SPAN 1010 • Fall 2013 CALENDAR 8:30 AM - 9:20 PM MWF • EH 118

FIRST SEMESTER SPANISH

Prof. Tom Mathews
Office: EH 420
Office Hours: 10:30-11:30 daily, or by appointment
Office Phone: 801 626-6345
Email: tmathews@weber.edu
   

Prerequisites

 
  This is an introductory course assuming no significant previous experience with the language.
  Students reared in a Spanish speaking home or community, or those with extensive residence in such a community (such as returned LDS missionaries) and native speakers of Spanish may not take this class. Please contact the instructor or the Department of Foreign Languages for options, including ways to receive credit for this class.
   

Course Overview

        The principal aims of this beginning-level Spanish langauge course are to develp communicative skills and to acquire inter-disciplinary knowledge by following the National Standards in foreign language learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.
      You will notice that each chapter is organized around a cultural and practical theme, with vocabulary, grammar, and culture working together as an interactive unit. In this course, Spanish will be the only communication tool and authentic materials will be used as much as possible.
      Finally, the course requires continuous and independent work out of the classroom to consolidate the knowledge and linguistic skills developed during class time. There is a lot of material to conver, meaning that the pace of the course may feel fast at times. If we all work together on a daily basis, you will have a successful outcome at the end of the semester.
      Specifically, students in Spanish 1010 will be able to do the following:
 

Greet and say hello, introduce themselves.
Describe themselves and others: express likes and dislikes.
Talk about what they and their friends study at the university; tell when and where they have classes.
Discuss their families and describe members of their families.
Describe their clothing and tell where they buy it, when and where they wear it, and how they care for it.
Talk about their homes including furnishings and different rooms.
Tell others about activities they engage in.
Comment on the weather and on weather patterns in various parts of the world.

 

Objectives

Evidences

  1. Converse in oral Spanish  
    Listening: students will understand spoken Spanish at the Novice Mid level (see ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines).  

Apropriate physical or written responses to oral cues
Oral interviews
Oral production during class and on exams
Comprehension exercises in the CONNECT lab manual

    Speaking: students will produce oral language and interact with other speakers at the Novice Mid level.   Apropriate oral responses to written or spoken cues in class
Oral interviews
Weekly AudioLogs
Recorded exercises in the CONNECT lab manual
  2. Demonstrate limited literacy in Spanish    
    Reading: students will read and understand short texts in Spanish.   Apropriate responses and interaction with written cues in class and in the textbook
Comprehension exercises in the CONNECT workbook
    Writing: students will write some simple description and be able to fill out basic forms.  

Biweekly written homework assignments (generally short description)
Written responses in chapter assessments
Written exercises in the CONNECT workbook

  3. Develope insights into Hispanic cultures    
    Students will interact with the langauge and its culture. They will become aware of cultural and linguistic differences as they relate to the topics presented in class.   Apropriate physical, oral and written responses to cues
Responses to cultural readings in the textbook
   

Textbook

 
  Puntos de partida (9th edition) by Dorwick, M. et al. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2012. (Chapters 1-5)
License for Connect Plus, online activities to accompany Puntos de partida (9th edition).

These materials are available as a bundle at the WSU Bookstore. Since you will only need to buy the first half of the book (Ch. 1-10) the WSU Bookstore may be considerably less expensive.

If you buy them separately, online or elsewhere, make sure you get the correct version and edition.
  ISBN 978-0-07-766147-2 includes both the text and online materials
   

Assignments & Grading

 
 

Your grade in SPAN 1010 will be determined as follows:

• Patricipation, homework and quizzes 25%
• Workbook and lab manual 20%
• Chapter assessments (4 @ 5%) 20%
• Oral assessments (2 @ 10%) 20%
• Final exam 15%

Letter grades will be assigned using this scale:

A 93-100 C 73-76
A- 90-92 C- 70-72
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 83-86 D 63-66
B- 80-82 D- 60-62
C+ 77-79 E 0-59
   

Course Requirements

IN CLASS PERFORMANCE AND PARTICIPATION
 

• Daily attendance is required. Consistent and enthusiastic participation in class is expected. Students who miss class or are habitually late will lose points for attendance, their homework will be late or not accepted and they may miss quizzes, exams or other assignments that cannot be made up.

