SP294 Interm Spanish Conversation

for SP 2011

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SP 294 Intermediate Spanish Conversation


SP 2011 HO


Byer, Silvia


Associate Professor of Romance Languages- Modern Language Program Coordinator


Ph.D. Romance Languages and Literatures- UNC - Chapel Hill
MA Romance Languages and Literatures - UNC - Chapel Hill
MA Laurea in English - University of Turin - Italy

Office Location

Copley 216

Office Hours

T-Th 8-8:45 - 11:30-1:00 - 2:15-3:00 and By appointment



Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours


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Course Description:
SP294 Intermediate Spanish Conversation: The course consists of a variety of sources and topics for the improvement of oral language skills. Forums for conversation include individual presentations, pair presentations and groups discussion in Spanish based on readings, individual research, movies, plays and excursions. This course includes a review of advanced grammar concepts. Prerequisite: SP202 or equivalent, four years of high school Spanish or instructors permission. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My goal is to create an environment in which students engage each other in discussions of course materials, internet sites, films, and historical issues pertinent to our study; to pose and debate issues raised by our work; and to encourage students to build on new knowledge according to their own experiences and goals.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using grammar including all verb tenses, adjectives and pronouns.
  2. Acquire an enhanced passive and active vocabulary class presentations, readings, and visitors.
  3. *Core Project: Interview and invite to class a heritage speaker of Spanish to be interviewed by class; write a summary of the visit and student discussion.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:



20%Homework and class participation

20%  Presentation (1)

30 % Oral Interviews  (3)

10%  Vocabulary Quizzes         

            20%   Final Paper





A =   100 - 90               C = 79 - 70      

B =    89 - 80                D = 69 -60                    F =  below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late work is accepted

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Explanation of Preparation/Participation Grade:

A Student 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.
B Student is usually well prepared.  Student is always attentive, participates actively in all activities and volunteers during most class periods.  Student asks only pertinent questions.
C Student 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.
F Student 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. Language acquisition is a skill you must practice daily.  Students are always welcome and advised to discuss any question related to the language and course material during an arranged appointment. 


ORAL INTERVIEWS:  You will be given three (3) different topics to prepare ahead; on the day of the oral exam one of the three topics will be randomly selected.


PRESENTATIONS:  prepare a paper (six –eight pages to follow the MLA style for References and quotations)  on a topic related, but not the same, to issues discussed in class and present it to the class.


PRESENTATIONS  and  Oral Interviews Rubric

The rubric below will be used for the assessment of Presentational Communication:

Communication:  Did the student make 
him/herself understood?








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?









Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


1.13   Lección 1 REALIDAD O FANTASIA -  Medium de Pio Baroja 19-20

1.18    Encrucijada = ejercicios - Quino  Viaje espacial - Pretérito y Imperfecto

1.20   - La ciencia ficción clásica perdurará 16

1.25 Describa una situación   
         “fantástica” que ha experimentado p.26 

           Cortometraje  La milpa 30; gramática 40

2.1  Obra de teatro Decir de Si - Griselda Gambaro (léanlo para la clase del 25)

2.3   Ricardo Reyes “Yo le diría” 56-57 tira cómica 59
        innato o adquirido?
2.8    Lección 3 PROHIBIDO PENSAR
       Cortometraje “Nada que perder” 62-67;  ejercicios
       Estructura: preposiciones 68-69

2.10  Opinión “Lo que no se puede decir, no se debe decir” 77 Y “Cine Prado” de Elena Poniatowska 82
Clase dirigida por dos estudiantes

2.15  Modern Language Fair!

2.17  Lección 4  PODER, QUIERO MAS PODER
          Cortometraje "El ojo en la nuca" 92; 98 repaso del modo subjuntivo
          en las cláusulas subordinadas e impersonales
2.22   Experiencias – Juan Gelman  - Escriba Ud a una persona
         con que no ha tenido contacto por muchos años – incluso porque el
         individuo está muerto.

Practica para el examen parcial

3.1    Examen sobre vocabulario y gramática
3.3 Salida a un restaurante hispano americano

SPRING BREAK 3.8 y 3.10  


           Conteste preguntas 118; Cortometraje “Un día” ; 126 Estructuras subjuntivo II
3.17   “Drácula y los niños” 136

3.22   Narra una experiencia personal 152

3.24 Los misterios del amor Clase dirigida por dos estudiantes

3.29    El Ensayo- titulo

3.31  Lección 6 MODOS DE VIVIR
         Cortometraje la Yaya 156  estructuras oraciones condicionas con 
         si  154-155
4.5   Cuento: Bruno Aceves  165-169

4.7 Experiencias  Gabriel García Marquez 168
4.12  Examen de vocabulario y gramatica, 2a parte del
           Reunión con la profesora para indicar cómo va el ensayo

4.14  Visita al Museo Nelson-Atkins
           Escriba aspectos de su visita para platicar en clase
4.19  Charla sobre la visita al Museo

4.21   Presentaciones

4.26   Presentaciones

4.28   Presentaciones 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

ABSENCES: This class meets two times a week. You are permitted 2 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 silvia.byer@park.edu.  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: Be prepared to speak VOLUNTARILY. 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


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