructor
 Grading
o Course Grading Scale
o Attendance Policy & Grading of Participation
o Course Schedule & Assignments
o Oral Communication Assessments
o Final Exam
 Academic Integrity
 Students with Disabilities
 Class Evaluations

General Description & Requirements


Catalog Description

Listening and speaking; development of a balanced foundation in all Spanish language skills.
Idiomatic, everyday Spanish and cultural awareness. Class practice, laboratory and written
homework.

Placement and Pre-requisites


FLS 102/110 (or appropriate transfer credit) or the following test scores: NCSU Placement test:
346-424; SAT II test: 510-600. (See FLL Placement page for scoring interpretation and
placement policy.)

If you do not have any of the prerequisites listed above, you must take the Placement Test either
in the Laundry Lab (LAU 214: Language and Computer Building at the corner of Stinson &
Current Drives) or the Withers Lab (WI 131): http://chasslabs.chass.ncsu.edu/laundry/home. The
test will take about 25 minutes and you will receive the results immediately.

Note: Native speakers CANNOT receive credit for FLS 101-202 if Spanish is their native
language.

Required Text & Supplementary Materials

Required textbook:

Plazas: lugar de encuentros, Cengage Heinle, 4th Edition, 2012; and the corresponding
electronic Student Activities Manual from Quia (Lab Manual & Workbook). There are
three purchase options:

1) NEW: The ISBN for the hardcopy textbook and eSAM is 1111698708, and it can be
purchased at the NCSU Bookstore, Packbackers, or from other sources;

2) USED: You can also purchase the hardcopy textbook separately from the bookstore or online
(ISBN: 0495913790), and then buy the Quia book key for the eSAM from the bookstore or
directly from http://books.quia.com/books/. If ordering online, be sure that you order and receive
the student textbook and not the Instructor's Annotated edition;
3) DIGITAL (E-book): The final option is to purchase 18 months of access to the iLRN
version, which includes the electronic textbook and eSAM (ISBN: 978-1-111-29946-0); the
access key code can be purchased in the bookstore or at this website.
(See Important Notes below.)

1. All classes now use 4th Edition of the textbook.


2. The textbook is required. The NC State Bookstore site give options for purchasing the
book and supplementary materials and students sometimes ask if the book is really
required. The book and access to the online workbook and lab are required.
3. Bookstores do not guarantee to have books in stock for all students for all courses at all
times. Buy your books as early as feasible. If you do not have the book when the
semester begins, be sure to work with someone who does have the book, in order to be
prepared for all class activities, including quizzes. Bring your textbook to class each day.
4. Possession/use of a Instructor-Annotated Edition (IAE) of the textbook is a violation of
the code of student conduct for these courses. If you order the textbook online, be sure
that you order and receive the student edition, and that you order it in plenty of time to
have it in hand on the first day of classes. If you are sent the IAE edtion, return it to the
bookseller and exchange it for the correct edition.

Instructor QUIA & iLrn Course Codes

Instructor course code for Quia for FLS 201: FJXJT897

Instructor course code for iLrn for FLS 201: PXKEEX844

Depending on which book you have purchased you will use one of the course codes above to
access the homework exercises (in the Workbook and Lab Manual) assigned for your section of
FLS 201.

Find instructions for hardback textbook owners HERE.

Find instructions for E-book owners HERE.

QUIA Help

Course: FLS 201


Code: FJXJT897
Book: Plazas: Lugar de encuentros, 4th Edition eStudent Activities Manual (eSAM)

Creating a Quia Account


If you do not have an account, you need to create one. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Go to http://books.quia.com and click Students, then click Create a new account.


2. Select a username and password and enter your information, then click Submit.

Note: Remember to write down your username and password and be sure to select the correct
time zone. Also, please enter a valid e-mail address so we can send you your password if you
forget it.

Entering the Book Key and Course Code


Enter the book key and course code to complete the enrollment process. You may already have a
book key, or you may need to purchase a book key. Depending on your situation, use one of the
procedures below. If you activated the book for a previous course, you can start at step 4 of I
already have a book key below.

