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Workbook Exercises and Lab Manual: Students should complete workbook online pages before attending the class session covering that material. Students will turn in ..... Escriban p.148(a,b). Gr.p169(a). p.170 (b,c.d). Escriban un poema. 12. Lunes. 14/04. Unidad 2: Lección 4. Cultura lean p149-156. Escriban p153 (a, b).

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students in neighboring classrooms.

Quality participation includes:
(1) Following instructions, or, if you don't understand them, letting me know by raising your hand and saying, "No comprendo";
(2) Contributing positively to class discussions; both speaking and listening-- demonstrating interest in what others have to say, asking questions, not dominating conversations;
(3)(Especially for advanced students) adjusting your language level in order to communicate effectively with the rest of the class;
I look forward to working and playing with you as we set about learning the Spanish language.

¡Bienvenido/a! Welcome! This course is designed to help you further explore the Spanish language. In it, you will continue to develop proficiency in the Spanish language by learning more strategies for communication in four areas: oral (speaking), aural (listening), reading, and writing. Be prepared, then, to jump from language and learning skills activities, to discussions of geography, cultural identity and politics.

Greater emphasis on reading and writing than in first-year Spanish, and you can expect to work on these skills both in class and at home. Students are expected to use only Spanish during the entire class, with the exception of the last 10 minutes, during which you are free to ask any questions you wish in English.
Upon completion of this course, you will:
(1) Be able to communicate with others at an Intermediate-High level: this includes engaging in conversations, providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions, and exchanging opinions in areas centered beyond your immediate and personal needs; content areas include: current events, media, politics, values, history and traditions, social issues, customs, etc., with increased awareness of target cultural concerns, norms and values, and culturally specific customs and events; communication is in the present, future and past tenses;
(2) Recognize Hispanic cultural products (art, literature, music, food, laws, etc.) and practices, and understand their relationship to Hispanic perspectives (attitudes, values, ideas);
(3) Reinforce and further your knowledge of other disciplines through Spanish; and acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are uniquely Hispanic;
(4) Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language and the concept of culture by comparing the Spanish language and its cultures with language(s) and culture(s) with which you’re familiar;
(5) Use Spanish both within and beyond the classroom setting; and, show evidence of becoming a lifelong learner by using Spanish for personal enjoyment and enrichment and in professional endeavors, independently pursuing activities using Spanish throughout your lifetime.

This course is presented using the “natural approach,” which emphasizes using the language in the context of everyday situations. Workbook online and internet activities are used to provide additional practice. Students will participate in many different classroom scenarios designed to provide a range of opportunities to use the Spanish language. Practice Spanish outside of the classroom: read bilingual product labels and instructions, start a journal in Spanish, write notes and lists to yourself in Spanish, chat with other Spanish students, and surf the Spanish-language Web.

This is an academic course intended to prepare students for upper division work at a four-year university. In order to succeed in this course, students will have to put in a lot of work. This class counts for five units. Some think it should count for six or eight. For every hour that you spend in class, you’re expected to spend two hours preparing outside of class. For this course, then, anticipate spending about ten hours per week outside of class (actual time may vary depending on your background, abilities, etc.)

A large part of language acquisition will occur outside of class, from doing homework assignments and by practicing the language with classmates. If you have chosen to enroll in this course in order to meet college requirements (rather than taking a more advanced level or studying a different language, for example), keep in mind that you will only earn credit for what you accomplish/complete in this class, not for what you already know. Also, as with all students in the class, you will be evaluated on how you contribute to the dynamics of the class.

Students taking this course are assumed to have excellent study skills, good writing skills and a solid grounding in English grammar – even though this is a Spanish class. Students who are not comfortable speaking English in front of a class are likely to find speaking Spanish in front of class very uncomfortable. Students will be required to speak a lot of Spanish in front of class in this course. Students are expected to use the level of Spanish that the class has studied or is studying.

There may be students enrolled in this class not sufficiently prepared academically to take this course at this time. Students who find they are not yet ready to take this Spanish class should do themselves a favor and withdraw early.

Dates to Remember
Last day to drop class and receive fees refund: Friday, February 8th, 2008
Last day to drop class without a “W” grade: Friday, February 22nd, 2008
Last day to drop a class with a “W” grade: Friday, April 18, 2008
Students who do not officially withdraw from the class will receive a letter grade.

