Lit. 3363.001

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

COURSE SYLLABUS

FALL SEMESTER, 2003

 

 

SCHOOL:                             Arts and Humanities

 

COURSE TITLE:                 Advanced Spanish

 

COURSE NUMBER:          Lit. 3363.001

 

CREDIT HOURS:                3

 

COURSE HOURS:                         Days: M., W., F.

                                                Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

 

INSTRUCTOR:                    Dr. María A. Engen

 

           

OFFICE HOURS:                M., W., F. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  And by appointment

Office: JO. 3.106

Phone number: Ext. 2054   

E-mail:  engen@utdallas.edu

 

REQUIRED TEXTS:          

 

Jarvis, Lebredo, Mena-Ayllón. Aventuras Literarias: Gramática Española y Lectura. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Sixth edition.  

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

This course is designed to help students to continuously build vocabulary, increase the understanding of the Hispanic culture and augment speaking fluency. This course will include conversation, composition and a thorough grammar review.                                                  

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  

1. To read Spanish Literature

                                                2. To write simple compositions

                                                3. To further develop audio/lingual skills

4. To understand and discuss the social, historical

    and philosophical aspects of Hispanic culture.

5. To review the more complex aspects of Spanish

    grammar.

 

 

 

 

COURSE EVALUATION:

 

Grading Scale

U.T. Dallas adopted the following grade scale for all undergraduate students effective Fall 2000. Grades for courses completed prior to Fall 2000 accrue point values as shown in the appropriate catalog.

 

Grading                                    Description                                   Grade Points

Per Semester Hour

 

A+                                                                                           4.00

A                                 Excellent                                               4.00

A-                                                                                            3.67

B+                                                                                           3.50

B                                  Good                                                   3.00

B-                                                                                            2.67

C+                                                                                           2.50

C                                 Fair                                                      2.00

C-                                                                                            1.67

D+                                                                                           1.50

D                                 Poor                                                     1.00

D-                                                                                            0.67

F                                  Failure                                                  0.00

X                                 Incomplete

CR                               Credit

NC                              No Credit

 

A student may withdraw from a course before the final drop date listed in the Academic Calendar in which case W will be entered on the student’s transcript. (see “Withdraw from and adding Courses.” Page 32.)

 

Grade Point Average

Grade points are computed by multiplying the points for each grade by the number of credit hours; for example, 4 (A) x  3 (hours) = 12 grade points. A student’s grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grades points earned by the number of semester hours for which a grade other than X, NC, or CR is received. Only grades earned at U.T. Dallas are used calculating the GPA.

 

Incomplete Grade (X)

A grade of Incomplete may be given at the discretion of the instructor of record for a course, when a student has completed at least 70% of the required course material but cannot complete all requirements by the end of the semester. An incomplete course grade (grade of X) must be completed within the time period specified by the instructor, not to exceed one semester. Upon completion of the required work, the symbol X may be converted into a letter grade (A through F) by the instructor. If the grade of Incomplete is not removed by the end of the specified period, it will automatically be changed to F. Extension beyond the one-semester limit can be made only with the permission of the instructor and the student's college master (or the Undergraduate Dean in the case of students without declared majors). A student may not re-enroll in a course in which a grade of X remains.

Students may obtain a petition/documentation form for an Incomplete in the office of the student's college master. The form is to be submitted to the instructor from whom the Incomplete is sought. Students should be aware that an Incomplete is only appropriate for work unavoidably missed at semester's end. Students should contact their school office for school policies on Incompletes.

An instructor assigning an Incomplete shall submit for approval a description of work required to complete the course to the student's college master, to be retained with the student's academic record. The petition/documentation form mentioned above serves to record this description. The instructor alone will be responsible for determining whether the requirements for completion are met and for assigning the grade in the course.

However, if the instructor who has signed the Incomplete is no longer associated with U.T. Dallas and the work is completed within the time allowed before the Incomplete lapses to an F, the master of the student's college may assign a committee of appropriate faculty to evaluate the material, and/or obtain any other information which may be required to assign the grade in the course.  http://www.utdallas.edu/Faculty/Handbook/instruction.html

 

PERCENTAGES*

 

35% Attendance, class participation, performance and preparedness.

65%  Major tests (four) and other small tests.

*There will not be no make-up tests for any reason.

