JUNIATA COLLEGE

DEPARTMENT OF WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

1700 MOORE ST.

HUNTINGDON, PA 16652

 

SPANISH PROGRAM – FALL 2005

SPANISH 230: SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION

HUM 102 – M, W, F  -  2:00 – 2:55

 

Instructor: R. Fernando Martínez

Office: Good 307

Phone: Ext. 3660

Home: (814)

Office Hours: M, W, F (3:30 – 5:30) and T (2:00 – 5:00)

E-mails: martinez@juniata.edu, fnando25@hotmail.com

 

 

Required materials:

1.- Revista:  Conversación sin barreras, 1st ed., by Blanco, García & Aparisi. Higher Vista Learning, ISBN 1-59334-253-5

 

2.- A Spanish-English / English-Spanish dictionary (not a pocket one).

 

3.- Tape recorder for interviews (we can work on this later)

 

Course Objective

Spanish 230 is designed to help students to improve their ability to communicate orally and to enable students to improve their rewriting skills in Spanish. To meet these goals, students will participate in a wide variety of tasks incorporating communication strategies; vocabulary and grammar practice, as well as increase their awareness of Hispanic/Latin cultures through readings, presentations, sketches, discussions, debates, interviews, and other activities. The 20 first minutes of every Friday will be to discuss topics that you will choose during the week.

 

Now, you are ready to talk and put into practice what you have learned, so let’s do it together and let’s create a nice conversation and composition class.

 

Grading Scale

96 – 100    = A                  67 – 69   = D+

90 -  95     = A-                 63 – 66   = D

87 -  89     = B+                60 – 62   = D-

83 - 86      = B                   Below 59   = F

80 – 82     = B-

77 – 79     = C+

73 – 76     = C

70 – 72     = C-

Grade Components

Your grade will be based on the course components listed below. No make-ups will be given for exams or other evaluative activities unless arranged in advance. If any emergencies or extenuating circumstances arise, I need to know about them as soon as possible. Your final grade for this course will be determined as follows:

 

Compositions                             20%

Written exams                            20%

Participation  in class                 10%

Oral assignments   (interview)  10%

Mesa Hispánica                          10%

Presentations                               10%

Sketch                                         10%

Attendance                                  10%

 

 

-         Compositions: You will write three compositions (2-3 pages, typed, doubled spaced) throughout the semester. The topics of these will be connected with class readings and discussions. The compositions will be graded on content, style, organization, and language (vocabulary and grammar). First, second, and final drafts will be handed in as it appears on the calendar. There will be other informal written assignments.

 

-         Written exams:  You will complete five written exams (one for each chapter, except chapter 6) about the topics covered during the classes. You will be tested on grammar, vocabulary, and communication strategies.

 

-         Participation in class: Constant participation in classroom activities is extremely important. The various forms of participation inside and outside the classroom will help us to develop our skills in the language acquisition. Self, pair, and group work will be taken into account as participation inside and outside the classroom. Obviously, the quality of your participation depends on the regular attendance and arriving in class well-prepared to contribute to class activities.

 

-         Oral assignments: You will have two oral assignments. You will interview and record (with students’ permission) one conversation in Spanish. The other oral assignment will be discussed in class. More details will be given later.

 

-         Mesa Hispánica:  Mesa Hispánica is a conversation table that meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM or Wednesdays at12:00 PM at Baker. It provides an opportunity to practice your Spanish speaking and listening skills in an informal setting as well as to interact with Latin international students and other Juniata Spanish students. You must attend Mesa Hiapánica a minimum of 8 times. You, in groups, will have to choose some topics for the week. You will have to choose a topic and write at least 10 questions related to it that will be asked to students during the session.

-         Cultural presentations:  Each student needs to do a 5-10 minutes cultural presentation in the semester. The topics will be selected by the students. The main purpose of the presentations is for you to find out more about an aspect of Hispanic/Latin culture(s) that interest you and then to teach your classmates what you learned. Following the presentation, your classmates will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide commentary. All students will be responsible for the information provided during all in-class presentation and follow-up discussions

 

 

-         Sketch: In groups, you will have to choose a fairy tale and write a script that you will have to memorize and present it to the class at the end of the semester as part of the final exam. The sketch needs to be at least 10 minutes long. More details will be given on time.