You'll need the following items; bring your textbook and writing instruments with you to each class:
1- Textbook: Mundo 21, 3rd ed., Samaniego, Rojas, Ohara, Alarcón.
2- Online Workbook/Lab Manual: Quia online (electronic) Student Activities Manual (SAM)
Note: The book key (access code) for the online SAM is included with new textbooks purchased at the OCC Bookstore. If you purchase the textbook somewhere else, or buy it used, you may have to purchase the book key separately (see "Quia Enrollment" instructions to find out how).
3- Internet (preferably broadband) and printer access, and an e-mail account
Note: You can get a student account, and then use computers on campus at the John R. Clark Computing Center (714.432.5634) or at the OCC Library (714.432.5885). You'll need to provide your own headphones (the same type that you would use with a portable CD player or iPod.) You can get free e-mail accounts at a number of sites; some of the more popular include: Google, Yahoo, Hotmail; some possibilities in Spanish are: LatinMail, Brújula,
4- Writing Instruments:
- A pencil, or a black or blue pen for writing homework and exams.
- A red pen for correcting homework.
You must have the necessary materials with you in class, whether it be your textbook, paper, a functioning writing instrument, a staple or paper clip for your homework, etc.
Students must have also Scantron #882-E answer cards and number-two pencils available for the final exam. A white plastic eraser must be used to make corrections. These items are available at the bookstore or from the new student supplies vending machine located in front of the Chemistry Building. Students should bring a notebook to every class to take notes. Students are responsible for all vocabulary words written on the board, in addition to those in the text. A high-quality Spanish-English / English-Spanish dictionary makes a good investment.

Grades are determined in a very straightforward manner. Examinations, homework, workbook, an oral presentation and the final examination are all factored together to produce a final grade for each student, using the following scale:

A = 90% and above
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = Less than 60%

The various elements of the grade are weighted as follows
1. Quizzes Taken1 5%
2. Chapter Exam Average Score 30%
3. Homework – % completed 30%
4. Oral presentation 10%
5. Final exam 25%
Total2 100%
1 Lowest quiz score will be dropped
2Total is adjusted up or down to determine final grade.
Extra credit raises this total.
Attendance issues lower this total.
Adjustments to final grade:
Several adjustments are made to the overall score as calculated above:
Students may earn extra credit by doing additional work. This work can add as many as five percentage points to the final grade (see section on extra credit).
Excessive absenses and tardy arrivals are penalized. See section on attendance.
The instructor may adjust final grades up or down by as much as two points to reflect classroom participation (see section on classroom participation).
Students electing take a pass/fail grade must earn a score of 60 or above to receive a “pass” grade. Pass/fail grading must be arranged at the records office.

There will be six quizzes during the semester, which may not be announced.

There will be two chapter examinations: One exam at the end of Unidad 1, one after Unidad 2, and the material covered in Unidad 3 will be emphasized on the final exam, which will be comprehensive. Each exam will cover culture, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension. Within a week after each exam, they will be made available for student review and then must be returned to the instructor. Exams not returned will have their score reduced to zero.
Missed examinations cannot be made up.
The lowest quiz score for each student is dropped from their average, in order to allow for a missed quiz or in case a student has a very bad test day.

Homework for this course will be assigned on an almost daily basis. Most of these assign-ments (tareas) would be listed on the classroom board. Any assignment completed during the class itself (when you're supposed to be working on classroom activities) will automatically earn you a zero ("0").

Workbook Exercises and Lab Manual: Students should complete workbook online pages before attending the class session covering that material. Students will turn in the workbook online at midnight the day before each Unidad examination is scheduled. Incomplete work receives partial credit (not more than half credit). Late work will not receive credit.
Keeping up with homework is proven to have a positive effect on exam scores. Students falling behind in their workbooks online will find classroom activities to be less effective and examination questions more difficult to answer.

Compositions: Students will be assigned two compositions and one poem over the course of the semester. Each composition should be one typewritten page in length, double-spaced, using a 12-point monospaced font (Courier). Handwritten compositions will not be accepted. Compositions are scored credit/non-credit.
Students must re-write their compositions after they make corrections using the vocabulary and grammar lists at the end of the chapters. Self-correction is an effective study technique when learning a language. Use a colored pencil or a different colored pen to mark corrections so they stand out. Staple the final draft on top of the corrected rough draft and hand it in at the beginning of class. When the compositions are returned, review any corrections. Students who still have questions should ask a study partner, a tutor or make an appointment with the instructor.

The oral presentation must be delivered in Spanish and should be on a Spanish-related subject or theme. In the past, students have put on a play, talked about a trip, a book or a movie, or described a celebrity or a Hispanic friend. Students might recite poetry, play audience-participation games, sing songs, make up a lesson plan, tell about a country or an historical figure. Ambitious students might give their presentation using PowerPoint or by making a video. (Note: Students must provide their own Audio/Video and computer equipment.) The presentation should last from five to seven minutes. Students may use an outline, but should not read their presentation from a script. Students are encouraged to work together in groups of two, three or four. This work should demonstrate collective effort, and all participants will share the same score. Students will submit the theme and an outline of their oral presentation by the fourth week of class. Presentations will be scheduled for delivery in the last half of the semester. Scoring will be based on content, organization, creativity and overall effectiveness, as well as on Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

Oral Mini Presentations: During the semester, students will be required to present several oral mini-presentations. They should take only two or three minutes each.

