Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 201       Gustavo Fares                        Spring 2014

Office hours: Main Hall 321 – MW 1:45-2:45 p.m., or by appointment
Phone:             x6691
E-mail:             faresg@lawrence.edu
Spanish Dpt.: http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/spanish/

SYLLABUS AND COURSE INFORMATION

This handout includes general information, syllabus, and course calendar for the introductory and intermediate Spanish language courses (SPAN 101, 102, and 201) offered by the Spanish Department at Lawrence University.

PLACEMENT

The basic Spanish language sequence at Lawrence University consists of three courses: SPAN 101, SPAN 102, and SPAN 201. Students are placed at each level according to their results in an online placement test available at all times on the Spanish Department’s web page: http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/spanish/placger.htm

  • Pre-requisite for SPAN 102: SPAN 101, minimum required score in the online placement test AND instructor’s permission.
  • Pre-requisite for SPAN 201: SPAN 102 or minimum required score in the online placement test AND instructor’s permission.

 

MATERIALS

For SPAN 201 ONLY:

Package: PANORAMA, Third Edition Volume 2 Student Edition with Supersite + eDelivered Maestro® Web-SAM Passcode

ISBN-13: 978-1-605761046

This Package Contains:

  • Student Edition Volume 2 – Paperback
  • Supersite Student Passcode – Bound into Textbook
  • Maestro® Web-SAM Passcode – eDelivery

Students continuing from SPAN 102:

Package: PANORAMA, Third Edition PACK A + MAESTRO WEBSAM (eDelivered Code) –

ISBN-13: 978-1-60007-776-0

This Package Contains:

  • Student Edition – Hardcover
  • Supersite Student Passcode – Bound into Textbook
  • Maestro® Web-SAM access code – eDelivery

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

SPAN 201 is an early-intermediate Spanish language course. The class provides interactive instruction of Spanish grammar, relevant vocabulary and culture, as well as communicative practice of the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) at the intermediate level in a variety of authentic and appropriate contexts.

GRADING CRITERIA

Web-SAM 20%
Participation   15%
Projects 10%
Oral Exam 10%
Exam 1

  • SPAN 201: CH. 11
10%
Exam 2

  • SPAN 201: CH. 12 & 13
15%
Final Exam 20%

 

LU’S PERCENTAGE – LETTER GRADE CORRESPONDENCE

A      94-100

A-       90-93

 

 

B+   88-89

B      84-87

B-       80-83

 

C+    78-79

C       74-77

C-        70-73

 

D+      68-69

D        64-67

D-         60-63

F         59 or below

 CODE OF CONDUCT

While they are in class or in the lab, students MAY NOT:

  • Use any electronic devices, such as laptop computers, cell phones, palm devices or smart phones.
  • Work on other academic subjects or assignments.
  • Use language that could be disrespectful to other students or the instructor, such as racist, sexist or otherwise offensive remarks.
  • Speak English, unless the instructor allows it.

 ATTENDANCE POLICY

A maximum of 3 unexcused absences are allowed for this class. After this limit is reached, there will be an automatic deduction of 2% (per additional unexcused absence) taken from the student’s final grade. Two unexcused late arrivals or early departures from class will count one absence. The only types of official written excuses that can be submitted directly to the instructor are:

  • For health problems: A formal notification from the nurse or doctor who treated the student.
  • For participation in Lawrence-sponsored activities: A formal notification from the coach, faculty or staff person who is in charge of the activity. The notification must be submitted in advance.

 For absences due to family emergencies, travel incidents, or personal reasons that are not health related, students must request an official excuse from the Associate Dean of Academic Services, who will evaluate each petition and make a recommendation to the instructor.

 IN-CLASS PARTICIPATION

Students are required to speak Spanish at all times. Classroom practice includes a variety of challenging tasks that require students to read, write, listen and speak in Spanish every day. Successful participation in class requires the student to make frequent, relevant and accurate daily contributions at the intermediate level of linguistic competence that corresponds to SPAN 201. (See the Participation Criteria on page 5 of this syllabus.)

IMPORTANT: An excellent or high score in participation requires a perfect or nearly perfect attendance record. Any deductions in a student’s participation grade for not being in class are separate from the penalty for excessive absenteeism that was described in the attendance policy.

