SP 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SP 2009 HO
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8:45 - 10:00 AM
Textbook: Nuestras Culturas
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Classroom performance, quizzes and exams, accompanying textbook, homework, language immersion lab, mid-term exam, final exam and Core Project.Core Project: Produce and present as a group a play read in class for target audience such as SP201.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
By the end of the course the students will be able to:
1. Easily converse in Spanish
2. Know more about cultural differences and characteristics of the Spanish speaking world
3. Know historical facts about Spain and Europe
4. Relate to people in Spanish knowing the subtleties of the different registers
5. Write or summarize a text in a correct sequence of tenses
30% Attendance - homework - class participation
30% Tests (3) each worth 10%
10% Compositions (2) each worth 5%
20% Final Exam
Late Submission of Course Materials: No late submission
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
DEPARTMENTAL GRADING SCALE:
A = 100 - 90 C = 79 - 70
B = 89 - 80 D = 69 -60 F = below 60
Please realize that progress is more important than stellar beginnings. Lack of progress is of special concern and should receive our immediate attention. Talk with me if your grade ever falls below 70%.
ABSENCES: This class meets three times a week. You are permitted 3 unexcused absences or “cuts.” For each absence beyond the second class missed, you lose 2% of your final semester average. The calculation of absences will begin after the drop-add period. If tardiness becomes a problem, the following policy will apply: 2 (two) late arrivals to class = 1 absence.
An absence can be excused ONLY if it is due to a legitimate reason (e.g., illness, death in the family). Please give me in writing an explanation for each excused absence or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I have no explanation, I will assume the absence is a “cut.” Absences will not be excused if students schedule an appointment (for example with the doctor, dean or professor) during class time. Students should not expect any leniency concerning this policy, since its enforcement is not an individual prerogative but rather a collective obligation. If a student must miss a class, s/he must let me know IN ADVANCE the reason for the absence. S/he can either leave a message in my mailbox, or e-mail me.
CLASS PARTICIPATION: Learning requires your active involvement. Involvement is possible only when you have prepared your assigned materials carefully. Therefore, attendance and class participation are obligatory for all class meetings. Your class participation grade will be determined by daily attendance, preparation for class and by your active role in class meetings. Active participation means consistently speaking Spanish in the classroom, contributing significantly to group work, and volunteering as much as possible without dominating the class.
Preparation and Participation: In addition to attending class, you are expected to participate actively. Homework will be assigned and checked regularly. Preparation and practice are essential for success in learning a foreign language. Your Preparation and Participation grade (30% of your course grade) will take into account your daily attendance, your contributions to all class activities (individual work, group work, whole class activities), your interaction with your classmates and instructor, and your timely and thorough completion of all assignments.
Explanation of Preparation/Participation Grade:
AStudent comes to class fully prepared, bringing proper materials, arriving on time and staying the full length of the class. Student is attentive and frequently volunteers to participate. Student is actively involved in all class activities and stays on task in group work. Any questions or comments are pertinent.
BStudent is usually well prepared. Student is always attentive, participates actively in all activities and volunteers during most class periods. Student asks only pertinent questions.
CStudent shows evidence of being unprepared on occasion. Student may arrive late or leave early in some instances. Student volunteers infrequently and may ask questions that would not be necessary with proper preparation for class.
D Student is unprepared and/or inattentive. Student rarely volunteers and demonstrates a lack of involvement in class activities. Student may not stay on task in group work and may ask unnecessary or inappropriate questions.
FStudent exhibits lack of concern for the class. His or her behavior may have a negative effect on the class.
PREPARATION FOR CLASS: Students are expected to prepare for class before coming to class. I.E. you must read the assigned pages in the textbook. Language acquisition is a skill you must practice daily. Failure to keep up with the daily assignments will result in your falling behind very quickly and receiving a low grade in the course. It is far more productive to spend a small amount of time on Spanish each day than to spend long hours cramming just before a test. Class will certainly be used to clarify doubts, answer questions, but above all, to put into practice and use in a meaningful way that which students have prepared. Students are always welcome and advised to discuss any question related to the language and course material during an arranged appointment.
Your work will not be evaluated on the basis of how many mistakes you make but on how thoroughly you correct your work. Mistakes are part of the learning process. You must identify your errors and learn from them. I collect homework everyday.
ORAL INTERVIEWS: Prepare a power point presentation in class (NO READING ALLOWED)
PRESENTATIONSBelow are the topics for Oral Presentations (Presentational Communication) and for Conversations (Interpersonal Communication) for each chapter.
The rubric below will be used for the assessment of Presentational Communication:
Communication: Did the student make
Accuracy: Was the grammar sufficiently correct
to ensure comprehension/communication?
Vocabulary: Was the student's vocabulary
adequate for communication?
Fluency: Did the student's speech flow or were
there distracting hesitations?
Pronunciation: Did the pronunciation enhance rather
than impede communication?
Content: Did the presentation follow the guidelines?
Exams will be given as indicated during class time.
The Final Examination is cumulative and is administered on dates specifically determined by the Registrar.
An individual professor CANNOT excuse a student from taking the final examination on the scheduled date.
Composition in class
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Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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