Students must take the final exam during the regularly scheduled exam time.
This examination will be approximately twice the length of a Unidad exam and will be comprehensive, with an emphasis on the material in Unidad 3. The exam will cover culture, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension.

Students may submit additional work to earn a maximum of five points of extra credit. This work should be discussed with the instructor before work is begun. The value given to the work will reflect its academic quality. Extra credit work must be submitted during the break or after class.

Class attendance is mandatory.
Roll is called at the start of each class and following the break. Students not present for roll call are marked absent. Students arriving after roll call are tardy.
Students who do not return following the break are marked 1/2 absent. Students leaving class early will be marked absent.
Students who miss the roll call must present themselves to the instructor after class on the day they are tardy to have their attendance mark changed from absent to tardy. The roll book is reality. Each tardy arrival reduces a student's final grade by 1/2 point. After the third tardy, permission from the instructor is required to return to class.
Students are allowed two unexcused absences and two tardies during the semester (per college regulations). Unavoidable absences arranged in advance will be dismissed.(It has to be catastrophic events such as death of a loved one, car accident etc. Other circumstances for an absence must be discussed with the instructor immediately upon returning to class. A third unexcused absence may result in the student being dropped from the class by the instructor. Each absence after the second one reduces a student’s final grade by 2 points. A total of five absences during the semester will lower your final grade by a full grade.
NOTE: Dropped students must officially withdraw. Failure to do this will result in a letter grade being given.
Missed examinations cannot be made up. A student's lowest quiz score (excluding the final exam) will be discarded. This will compensate for an absence on the day of an quiz or in cases where a student has a very bad test day.
Students are expected to actively participate in classroom activities and to contribute to an appropriate academic atmosphere. You may not sit in the back of the classroom if there are any empty seats in front of you. If you arrive late or need to leave early for any reason, do so discreetly; do not disrupt the class. The instructor may adjust a final grade up or down by as many as two points, based on her assessment of classroom appreciation. Students who are enthusiastic and effervescent are likely to have their grades bumped upward, while students who are disruptive or disrespectful risk having to be warned then subsequently will be asked to leave the classroom and when repeated the third time will be reported to the dean of students. Any activities other than relevant to classroom material is not permitted.

Every student in this course must provide an email address to the instructor. Free email can be obtained from Yahoo! or other Internet service providers. Free Internet access is available at the college library and most public libraries. Students should check their email regularly. Important notices and supplemental material will be distributed by email.
Students should not rely on email to communicate with the instructor. Important conversations should be conducted in person or over the telephone. The instructor will not open email attachments under any circumstances.

Pagers and Cellular Telephones must be turned off in class. Exceptions for emergency situations must be cleared with the instructor in advance. Students who make the mistake of using their phone during class will be dismissed for the rest of the class session and marked as absent for the day. Cell phone use during examinations will be considered cheating and will result is disciplinary action.
Private Conversations during class are disruptive and must be avoided. Students who persist in carrying on such conversations will be dismissed for the rest of the class session.
Behavior: Inappropriate conduct or language will not be tolerated. Any student demonstrating a lapse of civility will be dismissed for the rest of the class session.
Academic honesty: Cheating will not be tolerated. Students engaging in such conduct will receive zero grades on their tests and will be reported to the Dean of Students, who is required to put offenders on academic probation.
Food and beverages are not allowed in class. Bottled water is permitted.

Forbidden questions:
If you've read the previous information carefully, you will not ask me any of the following questions during the semester:
"I missed last class-- was there any extra homework?"
"I missed the test-- when can I make it up?"
"I don't have the homework today-- can I turn it in late?"
"If I turn in my assignment late, how many points will I lose?"
"I have to ___; is it all right if I miss class?"
"I failed or earned a 'D' on all the tests, and I haven't done a lot of the homeworks because I didn't understand the instructions; I don't speak much in class because I'm really shy, and I missed some classes because I was sick; I know that there are only three weeks left in the semester, but, what can I do to pass this class?"

Students are strongly encouraged to network with each other. Exchange names, email addresses and telephone numbers so you can contact each other. Students may discover longtime friends in this class.
I am very excited and thrilled to our semester together and I am here to help you in any way I can.

Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination…
¡Buena suerte!

