SPAN 1010 • Spring 2013 12:30 AM - 1:20 PM MWF • EH 104


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


  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 and Objectives

        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.






  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


• 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.


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 each Monday, as indicated in the calendar. To make these recordings, go to "" open SPAN 1010 and click on the appropriate log.
There will be a number of fairly short writing assignments.
You can see the rubric for the grading of written assignments here.


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.
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.
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.
The final exam will be administered at the scheduled time during finals week, Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 - 11:20, in our usual room, EH 115.

Some rules and other information


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


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 . 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

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: -- This is one of the most complete dictionaries of the Spanish language, including Spain and Latin America.
Word Reference (English/Spanish, etc.): -- 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.



• 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 class on Jan. 14.
• 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.




1 7 Jan. Introductions and welcome  
  9 Jan.

Chapter 1: Ante Todo
Greetings and courtesy
The alphabet

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

Text pp. 8-13
First AudioLog
30 se

2 14 Jan. Likes and dislikes
Telling time
Text pp. 14-17
  16 Jan. Aquí se habla español
La geografía
Text pp. 10--21
  18 Jan. Actividades y práctica Audio Log 2
45 Sec
3 21 Jan. Martin Luther King Holiday--NO CLASS  
  23 Jan. First chapter assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 1 activites before today.
  25 Jan. Chapter 2: En la universidad
Classroom vocabulary
Academic subjects
Text pp. 26-30
Audio L
og 3
1 minute
4 28 Jan. Dipthongs and linking
Nouns and articles--gender and number
Text pp. 31-37
  30 Jan. -AR verbs and subject pronous Text pp. 38-44
  1 Feb. Questions Text pp. 45-49
Log 4
1 minute
5 4 Feb. Los Estados Unidos de América Text pp. 52-53
  6 Feb. Actividades y práctica  
  8 Feb. Actividades y práctica Audio Log 5
1 m
6 11 Feb. Second chapter assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 2 activites before today.
  13 Feb. Chapter 3: La familia
Family vocabulary
Text pp. 60-61
  15 Feb. Numbers 31-100
Adjective endings
Text pp. 62-71
io Log 6
2 minutes
7 18 Feb. Presidents' Day Holiday--NO CLASS  
  20 Feb. The verb SER
Posesssive Adjectives
Text pp. 72-80
  22 Feb. -ER and -IR verbs and pronouns

Text pp. 80-87
Audio Log 7
2 min

8 25 Feb. México Text pp. 90-91
  27 Feb. Actividades y práctica  
  1 Mar. Actividades y práctica Audio Log 8
2 minut
  Spring Break: 4-8 March
9 11 Mar. Third chapter assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 3 activites before today.
  13 Mar. Chapter 4: De compras
Numbers 100+
Text pp. 98-106
  15 Mar. Demonstratives Text pp. 107-110
Audio Log 9

2 minutes
10 18 Mar. Some irregular verbs Text pp. 111-115
  20 Mar. The verb IR + a + infinitive Text pp. 116-119
  22 Mar. Guatemala y Honduras Text pp. 122-123
Audio Log 10

2 minu
11 25 Mar. Actividades y práctica  
  27 Mar. Actividades y práctica  
  29 Mar.

National Debate Tournament--NO CLASS

  Audio Log 11
2 minutes
12 1 Apr. Fourth chapter assessment Complete CONNECT Ch. 4 activites before today.
  3 Apr. Chapter 5: En casa
The house and furniture
Days of the week
Text pp. 130-134
  5 Apr. Southwest Conference on Language Teaching--NO CLASS (the instructor will be at a conference for language teachers)
  Audio Log 12
3 minutes
13 8 Apr. Prepositions of time
A few more irregular verbs
Text pp. 134-141
  10 Apr. Stem changing verbs Text pp. 142-146
  12 Apr. Reflexives Text pp. 147-153
Audio Log 13
3 minutes
14 15 Apr. El Salvador y Nicaragua Text pp. 156-157
  17 Apr. Actividades y práctica  
  19 Apr. Actividades y práctica Audio Log 14
3 minutes
  22 Apr.

Repaso para el examen final


  24 abril Final Exam: Wednesday, 1:00-2:50 Complete CONNECT Ch. 5 activites before today.