Intermediate Spanish – Spring 2008

FLS 203 - Valparaiso University

 

 

Professor:  J. Kubaszyk                                                                                     Phone:  219-393-4200

Office:  Meier 113                                                                                             E-mail:  senork@ststans.us

Office Hours:  By appointment                                                                                      

Website:  http://www.ststans.us/myspanishclass

 

 

Required Texts

HORIZONTES:  Repaso y Conversación, 5th edition, Gilman / Levy-Konesky / Daggett

 

Un diccionario bilingue, español e inglés

 

Course Description

The emphasis in this course is placed on the five basic skills:  listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture.  You will get a complete review of skills as well as new information to help you communicate with others in Spanish and to strengthen your command of grammar and vocabulary.  You will also be helped to better understand both literary and non-literary written Spanish, and to strengthen your writing ability.

 

Horizontes, the textbook, will provide intermediate learners with the tools necessary to travel beyond the novice stage toward competencies needed for success in advanced linguistics, culture, and literature courses.  The essential proficiency goal of Horizontes is the ability to speak Spanish in a natural, creative and authentically communicative manner.

 

 

PREPARATION FOR COURSE WORK:

In order to be successful in this course, it is essential that you come to class on a regular basis.  We will cover a lot of material each session and in order to keep up, attendance is imperative.  

 

Along the same lines, it is equally important to make sure you keep up on your assignments, quizzes and tests.  If you really want to learn Spanish, it cannot be done by “cramming” the night before an exam.  Spend some time each day reviewing and studying, and only through this type of repeated practice will you come to master this language.

 

Participation in class activities is crucial.  If you are one who does not like to speak, get involved in a class or interact with others, it will be extremely difficult for you to be successful in this course.  Learning language demands interaction with others, and therefore, you will be expected to take part in all class activities.

 

LATE ASSIGNMENTS / MISSED CLASSES:

All quizzes/tests need be taken and assigned work needs to be turned in on the date listed on the syllabus.  Late assignments are not accepted.  There are no make-ups for missed quizzes or missed assignments; making up a missed test will be at the discretion of the instructor, based on the validity of the reason for the absence. 

 

EXTRA CREDIT:  Is open to all students via Señor K’s website, but it will not be available or accepted until after the first test.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY:

“Any act of deceit, falsehood or stealing by unethically copying or using someone else’s work in an academic situation is strictly prohibited.  A student found guilty of plagiarism or cheating will receive an “F” (zero) for that

particular paper, assignment or exam. 

 

CELL PHONES:

Cell phones must be turned off and stowed in book bags during class.  Any student using a cell phone for any reason (without permission) will be asked to leave the class and an unexcused absence will be recorded.  Students using cell phones during exams or graded activities may be cited for cheating (at professor’s discretion).  In the case of expected emergencies, students may seek permission from the professor to leave their cell phones on during class, but the phone must remain in the book bag.  Professors reserve the right to have operational cell phones in class.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS:

In accordance with the provision of the ADA, if you require any special assistance or adaptations in this course, please contact the professor immediately.

 

COURSE GRADE DETERMINATION: 

To eliminate any confusion regarding how grades will be determined in this course, the following information is being provided.  If you have any questions or concerns, please see me.

 

POINTS:

Attendance/Participation = 15% of the overall course grade

34 class sessions x 5 points each

 

Internet Quizzes and Vocab Quizzes = 25% of your overall course grade                   

10 Internet quizzes x 20 points each

17 Vocab quizzes x 20 points each

 

Class Assignments = 15% of your overall course grade          

There will be approx. 10 to 15 class assignments with varying amounts of possible points.

