SPAN 202: SPANISH GRAMMAR IN PRACTICE
Mandy L. Faretta
: 1624 University Hall
: Tues/Thurs 10-10:45
As the title indicates, this course is designed to be a review of Spanish grammar. It covers the main
aspects of the Spanish grammar system, including nouns and adjectives, determiners, pronouns, all
verb tenses, their conjugation and use, clauses, and orthography.
Each student will come to the course with different background knowledge of grammar; therefore,
some topics may seem easy to you while others may be more complicated, and may even present you
with material you have not been previously exposed to. The course will focus on the topics that cause
most difficulty for English-speaking students in general, especially those related to verbs (e.g., the 14
verb tenses, preterit/imperfect, indicative/subjunctive,
). When necessary, comparisons with
English will be presented, as will references to regional varieties of Spanish.
An important aspect of this course is the
(teaching presentation or lesson)
that all students will complete. The purpose is to give you an opportunity to practice the grammar you
have learned in class by actually
developing a lesson and teaching it to the rest of the class
half of the students in this course are Teacher Education majors who plan to become Spanish teachers.
Even though many students in this course do not intend to become Spanish teachers, there is a great
deal of truth in the maxim that we often learn something best when we have to teach it to someone else.
This course meets two times per week.
There are homework assignments on Blackboard due most
Sundays by midnight
See the calendar for exact due dates.
: You may miss class
times (the equivalent of 6 hours) for
reason (e.g., medical,
personal, family, trips, emergency conditions, religious holidays, etc.) without your participation grade
being affected. After the third (3rd) absence, and for every subsequent absence, your participation
grade will reflect that you have missed class. You cannot participate if you are not present in class.