Professor: Martha E. Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: (703) 845-6586 Twitter: @ProfaDavis
Office Hours: Division of Liberal Arts, Bisdorf 252 Blog: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/espanol/
Mon. 8:15-10:45 AM, Tues & Thurs. 10-10:45 AM, Wed. 9:45-10:45 AM and by appointment
I. Course Description
Spanish 202 (Intermediate Spanish II) is a three-credit course that serves to enable the student to become more proficient in speaking, reading, writing and understanding Spanish in a greater variety of situations and acquiring greater cultural fluency. Along with the many advantages of being able to communicate in Spanish, successful completion of this course will satisfy the World Languages requirement for the Associate of Arts degree.
This course is offered with an honors option. Please contact Prof. Davis for details.
II. Course Prerequisite
SPA 201 or equivalent. Students who have not taken SPA 201 should have Spanish proficiency at or above the Intermediate-low level as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (see ACTFL Proficiency Scale). If you have any questions about your placement, please contact Professor Davis.
III. Key Course Objectives (for complete text, please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/academic/coursecont/summaries/SPA202.pdf)
The student will be able to understand sentence-length utterances on a variety of topics including personal interests, leisure activities and cultural events in Spanish-speaking countries.
The student will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a general conversation with a number of strategies appropriate to a range of circumstances and topics.
The student will be able to read consistently with full understanding simple connected texts dealing with basic personal and social needs about which the reader has personal interest and/or knowledge, including articles from Spanish-language newspapers and magazines, and short examples of literary prose and poetry by Hispanic authors.
The student will be able to meet most practical writing needs. S/he will be able to write simple letters, brief synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data, work and school experience.
The ACTFL standards include Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities as part of foreign language instruction and assessment. Within these areas, students will be able to:
Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the target language and its cultures
Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own
Use the language both within and beyond the school setting
IV. Textbook and Other Materials A. The following are REQUIRED for SPA 202:
Vistas: Introducción a la lengua española, Fifth Edition Purchase of a code for the Vistas SuperSite, which contains online homework exercises, is also required. Please note: If you purchased the textbook last semester for Spanish 201 at the Alexandria Campus, you will not need to buy another book. Please be sure that your Supersite account will be valid through the end of the semester. If not, you will need to buy a new code.
You will spend more if you purchase the textbook and code separately, so shop smart! Only buy books that include the required Supersite code. Used books and books bought on other sites DO NOT include the access code.
Please note: Adobe Flash 11.7 or later is required to view the videos on the Vistas Supersite.
For assistance in activating your Supersite account, please visit http://vistahigherlearning.com/student-startup
Cajas de cartón: relatos de la vida peregrina de un niño campesinoby Francisco Jiménez You must bring the book to class everyday that we discuss the short stories. (ISBN-13: 9780618226160, ISBN: 0618226168) Copies are also available on reserve at the Alexandria Campus library.
La misma luna (Under the Same Moon) We will watch clips of “La misma luna” in class and discuss the film. There will also be questions related to the film on the written and oral final exams. You will be responsible for watching the movie in its entirety (1 hr 46 mins). Please see the library Reserve Desk (http://www.nvcc.edu/Alexandria/library/librarytour/circdesk.htm) or watch the film on Netflix or Amazon.
The following are RECOMMENDED for SPA 202:
A bilingual (English-Spanish/Spanish-English) dictionary I recommend the Larousse, Oxford, Vox or Harper-Collins dictionaries. A good online dictionary is http://www.wordreference.com (free).
Barron’s 501 Spanish Verbs for use as a reference guide
English Grammar for Students of Spanish by Emily Spinelli (Olivia and Hill Press).
This book is an invaluable aid for students whose knowledge of English grammar may be inadequate for this class. It is available in the bookstore, or can be purchased from http://www.amazon.com. There are also three copies in the Alexandria campus library, one circulating, one on reserve, and one in reference.
