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Summer 2012

SPANISH 051

Syllabus

mayo 21 - junio 15

60182 Intermediate Language Study I section (3 credits) Horario: lunes / martes / mircoles / jueves 1:00-3:45 Saln de clase: Deleha 219 (Trinity Campus: see map online) Instructora: Lourdes de Dios Oficina: Waterman Room 501 Telfono: 656-3582 Correo electrnico: lourdes.de-dios@uvm.edu Hora de oficina: after class Course description Spanish 051 is a course designed to provide a communicative learning experience that works to expand students' ability to interact with others successfully in Spanish. To achieve this goal we will devote approximately half of our time to grammar and vocabulary review. The other half we will concentrate on activities geared toward helping students develop the use of Spanish in their own lives both inside and outside the classroom through the development of successful reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills. Students should have a prior knowledge of these verb tenses: preterite, imperfect, subjunctive (present and past), present perfect, present pluperfect, conditional, commands, and future. The University of Vermont respects the Department of Education's definition of a credit hour: for every hour spent in a classroom, a student is expected to complete approximately 2 hours of coursework outside of it. Thus, in SPAN 051, a 3-credit course, a student should expect to work at least 6 hours a week outside of the classroom. Course objectives Upon completion of Span 051, student: will express personal opinions and ideas in spoken Spanish will write short essays expressing and explaining a point of view will summarize the main topics or themes of short texts/videos in Spanish will develop greater cultural awareness of Spanish speaking countries/communities will increase mastery of Spanish grammar structures Course Materials: Texto: Punto y Aparte Fourth Edition. Foerster and Lambright ISBN # 978-0-07-735021-5 Spanish/English Dictionary Sitios de la red (websites): www.wordreference.com (diccionario) www.spanishclassroom.com www.elmaeagles.com/spanish.htm www.drlemon.com/Grammar101.html www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_verb_chart

Grade Breakdown: 1 Examen 3 Pruebas Participacin y asistencia Tarea Presentaciones 2 composiciones 1 Examen oral 20 15 15 10 15 20 5

Exam (20%) The exam will include chapters 1-4. There will be NO make-up tests in this class unless a medical, religious, or other official excuse is presented in writing. It is your responsibility to check carefully the exam dates on this syllabus in order to avoid foreseeable conflicts. Pruebas (15%) There will be 3 quizzes. There will be NO make-up quizzes in this class unless a medical, religious, or other official excuse is presented in writing. Class participation, absences, and late arrivals a. Participation (15%) In the SPAN 051 classroom, active and constructive class participation is a requirement. Speaking a foreign language with proficiency is an acquired skill that entails consistent practice and self-discipline. In this class, active participation includes volunteering answers, answering questions accurately; staying on task in pair and group work, and respecting the classroom environment rules (see VI below). Study abroad programs always ask language professors to write about a student's maturity and openness to cultural differences in letters of recommendation; excellence in class performance translates into a convincing and positive letter of recommendation. b. Absences Since the emphasis of class is communicative proficiency, particularly speaking and listening comprehension, most of the class time will be spent using the language not talking about it, therefore, class attendance is a requirement. This course is 16 DAYS ! If you are absent without a doctors note your grade will decrease your overall grade by a plus or minus (for example B will drop to a B-). Please make sure to notify your instructor ahead of time in the event of an excused absence (e.g., medical reasons). c. Late arrivals Three (3) late arrivals equal one absence in this course.

Tarea (10%) You must respect your instructors homework guidelines. All assignments must follow the University of Vermont Code of Academic Integrity (see V below) and show an authentic commitment to language learning. Please use high-quality dictionaries, avoid automatic translators, and carefully review your work. Late homework WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Examen oral (5%) The oral exam is designed to evaluate speaking and listening skills. You will receive more detailed information about this exam and its assessment. There will be NO make-ups for the oral exam without a written medical, religious or other official excuse. Missed oral exams will automatically receive a zero. Composiciones (20%) There will be 2 compositions throughout the semester. One you will write at home, the other one you will write in class. I will give the topics during the semester. There will be NO make-ups for any composition without a written medical, religious or other official excuse. Presentaciones (15%)

These will be done in small groups (approx. 3 students per group), focusing on a Spanishspeaking country or region that they would like to learn more about. There will be various activities relating to this project over the course of the semester. At the end of the semester, each group will do a Power Point presentation about their topic. This will be turned in (via attachment or CD) along with a list of reference materials used. Each student will also submit a short reflection on their own contribution to the project and what they learned through the experience. The grade on the final project will take into account all of the above activities. There will be NO make-ups for these presentations without a written medical, religious or other official excuse.

Grading scale used in all Romance Languages and Linguistics courses at UVM A+ = 100-98% A = 97-94% A- = 93-90% B+= 89-87% B = 86-84% B- = 83-80% C+= 79-77% C = 76-74% C- = 73-70% D+ = 69-67% D = 66-64% D- = 63-60% F = 59- 0%

V.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT:

It is plagiarism to present another's ideas or words as your own. In a foreign language classroom, this includes computer-based translations. If you have questions when preparing a composition or other graded assignment, please ask your instructor. Do not have someone else correct your writing for you before turning it in for a grade. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and can result in a failing grade or worse. The University of Vermont has a Code of Academic Integrity addressing not only plagiarism, but also fabrication, collusion, and cheating in exams (see: www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf). Any suspected violations of the code are taken very seriously and will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards for further investigation.

VI.

THE 051 CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT EXPECTATIONS:

It is expected that students will be fully engaged in SPAN 051 daily class activities. Leaving the classroom without permission or holding conversations during class discussion will not be tolerated. The use of electronic equipment (iPods, iPads, computers, or telephones) during class will significantly reduce your class participation grade, whether your instructor speaks to you about it or not. Being courteous in class creates a good working and learning environment for everyone.

VII.

STUDENT LEARNING ACCOMODATIONS:

In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizing accommodations should contact ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on campus (www.uvm.edu/access).

VIII.

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS:

UVM's policy: "Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Each student is held responsible for knowledge and observance of these rules and regulations, including those concerned with academic honesty."

IX. RESOURCES FOR LANGUAGE STUDENTS: A.The Language Resource Center at the University of Vermont: www.uvm.edu/~uvmlrc B. Free tutoring at the Learning Cooperative: www.uvm.edu/learnco C. Bailey & Howe Library Media Collections D. Scola: UVM has a subscription to SCOLA, the international television service: www.scola.org. To access SCOLA, use the following information: User Id : VermontU10 Password: Catamounts