This course is a continuation of SPA 102(Advanced 1st year Spanish.) Introduction of more extensive grammar, additional verb forms, more complex sentence structures, and vocabulary. Speaking, reading, and writing Spanish are emphasized. The course covers chapters 11-15.(CD-ROM, internet, tapes, videos, and other materials may be used to enrich learning)
SPA 102 or instructor’s permission.
SPA 103 Daily 9:30am – 10:20 am R101
Glass, Villarreal, Puntos de partida.
An Inviation to Spanish, 6th Edition.
- Workbook and Laboratory Manual. The Audio Material portion of the Lab Manual is available at: www.mhhe.com/puntos
- CD’s to accompany text lessons (for sale at the bookstore)
- English/Spanish-Spanish/English Dictionary. (Very helpful)
Access syllabus, course calendar, and additional course material when available for printing at the following web address:
Log in: ahlang
(contact instructor with any problems)
Goals and Objectives:
Spanish 103 is a course designed to greatly develop basic communicative proficiency in listening, reading, speaking and writing. We focus on two principles of communicative language teaching:
Students completing SPN103 and planning to enter SPN 201 should be able to perform the following outcomes on a variety of topics and structures:
I. Understand spoken Spanish, as follows:
a. Demonstrate comprehension of comprehensive sentences and paragraphs.
b. Demonstrate comprehension of main ideas.
II. Speak Spanish, as follows:
a. Initiate and close basic conversation concerning the most pertinent topics.
b. Communicate main ideas.
III. Read Spanish, as follows:
a. Demonstrate comprehension of main ideas and details from various texts.
b. Demonstrate comprehension of main ideas from authentic materials.
IV. Write in Spanish, as follows:
a. Create accurately structured simple and detailed sentences.
b. Compose simple paragraphs grounded in personal experience.
V. Understand concepts of Hispanic culture, as follows:
a. Demonstrate comprehension of and use several polite behaviors and basic nonverbal cues.
b. Describe selected aspects of the geography, history, artistic heritage and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.
If you feel you may need an academic adjustment for any type of disability, please feel free to call me or talk to me after class, or make an appointment with Disabled Support Services, in C130.
We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students and staff. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of all.
The content of this course consists of the materials in the textbook, chapters 11-15.
I. Vocabulary used in reading, writing and discussion.
1. Hace…que/telling how long ago something happened
2. “se” used to talk about unexpected events
3. Informal commands and present subjunctive
4. Past participle use
5. Present Perfect Indicative and Present Perfect Subjunctive
6. Other subjunctive usage
Welcome to the Spanish 103! You are continuing on a challenging and rewarding journey: the study of a foreign language. Your success in this course depends, not on your intelligence or the grades you’ve gotten in past courses, but rather the time and interest you’re willing to put into the class. The following guiding principles form a backbone for success:
(Radio AM 1360/Radio Sol)
Obviously, results will not happen without hard work. Learning a language requires constant, regular practice. The recommended out-of-class study time is 1-2 hours per class hour. This is especially important given the fact that we meet for only a few hours per week during our term. This is a very limited amount of time for a group of students to all have the chance to practice speaking and listening enough to reach our Learner Outcomes by the end of the term. Thus, most of your learning must take place outside of class, and homework and study play a pivotal role in your success.
This class will be conducted mostly in Spanish, with some explanations in English. If you are not accustomed to being immersed in a foreign language, this may feel overwhelming at first. Do not worry if this happens to you: the mind needs some time to adjust, and you are not the only one. It is not necessary to understand everything that is said: just relax and do the best you can. After a couple of weeks, you will notice your comprehension beginning to increase. The same is true with reading: at first, you may find the readings challenging: ignore the sense of panic and keep on going, picking out a word or two in each sentence that you recognize, looking up a word or two in the glossary, and getting extra clues from the titles and accompanying illustrations. If you view comprehension as a jigsaw puzzle, it will be less stressful. And as time goes on, your reading comprehension will improve if you stick with it.
Attendance in this class is absolutely essential!! New material will be presented and practiced every day, and the pace is rapid. If you miss one class, you will get behind. If you miss several classes, you will have missed a good percentage of the class material. On the other hand, if you complete the term with a good attendance record, chances are you will earn a high grade for participation, and your quiz and test scores will also improve.
Homework is assigned almost every
day that we meet. All assignments are due the next class meeting unless
otherwise instructed. Some homework will
be from the textbook, some from the workbook, and some from other sources. Late
homework policy: Homework may be turned in one class session late for reduced
credit. No credit will be awarded
after that. Homework must be fully completed. On all papers turned in,
be sure to include your Spanish name, your class section, and the page
numbers. If you are not in class, you
may put paper in my mailbox in the
There will be at least one project this quarter. Either a presentation in groups of two or three, and presented as a skit and/or interview, using a memorized dialogue or something you personally research and inform the class about. I will be giving much more information on this as we go. The specifics may very well change as we go!
If you would like extra practice with the material of this course, please talk to me. This is for your personal benefit and some extra credit points may be negotiated with the instructor.
There will be short quizzes to test your understanding of the vocabulary. These quizzes will take place at the beginning of class and cannot be made up if you arrive late.
There will be chapter tests that will include all material (vocabulary, grammar and culture) studied in the chapter, and a cumulative final exam, which will include the material of all chapters. All tests will have reading, writing, listening and speaking sections. You get to throw out your lowest test score at the end of the term!J
If you know in advance that you will miss a test or a quiz, you may be able to arrange a make-up if you discuss it with your instructor a week beforehand. However, it is YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY to arrange this with me. Do not attempt to do this at the end of the quarter.
Your final course grade will be computed as follows:
Homework from textbook, workbook & handouts 20%
Chapter Tests 20%
Final Exam 25%
Oral Presentations/Project 10%
A = 93-100% A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89% B = 83-86% B- = 80-82%
C+ = 77-79% C = 73-76% C- = 70-72%
D+ = 67-69% D = 60-66%
F = 0-59%
You can earn a high Class Participation grade as follows:
1. You attend class every day, on time!
2. You participate actively
3. You bring enthusiasm, creativity and originality to the class environment
4. You work well with your peers
5. You demonstrate and develop the ability to think analytically
6. You show significant improvement in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as cultural understanding
4. Please turn off cellular phones before class!J
Buena suerte! J