V. Additional Resources
Blackboard Blackboard is a Web-based teaching and learning resource to which each student in this class will have access throughout the semester. Blackboard is an invaluable aid for you, as it contains important resources for use at home and outside of class, in addition to announcements concerning the class and examinations.
Because I send out e-mail notifications via Blackboard, you must check your NOVA e-mail account regularly for class updates.
You will be required to submit hard copies of composition drafts and revisions. Therefore, you must have access to a printer for those assignments. Computers and printers are available for your use at the open campus computer labs and the library.
For extra practice, especially before exams, Web sites such as http://www.learnspanish.com and http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/index.php include helpful self-graded exercises that provide you with immediate feedback. Additional links are available on Blackboard.
VI. Classroom Policies and Procedures
1) Use of the Target Language The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recommends that language educators and learners use the target language (in our case, Spanish) during at least 90% of instruction time in order for students to acquire linguistic and cultural proficiency. The professor will rely on gestures, cognates and images to enable students’ comprehension. Likewise, students may rely on the common phrases at the end of the textbook, circumlocution and other strategies as necessary to stay in the target language.
2) Student Conduct In order to achieve the best learning environment possible for this class, students are expected to adhere to the highest behavioral standards. No form of disruptive behavior will be tolerated in this course. Disruptive behavior can be defined as behavior that interferes with the teaching and learning process. As such, any disruptive behavior will be addressed by the professor and/or reported to the dean/director of student services.
Types of Behavior Viewed as Disruptive in this Class:
Talking while the professor or a classmate is talking
Text messaging or placing phone calls in class
Cell phones ringing
Arriving to class late, returning late from break or taking regular, unscheduled breaks
Speaking rudely to professor or classmates
Sleeping in class
Please note that an incident of disruptive behavior will result in a grade of zero for class participation that day. Single incidents that are severe will result in removal from the class until you meet with me or the dean/director of student services.
3) Attendance and Participation In a course such as this, which stresses effective oral communication, regular and prompt class attendance and participation are necessarily MANDATORY and will be reflected in your final grade.
In addition to missed course work, missing a class or arriving late will often mean missing a short quiz and missing important announcements concerning homework, quizzes or tests. NO MAKE-UPEXAMS OR QUIZZES will be offered and NO LATE HOMEWORK will be accepted unless you make arrangements to do so PRIOR to your absence from class.
If you will not be able to attend a class, it is your responsibility to notify me as soon as possible. If you have any doubts about being able to attend every class or being able to arrive on time, I recommend that you change to audit status by the deadline, withdraw from this course and plan to reenroll at a later date or enroll in an online Spanish 202 course through NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI).
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get homework assignments and notesfrom a classmate or Blackboardor by consulting this syllabus. 4) Withdrawals A withdrawal without a grade penalty and/or a change of academic status from credit to audit MUST be completed at the Office of Admissions and Records. You are responsible for this change, so if you fail to officially withdraw, all uncompleted work will be assigned a grade of F. Remember that the last date for withdrawal without a grade penalty is October 31. 5) Academic Dishonesty According to the Student Code of Academic Integrity (http://www.nvcc.edu/students/handbook/conduct.html):
When College officials award credit, degrees and certificates, they must assume the absolute integrity of students’ work. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:
5.01 Plagiarism: Taking another’s work and claiming it to be one’s own.
5.02 Falsification and Fabrication: Providing misinformation about a source or misrepresenting an author’s findings or conclusions with the intent to deceive.
5.03 Cheating: Intentionally accepting and/or giving aid to oneself or another to gain a higher grade or other academic advantage.
Academic dishonesty includes the use of online translators to translate your writing into Spanish.
You will receive a 0% for your first assignment involving academic dishonesty. A subsequent case of academic dishonesty will result in an F on the assignment and a referral to the Dean of Student Services. 6.) Inclement Weather / Cancelled Class Policy
I encourage you to sign up for NOVA Alert http://alert.nvcc.edu to receive notifications about campus closings and emergency announcements. Please note: When the college announces a delayed opening, any class with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining after the college opens will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.