 HOMEWORK

In order to pass the course, students are expected to prepare before every class by studying the relevant material and completing the assigned Web-SAM homework in the Panorama Supersite.

Expected Time Required

The amount of time students are expected to dedicate to work on this course outside of the classroom is 1.5-2 hours for each hour spent in class.

 IMPORTANT: It is YOUR responsibility to inquire regularly about participation and general progress in this class.  If you wish to receive more detailed feedback on a specific assignment or exercise, please ask your professor promptly. Do not wait until the end of the term.

 Projects

PROYECTO 1

Lección 11- La tecnología

Fecha de entrega: _ miércoles, 9 de abril _ (11:59 pm)

Manda el enlace público de VoiceThread al profesor

 

Descripción: Compara el uso y el acceso a la tecnología de la población en dos ciudades o países; uno debe ser tu propia comunidad y otro debe ser una comunidad hispanohablante internacional. Además de describir las situaciones, es importante que analices y sintetices la información que das, y que des argumentos sobre…

1) los problemas que presentas y sus posibles soluciones

O

2) las situaciones y su posible futuro

 

Es importante que uses el máximo de vocabulario y estructuras que aprendiste en el capítulo 11 y otros materiales de clase (lecturas, vídeos…)

 

Duración/formato: Mínimo 2 minutos/ máximo 4 minutos de grabación de tu voz/vídeo.

Mínimo 5 diapositivas (slides) o gráficos.

 

 

PROYECTO 2

Lección 14 En la ciudad

Presentación multimedia con narrativa oral sobre comunidades urbanas en

EEUU, Latinoamérica y España

Fecha de entrega: miércoles, 21 de mayo (11:59 pm)

Importante: La presentación debe durar de 4 a 5 minutos.

 

Descripción: Comparar dos ciudades, una estadounidense y otra latinoamericana (o española), de acuerdo a ciertos factores, sintetizar la información, y utilizarla para ofrecer una breve propuesta de ciudad ideal desde el punto de vista de los miembros de la generación del milenio en ambas culturas.

 

Es importante que uses el máximo de vocabulario y estructuras que aprendiste en el capítulo 11 y otros materiales de clase (lecturas, vídeos…)

 

Duración/formato: Mínimo 2 minutos/ máximo 4 minutos de grabación de tu voz/vídeo.

Mínimo 5 diapositivas (slides) o gráficos.

 

 

Extra Credit

Latin American Film Festival

Students are eligible to receive further extra credit (up to 2 points for their final grade) for attending the movies at during the April 9-12 Latin American Film Festival, and write a short (500 words or less) report in Spanish about at least TWO Movies they saw.

 

SPANISH TABLE

Students are eligible to receive extra credit for attending the Spanish tables at the rate of 0.2% per table attended, for a maximum of 2% of their final course grade. No more than 0.2% can be earned per week, so while attending both Spanish tables is heartily encouraged, attendance at the second will not be rewarded with course credit.

 HONOR CODE

All assignments and exams in this course are subject to the Honor Code, and any violations will be reported as such. Students should review the Honor Code included in the Student Handbook.

TUTORING

All students are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from Spanish content tutors. Free tutoring is available from the Center for Teaching and Learning, located in Briggs Hall. http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/student_acad/ctl/contact.shtml

 

CALENDARIO, PRIMAVERA 2014 (Subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.)

Semana Fecha Lección
I lunes, 31 de marzo Capítulo 11
I miércoles, 2 de abril Capítulo 11
I viernes, 4 de abril Capítulo 11
II lunes, 7 de abril Capítulo 11
II miércoles, 9 de abril Capítulo 11  Lab: Multimedia Project 1
II viernes, 11 de abril Capítulo 11 Deadline for Project 1
III lunes, 14 de abril EXAMEN I
III miércoles, 16 de abril Capítulo 12
III viernes, 18 de abril Capítulo 12
IV lunes, 21 de abril Capítulo 12
IV miércoles, 23 de abril Capítulo 12
IV viernes, 25 de abril Capítulo 12
V lunes, 28 de abril Capítulo 12
V miércoles, 30 de abril Capítulo 13
V viernes, 2 de mayo Capítulo 13
VI lunes, 5 de mayo Capítulo 13
VI miércoles, 7 de mayo Capítulo 13
VI viernes, 9 de mayo MIDTERM READING PERIOD
VII lunes, 12 de mayo EXAMEN II
VII miércoles, 14 de mayo Capítulo 14
VII viernes, 16 de mayo Capítulo 14
VIII lunes, 19 de mayo Capítulo 14 Lab: Multimedia Project 2
VIII miércoles, 21 de mayo Capítulo 14  Deadline for Project 2
VIII viernes, 23 de mayo Capítulo 15
IX lunes, 26 de mayo MEMORIAL DAY
IX miércoles, 28 de mayo Capítulo 15
IX viernes, 30 de mayo Capítulo 15
X lunes, 2 de junio Capítulo 15
X miércoles, 4 de junio ORAL EXAM
X viernes, 6 de junio Capítulo 15/
Final exam Lunes 9 de junio 8:30-10:30 Lab for evaluations

