Course Syllabus – Fall Semester 2013
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YOUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
To achieve the goals of this course you must attend each class meeting and actively participate in classroom activities while speaking only Spanish during class time. You will also need to complete all homework assignments on time and meet with your instructor in his or her office to discuss any problems you might have. Expect to spend an average of six hours a week practicing outside of class and completing homework assignments (two hours for each hour spent in class). Make sure to allow extra time for reading and listening assignments. It is sometimes necessary, and always a good practice, to read and listen multiple times to assure your preparation for the next class meeting. During class you will discuss these materials in pairs, small groups or with the entire class as well as complete other types of activities which will be based on the homework.
This is important: your homework prepares you to successfully complete the work of the next class meeting. It is imperative that you complete your assignments on time!
Expect to hear Spanish spoken in the classroom from the first day of class and make every possible effort to do so yourself. Trust your instructor to help you through any gaps in vocabulary or grammar. Don’t expect to be constantly corrected in classroom discussion. Often an instructor will repeat back what you have just said if he or she thinks that others may not have heard or understood. Hearing something repeated in a different way is often helpful to others as well as yourself and does not mean that you have said something wrong. Speak as confidently as you can and listen carefully to any feedback or response. In classroom discussion, communication is the goal – not grammatical perfection.
with a C- of Spanish 2110 at
note: The main textbook is an edition which has been custom published for the
1) ˇAvance!: Intermediate Spanish (Special edition with additional materials for
2) Estrenos de cine: Short Spanish Films and Activities Manual,
Heinle / Cengage. 1st edition. ISBN: 1133311059
Under the learner-centered framework of the Department of Modern Languages courses, your attendance is of utmost importance.
Classes that meet three days a week:
circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending class; therefore, you
are allowed three (3) absences. These three absences are not “free” but should
be used to account for events such as colds, routine medical appointments, away-games for athletes, religious observances, court
appearances, weddings, funerals, car problems, job interviews, etc. Beginning
with the fourth absence (and for each subsequent absence), 1% will be deducted
from your final grade calculation. Use the 3 hours wisely. All absences
count toward the maximum. Ten (10) absences is an automatic F."
Classes that meet twice a week:
Certain circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending class; therefore, you are allowed two (2) absences (3 hours of class-time). These two absences are not “free” but should be used to account for events such as colds, routine medical appointments, away-games for athletes, religious observances, court appearances, weddings, funerals, car problems, job interviews, etc. Beginning with the third absence (and for each subsequent absence), 1% will be deducted from your final grade calculation for each hour missed. A student who has accumulated 10 or more hours of absences will automatically receive an “F” for the class. Use the 3 hours wisely.
that attendance is taken on regular exam days too. Note also that 3 late
arrivals (up to 5 minutes) equal one full absence. Excessive bathroom breaks
and early departure from class will not be tolerated.
For instance, if you earn a 71% (C-) in the class but have 5 absences (penalty of 2 percentage points (MWF classes)), you will receive a 69% (D+) in the course.
Important: The attendance policy does not distinguish "excused" from "unexcused" absences; all absences count toward the maximum. Ten (10) hours of absences is an automatic F."
In case of extended absence due to severe illness, hospitalization or disability, please consult with your instructor.
This category is worth 10% of your grade. It includes your preparation of materials from the text – readings, exercises, etc. – that we will go over in class. If I observe that you have not read the assignments or worked the exercises your grade for this category will be adversely affected. “Participation” also means that you are actively engaged in group and class discussions, you nearly always speak Spanish in class, you thoroughly complete pair and small group tasks, using the time allocated to express ideas in Spanish (not giving the shortest possible answers and then sitting there silently or speaking English), you demonstrate an appropriate level of accuracy for 2000-level Spanish; you are able to speak in complete sentences and maintain a short dialogue by asking and answering questions. Here is a general guideline: 90-100 = student is well prepared for each class, shown by frequent oral participation, frequent leadership in discussions and expansion on topics; 80-89 = student is prepared & participates, but must be encouraged to do so, may speak English more often than necessary; 60-79 = doesn’t talk or offer ideas; may be prepared or not; preparation is inadequate to allow full participation; may be disruptive to groups; may be frequently late for class; 0-59 = no preparation; falls asleep; cell phone/texting disrupts participation; absent. If you want an evaluation of your midterm participation and preparation grade, e-mail me in the eighth week of classes.
The Final Exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. The location will be announced later in the semester.
Important: Unless you present documentation of a conflict with another exam (given at the same time) or have 4 finals scheduled the same day, no make-up final will be given. Make your plans accordingly: travel, personal / family events, weddings, etc. do not constitute valid reasons to reschedule a final exam. No exceptions will be made to the University-approved Final Exam schedule as posted on the Registrar’s website except for the conflicts listed above. If one of these specific conflicts applies to you, you must contact the Coordinator for Second-Year Spanish, Keith Woodall (email@example.com) before Wednesday, November 21. Your e-mail must include:
1) your full name
2) your Spanish course and section
3) your Instructor’s name
4) the course and instructor information of the conflicting exam(s).
If you do not follow these instructions, no request for an accommodation can be processed.
There will be NO extra credit awarded for the purpose of raising a student’s grade.
CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CLASSROOM / GRADES DISPUTES:
These matters should be first discussed with your instructor (please ask for a special appointment if you cannot meet his/her office hours). If you want to dispute a grade after you have discussed it with your instructor, it should be done in writing and to the Coordinator of Second-Year Spanish, Keith Woodall, firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing either your instructor or the Coordinator, please fill-in the subject line with the reason (i.e. grade dispute) and ask for an appointment. If you have questions about grades, ask your instructor.
Important: Accommodations for personal problems and questions about your grades are NOT to be discussed during class time or via e-mail, make an appointment.
In order to facilitate consideration for a change in grade, Students must keep all work returned by the instructor.
The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. These include -but are not limited to- cheating; plagiarism; forgery; furnishing false information to the University; and alteration or misuse of University documents, records, or identification. In addition, assignments that are totally/partially taken from an external source such as published information (book, web page, etc.), produced by a translation program or by another person will receive NO credit. All forms of dishonesty will be reported to the Director of the program. Possible consequences include a grade of zero on the assignment, course failure, and/or referral to judiciaries. The Academic Judiciaries may impose further sanctions. A student can appeal any academic sanctions through the grade appeal process. See The OU Student Code of Conduct
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
Any student who suspects s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the class instructor privately to discuss the student’s specific needs and provide written documentation from the Office of Student Accessibility Services. If the student is not yet registered as a student with a disability, s/he should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services.
Graduate students enrolled in SPAN 5110, 5120 or 5210, 5220, 5310 or 5320 will receive CR on their transcripts if their final grade is a B or above; otherwise, the letter grade earned will appear on the student’s transcript.
IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU CANNOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS COURSE FOR THIS SEMESTER, YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS COURSE UNTIL YOU ARE ABLE TO DO SO. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE WORK OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM AS WELL AS A COMMITMENT TO ATTEND EACH CLASS SESSION.
Your instructor will provide you with other policies specific to your particular section.
In-Class Writing Assignments (2) 8%
Video Assignments (4) 12%
Quizzes (# may vary) 10%
Oral Exams (2) 10%
Exams (3) 24%
Final Exam 14%