 

 Exams = 30% of your overall course grade

2 Oral exam conversations x 100 pts. each

3 Written exams x 100 points each

 

Final Exam = 15% of your overall course grade        

1 Final exam x 200 points 

 

GRADING SCALE:

A range            (100% - 94% = A, 93% - 90% = A-)

B range (89% - 87% = B+, 86% - 84% = B, 83% - 80% = B-)

C range (79% - 77% = C+, 76% - 74% = C, 73% - 70% = C-)

D range (69% - 67% = D+, 66% - 64% = D, 63% - 60% = D-)

F  range (59% - 00%)

 

VOCAB QUIZZES are conducted on the days indicated.  All vocab quizzes follow this format:

1)      1)      The instructor says the words aloud in class. (Words are said aloud more than once)

2)      2)      The student writes down the words which the instructor says in Spanish

3)      3)      The student writes down the English translation for the words the instructor says in Spanish.

4)      4)      If a word has two spelling errors within it, it is counted as incorrect.

5)      5)      The vocab quizzes are worth 20 pts. each

6)      6)      There are no make-ups for vocab quizzes.

 

Below are the word lists for each quiz:

 

Quiz #1             P. 4, all bold print words under the “Para presentar a alguien” section.

                        P. 5, all bold print words under the following sections:  “Para conocer a alguien”,

“Al entrar en una oficina”, and “Al recibir a alguien en su casa”.

 

Quiz #2             P. 5, all bold print words under the following sections:  “Para solicitar información”,

“Para solicitar (pedir) ayuda”, “ Para pedir disculpas o pedir permiso para pasar o

interrumpir” and “Para despedirse”.

 

Quiz #3             P. 42, all bold print words under the “El (La) agente de viajes” section.

P. 43, all bold print words under the “El (La) turista” section.

 Quiz #4            PP. 43-44, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “En la aduana”,

“En la estación del ferrocarril”, and “En el hotel”.

 

Quiz #5             P. 87, all the bold print words under the sections:“La rutina personal” and “Requisitos para ser

estudiante”.

 

Quiz #6             P. 87, all the bold print words under the following sections:  , and “Los estudios”, “Las tareas del

professor” and “Las tareas del estudiante”.

 

Quiz #7             P. 88, all the bold print words under all the red, bold type headings.

 

Quiz #8             P. 122, all the bold print words under the “La casa” section.

                        P. 123, all the bold print words under the “El dormitorio” section.

 

Quiz #9             P. 123, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “La sala”, “El baño”,

and “El comedor”.

 

Quiz #10           PP. 123-124, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “La cocina y los electrodomésticos”, “El equipo audiovisual y de sonido” and “La familia”.

 

Quiz #11           P. 157, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “Vocabulario relacionado con banqueros”, “Los préstamos” and “Las personas”.

 

Quiz #12           PP. 192-193, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “En el consultorio

(la sala de consulta) del médico (doctor)” and “Los síntomas de las enfermedades y los medicamentos”.

 

Quiz #13           P. 193, all the word in the box under the “Las partes del cuerpo” section.

 

Quiz #14           P. 227, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “Carnes y pescados (Meats and fish)” and “Frutas y verduras (Fruits and vegetables)”.

 

Quiz #15           P. 262-263, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “Geografía física”, “Los fenómenos naturales” and “La población”.

 

Quiz #16           PP. 300-301, all the bold print words under the section:  “Las fiestas familiares y nacionales”.

 

Quiz #17           PP. 338-339, all the bold print words under the following sections:  “El teléfono”, and “La oficina de correos”.

 

CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:  These are given in class.  They are collected by the instructor at the end of the class, on the day they are due, for credit.  Late assignments are not accepted and there are no make-ups for missed assignments, unless you have an official medical release/note.

 

INTERNET QUIZZES:  These quizzes are due on or before the date indicated on the weekly course outline if you want to receive full credit consideration.  Late INTERNET quizzes are not accepted.  In order to complete the INTERNET quizzes, go to the following website address, or connect directly via out class website:  http://www.ststans.us/myspanishclass

 

 http://jws-edcv.wiley.com/college/bcs/redesign/student/0,,_0471476005_BKS_2100____,00.html

 

  1. On the left hand side you will see under the heading, Browse By Resource, the links to Quizzes and Internet Activities.
  2. Click on Quizzes.
  3. Once you do so, you will be able to select the Lección you wish to complete.
  4. When you complete the quiz, click on the GRADE THE TEST button at the bottom of the page where the quiz ends.  Your results will appear.  Once they do, print the quiz results by copying the page and pasting it into an MS WORD document and then print the docement with your results.  Staples the pages together and be sure to write your name and class info at the top of the first page.  Turn it in to your instructor at class on or before the due date.

