Philander Smith College
Instructor Dr. Jesse J. Hargrove
Meets TR at 4:00 – 5:20 PM
Office Academic Center, Room 120
Office hours posted on office door or by appointment
Email email@example.com ; Telephone (501) 370-5286
Review of grammar, pronunciation, and intensive drill of conversation in order to develop the student’s ability to understand simple Spanish prose. Oral communication activities through traditional and electronic media at this level are designed to promote elementary-level communicative competence and self-expression. Accordingly the emphasis will be on acquiring all four basic language skills: oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing; And a research paper!
Jose A. Blanco and Philip Redwine Donley, Late, Vistas: An Invitation to Spanish. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning, 2012. (ISBN 978-1-61767-057-2)
Jose A. Blanco and Philip Redwine Donley, Late, Vistas: Activity Pack. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning, 2012. (ISBN 978-1-60576-950-1)
Classwork: The class assignments are listed on the course syllabus. You are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the material for each day before coming to class. You should correct the exercises assigned in the course lab websites and/or workbook.
The Workbook is optional. Late or incomplete assignments will not be credited. In addition, the Lab, Ning and website assignments will be collected periodically for grading.
Audio tapes and interactive CD-Rom are available from instructor and are supplemental activities. Students are strongly encouraged to do work on these items independently in order to improve their skills in Spanish.
Quizzes: Daily Quizzes (15-20 minutes) will test points of grammar, vocabulary, and communicative competence and performance from material just learned or reviewed.
Exams: There will be one major Exam each of the four weeks,
Make-ups: As a general rule, no late work will be accepted, and no make-ups will be given. For excused cases, you must provide an official note in order to arrange to make-up any quiz or exam missed. If you are a member of a College team, or you need to travel with your team to a sports event, you must bring a letter signed by your coach and addressed to your instructor stating the date and reason for your absence.
All written work must abide by college regulations.
Students are asked to attend Language lab instruction on their own in the Reynolds Library. The course has a supersite website. Create an account at vistas.vhlcentral.com and www.philanderspanishlab.ning.com.
Also for translations, please use one of the websites such as http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/. Each student is required to have an email address to register at www.philanderspanishlab.ning.com. Students are required to visit www.actfl.org to learn the standards.
Final grades will be computed as follows:
Lab/Ning Assignments 10% =10 Points
Midterm Exam 10% =10 Points
Final Exam 10% =10 Points
PowerPoint Presentation 10% =10 Points
Hispanic Research 10% =10 Points
Dialogs (4) 10% =10 Points
100% =100 Points
100-95: A 79-77: C+
94-90: A- 76-74: C
89-87: B+ 73-70: C-
86-84: B 69-60: D
83-80: B- 59-0: F
V: Vistas 4/e
L: Language Lab Instruction
Semana 1 January 7-9, 2014
Introducción al curso; Review Chapter 9 (Las Fiestas)
V: Capítulo 9, p.300-329, Vocabulario, preparación, V: p. 299
L: Language Lab Instruction; NING Research Topic
Semana 2 January 14-16, 2014
V: Capítulo 9, 300-303; Contextos Exercises in W: p.191-194
V: Capítulo 9, Workbook Preterite, W: p.194-195
V: Pronouns, W: p. 198-200; Recap, W: 210-211;
Dialog #1, Tuesday
Thursday, Prueba # 1/Quiz: Cap. 9
V: Capítulo 10, 332-365, Vocabulario, preparación; W: p. 213-216 En el Consultorio, CHAPTER 10
Language Lab; NING Research Topic and References
Semana 4 January 28-30, 2014
Tuesday and Thurs, --The Imperfect Tense, Workbook, p.217-221
Semana 5 February 4-6, 2014
Review, p. 342-357
V: Cap. 10, (Imperfect); W: 217-218
V: Cap. 10, Preterite; W: 219-221
V: Cap. 10, Repasemos! W: 232-233
Prueba #2: Capítulo 10
Semana 6 February 11-13, 2014
V: Capítulo 11, Vocabulario, preparación, p.368-401 W: 235-237
Language Lab Instruction (La Technologia)
Semana 7 February 18-20, 2014
V: Cap. 11 Familiar Commands, W: p. 238-240
V: Cap. 11,Reflexive and possessive pronouns, W: 243-247
