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Spanish 2301 – Spring 2012
Course Description Bienvenidos to Spanish 2301! This is the third three-credit course of the Spanish Language Program. It has been designed for students of Spanish as a Second Language who have successfully completed the previous Spanish courses or have been placed through the Spanish placement exam. This class follows a communicative approach: from the first day of class you will use Spanish to interact with your instructor and classmates in meaningful contexts. By the end of this course you will have a general knowledge of the Spanish vocabulary and grammar, and you will be able to communicate effectively in Spanish according to this level. Textbooks and materials 1. Pérez-Gironés & Adán-Lifante. 2009. Más. Español Intermedio. McGraw Hill. [Package available at the UH bookstore. The package contains: textbook + access code for Centro Online Workbook. *If the book is used, you need to acquire the access code for Centro separately]. 2. English-Spanish Dictionary 3. Access to UH Blackboard course site Learning outcomes 1. Students will develop communicative competence at the intermediate level through the enhancement of listening and speaking skills in Spanish, which will allow them to communicate with confidence in different type of common interactions. 2. Students will demonstrate advanced intermediate competence in reading and writing in Spanish, through daily reading activities and writing assignments that will require analytical and critical skills. 3. Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of Spanish grammar at the advanced intermediate level; in addition, they will be introduced to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and its people. Grading system: Attendance and participation Homework Oral activities Written activities Quizzes Tests Final oral assessment Final Grade:
University of Houston Grading Scale A 93-100 B 83-86 A90-92 B80-82 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79
10% 10% 14% (1 recorded interview x 7% + 1 oral situation x 7%) 10% (2 essays x 5% ) 10% (2 x 5%) 30% (3 x 10%) 16% 100%
73-76 70-72 67-69
63-66 60-62 below 60
Note: A minimum passing grade of C- is required for enrollment in the next Spanish level class, SPAN2302.
You are responsible for contacting other classmates to obtain any information discussed in the event of class missed. daily attendance is essential. Your instructor will assign different activities during the semester which count as other 5%. You should not make travel/employment plans that interfere with classes or exams since make-up exams cannot be made in order to accommodate such plans. You will utilize vocabulary and grammar structures you have learned in the course. This course requires completion of daily online assignments (detailed on the tentative schedule) and represents a 5% of the HW grade. but do not attend the course you are responsible for following the withdrawing procedures or an ‘F’ will be entered as your final grade for this class.uh. We invite you to take advantage of the possibility of practicing the language in class. More than nine hours of unexcused absences per semester will result in a zero participation /attendance grade. You can use the Language Acquisition Center (AH 310-311) to do your online homework. Oral Activities. Students who fail to submit a written request will not be considered for accommodations. band members and members of other university sanctions should bring a letter from their supervisor or specific department during the first week of class indicating the dates they will miss class. Your oral skills in Spanish will be assessed three times during the semester. Course Workload Homework (La tarea) The development of the language skills requires daily practice. A comprehensive oral assessment will be held at the end of the semester . If you are registered. Attendance to each session is required. Student athletes. Late homework is not accepted. Attendance to scheduled sessions. and you will receive a grade for your participation. Incomplete homework will not be given a mark. appropriate to the course. All homework should be completed by the date indicated on the tentative schedule. Students who require special accommodations for religious holidays should make arrangements with their instructor during the first week of class. You must score at least 75% in your online HW to earn a grade for your work. To receive these special accommodations. II.Student’s Responsibilities I. Your instructor will evaluate your participation level twice per semester. Students with recognized disabilities will be provided reasonable accommodations. you must request the specific accommodations by submitting them to the instructor in writing during the first week of class. Please visit www. Taking active part in this course is fundamental for your success. Active Participation in sessions In class participation provides one of the best opportunities to develop your Spanish communicative skills.edu/csd for more information. First you will complete a recorded interview using the Wimba system. III. upon documentation of disability with a Student Accommodation Form from the Center for Students with Disabilities. To derive the utmost benefit from this class. A second oral assessment will consist of a group activity (2-3 students) based on real-life dialogues.
ñ ) No late writing activity will be accepted. Students requiring special testing accommodations must provide documentation to the instructor during the first week of class. exams and quizzes must be your own work. You may not seek tutoring or any other kind of help for the writing activities. Final version will be submitted through Turnitin in your class BlackBoard All writing activities must be typed. even if it is your own work. Use of translation devices or services to complete a writing task is not allowed either. Sickness without a Dr. Make ups will be given after the test date. and implementation of sanctions as stated in the Student Code of Conduct. using Spanish characters (á. doubled spaced. NOTE: if during a session you use your cell phone. Tardiness: Your instructor may deny admission to students who arrive 15 minutes late. Any behavior considered disruptive or that does not contribute positively to the learning environment of the class will be sanctioned as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.Writing activities: During the semester you will present two 250/300-word compositions on one of the topics discussed in class. . justifiable documentation for your absence. ú. chewing or smoking is allowed in the classroom. ó. Any violation of this policy will result in expulsion from the class. writing assignments. No make-ups will be considered without written. All writings are to be your own work. V. Absence from Tests: If you will be absent from an exam or quiz. 12 pt font. No eating. This means that homework assignments. All writing activities will be submitted through Turnitin in your class BlackBoard. You may not submit a writing project or essay already submitted in another class for a grade. Please check the schedule for deadlines. grammar and reading materials covered in class. Make-ups are given the week following the missed test. Any assignment in this course is to be original work. Violations of the Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. Presenting previously submitted material for this or other classes will be considered a violation of the Academic Honesty code of conduct. Tests and quizzes: There will be two short quizzes and three chapters’ exams on vocabulary. A final oral exam will be held at the end of this course. you will be asked to leave the classroom and you will receive an ‘absent’ for the session. you must contact the Instructor or Coordinator for your class at least a week in advance. é. You must provide written documentation for any absence before a make-up is authorized. Your instructor may request a hard copy of all the activities leading up to the final version of the writing activity. This constitutes a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy. No Extra Credit is available for this course. í. Dates are indicated in the tentative schedule and may be modified depending on the course needs. ‘Preexisting travel plans’ are not considered a reasonable cause for missing an Exam or Quiz. only your instructor is authorized to give such help. Important Class Policies Your cell phone must be turned off and stored away.’s excuse is not considered reasonable cause for make-up authorization.
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