Tompkins-Cortland Community College
SPA 101: Beginning Spanish I
Course Information: Professor Information:
Credit Hours: 4 Name: Dr. Gina Gammage-Sikora
Semester/ Year: Summer 09 Phone: 758-3670 (Home)
Web: www.ginasikora.com Office Hours: by appointment
E- mail: email@example.com
Tech Requirements :
This course will make demands on your computer system and skills.
Hardware and software:
a reliable computer, either a PC running Windows 2000 or later, or a Mac running OS X or later
a CD-ROM drive
a sound card and speakers
a good quality computer microphone (external is preferable to built-in)
a hi-speed modem (Cable or DSL strongly recommended to download audio and video without delays)
a dependable Internet Service Provider (ISP)
a working Email address
for PC users a recent version of Internet Explorer (free download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads)
for Mac users a recent version of Safari (free download at http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/safari.html)
Adobe Flash Player (free download at http://www.adobe.com/downloads)
Adobe Shockwave Player (free download at http://www.adobe.com/downloads)
Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download at http://www.adobe.com/downloads)
QuickTime Player (free download at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download)
Real One Player 2 (free download at http://www.real.com)
If you are unable to run this hardware and software from home, you must be willing and able to make additional visits to the Language Lab, located in the library, during the week.
will be using a textbook with a variety of web-based
components and resources and a robust internet course delivery system
with features such as document sharing, threaded discussions,
chatrooms and an online dropbox. We will also use interactive web
exercises, internet voice recordings, online conferences and word
processing and email functions, including attachments.
Be ready to develop your computer skills from the start and you need to be receptive to acquiring some more. Students with inadequate computer experience tend to feel very overwhelmed in this interdependent context.
EN LINEA + PANORAMA, Third Edition Student Edition + Maestro™ Web-SAM access code
978-1-60007-830-9 Price $145.00 US
This Package includes:
The course materials are sold at
the Bookstore and at Mandos Books in Cortland, at higher
They are available as a package through the Vistas Online Bookstore at http://www.vhldirect.com/smc/all/.
You may be able to find used copies of the Third Edition Panorama hardcover textbook or the 3-hole-punch Companion version.
The other three items, however, consist of access codes to online resources and CANNOT be purchased used.
They are mandatory and can be bought separately.
The eCourse code can be purchased at http://www.vhldirect.com/program.php?pid=13 for $105
The other two items can be purchased at http://www.vhldirect.com/program.php?pid=27.
The Supersite Student Passcode will cost $35 (ISBN: 1-60007-175-9).
The Maestro Web-SAM access code will cost $37 (ISBN: 1-60007-192-9).
The total cost of these three access codes bought separately is more than the package, which includes a new textbook.
The Spanish 101 course deals with basic concepts of grammar and their application to every day conversation. Although elementary in content, the students will practice sentence formation in the present, simple past, and future tenses. This course is an introduction to the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, with emphasis on developing communicative strategies in Spanish; and the exposure to the Hispanic culture.
Students will reinforce learning with guided practice in the three major realms of communication: spoken, heard, and written, as well as learning to respond to visual prompting.
This course, as is the case with all my course offerings, is rooted in the ideas of liberal learning. The underlying ideal in all of my classes whether they are literature-, culture-, or language based, is that all three of these elements are interwoven. The specific knowledge and perspectives that will be acquired in this class reflects the college's commitment to instilling in our students an acumen of themes and issues pertaining to Global Understanding (knowledge of the interconnectedness of the natural and human experience through exposure of the political, social, economic and religious differences of the target language's literature and civilization) and Social Justice (comparison and contrast of issues of social justice, equality and democracy between our society and those of the target language.)
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND GOALS:
This course will provide an introduction to the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Through class activities and homework assignments, students will begin to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. Moreover, beginning students will build their vocabulary and grammatical concepts by developing analytical language skills. In addition, they will explore diverse ways of life as they examine the people and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.
Develop communicative (speaking and listening) skills in Spanish so as to be able to carry on simple conversations with others
Develop basic reading and writing skills in Spanish, so as to be able to read short texts and write simple paragraphs
Develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
Deepen your understanding of the English language and grammar through the study of Spanish
1. In order to pass this course, the student must show an ability to carry on the following communicative and grammatical functions in both oral and written forms:
narrate in the present tense
elicit and provide basic information by asking and answering questions appropriately
describe people, places, and things through proper adjective agreement and use of ser / estar
describe one’s daily routine
make simple comparisons
discuss likes and dislikes
2. The student must show knowledge of the appropriate vocabulary so as to be able to carry on a simple conversation and/or answer questions about the following topics: greetings and farewells; telling time; the calendar; the university and courses of study; family members; clothing; daily routine; parts of the house; and the weather.
3. The student must show understanding of Spanish through successful performance on reading and listening comprehension tasks.
4. The student must show an awareness of cultural elements of Spanish-speaking peoples through participation in course discussions and demonstrated understanding of the course readings and video presentations.
