Spanish Conversation

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05/26/2011 19:26:35

Spanish Conversation


Summer 2011
05/18/2011 - 06/24/2011

Course Information

Section 001
MTWTh 11:00AM - 12:55PM
SAC1 1320
Todd Phillips
(512) 223.6073

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term



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FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT Spanish 1300, Spanish Conversation (Summer 2010) Section 10233, SAC 1320, MTWTh 9:00am-10:55am

Todd Phillips South Austin Campus, Room 1321 lunes a jueves (M-Th), 8:00-9:00 and by appointment 223-9224

Course Description The primary objective of the course is to develop the student’s competency in communicating through the spoken medium. Class time will be spent in simple conversation and discussion of material read outside of class. Emphasis will be placed on idiomatic expressions used in daily speech, pronunciation and vocabulary building.

Prerequisites SPAN 1511 or equivalent, or instructor approval. Required Texts/Materials 15-Minute Latin-American Spanish. Bremón, Ana, 2005. DK Publishing. The CDs that are sold

with the book in some bookstores are not necessary for the class but might be useful for pronunciation practice.

Attendance Attendance in this class is ESSENTIAL and active participation is expected. If you are absent, YOU are responsible for obtaining missed assignments, handouts, etc.

Three tardies equal one absence, and arriving 20 minutes late or leaving 20 minutes early is also an absence. You will be asked to drop the class with your fifth absence. It is always YOUR responsibility to drop the class. If you stop coming to class without officially dropping, you will receive an F on your transcript. The last day to withdraw is June 30.

Instructional Methodology The primary goal of this course is to build the student’s oral proficiency. Students will improve their listening and speaking skills and will develop conversational strategies in Spanish. Activities focus on small group and pair work as well as individual presentations, practicing different types of discourse, including narration, description and dramatic dialogue.

Course Rationale In addition to offering the fundamentals of the Spanish language, this course is intended to fulfill one semester of the foreign language requirement as needed for Associate Degree plans and transfer credit to four-year institutions. The number of courses required varies from discipline and institution.

Common Course Objectives

pronounce Spanish words using correct intonation and stress use correct Spanish syntax in sentences and questions conduct conversations in areas of immediate need, personal interests and familiar topics create dialogues in Spanish on given topics discuss information presented in videos and short readings listen to and discuss selected Spanish-language musical selections compare and contrast customs and cultural differences learn about and discuss Costa Rican language, culture, history, food, wildlife, and music

Grading System

The grade for this course is based on attendance:

A = 0-2 absences B = 3-4 absences C = 5 absences F = 6 or more absences

Course Policies

Attendance and Withdrawals.- Due to the emphasis on oral practice, attendance is mandatory and will be checked daily. Departmental policy allows instructors to drop students with more than three absences. Leaving class prior to class dismissal without the instructor’s approval will be counted as an absence. However, if you decide to withdraw from the class, it is your responsibility to fill out the forms to drop the course. If you do not do the paperwork yourself, you risk receiving an F at the end of the semester. The last day to withdraw is June 30.

“Rule of Three”.- Due to state law, a charge of $60 per credit hour ($300 for a 5-credit course and $180 for a 3- credit course) will be added to the regular tuition for a course in which you have already been officially registered twice before. You are considered officially registered after the 12th day of classes in the spring and fall, and after the 4th day of classes in the summer. The only foreign language courses exempted from "the rule of three" are the lab classes with the course number 0041. Learning a foreign language requires a substantial amount of time and discipline, and these classes often have high drop rates. Therefore, it is extremely important that you carefully consider whether you have the time and dedication to successfully complete this course this semester. Otherwise, make sure that you drop it before the end of the add/drop period.

Incompletes.- ACC policy states that incomplete (I) grades can only be given when there is a verifiable case of emergency occurring after the last day to withdraw. In the event you are granted an incomplete, the necessary work to complete the course should be turned in before the end of the following semester. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F for the course.

Scholastic Dishonesty.- “Acts prohibited by the college for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework” (Student Handbook 2002-2003, p.32). Any students alleged of violating this policy will be referred to the Department Chair and/or College Dean for disciplinary measures.

Students with Disabilities.- “Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three 15-Min: Weeks before the start of the semester” (Student Handbook 2002-2003, p.14).

Freedom of Expression.- Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class. In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking, there are bound to be many differing viewpoints. These differences enhance the learning experience and create an atmosphere where students and instructors alike will be encouraged to think and learn. On sensitive and volatile topics, students may sometimes disagree not only with each other but also with the instructor. It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.

Cellphone policy Cellphones must be turned off and completely out of sight during class. If you are caught with your phone out, it will be taken away till the end of class. The second time you are caught, you will be asked to leave the class.

“Puntitos” You will earn “Brownie points” by doing certain things for class such as: taking notes on the assigned material before we discuss it in class, making flashcards for new vocabulary, finding specific information online, winning games, and actively participating in class. For this course, you can trade in:

*20 points for an absence

You can LOSE these points by whining; talking, text-messaging, or doing homework during class; not being prepared when called on; not having the required materials; falling asleep in class; arriving late; regularly leaving the room in the middle of class; begging to get out of class early; packing up to go before class is over; etc. These points will be awarded and taken away completely at my discretion.

¡IMPORTANTE! The sections listed for each day are what you must study and take notes on BEFORE coming to class that day. ¡Vengan preparados todos los días! Costa Rican language and culture will be discussed every day.

martes miércoles jueves viernes

26, 27, 28 mayo

15-Min: Week 1; La familia tica

15-Min: Week 2; La comida tica

15-Min: Week 3; Los colones

lunes martes miércoles jueves

31 mayo, 1, 2, 3 junio

7, 8, 9, 10 junio

14, 15, 16, 17 junio

21, 22, 23, 24 junio

28, 29, 30 junio, 1 julio

15-Min: Week 6; Manuel Antonio

15-Min: Week 8; El brete

15-Min: Week 10; La casa tica

15-Min: Week 12; El tiempo libre

15-Min: Week 4; Geografía de Costa Rica

15-Min: Week 7; De compras en San José

15-Min: Week 9; La salud de los ticos

15-Min: Week 11; Los servicios en Costa Rica

Temas culturales

15-Min: Week 5; San José

15-Min: Week 7;

La pulpería (=corner grocery store)

15-Min: Week 9; El sistema sanitario de Costa Rica

15-Min: Week 11; El delito en Costa Rica

Temas culturales

15-Min: Week 5; El aeropuerto Juan Santamaría

15-Min: Week 8; El brete (=work)

15-Min: Week 10; La casa tica

15-Min: Week 12; El tiempo libre

Temas culturales

San José, Costa Rica:

Sun, June 20: Fly from Austin to San José, Costa Rica Transfer to host families

Mon-Thu, June 21-24:

Sat-Sun, June 26-27:

Mon-Thu, June 28- July 1:

Fri-Sat, July 2-3:

Sat, July 3:

Three morning excursions (See schedule above and under Excursions Program, third week.)

Regular class schedule (1:00-5:00) at Forester Instituto Internacional

Overnight excursion to Quepos / Manuel Antonio

Two morning excursions (See schedule above and under Excursions Program, fourth week.)

Regular class schedule (1:00-5:00) at Forester Instituto Internacional

Overnight excursion to Arenal Volcano / La Fortuna

Return to San José

Sun, July 4:

Return flight to Austin