Calendario de clases
(Class Calendar)

This calendar will be followed as closely as possible. Changes will be announced in class or may be communicated in email from the instructor.
Students should prepare for every class session by completing the assigned reading and on-line work before the start of class.
Spanish 280
Calendario de clases
Orange Coast College
Spring 2008

SemDíaPreparación del texto
(Advance reading/study)Cuaderno Preparación y escritura Tarea/Examen
Asignado H" Assigned
Traer H" Due(lit. 1Lunes 28/01Unidad 1:
Lección 1Syllabus firmado( signed.)
Quia enrollment
Unidad 1:
Lección 1Cultura Lean pág.2-10.
Escriban p.11 (a) p.12 (a,b)
Gramática.Estudien p64-652Lunes
04/02Unidad 1:
Lección 1Cultura Lean pág. 13-17.
Gr.Escriban p73 (a) p74 (c)Miérco-les
Unidad 1:
Lección 2
Cultura Lean pág. 18-26
Escriban p24(a)composición
Gramática. p75,763Lunes
11/02Unidad 1:
Lección 2
Cultura lean p.27-30
Escriban p30 (a)
Gramática P77Escriban p79
Estudien para un verb quizMiérco-les
13/02Unidad 1:
Lección 2y3
Cultura lean p34-43
Escriban p43(a)
Gr. Escriban P86 (b,c)
Presentaciones Orales (temas)4
 (Vacación – Washington’s Birthday)Miérco-les
20/02Unidad 1:
Lección 3Cultura lean p44-47
Escriban p47(a)
Gr.Estudien ser y estar5Lunes
25/02Unidad 1:
Lección 3Cultura lean p48-49
Gr. P89(a)p.(b,c,d)Miérco-les
27/02Unidad 1:
Lección 4
Cultura lean p50-58
Escriban p56(a)p57b
Outline oral presentation
03/03Unidad 1:
Lección 4
Cultura lean p59-63
Escriban p61a,bp62a
Gr.p92(a) p93(b)
05/03Unidad 1:
Lección 4Cultura Estudien U1
Gramática Estudien Unidad 1
Workbook online (due at midnight)
10/03Examen #1:
Unidad 1
Cultura lean p94-105
Escriban p p98(a,b)

12/03Unidad 2:
Lección 1
Cultura lean p106-108
Escriban p108(a,b)
Gramática p159(c)

17/03Unidad 2:
Lección 1
Cultura lean p109-111

19/03Unidad 2:
Lección 2
Cultura lean p112-120
Escriban p119(a)
Escriban p.162(a,b,c)
24/03(Vacaciones de Semana Santa)
26/03(Vacaciones de Semana Santa)10Lunes
31/03Unidad 2:
Lección 2Cultura lean p121-125
Escriban p.123(a,b)
Gr.p163.164 (a,b)Miérco-les
Unidad 2:
Lección 3Cultura lean p126-134
Escriban p134 (a)
Gr. p167 (a,b)
07/04Unidad 2:
Lección 3
Cultura lean p135-141
Escriban p136(a)
Gr.p167(c) p.168(d)
09/04Unidad 2:
Lección 4
Cultura lean p142-148
Escriban p.148(a,b)
p.170 (b,c.d)
Escriban un poema12Lunes
Unidad 2:
Lección 4Cultura lean p149-156
Escriban p153 (a,b)
Gr.p171-173 (a,b,c)
Workbook online (due at midnight)Miérco-les
16/04Examen #2:
Unidad 2
Unidad 3
Lección 1Cultura lean p174-183
Escriban p182a p183b
21/04Unidad 3:
Lección 1

Cultura lean p183-189
Escriban p187(a,b)

23/04Unidad 3:
Lección 2
Cultura lean p190-198
Escriban p196 a 197b
Gr.p240a 241b,c
Escriban composicion
28/04Unidad 3:
Lección 2
Cultura lean p199-205
Escriban p201(a,b)
30/04Unidad 3:
Lección 3

Cultura lean p206-214
Escriban 212 (a,b)
P244 (a,b)
05/05Unidad 3:
Lección 3

Cultura lean p215-221
Escriban p218 (a,b)

07/05Unidad 3:
Lección 4
Cultura lean p222-230
Escriban p.228a p.229b
Gr.p 247(a,b y c)
12/05Unidad 3:
Lección 4
Cultura lean p231-237
Escriban p234 (a,b)
Gr.p 249 (a,b,c,d)
Workbook online (due at midnight)Miérco-les
14/05Repaso para examen final (handout)17Lunes
19/05Repaso para examen final
Estudien para su examen
Final (comprehensive) Pot-luckMiérco-les
21/05Examen Final
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