SUMMER 2009 (Second Summer Session)
Clayton State University, School of Arts and Sciences
Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 2001 Hybrid)
CRN 80607, Section 90
3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)
M & W: 11 11:50 am (Room T217)
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Miller, Jr.
Office: Arts and Sciences, Room G105F
Office hours: M/W: 12:30 pm 2:30 pm; F: 5 6 pm (virtual or face-to-face)
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Philip R. Donley, et al. Vistas: Introduccin a la la lengua espaola, 4th ed. (Boston: Vista
Higher Learning, 2012.) Student textbook ISBN: 978-1-60576-881-6.
WEBSAM (On-line Student Activities Manual: http: vistas.vhlcentral.com)
Students are encouraged to use PriceLoch.com to comparison shop for textbooks.
Highly recommended texts: La Rousse. The American Heritage LaRousse Spanish Dictionary;
Kendris, C. Dictionary of 501 Spanish Verbs Fully Conjugated in All Tenses Alphabetically
Rubin, Jan, and Irene Thompson. How to be a More Successful Language Learner.
Schmitt, Conrad. Schaums Outlines: Spanish Grammar.
Spinelli, Emily. English Grammar for Students of Spanish. (Olivia Hill, any edition or year).
Recommended Apps: dictionary.com; Dropbox; SpanishDict; Genius Scan; Genius Fax
Suggested websites: www.studyspanish.com and www.conjuguemos.com
Welcome to SPAN 2001! In this course you continue to develop the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You will use these skills to expand your knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world. Moreover, the emphasis of this course is on spoken and written communication. This is the first part of a two-semester Intermediate Spanish course sequence.
Catalog Description: Grammar review and continued development of the student's reading, conversation, and composition skills with readings from literary sources in Spanish. Open to native speakers of Spanish only by permission of the Department of Humanities. Otherwise, native speakers must withdraw from this course.
By the end of the semester you will be able to communicate using basic Spanish for:
- planning parties and entertainment activities;
- using basic medical Spanish;
- discussing different types of technology;
- describing your home.
Computer Requirement: Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.
Computer Skill Prerequisites:
Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
Able to use Microsoft Word TM word processing
Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM or Outlook Express TM
Able to attach and receive files via email
Able to use a Web browser
GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn (Online Classroom):
On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course.
You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: D2L on the top right side. If you experience difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructors name.
A Note about a hybrid course:
The keys to success in this class are generally the same as those in any other class. However, given the nature of hybrid classes, in which you will meet less frequently (M/W) and will be responsible for covering a good deal of material on your own, there are some things that you should keep in mind this semester.
Be very careful in managing your time. Set aside specific times each week to complete
class activities. It is your responsibility to cover all the required material before class, and
if you do not it is likely that you will not get as much out of the class meeting as you
Expect electronic glitches, power outages, or the like, and plan ahead. Dont wait until
the last minute to submit your work. The deadline for all work to be submitted is 11:59
pm, and there are no exceptions. Any technological problems that cause you to miss a
deadline must be documented through tech support with an official case number before
your instructor can consider accepting your work late.
It is especially important to be consistently prepared for and actively involved in all class meetings, since there are fewer of these than in traditional classes.
Class time will be spent primarily on communicative activities, pair work, grammatical
explanations, taking tests and exams, etc.
By the end of the semester you will be able to communicate using basic Spanish for:
- greeting people and exchanging some polite questions and answers, exchanging phone numbers, talking about days and dates, etc;
- using simple vocabulary related to the classroom;
- talking about family;
- discussing typical activities related to traveling in a foreign country, including making hotel reservations, travel arrangements, getting around;
- talking about hobbies and sports.
The Department of Humanities Goal:
The exchange of ideas is the basis of all societies. Each culture has its own form of expressing thoughts. Communication is the act or process of transmitting information about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior through a common system of signs, symbols, or conduct. According to the Communicative Approach, the emphasis on communication ensures that second language learners will be able to exchange their thoughts in a way that is comprehensible to the educated native speaker. Our emphasis on written communication is because we believe that a strong lexical and syntactical foundation is the basis for all communication exchange at a level expected from students at the higher education level. Therefore our expectation is that upon completion of the exit courses of their foreign language sequence, students will be able to produce short, comprehensible written pieces of increasing complexity based on the course and content presented at each level. It is our goal that each student will be at the 70th percentile or above in the areas of language (syntax) and vocabulary (lexicon) on a written composition.
Program Learning Outcomes:
General education outcomes:
The following link provides the Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area C in particular):
Specific Student Learning Outcomes for SPAN 2001:
In the target language, by the end of the semester the learner will be able to:
- point out the main differences between the preterit and imperfect;
- compose a short composition describing his/her childhood rituals;
- recognize the usage and verb conjugations for the present subjunctive;
- identify the usages of the present subjunctive;
- recognize the differences between formal and informal commands;
- write a composition describing ones hopes and wishes for the future using the present subjunctive;
- create a dialogue using interrogative questions, such as questions posed during a job interview;
- point out main ideas in complex real-world texts (newspapers, magazines, commercials, etc.);
- summarize shorts stories or plays;
- write compositions that demonstrate greater assimilation of syntactical and grammatical materials appropriate to third semester students;
- compose an oral presentation on a complex subject (a cultural aspect, specific country, historical movement, etc.);
- compose a creative piece, such as a short poem in the target language;
- compare/contrast his/her values with those of Spanish speakers, specifically to those in Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Panama, as well as the various Hispanic groups in the United States;
- use technology and other resources in the target language to practice language skills, research, discuss, collaborate and build communities with other second language learners as well as heritage speakers at a level appropriate for third-semester learners.
Class Format: SPANISH 2001 meets three hours a week. The format of this class is based on the premise that the best way to learn another language is through repeated, meaningful exposure to the language as well as for opportunities to interact with others. For this reason, class time will be dedicated to communicating in Spanish using structures and vocabulary that you have practiced by doing your homework prior to class. Please note that th