Lit. 1313.002

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

COURSE SYLLABUS

FALL SEMESTER, 2003

 

 

SCHOOL:                             Arts and Humanities

 

COURSE TITLE:                 Beginning Spanish

 

COURSE NUMBER:          Lit. 1313.002

 

CREDIT HOURS:                3

 

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

                                                Time: 2:00 pm. - 2:50 p.m.

 

INSTRUCTOR:                    Dr. María A. Engen

           

OFFICE HOURS:                M., W., F. 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and by appointment

Office: JO. 3.106

Phone number: Ext. 2054   

E-mail:  engen@utdallas.edu

 

REQUIRED TEXTS:          

 

Brown, Margaret C. and Kathleen C. Moore, Spanish for Life, Boston: Heinle and Heinle, 2000.

 

CD-ROM (for Windows and Macintosh): Domínguez, Frank A., James S. Noblitt and Willem J.A., Atajo: Writing Assistant for Spanish (packaged with Spanish for Life textbook).

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

This course is designed to develop a balance and solid foundation of Spanish, utilizing the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The course will be conducted largely in Spanish, giving importance to oral practice from the start with the help of a 60-minute content-specific audiotape. The students will also become acquainted with the Hispanic-speaking world through its culture, civilization and literature while the everyday idiomatic Spanish will also be emphasized.

 

There will be sufficient class practice and written work to fulfill the objectives of the course by means of a CD-ROM package.                     

                                   

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

           

1.      To develop sufficient linguistic skills in Spanish in order to communicate at an elementary level upon completion of this course.

2.      To gradually grow in all language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

3.      To understand and appreciate the culture and the language of the Spanish-speaking countries and their peoples.

4.      To strengthen the knowledge of grammatical concepts in general and increase English vocabulary by comprehending and adopting words of Latin origin via Spanish.

5.      To widen the student’s intellectual perspectives, open avenues for new areas of study and research applicable to other courses in the context of the School of Arts and Humanities, and gain new perspectives of one’s own culture.

6.      Lastly, to sharpen thinking analytical and problem solving skills.

 

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.

 

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 in their work text (S.F.L.) at home after almost every class.

 

EXAM FORMAT:  All tests will include the following elements:

 

1.      Oral questions and/or dictations

2.      Grammar sections.

3.      Translation and vocabulary.

4.      Comprehension sections on Culture readings.

 

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 Worksheets 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 FABULOSA” 1270 AM

KHCK – ‘PURO LATINO’ 99.1 FM

KLNO ‘ESTEREO LATINO’ 94.1 FM

- Watch                                     Univision cable/TV          Channel 23

                                                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.

-          Get in touch with Teaching Assistants: You do not have to have a grammar problem to meet with them, tel. (972) 883-2054.


 


FALL SEMESTER 2003

LIT – 1313 BEGINNING SPANISH – SEC. 002

M-W-F 2:00 – 2:50 PM

CLASS PLAN – SFL SPANISH FOR LIFE

 

AUG

F

22

Introducción – Capítulo preliminar, SFL, 2     I, II, III

 

M

25

Preliminar IV

 

W

27

Capítulo 1, SFL, 16, I, II

 

F

29

Cap. I, III ,IV and Cap. I, A Ver Si Sabes – Vocabulario activo 34 – 37.

SEP

M

1

Labor Day Holiday

 

W

3

Cap. 1, Repaso. Preguntas.

 

F

5

Capítulo 2. SFL, 38, I, II

 

M

8

Cap. 2, III, IV

 

W

10

Cap. 2, A Ver Si Sabes. Vocabulario activo, 56 – 59

 

F

12

Más preparación para el examen.

 

M

15

Exam I, Preliminar Capítulos 1 y 2 en SFL

 

W

17

Capítulo 3, SFL, 60, I

 

F

19

Cap. 3, I

 

M

22

Cap. 3, II

 

W

24

Cap. 3, III, IV

 

F

26

Cap. 3, A Ver Si Sabes, Vocabulario activo, 79 – 81

 

M

29

Capítulo 4, SFL, 82, I

OCT

W

1

Cap. 4, II

 

F

3

Cap. 4, III

 

M

6

Cap. 4, IV

 

W

8

Cap. 4, V

 

F

10

Cap. 4, A Ver Si Sabes, Vocabulario activo, 101-103

 

M

13

Examen II, Capítulo 3 y 4 en SFL

 

W

15

Capítulo 5, SFL, 104, I

 

F

17

Cap. 5, II

 

M

20

Cap. 5, III

 

W

22

Cap. 5, IV

 

F

24

Cap. 5, IV

 

M

27

Cap. 5, A Ver Si Sabes, Vocabulario activo, 127, 129

 

W

29

Capítulo 6, SFL, 130, I, II

 

F

31

Cap. 6, III

NOV

M

3

Cap. 6, IV

 

W

5

Cap. 6, A Ver Si Sabes, Vocabulario activo 151-153

 

F

7

Workshop - Preparación para el examen.

 

M

10

Examen III, Capítulos 5 y 6 en SFL

 

W

12

Capítulo 7, SFL, 154, I – II

 

F

14

Cap. 7, III

 

M

17

Cap. 7, IV

 

W

19

Cap. 7, A Ver Si Sabes, Vocabulario activo 175-177

 

F

21

Capítulo 8, SFL, 178, I, II

 

M

24

Cap. 8, III

 

W

26

Cap. 8, IV

 

F

28

Thanksgiving Holiday

DEC

M

1

(Last day of class) Cap. 8, A Ver Si Sabes, Vocabulario Activo, 198-201

 

 

 

 

 

M

8

Final Exam. Time: 2:00 PM, Capítulos 7 y 8 en SFL

 

 

 

 

 

M

12

Grades available on line http://www.utdallas.edu/SIS/