HOMEWORK
 

WORKBOOK AND LAB MANUAL
Both the workbook and lab manual are online. Students are required to complete all assignments BEFORE the date indicated in the calendar. For details on how to use CONNECT (the online system) please go here.
• Once every week, each student wil record a "log" or "audio journal" complexly in Spanish. These are due before class each Monday; they are indicated in the calendar on Fridays. To make these recordings, go to "canvas.weber.edu" open SPAN 1010 and click on the appropriate log.

 

http://faculty.weber.edu/tmathews/Syllabus/4400FL_files/essay.gifCOMPOSITIONS
There will be a number of fairly short writing assignments.
You can see the rubric for the grading of written assignments here.

QUIZZES AND EXAMS

  QUIZZES
There will be quizzes from time to time throughout the semester. These may be announced or they may not be. They may involve listening comprehension, speaking ability, or reading and writing skills. Quizzes may not be made up due to absence or tardiness.
  CHAPTER ASSESSMENTS
There will be an assessment at the end of each chapter; students will have an opportunity to display their skills at listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  ORAL ASSESSMENTS
Each student will have two oral interviews with the instructor, one at midterm and the other at the end of the semester. These interviews will resemble conversations and will attempt to assess general proficiency—they will not include a laundry list of prepared questions and answers on a prepared or predetermined topic.
You can see the rubric for the grading of oral assessments here.
  FINAL EXAM
The final exam will be administered at the scheduled time during finals week, Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 - 10:20, in our usual room, EH 118.
   

Some rules and other information

 
 

• Even though course materials can be found on "canvas.weber.edu", this is not an on-line class.
• Please send emails to tmathews@weber.edu but bring your homework assignments to class to turn them in.
• Without specific permision, assignments will not be accepted via email.


 

Attendance
Consistent, punctual attendance and enthusiastic participation are necessary to succeed and receive good grades in this class.


Late work & Make up
Course work must be turned in on time and exams taken when scheduled. Assignments are due at the beginning of the period on the day indicated in this syllabus. Things WILL be accepted later that day (after class, in my office - EH 420, or to the department - EH 434) but with one letter grade reduction from what they would otherwise have received. Assignments turned in through the next class period, will be reduced by up to 50%. After that, papers may not be graded. Exceptions to this policy should be arrangned beforehand.


Some Information about Grades
Grade Descriptions
A Note on Curves
If at any time during the semester you want an approximation of your grade, or if after the semester is over, you wish to know what grade you received, email the instructor at tmathews@weber.edu . Include your name and your student ID as well as a request for your grade.


Academic Honesty
It is expected that students will submit their own work. A complete description of cheating and plagiarism can be found in the WSU Student Code (Section IV, Part D, Paragraph 2). Plagiarism will result in failure on an assignment or in the course, depending on its severity. On the other hand, students are encouraged to collaborate on assignments and to have others read their work and give comments and suggestions before turning work in.


Emergency Closure
If for any reason the university is forced to close for an extended period of time, we will conduct our class via e-mail and through Weber online. Look for announcements on your Weber State email account and at canvas.weber.edu.

Students with Disabilities
When students seek accommodation in a regularly scheduled course, they have the responsibility to make such requests at the Center for Students with Disabilities (tel. 626-6413) before the beginning of the semester in which the accommodation is being requested. When a student fails to make such arrangements, interim accommodations can be made by the instructor, pending the determination of the request for a permanent accommodation.


Core Beliefs
Students are to determine, before the last day to drop courses without penalty, if any course requirements conflict with their core beliefs. If there is such a conflict, the student should consider dropping the class. A student who finds this solution impracticable may request a resolution from the instructor. This policy does not oblige the instructor to grant the request, except in those cases when a denial would be arbitrary and capricious or illegal. This request must be made to the instructor in writing and the student must deliver a copy of the request to the office of the department head. The student's request must articulate the burden the requirement would place on the student's beliefs.


Any disclosure by a student, orally or in writing, whether related to class assignments or not, that communicates the possibility of imminent danger to the student or others will be shared with appropriate authorities.

 

Translation and Dictionaries
The use of computer or internet translators (such as Google Translator or Spanish D!ct) will be considered plagiariasm. The use of a translator is almost always very obvious and will result in a failing grade on the assignment.
In this class, you are expected to submit your own work, written in Spanish. Do not write in English and then translate. The result will always be inferior.
Nevertheless, there are several good dictionaries online:
Spanish Academy Dictionary: http://www.rae.es/rae.html -- This is one of the most complete dictionaries of the Spanish language, including Spain and Latin America.
Word Reference (English/Spanish, etc.): http://wordreference.com -- This online resource will translate words between many languages. Especially helpful are the user comments which include discussions on the use and meaning of word and phrases.

