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Instructor: Candice Tucker. Please do not call after 9:30 P.M. Office hours: by appointment. Home email: [email protected] e-mail: [email protected] Materials: Panorama, related activity manual, related CD’s. The instructor will supply other materials.Syllabus for Spanish 131, FALL 2006, From PanoramaGreetings and leave-takingsSpanish nouns and articlesPresent tense of the verb serLeccion 2, En La UniversidadDays of the weekPresent tense of regular –ar verbsPresent tense of estarLeccion 3, La FamiliaFamily vocabularyDescriptive adjectivesTener expressionsLeccion 4, Los PasatiemposPastime vocabularyPresent tense or irVerbs with irregular “yo” formsLeccion 5, Las VacacionesVacation vocabularyEstar with conditions and emotionsDirect object nouns and pronounsCultural section on Puerto RicoTAREA (homework) and Test Date SheetWrite down your homework or upcoming test/quiz in the space next to each date (not all quizzes will be announced ahead of time).Espanol 131, FALL 2006Rm. 223, M W 6-7:55 PMInstructor: Candice Tucker. Please do not call after 9:30 P.M. Office hours: by appointment. Home email: [email protected] e-mail: [email protected] Description: SPN 131, 4 credit hours, introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.Course Materials: Panorama, related activity manual, related CD’s. 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 andat 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.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 extenuatingcircumstances, more than two absences per semester will result in a lower grade. Inaddition, 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 besttest 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 unethicalCheating 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 unethicalSyllabus for Spanish 131, FALL 2006, From Panorama(note: we will cover some items before we read them in the textbook in the order listed below)Note 1: There are not dates on this syllabus, but most of the material will be covered in the order listed below. We will spend the time necessary to cover each item before moving on to the next. The instructor will always tell


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