 

PARTICIPATION GRADE

 

To successfully complete this course, regular classroom attendance is imperative as there are multiple skills to be mastered. Your grade includes attendance, arriving on time and staying the entire time, class preparation and preparedness. ATTENDANCE IS RECORDED WHEN YOU SIGN THE ATTENDANCE SHEET AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CLASS. Students are expected to actively participate in Spanish during communicative activities.

 

HOMEWORK

 

Students will be expected to do the exercises at home after almost every class.

 

* LATE WORK AND OR INCOMPLETE WORK = ZERO unless arranged in advance with the instructor.

* Correct spelling and accents are needed for the writing homework exercises.

* Exams and quizzes may be taken in advance, by prior arrangement, but they may not be made up.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

 

Because learning a language is an active process, your presence and participation in class is essential. Therefore, an attendance policy is severely adhered. *

 

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS:

 

Given the nature of language learning acquisition, which is a slow process, I recommend that you work on both sections of your Workbook on a daily basis, reinforcing the concepts taught in class. These exercises will also help students be prepared for class.

 

HELPFUL TIPS THAT MAY HELP YOU STUDY A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

***A foreign language MUST be study differently than academic subjects. Memorization, everyday study and practice are needed ***

-Study several 15-20 minutes sessions. This works better than a continuous hour of study, per day.

-Use “Post-it” notes around your home, office, etc.

-Quiz yourself:                        * Write lists ENGLISH/SPANISH

* Cover the Spanish, look at the English and rewrite the Spanish. Then check yourself.

- Write flashcards

- Listen to                               RADIO KESS _”LA FAVULOSA” 1270 AM

KHCK – ‘PURO LATINO’ 99.1 FM

KLNO ‘ESTERO LATINO’ 94.1 FM

- Watch                                   Univision cable/TV

                                                Telemundo KFWD    Channel 52

                                                                                    Channel 25 in Dallas

Channel 14 in Denton

- Get magazines, newspapers videos in Spanish (Public Library)

- Look for involvement with the Hispanic Community in Dallas. You may be able to get extra credit towards your final grade.

- Look for Spanish native speakers, learn from them!!!

- Campus Hispanic Association (CHISPA) meetings on campus.

- Attend sessions with Teaching Assistants to talk, listen and practice. You do not have to have a grammar problem to meet with him at Jo R. 3.106, tel. (972) 883-2054.


 

SEMESTRE DE OTOÑO 2003 – U.T.D.

LIT – 3363 ADVANCED SPANISH – SEC. 001

M-W-F 1:00 – 1:50 PM

PLAN DE CURSO Aventuras Literarias - AL

 

AUG

F

22

Introducción – AL 3

 

M

25

AL 5,6

 

W

27

AL 7,8

 

F

29

AL 32 - 35

SEP

M

1

Labor Day

 

W

3

AL 22 - 24

 

F

5

AL 46 - 48

 

M

8

AL 13,14

 

W

10

AL 36 –38

 

F

12

AL 52 - 55

 

M

15

Examen I

 

W

17

AL 49, 50

 

F

19

AL 56 – 59

 

M

22

AL 15, 16

 

W

24

AL 60 – 62

 

F

26

AL 66 –68

 

M

29

AL 17, 18

OCT

W

1

AL 72

 

F

3

AL 69 – 71

 

M

6

AL 19 – 21

 

W

8

AL 74 – 75

 

F

10

AL 77 – 79

 

M

13

Examen II

 

W

15

AL 84, 85 y 86, 87

 

F

17

AL 80 – 84

 

M

20

AL 26, 27 y 28, 29

 

W

22

AL 96, 97

 

F

24

AL 110 – 112

 

M

27

AL 30, 31 y 41, 42

 

W

29

AL 107, 108

 

F

31

AL 103 – 106

NOV

M

3

AL 43 – 45

 

W

5

AL 118 – 119

 

F

7

AL 113 – 117

 

M

10

Examen III

 

W

12

AL 121, 122

 

F

14

AL 131, 132

 

M

17

AL 64 – 65

 

W

19

AL 122, 123

 

F

21

AL 128 – 130

 

M

24

AL 66 – 68

 

W

26

AL 123, 124

 

F

28

 Thanksgiving Holiday

DEC

M

1

Last Day of Class AL 110-112

 

 

 

 

 

F

5

 

 

 

15

Grades on Line