 

 

-         Attendance: Attendance is one of the most important issues in the classroom. Attending each single class help us (classmates and instructor) to follow and continue the program without any kind of interruption. It help us finishing the program on time and every student takes advantage of each session.

 

 

-         Rules

 

·        Three tardies = one absence

·        Two absences = one point less (unless documented with medical or other rationale)

·        No late assignments will be accepted without a documented excuse.

·        Doing any homework in class is prohibited including Spanish homework

·        Lesson begin on time (2:00 PM)

 

·        Format for essays:

           - Paper size: letter

           - Font: Times New Roman or Arial

           - Font size: 12 points

           - Line spacing: double

          

·        Academic integrity: Students are expected to be academically honest. All work must be yours and cheating will not be tolerated. Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be referred to Academic Support Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 

   DATE 

     LESSON

     ASSIGNMENT

                                                           AGOSTO

 

     lunes  29

- Course introduction

- Read syllabus

* Read syllabus

* Answer the three question on pp. 2  (hand in)

 

    miércoles 31

¿Realidad o

           Fantasía?

- Lección 1

- pp. 1-5

* Read pp. 6-9

* Look for meaning of vocabulary pp. 9

                                                         SEPTIEMBRE

 

      viernes   2

- pp. 6-9

- Discussion

-Watch video and discussion

 

* Read pp. 10-12

* Bring an explanation of the difference between preterite and imperfect. Write some examples

* Do ex. Practica pp. 11

     

       lunes 5

- pp. 10-12

- Activities

- Handout

* Read Celebración de la fantasía  pp. 13 & answer questions ex. 1 pp. 14 (hand in)

 

  

     miércoles 7

- pp. 13-15

* Read pp. 16-17

* Prepare for discussion about Ciencia Ficción

 

 

       viernes 9

- pp. 17-17

- Discussion

* Read pp. 24-27

* Read pp. 26 carefully and think about a story to write about where you can include preterite and imperfect

.

       

        lunes 12

- pp. 24-27

- Begin informal composition

 

* Study for exam  (vocabulary and preterite / imperfect)

 

   

    miércoles 14

- Exam – Lección 1

* Read pp. 28-31

* Answer the three questions on pp. 28 (hand in)

* Study vocabulary pp. 30

 

      viernes 16

Una question de

        Personalidad

- Lección 2

- pp. 28-31

* pp. 32-34 (La Milpa)

* Look for meaning of vocabulary in escenas pp. 33

 

       lunes 19

- pp. 32-34

- Watch video and

       discussion

* Read pp. 35-37

* Look for meaning of vocabulary  (palabras) pp. 35

* Bring en explanation of difference of ser / estar.  Write some examples

 

    miércoles 21

- pp. 35-37

- Activities

- Handout

* pp. 38-40

* Read La felicidad pp. 39-40 & answer questions ex. 1 pp. 41

 

     viernes 23

- pp. 38-41

- Activities

* Read pp. 42-46

* Bring a possible topic for cultural presentation

 

 

 

        lunes 26

- pp. 42-46

- Work on translation of text pp. 44-45

- Schedule for cultural presentations

* Read pp. 58-61

* Write a brief paragraph about your personality and mention what type of personality you like (hand in)

    miércoles 28

- pp. 58-61

- Activities

- Talk about first composition

* Composition 1- first draft  due Monday 3rd

* Study for exam (ser/estar, vocabulary)

 

      viernes 30

- Exam – Lección 2

* Read pp. 62-65

* Answer the three questions on pp. 62 (hand in)

 

                                                            OCTUBRE

       lunes  3

   Día libre para cubrir cualquier retraso (posiblemente Mountain Day)

 

 

