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Spn 131 - Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish I Documents
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Espa ol 131 WINTER 2011 Rm 227 T R 6 00 7 56 PM Instructor Candice Tucker Office hours by appointment Home email runcmt hotmail com JCC e mail Candice Tucker jccmi edu Phone number 517 423 1917 Course Description SPN 131 Elementary Spanish I 4 cr Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning listening speaking reading and writing with special emphasis on listening and speaking Prerequisite ENG 085 Course Materials Panorama 3rd edition workbook video manual dictionary The instructor will supply other materials Course Goals To develop the four language skills with emphasis on speaking and listening and to introduce reading and writing skills Students will be expected to participate orally on a daily basis and to do regular written assignments both in class and at home Performance Objectives By the end of the two semester sequence Spanish 131 and 132 the students should be able to ask and answer simple questions in Spanish and to survive in a Hispanic society by using common and useful vocabulary and reading and understanding printed materials that use basic constructions and common words We will be learning standard Spanish which may be different from what some of you know already In addition to language skills the student will also become familiar with Hispanic cultures This course promotes international tolerance understanding and appreciation and cultural material is an integral part of this course Millions throughout the world speak the Spanish language Their history the places where they live the music they listen to the food they eat in other words how they live are vital components to this course and these areas will not only be discussed but may also tested Associate Degree Outcomes The course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes ADOs established by the JCC Board of Trustees administration and faculty These goals are in concert with four year colleges universities and reflect input from the professional communities we serve ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit transferability and professional skills needed in many certification programs The ADOs and course objectives addressed in this class include the following ADO 2 Effective communication developing oral and literacy skills in the language ADO 10 Diversity developing an understanding of cultures different from one s own The entire list of outcomes for JCC is printed below with the two this class addresses in bold font 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Write clearly concisely and intelligibly Speak clearly concisely and intelligibly Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning Demonstrate scientific reasoning Understand human behavior and social systems the principles which govern them and their implications for the present and future Understand and appreciate aesthetic experience and artistic creativity Think critically Make responsible decisions in personal and professional contexts Work productively with others recognizing individual contributions to group success 10 Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures Grading Written oral exams announced ahead of time for a total of 55 of the final grade Another 40 of the grade is made up of class participation homework and quizzes both announced and unannounced The last five percent is made up of three current events presentations made in English to the class about Spanish speaking countries you will receive handout Grading scale 93 100 4 0 87 92 3 5 80 86 3 0 75 79 2 5 70 74 2 0 65 69 1 5 60 64 1 0 0 59 0 0 Total points for all assignments usually total around 1000 so around 550 would be tests 400 would be homework quizzes and participation and 50 75 points would be current events this is just an average not an exact point amount Attendance Given the importance of oral participation in language classes daily attendance is vital if the student s grade is not to be affected Unless there are extenuating circumstances more than two absences per semester will result in a lower grade In addition the student must not be absent on current event days presentation days or exam days unless s he has previously informed the instructor and made arrangements to present the current event or take the exam at a mutually convenient time The exam then taken may be different from the one given to the class although it will cover the same material Any exam or current event missed becomes a zero Attendance bonus There is a special 20 point bonus about 2 percent of the overall grade for students who attend every single class without exception excused or unexcused This bonus is especially helpful for those students who may not have the best test scores but are very committed to the class and working hard to succeed Student responsibilities To attend daily and to be prepared to speak the target language in each class students will be graded more on willingness to participate than on correctness of pronunciation to turn in all written assignments on their due date and to complete all other assignments to be done in class Students must take all exams Participation As stated earlier participation is an integral part of the course A student s participation grade is based on a positive attitude in class willingness to raise his her hand and volunteer for different games and activities speaking in Spanish whenever possible attendance and respect for the instructor If any of these areas are lacking it will result in a lower participation grade Academic Honesty Policy Academic honesty is expected of all students It is the ethical behavior that includes producing their own work and not representing others work as their own either by plagiarism by cheating or by helping others to do so Plagiarism is the failure to give the credit for the use of material from outside sources Plagiarism includes but is not limited to using data quotations or paraphrases from other sources without adequate documentation submitting others work as your own exhibiting other behaviors generally considered unethical Cheating means obtaining answers material from an outside source without authorization Cheating includes but is not limited to Plagiarizing in all forms using notes books without authorization copying submitting others work as your own or submitting your work for others altering graded work falsifying data exhibiting other behaviors generally considered unethical Syllabus for Spanish 131 WINTER 2011 From


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