Office hours: (Summer a) M - W & F 3:10 p.m. - 5:40 p.m., T 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., (Summer b) M & W 4:40 - p.m. - 5:40 p.m., F 3:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. Room: 7322-4.
ABOUT THIS SYLLABUS: This syllabus establishes the requirements of this course. Please use this as a reference for the nature of the assignments, point distribution, attendance policies and grading procedures.
Required Textbook & Manuals: VISTAS. (2nd Ed.) By Blanco and Donley.
*Recommended: -A set of wired index cards/A three-hole binder
-An erasable ink pen or a pencil (for tests/manuals)
WELCOME TO MDC SPANISH PROGRAM! The basic Spanish Program at MDC/North includes four levels: SPN 1120, SPN 1121, SPN 2200 & SPN 2201. You will be using the same textbook and workbook/video and lab manuals for all four levels, making the initial investment in this course worthwhile.
VISTAS features the following components: Textbook, Workbook/Video Manual, Lab Manual, audio CD, CD-ROM, and a pocket dictionary.
COURSE DESCRIPTION. An integrated (multi-media) approach to develop proficiency in the basic language skills: listening/understanding, speaking, reading, writing and cross-cultural awareness. Emphasis is placed on practical vocabulary and accurate pronunciation. SPN 1120 covers from Leccin 1 through Leccin 4 in your textbook, as well as the corresponding material in your workbook/video manual and lab manual. This is a fast paced course, specifically designed for students willing to put a considerable amount of time and effort to learn Spanish rapidly. The knowledge acquired in this class will no doubt be an asset in your daily life as well as in your line of work.
COURSE OBJECTIVES. The student will be able to reach the following objectives by the end of the course:
COURSE COMPETENCIES. The student will be able to acquire the following competencies by the end of the course:
COURSE STRUCTURE. Students will be expected to participate both individually and/or in pairs or small groups throughout the semester. Participation includes being ready for class (bringing textbook, completed homework assignments, etcÉ), and the willingness to use the Spanish language in classroom activities.
ATTENDANCE POLICY. Active participation is an integral part of the learning process since the key to mastering a foreign language is practice. If you are not present in class, you cannot make up for lost work. Therefore, you are expected to attend every class. Students should be in the classroom within the first five (5) minutes of class; punctuality is imperative so as to avoid disruption of class. If against your will you happen to be late, please enter quietly and try not to disturb the class. Two (2) late arrivals will count as one absence. Whether you are absent, or need to leave before the end of the class, please inform the instructor. It is the studentÕs responsibility to find out about homework assignments due for the next class.
After TWO (2) absences, students will have their final grade lowered half a letter grade, unless a documented excuse is presented. (In the Summer semesters, after ONE (1) absence.) After six (6) absences (three (3) in the Summer), students must withdraw from class or receive an F. Dropping/adding, or withdrawing from a class is the studentÕs (not the instructorÕs) responsibility. Please refer to the collegeÕs Academic Calendar available at: http://www3.mdc.edu/academic_calendar/calendar.pdf
CLASSROOM REGULATIONS. This is a college level class. A mature conduct is expected of each student. During class time, electronic devices capable of disturbing our ability to concentrate and focus will not be allowed, for example: active beepers, cellular phones, talking dictionaries, intrusive watches, etcÉ NO eating or drinking while class is in progress. Please refrain from talking or engaging in conversation with other students. It is a rude and disruptive behavior that distracts other students as well as your teacher. You are expected to comport yourself properly at all times. Please refer to the collegeÕs Code of Conduct at: http://www.mdc.edu/pdf/procedures/4071.pdf
WORKBOOK/VIDEO & LAB MANUALS. Students are responsible for completing the written (workbook/video manual), and listening comprehension (lab manual) activities in the workbook/video manual and lab manuals timely. The total of Workbook/Video Manual and Lab Manual assignments is worth 15% of your final grade. Students receive the percentage points, only when the work is turned in, totally completed, by the end of each lesson chapter. Students failing to complete the work assigned by the day of the lesson test, will lose the percentage points assigned to that specific lesson. In order to do the Lab Manual exercises, students must go to the language lab, located in room 1391; for current operating hours, please check with lab personnel at (305) 237-1147.
CLASS PARTICIPATION. The studentÕs participation grade will be determined by two factors: regular attendance and in-class participation.