VII. Language Learning
When learning another language you can expect to feel uncertain and to have questions. In order to combat these difficulties, try one or all of the following tips for success:
Arrive to class on time and be fully present throughout the entire class.
Use Spanish as much as possible to speak to your instructor and your classmates.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask them in Spanish, or wait until after class and ask
them in English or Spanish.
Visit Prof. Davis during her office hours or set up an appointment.
Form a study group. You may use AA160 during open lab hours.
Get extra practice using Internet activities. (See “Web Links” on Blackboard.)
Contact a tutor. All language students are entitled to free weekly tutoring with a NOVA
student. Go to the Academic Center for Excellence in Bisdorf, Room 229 or call (703) 845-6363 or (703) 845-6054 and request a tutor. Additional information is available at http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/alexandria/campus-resources/academic-center/index.html
Sign up for the Language Partners Program through the Hodge Language Center (AA160):http://bit.ly/ConvoPP This program pairs language learners with other students who are native speakers, enabling both partners to practice their language of study.
Watch Spanish language movies with English subtitles. A number of DVDs are available for check-out at NOVA Alexandria’s Library.
Watch your favorite TV shows in Spanish and/or with Spanish subtitles. Watch satellite TV from Latin America and Spain at the Hodge Language Center (AA160) during open lab hours.
VIII. Special Needs and Accommodations
Please address any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester by meeting with your professor. If you are seeking accommodations based on a disability, you should provide a disability data sheet, which can be obtained from the counselor for special needs.
Class participation 20%
Homework (Tarea) 15%
Quizzes (Pruebas) 10%
Compositions (2) 10%
Mid-Term Exam (Examen parcial) 15%
Video Project 10%
Final Exam 20%
You will receive a daily participation grade of 100% by arriving on time, actively participating in class activities (such as role plays, in-class writings, small group/pair work and activities from the textbook), using the target language (Spanish) and actively listening to lectures and other presentations. Points will be deducted from your participation grade for tardiness. Please arrive prepared by reading and studying the assigned vocabulary and grammar structures PRIOR to coming to class. No make-ups are possible for participation grades.
You can access your online homework assignments by logging on to the Vistas Supersite and clicking on “Assignment Calendar.” When submitting exercises, you should re-do them, if necessary, until you receive a 100% score. Your homework exercises are graded, so it is to your advantage to redo them until you get the best score possible. I DO NOT accept late homework, unless there are mitigating circumstances. In such a case, I may ask you to provide evidence of such mitigating circumstances.
Make sure you hit “submit” after completing each exercise, not “save.” The “save” button simply lets you save your work and come back to it at a later time. I will not receive your assignment unless you hit “submit.”Here is the link to the Vistas Supersite: http://vistas.vhlcentral.com Quizzes (Pruebas)
Your comprehension of vocabulary and grammar will be evaluated throughout the semester by means of short quizzes (approximately 10-20 questions) throughout the semester. Quizzes are given at the beginning of class.No make-up quizzes are allowed for students arriving tardy.
Two compositions will be completed during the semester. You will submit a hard copy draft - printed and stapled - for each that your professor will edit, grade and return to you. You will then be expected to integrate the necessary changes in your final, typed and stapled compositions, all of which will be graded by averaging the grades you receive for the drafts.
Mid-Term Exam (Examen parcial)
The mid-term exam will be given on Wednesday, October 4. It consists of an oral portion and written portion, which includes listening and reading sections.
As part of a small group, you will participate in a video project to be presented to the class on Monday, December 4. Although you will have class time to work on the video, you will need to communicate, share ideas and practice your lines outside of class.
The final exam will be given on Monday, December 11 from 11:30 AM to 1:10 PM.
X. Grading Scale
Grades will be awarded according to the following scale:
90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, 0-59=F
Programa del curso