Prerequisites: No previous courses are required, but you must have some computer skills, and a minimum of 10 hours available each week solely for this course.
IMPORTANT: This is a HYBRID course. It has three weekly components:
Class Meeting: You are expected to attend class on campus once a week for 2 hours. (This is absolutely mandatory) The mandatory meeting is for face-to-face interaction and for testing, with a quiz or an exam scheduled every week. The course format will be a combination of individual and group aural and written work. The instructor will also lecture on grammatical structures in real-life contexts, however, large part of each class will be devoted to different exercises and activities in class that promote the use of the language. If you cannot attend all of the weekly meetings in their entirety, you should not be taking this course!
Lab Requirement: To meet the lab requirement, you must arrange to log half an hour a week at your convenience in the Language Lab, located in the library, main campus, available for use during the library hours. You will be asked to access specialized language programs available in the lab or to make and save recordings on the lab servers in order to complete your online assignments for the course.
Online Activities: You are expected to visit the course websites at least four times a week - but ideally, once a day. There you will find assignments, lecture materials, interactive exercises and text and voice discussions that can be accessed at your convenience, as well as chat and conference tools for scheduled online meetings with your instructor and your classmates. For this component of the course, you will be working, mostly, on your own and at your own pace.
COURSE POLICIES and WARNINGS:
Class meetings are mandatory and daily participation is essential in view of the course objectives. Students should come prepared to actively participate by reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Remember that language courses require at least one hour of preparation daily outside the classroom to successfully learn the language.
You are expected to attend every class meeting. Absences will adversely affect your class performance and might be reflected in your grade. Missing class even a few days will make it extremely hard for you to catch up.
I will consider an absence as excused only if you e-mail me the day of the absence or before letting me know that you will not be in class. A copy of that e-mail is your written excuse.
In class, if you have a question, ask it! Someone else probably has the same question. Errors are considered part of the learning process. Therefore, students should not feel discouraged when errors are made.
Work with you fellow students. A regular study group can be especially effective.
See instructor (time permitting) before or after class.
Lab drills are essential to improve your pronunciation and aural skills.
From day one, try to memorize the vocabulary and verb forms presented in class.
Allow 15 minutes every day to practice the spelling of the vocabulary words. Write five times each of the easy words in Spanish and 10 times the difficult words.
Breakdown of Class Participation:
Attended = C
Attended + Attentive = B
Attended + Attentive + Participated = A
Three (3) components will be factored in to determine your participation grade.
Attentiveness and Attitude (note-taking, alertness, paying attention to instructor and classmates)
Participation (interacting and contributing during group discussions and activities and independent, in-class assignments.) IN SPANISH !!
In my beginning-level classrooms, students are expected to participate. If you are in a Spanish course that only meets twice a week (M &W, or T & Th) then we will have 14 meetings.
Participation involves a number of variables, including but not limited to:
your use of Spanish in the classroom,
your willingness to participate in all class activities,
your cooperation during group and pair work,
your respect and attitude toward the professor, the class and your peers,
your timely arrival to class and preparedness for the lesson
Written homework will be assigned most days. The professor may collect any homework without notice at the beginning of the class and it will be graded. Graded homework will be based on a scale of 1-10.
Other homework assignments will come from the textbook, movies, handouts, internet resources, student activities manual and other sources. For these assignments there are not extensions whatsoever.
All written assignments need to have your name and the course and section number.
Make sure that you use pencil when you prepare the written assignments.
Cultural assignments to be obtained from the internet will not be accepted late. Moreover, you are required to bring a hard copy of the information (a print out of the page), in which the date and web address are indicated.
Workbook & Lab Manual (Written and Listening Activities):
For each chapter, you will complete the corresponding sections--in the SAM student activity manual-- and have them completed in its entirety on the day of the chapter quiz, indicated on the syllabus.
You will also complete the Lab Activities for the corresponding chapter.
Keep all handouts and written work in your binder.
Keep a record of your points earned. (No one is perfect!)
Please think of your work and points as if "on the job' - if you worked, especially overtime, you want to be paid! Keep your own record of your work, points and progress.
The Provost, based on a recommendation of the Task Force on Academic Integrity has recently purchased a contract for the Turnitin.com plagiarism software, The TC3 faculty have used this service in the past and have expressed satisfaction with its key features (e.g., when faculty use the feature to check student papers for plagiarism.) Now faculty not only will check against internal 'sharing' of papers but they also will check against millions of other papers, websites, and journals stored in the Turnitin.com database). Campus-wide use of this service will provide a strong deterrent for acts of academic dishonesty.
There will be short oral quizzes frequently, without notice. The written quizzes will be drawn from recent class work and written assignments.
Your best preparation for quizzes is to do the homework conscientiously.
At the professor's discretion, a quiz may be given as a take-home, or a homework assignment may be collected and counted as a quiz. This procedure is intended for keeping you "on your toes" with the material covered in class.
