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Elementary Spanish II

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Summer II 2013
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Mondays through Thursday

1234-401: 8:00 am - 10:40 am

1234-402: 12:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Sarah Butler (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives
Learning a second language is a process inextricably connected to the culture or cultures in which the 
language is spoken. Thus, this course focuses on developing students’ Spanish-language proficiency through 
modes of communication that reflect real life communication in the varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking 
world. By employing interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative modes in the target 
language, students will explore the ideas, values, beliefs and other cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking 
peoples across the world and how these aspects work together to affect human experience. By providing 
students with knowledge of a language and culture different from their own, this course contributes to 
preparing students to be productive members of global society as well as to understand and relate with 
people and ideas different from their own. This course’s methodology is based on the Communicative 
Approach to language teaching, which encourages students to interact with the instructor and each other in 
Grading Standards
Attendance (4%) & Participation (6%) 10% Quizzes and Graded Homework 15%
Language Lab Quizzes 10% Exams 45%
Final Comprehensive Exam 20%
Final Exam 08/08/2013 8:00 am and 12:20 pm
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

No late work accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements
Attendance and Participation. Please note that participation and attendance contribute 10% toward 
the final grade in this course. This grade component will be based on a combination of attendance (4%) 
and participation (6%). Participation points will be awarded by the instructor in the form of papelitos
(or little pieces of paper). At the end of the semester you should have 80 papelitos for a 100% in 
participation. Papelitos are awarded for your active participation in classroom activities in the target 
language (Spanish) and your volunteering to answer the instructor’s questions (in Spanish). Don’t 
worry about speaking perfect Spanish, just speak. Accuracy will come with practice.
You are required to be in class for the entire 2 hours and 40 minute period. Arrive on time. You may be 
counted absent if you are more than 10 minutes late for class or if you leave class early. 
This syllabus serves as notice that you may be dropped from the class without further notification if 
you are absent more than three times. Please note that if you decide to drop the course, you must 2
follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” If the instructor drops 
you, you will receive a “WF” or “F.” 
Absences due to official university functions or documented illness will be dealt with on an individual 
basis and should be discussed with the instructor outside of class time. There are no “excused”
absences from regular class periods. Each absence lowers your attendance grade. If you will miss an 
exam due to an official university function, please make arrangements with the instructor as soon as 
possible. If you are absent from an exam, you must present documented proof of illness or university 
activity to your instructor before a make-up exam will be scheduled
Other Policies
Homework and Quizzes. Regular assignments will be made from the text. Students are expected to 
prepare homework as assigned. Independent study of grammar and vocabulary is also expected. 
Frequent quizzes will be given during the course. Graded homework and quizzes will contribute 15% to 
your final grade. No late work is accepted and no make-up quizzes are given. Your two lowest grades in 
this category will be dropped at the end of the semester.
3. Language Lab (Moffett 112A). For each chapter covered this semester, you will complete a listening 
comprehension lab quiz in the Foreign Language Laboratory in Moffett 112A. There are a total of six 
lab quizzes to complete. Please give your MSU Student ID to the lab attendant in order to receive your 
quiz. You will be given a cassette tape, a quiz and a Scantron. You may use your textbook, but no other 
materials may be used and you should not attempt to write on the quiz. Please sign out at the lab 
attendant’s desk in order to retrieve your student id. Make up and/or late quizzes are not permitted.
One lab grade will be dropped at the end of the semester. Please note the due dates given below. 
Please note the schedule of Language Lab Hours below.
Due Dates for Language Lab Quizzes
Capítulos 7 y 8: 22 de julio Capítulos 9 y 10: 29 de julio Capítulos 11 y 12: 7 de agosto
Language Lab Hours
lunes martes miércoles jueves viernes sábado domingo
10:30 am 
– 4:00 pm
10:30 am 
– 4:00 pm
10:30 am 
– 4:00 pm
10:30 am 
– 4:00 pm
8:00 am -
12:00 pm
cerrado 4:30 pm –
10:30 p
Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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