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Elementary Spanish I

Course Details

Course Number
1134
Section Number
1134
Semester
Summer I 2015
Location
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
343
Days & Times

MTWR 8:00 am - 10:45 am

Professor
Sarah Butler (view Profile)

Textbooks

Exploraciones
1st edition, Blitt and Casas
ISBN:
Course Objectives

COURSE CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY
The language teaching community agrees that learning language and culture are inextricably connected. 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 Spanish, 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.
SKILLS AND OUTCOMES
This course involves the development of specific Spanish grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic usage in the context of the varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world for the purpose of exploring ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order that students may understand the human condition across cultures. By the end of the first semester, the student will be able to:
 Greet, say farewell, introduce people and respond to introductions in the appropriate cultural register indicating his/her awareness of cultural norms in the Spanish-speaking world for formality, informality, personal space and gestures.
 Engage in simple question/answer conversations using memorized and/or high-frequency expressions indicating cultural sensitivity and awareness.
 Provide and request basic information.
 Express ongoing actions, routine actions, future actions and past actions in the context and manner these are used in the Spanish-speaking cultures and recognize how these uses are different from those of English-speakers.
 Describe and illustrate aspects of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and make comparisons between these cultures and his or her culture using basic linguistic structures and vocabulary in the target language.
 Evaluate his/her own values, behaviors and worldviews on the socio-cultural topics presented and compare these to those of Spanish-speakers.

Course Expectations

REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
1. Exploraciones. Blitt, Mary Ann/ Casas, Margarita. 1st edition, 2012.
2. 10 long Scantrons or two packages
Spanish 1134 Syllabus
Summer I 2015
SPAN 1134 2 05/2015
OPTIONAL RECOMMENDED MATERIALS
Exploraciones Student Activities Manual and CourseMate (see below for details)
POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND ASSESSMENT
Participation & Attendance
Ten percent of the course grade will be based on a combination of attendance and participation.
Six percent (6%) will be based on the student’s use of Spanish, active participation and volunteering in classroom activities. 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).
The remaining four percent (4%) is based on your attendance. The instructor will take attendance every day. Students are required to be in class for the entire 2 hour and 40 minute period. Students may be counted absent if arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving class early. The attendance grade is calculated by dividing the number of days that you are in class by the numbers of days that the class meets. (Example for 2 absences out of a total of 20 class days: 18/20 = .9 = 90%
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 a student will miss an exam due to an official university function, the student should make arrangements with the instructor prior to his/her absence. If a student misses an exam, he/she must present documented proof of illness or university activity to the instructor before a make-up exam will be scheduled.
This syllabus serves as notice that a student may be dropped from the class without further notification if absent more than three (3) times. Please note that if a student decides to drop the course, he/she must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” University policy dictates that if an instructor instigates a drop, the student will receive a “WF” or “F,” depending on the date of the drop.
Homework, quizzes and other assignments
Regular study, reading and homework assignments will be made from the text and/or other sources. Students are expected to prepare homework as assigned. Frequent quizzes, based on homework and class work, will be given. Graded quizzes and homework assignments will account for 15% of the course grade. No late work is accepted and no make-up quizzes are offered. Two grades from this category will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Portafolio Cultural
The Portafolio Cultural serves as an assessment of your performance of the Core Curriculum Objectives for the Language, Philosophy and Culture Foundational Component Area: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Social and Personal Responsibility. It will consist of three 1 – 2 page essays on cultural topics and a 1 – 2 page personal reflection essay completed in class. It will count 5% of your final course grade. Please see the document Portafolio Cultural for complete details.
Spanish 1134 Syllabus
Summer I 2015
SPAN 1134 3 05/2015
Language Lab (Moffett 112A). You will take a listening comprehension quiz in the Foreign Language Laboratory in Moffett 112A once for each chapter covered this semester. 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 receive a cassette tape, a quiz and a Scantron. You may use your textbook while you complete the quiz, but do not use any other materials. Also, 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. Language Lab quizzes make up 5% of the course grade. Please note the due dates and schedule of lab hours given below.
Chapter 1 & 2:
Tuesday, June 9
Chapter 3 & 4:
Thursday, June 18
Chapter 5 & 6:
Tuesday, June 30
Language Lab hours (Moffett 112A)
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
1:00-5:00 pm
1:00-4:00 pm
CLOSED
1:00 – 6:00 pm
9:00am-1:00 pm
4:00-6:00 pm
CLOSED
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.
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

Grading Standards

Grading components
Participation and Attendance
10%
Quizzes and Homework
15%
Language Laboratory Quizzes
5%
Portafolio Cultural
5%
Exams (3 major exams)
45%
Comprehensive Final Exam
20%

Final Exam 07/02/2015 8:00 am
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 papers are 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

Participation & Attendance
Ten percent of the course grade will be based on a combination of attendance and participation.
Six percent (6%) will be based on the student’s use of Spanish, active participation and volunteering in classroom activities. 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).
The remaining four percent (4%) is based on your attendance. The instructor will take attendance every day. Students are required to be in class for the entire 2 hour and 40 minute period. Students may be counted absent if arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving class early. The attendance grade is calculated by dividing the number of days that you are in class by the numbers of days that the class meets. (Example for 2 absences out of a total of 20 class days: 18/20 = .9 = 90%
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 a student will miss an exam due to an official university function, the student should make arrangements with the instructor prior to his/her absence. If a student misses an exam, he/she must present documented proof of illness or university activity to the instructor before a make-up exam will be scheduled.
This syllabus serves as notice that a student may be dropped from the class without further notification if absent more than three (3) times. Please note that if a student decides to drop the course, he/she must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” University policy dictates that if an instructor instigates a drop, the student will receive a “WF” or “F,” depending on the date of the drop.

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.