No make-up quizzes will be given whatsoever. Pencil and eraser are preferred in quizzes and exams
There will be an hourly exam at the end of every chapter.
Students who know in advance of a schedule conflict for a scheduled exam should make arrangements to reschedule before the exam day.
Make up exams will only be given in extreme cases with a previous notice of absence.
Oral Evaluations: There will be two oral evaluations. The topics to be tested in these evaluations will be taken from key vocabulary material presented during the course of the semester.
EVALUATION OF STUDENT'S PERFORMANCE:
Language Lab, Weekly attendance
(for classes in Main Campus) 10%
Participation & attendance 30%
6 quizzes 18%
2 oral presentations 12%
Final Exam 5%
Passport (attendance to 3 cultural out-of class events) 5%
93% and above A 77-79.9% C+
90-92.9% A- 73-76.9% C
87-89.9% B+ 70-72.9% C-
83-86.9% B 60-69.9% D
80-82.9% B- 59.9% and below F
Getting Extra Help:
Internet: The textbook has its own website where you can find additional on-line activities and drills. There are also many Spanish language resources on-line, including the site
www.studyspanish.com Here you can, if you wish, sign up for a daily mini-lesson in Spanish delivered in your email.
Other support services: The Baker Center for Learning located in the lower level of the Library offers a variety of support services its phone is: 844-8211, ext. 4415..
Special Needs Students:
It is the College's policy to provide, on an individual basis, reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, which may affect their ability to fully participate in program or course activities or to meet course requirements.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services, at (607) 844-8222 x4283 to discuss their particular needs for accommodations.
No chewing gum in the class, please !!!!!
Working together to reach your goals.
My job is to help you reach your goals for taking Spanish: to succeed in the course with the highest grade possible; to learn and use Spanish for your personal, academic and intellectual purposes; and to open the doors of communication and understanding as global citizens in the 21st century The point system mirrors the incentives and rewards adults are motivated by in the 'real world': you get positive reinforcement of your positive efforts to reach positive and productive individual goals. In learning Spanish in college, as a foreign language, your own ATTITUDE, MOTIVATION, EFFORT and desire for NOTABILITY must be strong and positive.
I look forward to working with you and welcome you to my class.
The following schedule is tentative and subject to change. If you miss a class is your responsibility to contact me to stay current. You will be held responsible for homework assigned in class in addition to what is listed below and/or any changes. Additional activities will be assigned in class as we proceed through the chapters.
Programa general del curso
Getting acquainted with the lab and the anxiliaries for the course.
go to curriculum and select grammar.
General review of basic grammar terminology.
Hola ¿Qué Tal?
Basic Greetings, farewells
Fotonovela: ¡Todos a bordo!
Cultura: Los saludos
1.1 Nouns and Articles
1.2 Numbers 1-30
1.3 Present tense of ser
1.4 Telling time
Teléfonos importantes y direcciones electrónicas
PANORANA: Estados Unidos Y Canadá
LECCIÓN 2 LAS CLASES CONTEXTOS
People and places at the university
Courses of study
Fotonovela: ¿Que clases tomas?
CULTURA: Las universidades hispanas
2.1 Present tense of –ar verbs
2.2 Forming questions
2.3 Present tense of estar
2.4 Numbers 31-100
Fotonovela: ¿Es grande tu familia?
CULTURA: La familia en el mundo hispano
3.1 Descriptive adjectives
3.2 Possessive adjectives
3.3 Present tense of regular –er and –ir verbs
3.4 Present tense of tener and venir
Oral presentation: my family tree
Familias de todo tipo
Quiz # 3
Places in the city
Fotonovela: ¡Vamos al parque!
CULTURA: El fútbol, passion de muchos
4.1Present tense of ir
4.2 Stem-changing verbs: e-ie, o-ue
4.3 Stem-changing verbs: e-i
4.4 Verbs with irregular yo form
Quiz # 4
LECCIÓN 5 Las vacaciones
Words related to transportation and lodging
Days of the week, months, seasons, and weather expressions.
Fotonovela: Tenemos una reservación
CULTURA: El camino del inca
5.1 Estar with conditions and emotions
5.2 The present progressive
5.3 Comparing ser and estar
5.4 Direct object nouns and pronouns
Lectura: Turismo ecológico en Puerto Rico
Panorama (ver capítulo 7 >>PERU)
Quiz # 5
Articles of clothing, colors
Fotonovela: ¡Que ropa más bonita!
CULTURA: Los mercados al aire libre
6.1 Numbers 101, higher
6.2 Preterite tense of regular verbs
6.3 Indirect object pronouns
6.4 Demonstrative adjectives, pronouns
Liquidación Y “Oye cómo va!”
PANORAMA: Cuba y Puerto Rico (cap. 5)
Quiz # 6
Oral Presentation: Mi vacación favorita
Remember that when learning a language all the material is cumulative; you have to be familiar with the material covered in previous lessons in order to continue with the next chapter.