 

Due dates for Internet Quizzes:

 

Feb.            05         Turn in Internet Quizzes Lección 1, 2, and 3

Mar.           28         Turn in Internet Quizzes Lección 4, 5, and 6

Apr.           29         Turn in Internet Quizzes Lección 7, 8, 9 and 10

 

ORAL EXAM:  Each student is required to take two oral exams, which will involve reading a short passage for the instructor and answering Spanish questions about the passage in Spanish.  Students will receive specific information regarding how to prepare for this exam.  There are three dates in the daily course schedule which have been set a side for each  exam.  Each student will sign up for one of the three dates for each exam in order to take his/her oral exams.  On the dates listed as oral exam dates, students are only to come to class on the date they have been assigned to take their oral exam.

 

TESTS:  There will be three tests given during the semester.  A study guide will be posted on our course website prior to each test and will specifically outline the main material which will be covered on the exam.

 

FINAL EXAM:  A final exam will be given at the end of the course and there will also be a study guide posted on the course website.

 

Daily Course Schedule

(This schedule is subject to change as deemed necessary by the instructor)

           

Jan.      10         Course introduction and begin Lección 1

Jan.      11         Lección 1 

 

Jan.      15         Lección 1, take vocab quiz #1

Jan.      17         Lección 1 

Jan.      18         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

 

Jan.      22         Lección 2, take vocab quiz #2

Jan.      24         Lección 2

Jan.      25         Lección 2, take vocab quiz #3

 

Jan.      29         Lección 3, take vocab quiz #4

Jan.      31         Lección 3

Feb.      01         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

 

Feb.      05         Take Exam #1, turn in Internet Quizzes for Lección 1, 2 and 3

Feb.      07         Lección 4

Feb.      08         Lección 4, take vocab quiz #5

 

Feb.      12         Lección 4, take vocab quiz #6

Feb.      14         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

Feb.      15         Lección 5

 

Feb.      19         Lección 5, take vocab quiz #7, distribute midterm oral exam information

Feb.      21         Lección 5, take vocab quiz #8   

Feb.      22         Lección 6, take vocab quiz #9

 

Feb.      26         Midterm Oral Exam Opportunity #1

Feb.      28         Midterm Oral Exam Opportunity #2

Feb.      29         Midterm Oral Exam Opportunity #3

 

Mar.     04-14    No classes – Spring Break

 

Mar.     18         Lección 6, take vocab quiz #10

Mar.     20         Lección 6

Mar.     21         No class - Good Friday

 

Mar.     25         Lección 7, take vocab quiz #11

Mar.     27         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

Mar.     28         Take Exam #2, turn in Internet Quizzes for Lección 4, 5 and 6 

 

Apr.     01         Lección 7, take vocab quiz #12

Apr.     03         Lección 7

Apr.     04         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

 

Apr.     08         Lección 8, take vocab quiz #13

Apr.     10         Lección 8

Apr.     11         Lección 8, take vocab quiz #14

 

Apr.     15         Lección 9, take vocab quiz #15

Apr.     17         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

Apr.     18         Lección 9, take vocab quiz #16

 

Apr.     22         Lección 10, take vocab quiz #17

Apr.     24         Lección 10,distribute final oral exam information

Apr.     25         No regular class – Time allotted to complete Internet Quizzes

 

Apr.     29         Take Exam #3, turn in Internet Quizzes for Lección 7, 8, 9 and 10, distribute final written exam

information 

May     01         Final Oral Exam opportunity #1

May     02         Final Oral Exam opportunity #2

 

May     06         Final Oral Exam opportunity #3

 

Final Written Exam - TBA