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Spanish 101 Class Syllabus


Fall 2009

SPA 101- 102 Beginning Spanish I and II

INSTRUCTOR: Señora Parmeter OFFICE – 5th fl. 518

PHONE: 562-4166 e-mail Diane E. Parmeter

OFFICE HOURS _________________________________ and others by appointment

Course Descriptions

Spanish 101 Beginning Spanish I (First 8 Weeks) is designed for the beginning student with no previous experience in Spanish. The main objectives of this course are to help students develop effective communication skills in Spanish through the elementary development of the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), while focusing on and critically examining cultural beliefs, values and aspects of everyday life in Spanish-speaking nations.

SPA 102 Beginning Spanish II (Second 8 Weeks) is a direct continuation of SPA 101 with further development of the four language skills to a high novice level and continued introduction to Hispanic culture (ACTFL Guidelines). (Prerequisite: First semester beginning college level course or 2 years High School Spanish.)

Materials for the class


· Anda: Curso Elemental, Heining-Boyton and Cowell, 1st edition text. Pearson, 2009.

· Anda: Curso Elemental Student Activities Manual

· Jump Drive with downloaded CD’s to accompany text and Student Activities Manual (SAM) (one will be provided in class; don’t forget to write your name on it).

· Anda: Curso Elemental, password for (packaged with text)


· English Grammar Guide, Donna Deans Binkowski, Pearson, 2009.

· English/Spanish Dictionary

SUNY General Education and Course Specific Objectives

I. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills in Spanish through their ability to listen, read, write and speak clearly. Students will be able to:

· Understand Spanish that is spoken at moderate conversational speed and that deals with everyday topics. (Listening Comprehension Novice Level III of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines)

· Engage in simple conversations with speakers of Spanish in everyday situations. (ACTFL Proficiency Level: Novice III)

· Read non-technical Spanish in non-complex, familiar texts on various aspects of Spanish culture.

· Write simple sentences correctly on the topics and activities presented in the course to fulfill writing assignments, including writing interview questions, descriptions of people and things, E-mail messages, postcards, dialogues, poems, and short essays.

II. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the cultures of the Hispanic world. Students will:

· Formulate answers to personalized questions related to the cultural practices of daily life, such as family, housing, shopping, dining, and travel.

· Identify the countries, some of the key famous people, and some of the distinguishing features where Spanish is spoken.

The SUNY General Education Foreign Language Silo can be fulfilled by:

Any college level foreign language course above 101, including SPA 102, 201,



A score in the 50th percentile on the CLEP credit by exam proficiency test (This exam is offered several times every semester at the Lifelong Learning Center at PSUNY. For information on how to register, call 564-2050). Students with prior knowledge of French, German or Spanish may earn up to 12 credit hours depending on the score they receive on the exam.

Course Methods and Requirements

Learning a language is a positive experience because it broadens our horizons and increases openness to other cultures, to new experiences. It’s a great way to get to know people from other cultures. Keep an open mind about why you are taking Spanish—don’t think of it as just another requirement (after all you likely chose Spanish from among the other languages offered here and at PSUNY); think of studying Spanish as a truly enriching learning experience.

As soon as you feel you do not understand something, come to see me during my office hours or ask right after class. Some frustration in the learning process is normal; analyze the source of your frustrations, and talk to me about it.

Study Spanish on a daily basis; be as organized as possible. Language learning takes time and effort.

Very important to everyone’s success in the course will be your attendance and active participation in class. As outlined, we will cover the chapters A-6 in the required book, Anda with accompanying audio files and Student Activities Manual (SAM) in the first seven weeks (SPA 101 and chapters B-12 in the second eight weeks (SPA 102).

All chapter assignments in the text are to be prepared in advance and written out, unless they are designated as oral exercises. This is especially important because this is an intensive course and we will be covering a full semester’s work in seven weeks. You should consider this course as two courses (6 credit hours) and devote the appropriate time outside of class to prepare the homework. To complete the listening sections of your book and workbook assignments, you will need to locate and listen to the audio files on your jump drive or on the internet website,, at home, in the Library Media Center, or anywhere you have acces to the internet. The language audio files will provide additional opportunities outside of class to develop your listening skills. Remember, listening is a skill that improves with practice. Practicing your listening skill will improve your speaking, reading and writing as well.

SAM Writing Assignments

In addition to in-class writings and activities, you will be required to complete the corresponding oral (based on the audio files) and written assignments in the Student Activities Manual out-of-class. Workbooks are due at the beginning of class on or before the test day for the corresponding chapter. A 25% reduction in points will be applied to work turned in late up to one class after the due date. Homework turned in after that will receive 0 points. Requests to submit late work for full credit must be made in writing and include a complete explanation of circumstances. These requests will be considered on an individual basis.

Optional On-line Student Activities Manual (SAM) and MySpanishLab Learning Center

Students may complete and submit workbook SAM assignments on-line (See your instructor after class if you are interested in this option). Additional practice and help are available at the following on'line lab and learning center.  Resources for students include all class materials, textbook, student activities manual (SAM), all audio and video files, as well as additional vocabulary and grammar activities for each chapter, Internet cultural links and activities, and vocabulary flashcards.


Your workbook will be graded each test day based on the following three criteria and point system.

Completion (10) or Computer graded for correct answers (may be repeated)

100% completed = 10 points.
90%  = 90
80%  = 8
70% "= 7
60% ' =6
50% " =5

Evidence of self-correction (5)

strong = 5 points.
adequate = 3
limited = 1-2
none = 0

Sections with personal answers: Use of new vocabulary and grammar

strong = 5 points.
adequate = 3
limited = 1-2
none = 0

Total points possible (20)

JUMP DRIVE: audio files for the ANDA textbook and Student Activities Manual Your jump drive contains all the audio files needed to complete the text and manual listening sections for SPA 101 and 102. Take steps to ensure that you won’t lose it: Write your name on it, inside and out. Connect it to your key chain or back pack. If you lose it, you’ll have to purchase a replacement, or you may access and download the files on-line at See attached handout for instructions.

