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Elementary Spanish II

Course Details

Course Number
1234
Section Number
1234
Semester
Spring 2015
Location
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
345
Days & Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Professor
Sarah Butler (view Profile)

Textbooks

Exploraciones
First Edition, Blitt and Casas
ISBN:
Course Objectives

OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY

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 Spanish.

Course Expectations

POLICIES

 

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 puntos de participación. At the end of the semester you should have 100 puntos for a 100% in participation.  Puntos de participación are awarded for your volunteering to answer the instructor’s questions in Spanish and your active participation in classroom activities 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 50 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.

 

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 and the instructor will take attendance every day. Each absence lowers your attendance grade. The attendance grade is calculated by dividing the number of days that you are in class by the number of days that the course meets. (Example for 2 absences out of a total of 57 class days: 55/57 = .9649…= 96.49%)

 

If you know 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 an early or make-up exam will be scheduled.

 

This syllabus serves as notice that you may be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than six times. A Conduct and Attendance Referral may be sent to the Dean of Students upon the fourth absence. If you decide to drop the course, you must 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.”

 

Homework and Quizzes.  Daily assignments will be made from the text and from other sources.  Students are expected to prepare homework as assigned. Independent study of grammar and vocabulary is also expected. Frequent quizzes, based on homework and class work, will be given. 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.

 

Language Lab (Moffett 112A). You must take a listening comprehension quiz in the Foreign Language Laboratory in Moffet 112A once for each chapter covered this semester. Please give your MSU Student ID to the lab attendant in order to receive your quiz. You will receive a cassette tape, a quiz and a Scantron. You may only use your textbook as a resource during the quiz. Please do not 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. You will be given a schedule of Language Lab Hours.

 

Lab Quiz Due Dates:

Chapter 7:  February 10

Chapter 8: February 24

Chapter 9:  March 10

Chapter 10: March 31

Chapter 11: April 21

Chapter 12: May 5

 

 

Portafolio Cultural. The Portafolio Cultural serves as an assessment of your performance of the core curriculum objectives of Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Social and Personal Responsibility in the specific context of this course. Please see the document Portafolio Cultural for complete details.

 

Exploraciones Student Activities Manual and CourseMate/iLRN (optional workbook and online audio exercises) The Student Activities Manual (SAM) contains activities to help students master the vocabulary and grammatical concepts presented and practiced in class. Audio exercises are indicated by a speaker icon. Students may listen to the audio files on their own devices or on any campus computer connected to the internet and equipped with headphones. In order to facilitate pronunciation practice, students may want to use a device equipped with a microphone. Working on a regular basis with this resource will help students achieve improved Spanish proficiency.

 

 

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, 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.

Grading Standards

GRADING COMPONENTS

 

Attendance (4%) & Participation (6%)                        

10%

Quizzes and Homework                                                   

15%

Language Lab

5%

Portafolio Cultural

5%

Exams   (every two chapters)                   

45%

Final Exam (comprehensive)                     

20%

 

Final Exam 05/11/2015 1:00 - 3:00 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 assignments 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

You are required to be in class for the entire 50 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.

 

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 and the instructor will take attendance every day. Each absence lowers your attendance grade. The attendance grade is calculated by dividing the number of days that you are in class by the number of days that the course meets. (Example for 2 absences out of a total of 57 class days: 55/57 = .9649…= 96.49%)

 

If you know 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 an early or make-up exam will be scheduled.

 

This syllabus serves as notice that you may be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than six times. A Conduct and Attendance Referral may be sent to the Dean of Students upon the fourth absence. If you decide to drop the course, you must 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.” 

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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.