 

Final exam. Check Registrar’s Website: http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/registrar/exam.shtml

 

 

 

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

 

The following established criteria will be used to determine the class participation grade. Using the criteria as a GUIDE, it will be left to the discretion of the instructor to determine a grade based on a range of a maximum 100 points.

A                             *S participates actively in class

*S has participated in all group activities both in and out of class

*Interventions and contributions in class are always frequent, relevant and articulate

*Always completes all assignments on time

*Always punctual for class and never leaves early

*Always interacts in Spanish with instructor and peers

*S has not missed a class

 

A-                            *S participates actively in class

*S has participated in all group activities both in and out of class

*Interventions and contributions in class are frequent, generally relevant and articulate

*Always completes all assignments on time

*Has been late for class or has left early one time

*Always interacts in Spanish with instructor and peers

*S has not missed a class

 

B+                           *S participates actively in class

*S has missed one group activity in and/or out of class

*Interventions and contributions in class are frequent, generally relevant and articulate

*Has been late one time in completing assignments

*Has been late for class or has left early one time

*Has used English once or twice when interacting with instructor and/or peers

*S has not missed a class

 

B                             *S participates in class irregularly

*S has missed two group activities in and/or out of class

* Irregular frequency, relevancy and/or coherence of interventions and contributions in class

*Has been late twice in completing assignments

*Has been late for class or has left early twice

*Has used English occasionally when interacting with instructor and/or peers

*S has missed one class

 

B-                            *S participates occasionally in class

*S has missed two group activities in and/or out of class

*S contributes only when called upon; uneven quality

*Has been late twice in completing assignments

*Has been late for class and/or has left early twice

*Has used English occasionally when interacting with instructor and/or peers

*S has missed two classes

 

C – to C+               *S rarely participates in class

*S has missed three group activities in and/or out of class

*S contributes only when called upon; uneven quality

*Has been late three times in completing assignments

*Has been late for class or has left early three times

*Has used English frequently when interacting with instructor and/or peers

*S has missed three classes

 

D+ to F   (0-69)      *S never participates in class

*S has missed more than three group activities in and/or out of class

*S contributes only when called upon; uneven quality

*Has been late more than three times in completing assignments

*Has been late for class or has left early more than three times

*S consistently uses English when interacting with instructor and/or peers

*S has missed more than three classes

 

Healthy Balance

 Lawrence is a vibrant community, a place of tremendous vitality and richness that offers abundant opportunities for meaningful work and play.  This abundance brings with it the challenge of maintaining a healthy, balanced life – a life characterized by productive tension among such competing needs as work and play, sleep and wakefulness, solitude and sociability.  All members of the Lawrence community – students, staff, and faculty – have the responsibility to promote balance in their lives by making thoughtful choices. 

Balanced choices flow from an understanding that human flourishing requires the fulfillment of very real physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs.

Balanced choices flow from an understanding that failure is part of the road to success in all endeavors, whether academic, extracurricular, or social.  The diligent pursuit of success in the long term will not preclude failures in the short term.  Conversely, unrealistic expectations of success in the short term can compromise both health and long-term success if basic human needs are neglected.

Balanced decision-making flows from an understanding that short-term imbalances are inevitable.  Short-term decisions must respond to immediate context, but those decisions are forming longer-term patterns of healthfulness.  Balance requires an ability to discern how long an imbalance may safely persist.

Balance results from two skills: avoiding imbalance through careful planning, and managing and containing imbalance when it occurs.