     

CALENDAR

• Assignments should be completed soon after class on the day they appear on this calendar. In all circumstances, they must be completed by the next class period. For example, the "Preliminary Auido Log" must be done before 8:30 on Sept 2.
• It is possible that dates for readings, assignments and exams may change.
These changes will be made here on the syllabus and they will also be announced in class.
 

Date

Topic

Assignments

1 Aug. 26 Introductions and welcome  
  Aug. 28

Chapter 1: Ante Todo
Greetings and courtesy
The alphabet
Vowels

Text pp. 4-8
  Aug. 30 Describing yourself and others
Numbers 0-30 y HAY

Text pp. 8-13
First AudioLog
30 se
conds

 
2 Sept. 2 Labor Day Holiday--NO CLASS  
  Sept. 4 Likes and dislikes
Telling time
Text pp. 14-17
  Sept. 6 Aquí se habla español
La geografía

Text pp. 10--21
Audio Log 2
45 Sec
onds

 
3 Sept. 9 Actividades y práctica  
  Sept. 11 First chapter assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 1 activites before today.
  Sept. 13 Chapter 2: En la universidad
Classroom vocabulary
Academic subjects
Text pp. 26-30
Audio L
og 3
1 minute
 
4 Sept. 16 Dipthongs and linking
Nouns and articles--gender and number
Text pp. 31-37
  Sept. 18 -AR verbs and subject pronous Text pp. 38-44
  Sept. 20 Questions Text pp. 45-49
Audio
Log 4
1 minute
 
5 Sept. 23 Los Estados Unidos de América Text pp. 52-53
  Sept. 25 Actividades y práctica  
  Sept. 27 Actividades y práctica Audio Log 5
1 m
inute
 
6 Sept. 30 Second chapter assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 2 activites before today.
  Oct. 2 Chapter 3: La familia
Family vocabulary
Text pp. 60-61
  Oct. 4 Numbers 31-100
Adjective endings
Text pp. 62-71
Aud
io Log 6
2 minutes
 
7 Oct. 7 The verb SER
Posesssive Adjectives
Text pp. 72-80
  Oct. 9 -ER and -IR verbs and pronouns Text pp. 80-87
  Oct. 11 México

Text pp. 90-91
Audio Log 7
2 min
utes

 
8 Oct. 14 Actividades y práctica  
  Oct. 16 Actividades y práctica  
  Oct. 18 Fall Break--NO CLASS Audio Log 8
2 minut
es
 
9 Oct. 21 Entrevistas orales (con horas adicionales) Complete CONNECT Ch. 3 activites before today.
  Oct. 23 Third chapter written assessment  
  Oct. 25 Chapter 4: De compras
Clothing
Colors
Numbers 100+
Text pp. 98-106
Audio Log 9

2 minutes
 
10 Oct. 28 Demonstratives Text pp. 107-110
  Oct. 30 Some irregular verbs Text pp. 111-115
  Nov. 1 The verb IR + a + infinitive Text pp. 116-119
Audio Log 10

2 minu
tes
 
11 Nov. 4 Guatemala y Honduras Text pp. 122-123
  Nov. 6 Actividades y práctica  
  Nov. 8

Actividades y práctica

Audio Log 11
2 minutes

 
12 Nov. 11 Fourth chapter oral assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 4 activites before today.
  Nov. 13 Fourth chapter written assessment  
  Nov. 15

Chapter 5: En casa
The house and furniture
Days of the week

Text pp. 130-134
Audio Log 12
3 minutes

 
13 Nov. 18 Prepositions of time
A few more irregular verbs
Text pp. 134-141
  Nov. 20 Stem changing verbs Text pp. 142-146
  Nov. 22 Reflexives Text pp. 147-153
Audio Log 13
3 minutes
 
14 Nov. 25 El Salvador y Nicaragua Text pp. 156-157
  Nov. 27 Actividades y práctica  
  Nov. 29 Thanksgiving Holiday--NO CLASS Audio Log 14
3 minutes
 
15 Dec. 2 Entrevistas orales (EH 420)  
  Dec. 4 Entrevistas orales (EH 420)  
  Dec. 6 Repaso para el examen final Audio Log 15
3 minutes
 
  Dec. 11 Final Exam: Wednesday, 8:30-10:20 Complete CONNECT Ch. 5 activites before today.