 

     miércoles 5

Prohibido pensar

- Capítulo 3

- pp. 62-65

- Activities and discussion

* Study pp. 66-69

 

       viernes 7

- pp. 66-69

- Watch video and discussion

* Composition 1 – Final draft due Friday 14th

* Have a nice Fall Recess

 

     miércoles 12

- pp. 70-71

- Prepositions

- Handouts

* Finish handouts

* Read pp. 72-75

* Answer questions ex. 1 pp. 75 (hand in)

      viernes 14

- pp. 72-75

- Discussion

* Read biography and add an ending (hand in)

       lunes 17

- Cultural presentations

* Read pp. 77-80

* Answer questions ex. 1 pp. 80

* Movie at 8:00 PM

 

   miércoles  19

- pp. 77-80

- Watch video

* Escribe acerca de lo que te gusta y no te gusta del cine norteamericano, apoya tus comentario con razones (una cuartilla)

* Read pp 82 (vocabulary)

      

      viernes  21

- pp. 87-91

- Activities

* Study for exam

 

 

       lunes 24

- Exam – Capítulo 3

* Composition 2 – First draft due Friday 28th

* Read pp. 92-95

 

    miércoles 26

Poder, quiero

           más poder  

- Lección 4

- pp. 92-95

- Game and activities

* Read pp. 96-99

 

      viernes 28

- pp. 96-99

- Watch video and discussion

- Activities

* Read pp. 100-101

* Bring an explanation of the “subjuntivo en oraciones subordinadas sustantivas” and write examples.

      lunes   31

 and

    miércoles 2

- pp. 100-101

- Work with the subjunctive

- Activities

* Work on handouts

 

       viernes 4

- Cultural presentations

* Read pp. 106-108

* Do ex. 1 pp 109

    

        lunes 7

- pp. 106-110

- Activities and discussion

* Composition 2 – Final draft due Friday 11

* Read pp. 122-125

* Answer questions ex. 1 pp. 122 (hand in)

     miércoles 9

- pp. 122-125

- Activities and review for exam

* Study for exam (subjunctive)

      viernes 11

- Exam – Capítulo 4

 

* Read pp. 126-129

 

       lunes  14

El laborartorio de

         la literatura

- Capítulo 5

- pp. 126-129

- Talk about sketch

* Read pp. 130-133

* Look for meaning of vocabulary (escenas)

  

    miércoles 16

- pp. 130-133

- Watch video and discuss

* Read cafefully pp. 134-135

* Bring an explanation of the “subjuntivo en oraciones subordinadas adjetivas” and write examples

 

 

     viernes 18

- pp. 134-135

- Work on subjuntive

* Composition 3 – First draft due Monday 28th.

* Go back to pp. 124 and write a letter to President Bush using the subjunctive forms from Capítulo 4 &5 (dos cuartillas). More details will be given.

* Bring the fairy tale you wish to present

 

  

       lunes 21

- pp. 139-143

- Discussion about love

 

* Answer questions ex. 6 pp. 144

* Read pp 145-148

* Answer questions ex. 1 pp. 148 (hand in)

* Meet at 7:00 PM to talk about sketch and final exam

 

       lunes 28

- pp. 145-148

- Review for exam

* Study for exam (subjunctive and vocabulary)

  miércoles 30

- Exam – Capítulo 6

* Read pp. 154-157

* Answer questions pp. 154

 

 

      viernes 2

Modos de vivir

- Capítulo 6

- pp. 154-157

* Read pp. 158-161

* Look for meaning of vocabulary (escenas)

* Composition 3 – Final Draft due Wednesday 4th

 

         lunes 5

- pp. 158-161

- Watch video and discussion

* Read carefully pp. 162-163

* Bring an explanation of “Si con indicativo” and write examples

    miércoles 7

- pp. 162-163

- Work on the indicative form

* Work on your sketch

 

       viernes 9

- pp. 164-165

- Discussion (How do people get rich and famous?)

* Work on your sketch

 

 

 

 

      lunes 12

- pp. 168-171

- Discussion (What are the priorities of people for the following years?)

* Work on your sketch to be presented on the final (TBA)

 

 

 

 

Note: this syllabus is subject to change!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        ¡Buena   suerte!