SPN 217.02 & 217.03 Intermediate Spanish
Office: ARH 220D
Horas de consulta:
Martes 10:00 - 11:00
Miércoles 10:00-11:00 & 2:10 - 3:00
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I. Course objectives:
Reading: start reading longer non-literary and literary texts and develop reading strategies for increasing comprehension of those texts:
Speaking: answer questions related to readings; describe/paraphrase what has been seen, read, or heard; state reactions to selected issues raised by the readings; ask questions on topics related to the readings; improve fluency through vocabulary building, grammar review and oral practice. Attention given to speaking in paragraphs.
Grammatical accuracy: be able to communicate in Spanish with a higher degree of grammatical accuracy. To help the student achieve this goal, a review of the main grammatical difficulties will be offered during the first part of the semester.
Writing: to be able to write short assignments related to readings; to describe/paraphrase what has been read or seen or to state reactions to selected issues raised in the readings.
II. Required Texts:
Avanzando: Gramática española y lectura. Sara Lequerica y Carmen Salazar.
Cuaderno de ejercicios de Avanzando: Gramática española y lectura. Sara Lequerica de la vega y Carmen Salazar.
Buero Vallejo, Antonio. En la ardiente oscuridad.
Ritos de iniciación (Pacheco, José Emilio, Batallas en el desierto)Library e-reserves for the course
III. Advice for Language AcquisitionClass time provides the primary means for you to practice speaking and to receive feedback from the instructor on your spoken Spanish, therefore your active participation is fundamental to your language acquisition. Class participation comprises a large part of your final grade. Fruitful classroom learning depends on careful preparation for each class meeting. Language is not acquired through cramming before tests, but through constant practice. You should expect to spend two to three hours outside of class in preparing for each class.Take advantage of resources that will enable you to improve your language skills:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 pm in ARH 223)
El país (España) http://www.elpais.es/
El periódico (España) http://www.elperiodico.es/
Nexos (México) http://www.nexos.com.mx/index.html
Proceso (México) http://proceso.web.com.mx/
El tiempo (Colombia) http://www.eltiempo.com/Wellcome.htm
El mercurio (Chile) http://www.mercurio.cl/
La república (Perú) http://ekeko.rcp.net.pe/LaRepublica/
As you can see 30% of your final grades depends on your presence in class and on your active participation. It is therefore necessary to arrive to class on time and to be prepared (readings, exercises and assignments done).
V. Class requirements
*Attendance for every class and active participation in discussion (with quality comments) and in other class projects. Since language acquisition heavily relies on participation in class, you will receive an oral grade for class participation at the end of each class and therefore any unexcused absences will have a negative affect on your final oral grade. Arriving late to class will have a similar affect.
MORE THAN 3 ABSENCES OF ANY KIND WILL AUTOMATICALLY LOWER YOUR FINAL GRADE BY A FULL LETTER GRADE.
AS A REWARD, ALL STUDENTS WHO DO NOT MISS ANY CLASS DURING THE ENTIRE SEMESTER WILL HAVE THEIR FINAL GRADE GO UP BY A THIRD OF A LETTER GRADE (EXAMPLE= FROM B+ TO A-)
ALSO NOTICE THAT IF YOU MISS MORE THAN 2 CLASSES OF YOUR LAB, YOU WILL LOSE 10% OF YOUR PARTICIPATION GRADE FOR THIS CLASS.
*Thorough preparation for each class, which is an essential condition for an effective participation. This means not just reading the assignment, but looking up new words, learning them, underlining, taking notes and preparing each one of the homework questions in writing in a complete and detailed manner with evidence. I will be collecting those notes and assigning them grades.
*Turning in your written assignments to me on TIME. I will not accept late papers.
*Presenting your oral assignments on TIME. Yours fellow students will be counting on you that day. You will be expected to put as much effort into the oral assignment as into the written ones.
To get the most out of this class and to do well in the course, you are strongly encouraged to go to the Spanish lab which is open 3 nights a week for 2 hours. I will be notified of all your visits to the lab. The Spanish Lab is located in ARH 223 and open on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm.
HORARIO DEL CURSO
of Spanish | Grinnell College
Last updated: August 23, 2007