Once you have completed this step, the system lists the course and book on the Student
Workstation home page. To enter additional books, enter a book key in the Enter field and click
Go.

Note: Book keys can only be used once. Your book key will become invalid after you use it.

I already have a book key

1. Go to http://books.quia.com and log in.


2. At the top of the page, enter your book key and click Go.
3. Click Confirm to confirm your registration information. Your book will appear under the
My books heading.
4. Beside the book listing, enter the course code FJXJT897 in the Enter course code field
and click Go.
5. If necessary, select a class or section and click Submit.

I need to purchase a book key

1. Go to http://books.quia.com and log in.


2. At the top of the page, enter the course code FJXJT897 and click Go.
3. If necessary, select a class or section and click Submit. The course and books will appear
under the My classes heading.
4. Locate the book and click buy.
5. Proceed through the purchase process.
Note: If the buy link does not appear in Step 4, contact your instructor for information about
obtaining a book key.

Using Quia
To access your Student Workstation in the future, go to http://books.quia.com and log in. Here,
you can open your book, submit activities, view your results, and view your instructor's
feedback. If you have any questions, contact Quia Support at http://books.quia.com/support.

iLrn Help

Course: FLS 201


Code: PXKEEX844
Book: Plazas 4th edition iLrn: Heinle Learning Center

Creating a Heinle Learning Center Account


If you do not have an account, you need to create one. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Go to http://ilrn.heinle.com and click LOGIN.


2. Click the Create account button.
3. Select a username and password and enter your information, then click Submit.

Note: Remember to write down your username and password and be sure to select the correct
time zone. Also, please enter a valid e-mail address so we can send you your password if you
forget it.

Entering the Book Key and Course Code


Enter the book key and course code to complete the enrollment process. You may already have a
book key, or you may need to purchase a book key. Depending on your situation, use one of the
procedures below. If you activated the book for a previous course, you can start at step 5 of I
already have a book key below.

Once you have completed this step, the system lists the course and book on the Student
Workstation home page. To enter additional books, enter a book key in the Enter field and click
Go.

Note: Book keys can only be used once. Your book key will become invalid after you use it.

I already have a book key

1. Go to http://ilrn.heinle.com and click LOGIN.


2. Enter your username and password and click Log in.
3. At the top of the page, enter your book key and click Go.
4. Click Confirm to confirm your registration information. Your book will appear under the
My books heading.
5. Beside the book listing, enter the course code PXKEEX844 in the Enter course code
field and click Go.
6. If necessary, select a class or section and click Submit.

I need to purchase a book key

1. Go to http://ilrn.heinle.com and click LOGIN.


2. Enter your username and password and click Log in.
3. At the top of the page, enter the course code PXKEEX844 and click Go.
4. If necessary, select a class or section and click Submit. The course and books will appear
under the My classes heading.
5. Locate the book and click buy.
6. Proceed through the purchase process.

Note: If the buy link does not appear in Step 5, contact your instructor for information about
obtaining a book key.

Using Heinle Learning Center


To access your Student Workstation in the future, go to http://ilrn.heinle.com and log in. Here,
you can open your book, submit activities, view your results, and view your instructor's
feedback. If you have any questions, contact Heinle Learning Center Support at
http://hlc.quia.com/support.

Language Laboratory

All students must complete language laboratory activities via the Internet for each chapter that is
studied. Consult the CHASS Language Lab page for location and hours of operation, if you do
not have access to your own computer.

A high-speed internet connection is highly recommended.

Communication with Instructor

Email & Course Web Site: Please note that email and messages sent via the course web site in
Moodle are my primary means of communicating with you outside of class. It is your
responsibility to make sure that a valid, functional email account is correctly listed for you with
Registration and Records.