Quizzes and OPI

You can also expect short proficiency quizzes, activities or games, called Opportunities for Improvement (OPI) given at anytime during the class period. These will sometimes accrue points towards your final grade.

Written Exams

There will be four chapter tests and a comprehensive final during each seven-Week session. The tests will be given during regular class meetings and each will include listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing sections. The comprehensive 102 final exam will be in two parts: the written portion will assess listening, reading, writing, and culture skills, while the oral interview will assess speaking and listening. Only under extenuating circumstances will students be allowed to make up a test, if they contact the instructor AHEAD OF TIME.

Oral Proficiency Exam

At the end of the 102 semester you will be required to participate in a five-minute oral interview that will assess your listening and speaking skills. The criteria and sample topics are attached.

Oral/Class Participation

Speaking correctly and fluently is an important function of learning a foreign language. Your in-class participation grade will be based on a) attendance b) greeting people in Spanish c) listening when other people speak d) speaking in Spanish e) participating in the activities with a positive attitude .

Participation in daily activities is graded on the following Grading Criteria:

One point each:

1. Willingness
2. Effort
3. Enthusiasm
4. Pronunciation
5. Intonation
6. Rhythm
7. Engagement
8. Attentiveness
9. Completeness and Correctness of sentences
10. No English

Discussion Format

Mistakes will not be corrected during a discussion. I will make note of common mistakes and we can work on these at a later time.
Only one person speaks at a time.
Everyone is expected to participate; this includes speaking and listening.
Participants are free to ask questions.
Participants are free to give their ideas and opinions, and these are respected by everyone in the group.
Disagreement is not a rejection of another person.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

chapter tests 40%

writing assignments - SAM 25%

class/oral participation/homework prep 25%

final written and oral exam 10%

Quality Pts. Percentage

A……..4.0 92-100%

A-…….3.7 89-91

B+……3.3 86-88

B……..3.0 82-85

B-…….2.7 79-81

C+……2.3 76-78

C……..2.0 72-75

C-…….1.7 69-71

D+……1.3 66-68

D……..1.0 62-65

F ……..0 61 and below


Attending class everyday is required. If you do not need to attend class to pass the exams, you belong in a more advanced class or should take the CLEP proficiency exam to earn credit by exam. Arriving late or leaving early three times equals one absence. Missing 15% (5) or more of classes may result in an F or YW grade.

Students with perfect attendance (no more than ONE absence, 0 tardies) will have the option to delete their lowest chapter test score from their final average.

Four allowed Absences only means you won’t be dropped from the class; it does NOT entitle you to receive points for any quizzes or homework you missed. The only exception to this is if you are called for jury duty, and can provide written documentation. Remember: It is your responsibility to ask a classmate or the instructor for any schedule changes, handouts, and assignments after an absence. It is also your responsibility to formally withdraw from a class you no longer attend. If you find you must miss more than five days of class, please consider whether or not this is the best semester for you to be enrolled in this class.

In this class, there is a NO MAKE-UP policy. This means if you miss an activity or exam, you cannot make it up. I understand that from time to time students have legitimate reasons for missing class; however, each quiz, examen, workbook and class activity loses its value as an effective learning tool when taken out of sequence or schedule. If you should find yourself in a situation where you will miss an assignment or written exam, communicate with me immediately before or after the absence. Students who give reasonable notice of an absence before an exam may be able to make it up before the exam date, however any activities missed during their absence on an exam date may not be made up ahead of time. You must notify the instructor prior to your absence (reasonable notice) in order to qualify for this option.


Each student is responsible for completing his/her own work and signing his/her own name on the attendance roster. Duplicating another person’s work or turning in assignments that are not your own will result in a zero on that assignment or quiz for all parties involved. Cheating on a quiz/exam will result in a zero on that quiz/exam. (Refer to the CCC Policy on Academic Honesty.)


Students are expected to behave respectfully. Behavior that interferes with the orderly functioning of the College, interferes with an individual’s pursuit of education, or disrupts the learning environments is prohibited. All electronic devices must be turned off and put away. (Refer to the CCC Student Code of Conduct).

Individual Assistance

If you would like individual help or require any special accommodations, come to my office during office hours, or we can make an appointment to meet at another more convenient time. Additional help is available in the Academic Assistance Center on the 4th floor. Should any difficulties arise at anytime during the semester, see me immediately. In addition to coming to my office (room 518), you may also contact me by phone message (562-4166) or e-mail me Diane E. Parmeter.

Cancellation of Classes

Notice of cancellation of classes will be announced on local radio/media. This includes snow and/or other weather or emergency situations. Please call my voice mail (562-4166) to find out about our class.

Course Continuity Plan

In the case of a pandemic emergency, or other emergency which causes a short term disruption of this course, we will utilize email to continue this course in the short term (1-3 weeks). All students need to utilize their campus email to receive course related information. Please see me, if you need assistance with logging on to your campus email.

If you have any difficulties, please see me immediately!

I am available before and after this class, if you need to talk with me for any reason. I am also in my office at other times for appointments, or you can leave a message on my voice mail 562-4166 or e-mail :Diane E. Parmeter. My faculty website with all this information will be available soon on the CCC website  

You can easily secure a good grade if you attend class regularly, prepare all homework assignments on time, participate in class and listen to the language tapes as often as you can.

¡Bienvenido a la clase de español!