BETHEL COLLEGE

Conversational Spanish - 267   ~  Course Syllabus  ~  Spring 2008 / 2nd 7 WEEKS

 

Instructor:  Sr. J. Kubaszyk                                Course Time:  Tuesdays / Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Room:   TBA                                                    Office:    N/A

Office Hours:  Before or after class                   Phone:  219-393-4200 (THIS IS A NEW NUMBER)

E-Mail:  senork@ststans.us

 

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

 

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS:

 

SPANISH VERBS TENSES

SPANISH PRONOUNS AND PREPOSITIONS

A Spanish - English Dictionary

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Successful completion of Spanish 261 or approval of placement by instructor

 

COURSE OVERVIEW:

The goal of Spanish 267 is to begin to gain proficiency in conversational Spanish.  We will continue to work in all areas, listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Speaking and understanding abilities are developed through comprehension and communication exercises, in other words, studying and most importantly, practice. 

 

CULTURAL ASPECTS:

In this course, you will be exposed to some cultural aspects with regards to the Spanish language.  Spanish is the official language in at least 20 countries; therefore, it is only obvious that these countries will provide as many as 20 different cultural aspects.  Through these experiences you should come to better understand the differences between Hispanic and English speakers.

 

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:

Making up any missed coursework for credit 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 Seρor 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.  Should this occur, the professor will have an interview with the student and will submit a written report of the incident to the academic dean.

 

If a second offense should occur, the student will be asked to appear before the professor, the academic dean and the vice president for student development.  The student should realize that at this point continuation in a course and even his/her academic career may be in jeopardy.  In the event of a recommendation for dismissal, the matter shall be referred to the Student Development Committee.” (Bethel Student Handbook, page 156)

 

CELL PHONES:

Cell phones must be turned off during class, unless there is some specific emergency related need for it to be on.

 

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…………………………………………..10% of your final course grade

10 class sessions x 50 points each………………………………        100 pts.

 

Workbook Assignments…………………………………………………20% of your final course grade                       

6 workbook assignments x 100 points each…………………………….600pts.

 

Vocab Quizzes……………………………………………………..25% of your final course grade

4 quizzes x 50 points each……………………………………….         200 pts.

 

Tests……………………………………………………………….25% of your final course grade

3 tests x 100 points each…………………………………………300 pts.

 

Cultural Units……………………………………….…………….20% of your final course grade

3 projects x 33 points each………………………………………..100 pts.

 

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

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

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

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

5)      The vocab quizzes are worth 50 pts. each

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

 

Below are the word lists for each quiz – They will all be from the textbook.

 

Quiz #1  LA CIUDAD packet

Quiz #2  EL PARQUE packet

Quiz #3  EL TRANSPORTE packet

Quiz #4  LA OFICINA packet

 

CULTURAL UNITS….Specific information regarding the three cultural projects students will do will be distributed to student in class.

 

 

Weekly Course Schedule from March 27th to the end of the term.

 

 

Mar.  27:           Reading, Q and A over reading assignment #2

Vocabulary/Grammar review with Q and A

                        Vocab quiz #2

                        Issue reading assignment #3

 

Apr.  01:           Reading, Q and A over reading assignment #3

Vocabulary/Grammar review with Q and A

Issue Cultural Project #2

 

Apr.  03:           Time allotted to complete Cultural Project #2

 

Apr.  08:           Time allotted to complete Cultural Project #2 (Faith and Don out of town)

 

Apr.  10:           SPANISH EXCURSION – RESTAURANT / STORE (Faith and Don out of town…Brent, Carlitos and SRK will still meet)

 

Apr. 15:            Test #2 - (will consist of questions to answer over a short reading)

Show evidence of having completed pp. 101-131 in the green workbook

Show evidence of having completed pp. 20-45 in the red workbook

                        Vocab quiz #3

Issue reading assignment #4

Turn in Cultural Project #2

Issue Cultural Project #3

 

Apr.  17:           Time allotted to complete Cultural Project #3

 

Apr.  22:           Reading, Q and A over reading assignment #54

Vocabulary/Grammar review with Q and A

                        Vocab quiz #4

 

Apr. 24             Test #3 – TBD

                        Turn in Cultural Project #3

Show evidence of having completed pp. 132-150 in the green workbook

Show evidence of having completed pp. 46-87 in the red workbook