You are responsible for all course information distributed via email and Moodle
(announcements, schedules, etc.) from the instructor.
Grading
Course Grading Scale

The course will be graded in the following manner:

Participation & Preparation 30%

 Quia Workbook (5%)


 Quia Lab Manual (5%)
 Attendance & Active Participation (10%)
 Quizzes (10%)

Chapter Tests (5) 30%


Oral Communication Assessments 10%
(Presentation & Conversation)
Final Exam 30%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Scale:

A+ 97-100%
A 93-96.9%
A- 90-92.9%
B+ 87-89.9%
B 83-86.9%
B- 80-82.9%
C+ 77-79.9%
C 73-76.9%
C- 70-72.9%
D+ 67-69.9%
D 63-66.9%
D- 60-62.9%
F 59.9-0%

*Students taking the course "credit-only" must earn a total point average equivalent to C- or
better to pass with a Satisfactory grade.
Attendance Policy & Grading of Participation

 You should bring your textbook to every class.


 Cell phones and electronic devices not being used specifically for classwork (i.e.,
electronic textbook) are to be silenced and put away for the entire class period.
 You will receive 5 points for every class period that you are in attendance and
participating in class activities. The following amount of points will be deducted if any of
the following applies to you during the class period:

- 5 points Absent (unexcused)


- 2 points (each Present but sleeping, doing work for another class, playing with cell phone and/or
instance) texting, or otherwise distracted
- 1 point Late arrival or leaving prior to class dismissal
- 1 point Failed to bring textbook to class

 If you miss a class, you should check with the instructor for any additional homework
that may have been assigned for the following class on the day of your absence so you
can complete it and bring it with you to the next class when it is due. Absence from class
is not an excuse for not knowing about an assignment or of any changes in the schedule.
 Quizzes will be given periodically throughout the semester per chapter. The lowest quiz
grade will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Preparation and participation in class are essential for success in learning a foreign language.
Homework will be assigned on a regular basis and completion of homework before class is
required. Use the following rubric as a guide to proper preparation and participation:

A Student comes to class prepared, bringing proper materials, arriving on time and staying the
full length of the class. Student is attentive and frequently volunteers to participate. Student
is actively involved in all class activities and stays on task in group work. Any questions or
comments are pertinent.
B Student is usually prepared. Student is always attentive, participates in all activities and
volunteers from time to time. Student asks only pertinent questions.
C Student shows evidence of being unprepared on occasion. Student may arrive late or leave
early in some instances. Student volunteers infrequently and may ask questions that would
not be necessary had the student prepared for class more thoroughly.
D Student is unprepared and/or inattentive. Student rarely volunteers and demonstrates lack of
involvement in class activities. Student may not stay on task in group work and may ask
unnecessary or inappropriate questions. Student exhibits lack of concern for the class. His
or her behavior may have a negative effect on the class.
F Student does not attend class.
Attendance policy: Attendance is obligatory. More than 3 absences of any kind (excused or
unexcused) is considered excessive. For each unexcused absence beyond 3, 1% point will be
deducted from the final grade representing the TOTAL number of absences during the semester.
(For example, if you have 5 unexcused absences during the semester your final grade will be
reduced by 5%).

Please note that this is a separate category from the in-class participation score earned (described
above), though the two are related. For an absence to be excused, the student must inform the
instructor in advance if possible or as soon as possible after. The excuse must be documented
and must be explicitly accepted as an excused absence by the instructor. If an absence is excused,
students will be allowed to do makeup work without penalty and will not have missed
participation or homework points counted against them.
(See http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-03 for university policy on attendance. Pay
attention to the definition of an excused absence).

Course Schedule & Assignments

Course Schedule: The assignments for each day as well as dates of exams are all found in the
course schedule. Assignments listed on specific dates are expected to be done before the class
period on that date. The course schedule may be revised at the discretion of the instructor.
Additional homework not listed on the schedule may be assigned by the instructor for the next
class period. Students will be informed in advance of any changes. Late work will not be
accepted without a documented excused absence as defined by the University.

Online Lab Manual & Workbook Assignments:

 All Workbook homework should be completed on a daily basis prior to class as indicated
on the course schedule via the Quia or iLrn web sites. This will prepare you for the
upcoming class topics and any quizzes during the week. Workbook exercises are due no
later than midnight the same day of class for which they were assigned. Deadlines are
listed on the Course Schedule as well as in Quia / iLrn.