ORAL PRESENTATIONS. There will be TWO (2) oral presentations, one around midterm, and the other at the end of the semester. These presentations will consist of situation skits in which groups of three or four students interact. Their performance will be evaluated both individually and as a team.
EXAM AND GRADING POLICIES. There will be a total of three (3) lesson tests. Tests include vocabulary, writing, grammar and listening comprehension sections. No make-ups are permitted. Students absent the day on which a test is given will receive a grade of 0. The lowest of the first two (2) test grades will be dropped. When a test is announced, if you realize that you are not able to attend class that day, please notify your instructor immediately. Depending on the nature of the circumstances, you may be allowed to take the test before/after the specified date.
¬The Final Exam cannot be dropped. All students must pass a comprehensive final exam with a minimum grade of 70, to be eligible to pass the class with a satisfactory grade. According to departmental policy, an F will be assigned to students who do not show up for the final exam. A temporary grade of ŌINCOMPLETEÕ will be assigned ONLY to students under extreme hardship, in good academic standing nearing the end of the semester, and when the outstanding coursework is mainly the final exam. An agreement to complete the outstanding coursework must be signed by the student and the instructor, and it must contain a description of the work to be done and a timetable. If a change-grade form is not submitted by the completion date, the grade of I becomes an F. All agreed upon work must be concluded within the next major semester. This policy will be strictly adhered to.
GRADING STANDARDS. The criteria used for grading is outlined below:
1- Lesson tests 40%
2- Workbook/Lab Manual 15%
3- Class participation 10%
4- Oral presentations 10%
5- Final Exam 25%
*Note: Missed tests, workbook/lab assignments, and/or collaborative classroom activities will receive grades of ZERO, which will be computed in your final average.
GRADING SCALES. The following scale applies to grades:
90-100, A 80-89, B 70-79, C 60-69, D below 60, F
LAB ASSISTANTS may be available at the Language Laboratory, room 1391. They can help students with pronunciation, oral exercises, reading, etc. All students are encouraged to use these services. Students who do not master certain language structures, will be advised to work with lab assistants.
DEPARTMENTAL POLICY ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY. The Department affirms its commitment to treat cases of academic dishonesty according to Miami-Dade College Student Handbook Procedure No. 4074. Students are forewarned that academic dishonesty in any form will be penalized according to said procedure. The instructor has the option to award a grade of "F" for the course. Cheating or any form of academic dishonesty may also result in the student's being placed on academic probation, suspended from school, or dismissed from the college. All students are advised to familiarize themselves with this document located at the following site: http://www.mdc.edu/pdf/procedures/4074.pdf
SERVICES FOR DISABLED STUDENTS. The Department extends its commitment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please inform your instructor if you need assistance. The college has developed special support services to assist disabled students in achieving equal opportunity. If you have a learning disability, please contact the Access Services Department, as soon as possible. This office will inform each of your instructors of any special accommodations you may need. The Access Services Department at MDC/North is located in Room 6112, and the number to call for information is (305) 237-1272.
Names, telephone numbers and /or e-mails of two classmates:
(This syllabus is subject to minor modifications)
ĮBienvenidos a la clase de espaol!
SPN 1120 - SEMESTER OUTLINE
May 12th May 19th
Introduction/Hola, Ąqu tal? Nouns and articles/ Numbers 0-30
Greetings/leave-takings The verb SER (to be)
Identifying yourself/others Telling time
Expressions of courtesy Fotonovela Š ĮTodos a bordo!
May 26th June 2nd
*PRUEBA Leccin 1 Days of the week/class schedules
En la universidad Present tense of -ar verbs
Academic life Forming questions
June 9th June 16th
The verb ESTAR *PRUEBA Leccin 2
Numbers 31-100 La familia
FotonovelaŠĄQu clases tomas? Professions/occupations
June 23rd June 30th
Descriptive Adjectives Present tense of tener/venir Possessive Adjectives Fotonovela- ĄEs grande tu familia? Present tense of -er/-ir verbs
July 7th July 14th
*PRUEBA Leccin 3 Stem - changing verbs
Los pasatiempos Verbs with irregular ŅyoÓ forms
Present tense of the verb IR (to go) Fotonovela- ĮVamos al parque!
(This outline is subject to minor modifications)