Language Lab Instruction;
¡Repasemos! , W: p. 257-258
Semana 8 February 25-27, 2014
Dialog #3, Tuesday
Email 1st Draft of Research Paper onTuesday, March 4, 2014
Prueba #3: Capítulos 11
Semana 9 March 4-6, 2014------- Midterm Exam
Capítulo 12, Vocabulario, preparación, 404-439; (La Vivienda)
V: Cap. 12, W: p. 261-264;
Language Lab Instruction, NING and Notebook
Semana 10 March 11-13, 2013------Spring Break (No Classes)
Semana 11 March 18-20, 2014
V: Cap. 12, Formal Commands, W: p. 267-268
V: Cap. 12, Present subjunctive, W: p. 269-273;
Language Lab (Email Paper and PowerPoint –Due March 25, 2014
V: ¡Repasemos! W: p. 284-285;
Semana 12 March 25-27, 2014
Prueba #4: Capítulos 12; Dialog #4
2nd Call for Paper and PowerPoint Presentations Due Mar 25, 2014
Email Final Paper and PowerPoint –Due March 25, 2014
Semana 13 April 1-3, 2014
Prepare for Final Exam: Capítulo 9-12; Repaso Capítulos 9-12,
¡Repasemos! Pages 300-439;
Semana 14 April 8-10, 2014 (PowerPoint Presentations-April 8, 2014)
Paper and PowerPoint –Due April 8, 2014
Tuesday--Class will be held in Reynolds Library Conf. Room
Semana 15 April 15-17, 2014 ---Class will be held in Reynolds Conf. Room
(YouTube Presentations begins after Tuesday’s last class)
Semana 16 April 22-24, 2014 ---Classes will resume in classroom
Language Lab Instruction
Final Exam, Thursday, April 29, 2014
Feliz --Vacaciones del Verano
Absences: An unexcused absence is one in which the student (1) fails to attend a regularly scheduled class, (2) fails to report after the class begins. Please refer to the current Philander Smith College 2013-2015 Catalogue for details.
Sports-related Absences: Should a student course load demand absences for required sports practice, obtain from your SPORTS instructor a signed permission form and file it with me during the first week of class, listing all dates within the current semester that you will be required to miss this class to attend sports/practice events.
The Spanish Research Project and short paper assignments on cultures, custom, countries etc., are to be typewritten. All rough draft material is to be kept in a Portfolio.
Journal Format and Evaluation: Assigned journals will be computer generated by computer keyboard or typewritten, and printed using 8½ x 11 inch plain white paper with one-inch margins all around, typeset in Times New Roman, size 12 point font, double-spaced throughout, using an approved style guide manual, such as Modern Language Association (MLA).
Ethics: Plagiarism on any aspect of written work will result in failure of the assignment and probable dismissal from the course. Consult the PSC Catalogue for principles of academic integrity and honesty concerning cheating, plagiarism, and other dishonest or unethical violations.
Inclement Weather Policy: When Philander Smith College is closed, radio and television stations in central Arkansas will be notified through the Office of the President. If there is no announcement, students should assume that the college is open.
Office Hours: By appointment with instructor. Your instructor is routinely available for pre-scheduled student conferences (hours posted on door). Students will assume the responsibility of notifying the instructor when they are experiencing levels of anxiety with reference to course work. Seek help if you have not made progress as soon as assignment is given. Instructor is available both in class and outside of class.
Classes will involve a variety of the learning strategies listed below –
Lecture/Language Drills/Listening Comprehension
Small Group Activities
Computer Aided Instruction
Disability Statement: It is the policy of Philander Smith College to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Also, any student who is physically challenged (i.e., hearing or visual impaired) should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course.
Disruptions/Cell Phones: Cellular phones are NOT ENCOURAGED in classrooms while using Internet technology. Please place on silent mode or turn off such devices in class so that the learning environment for classmates may not be distracted. Such devices as Cell Phones, Pagers, MP-3 or I-POD PLAYERS and other electronic sounding devices are considered disruptions to classroom teaching and learning. Do NOT attempt to receive or to send cellular text messages while in class.