 You should spend at least one hour (total) on each chapter's Lab Manual (audio)
exercises; each exercise is timed. You are required to do ALL exercises assigned in the
lab for each chapter; they are not listed individually on the course schedule. You
complete these exercises at your own pace throughout the chapter studied.

 All Lab Manual exercises are due at midnight the night before each chapter exam.
Deadlines are listed on the Course Schedule as well as in Quia / iLrn.

 Your score at the end of each chapter for both the Workbook and Lab Manual will be the
recorded grade. Check to make sure you have typed the proper accent marks and spelled
items correctly, used plural or singular words as necessary, etc. You can go back and
resubmit your answers as many times as you like to improve your score.
Oral Communication Assessments

Each student must complete one in-class presentation of approximately 10-12 sentences on a
topic treated in one of the chapters covered in the course and which includes recently studied
vocabulary and structures.

Each student must also complete one oral interview/conversation addressing one or more topics
covered in the course and including appropriate vocabulary and structures.

Students are advised to prepare for the interviews using recommended activities from the text
and supplementary materials but they are not to prepare a script. More information regarding
instructions for both of these assignments as well as the grading rubric will be distributed during
the course.

The course attendance policy also applies to these assignments - no late or make-up work will be
accepted without a documented excused absence as defined by the University.

A schedule will be made available to students during the semester to select a date to complete the
Conversation and Presentation assessments. Any conflicts you have with your assigned times
due to an emergency situation should be discussed with the instructor as soon as possible.
Otherwise, you will be expected to complete your assessment on the scheduled date/time.

Final Exam

Students in FLS 201 will take a common final exam. The final exam has two parts: a listening
comprehension section and a written section. Both sections will be taken on the University-
assigned final exam day. See the course schedule for date/time of the final exam.

The university policies and procedures regarding final exams are outlined here:
http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/courses_undergrad/REG02.20.14.php; instructors
and students must follow all policies.

An "Expectation Sheet" which provides students with the format of the final exam will be
available the last week of classes.

Academic Integrity
All instructors of foreign languages at NC State take very seriously the principle of academic
integrity. (See sections 7-13 of the Code of Student Conduct, accessible from the web site of the
Office of Student Conduct.) Regardless of discipline, honest and rigorous scholarship is at the
foundation of a Research I institution. You are expected to have read the entire NCSU Code of
Student Conduct.

You and your instructor will follow both the spirit and letter of the code. You will have the
opportunity to attest to this explicitly in writing on several occasions, however by turning in any
assignment, you are attesting to that work being your own, and completed according to the honor
code. It is not possible, nor should it be necessary, to list all acceptable and unacceptable
behaviors associated with a foreign language class but it should be clear that copying from
another student, using an electronic or online translator, consulting with an individual who has
skills in the language and engaging in other similar activities related to work that is submitted as
your own are strictly prohibited. Although you must complete and turn in your own work, you
are encouraged to work with others in preparing and completing many of the course assignments
(quizzes, compositions, and tests being the principal exceptions). Your instructor will indicate
which assignments may not be completed together.

Note: The copying or sharing of answers, from another student or from an answer key, etc., is
not WORKING together and is in violation of the honor code. Also, during testing, looking at
another student's test/quiz is also in violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Also, during
testing, looking at another student's test/quiz is also in violation of the Code of Student Conduct
for these courses. See Guidelines for Working with a Tutor for additional information.

Students with Disabilities


Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. Please register
with the Disability Services Office at Suite 1900 Student Health Center, 2815 Cates Avenue,
Phone (919) 515-7653. If you already have an accommodation letter from DSO, please schedule
an appointment with me to discuss.

Class Evaluations
Online class evaluations will be available for students to complete during the last week of class.
All evaluations are confidential; instructors will never know how any one student responded to
any question, and students will never know the ratings for any particular instructors.

Evaluation website: https://classeval.ncsu.edu


Student help desk: classeval@ncsu.edu
More information about ClassEval: http://upa.ncsu.edu/eval/clev/students-info