Spanish Syllabus - OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF...

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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITYDEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURESSPANISH 101Spring 2014Instructor: María Padilla Office: BAL 4039Office Hours: 9:00-9:50AM (M, W, F)E-mail: [email protected]Required Texts: Blitt,Casas .Explorarciones(w/iLrn Heinle Access & Review Cards)A good Spanish dictionary like Cassells, Vox, or Langenscheidt.NotebookCourse Overview and Objectives:This is an introductory course that does not assume any prior knowledge of the Spanish language. The principal goals of this course are to develop communicative skills in the target language. Reading, writing, speaking and listening will all be emphasized in this course. Each chapter in this book is organized around cultural and practical themes, with the interaction of vocabulary, grammar, and culture. In this course, Spanish will be the primary communication tool and authentic materials will be used as much as possible.This course requires continuous and independent work out of the classroom in order to gain the linguistic skills needed to be successful in the course. There is a lot of material to cover, which means that the course may be fast paced at times.It is up to you to complete all homework assignments in order to participate daily in class. Course Requirements:Participation and Attendance:Regular classroom attendance is expected of all students. A grade of F may be assigned to students that miss more than 20% (or 9 hours) of the entire course.Course grades reflect not only performance on written assignments and exams, but also participation during class periods. As discussions cannot be reproduced,many times absences cannot truly be made up. Excessive absences therefore have a negative effect on the student’s learning and performance. Students are responsible for all class work, and a student who misses a class is expected to have the initiative necessary to cover properly the material missed. Students must meet all course deadlinesand be present for all quizzes, tests, and examinations.LATE ARRIVALS (10 MINUTES OR MORE) WILL COUNTED AS ABSENCES.Instructors are not required to admit a student who arrives late to the classroom.Classroom participationMuch of what happens in language classes depends on your active participation and 10%of your final grade will be determined by your class participation as follows:5:Student totally prepared, very familiar with vocabulary and rules. Speaks Spanish in peer work, volunteers and uses Spanish whenever possible.
4:Student prepared, but should have sought help with more challenging concepts before class. Good working knowledge of vocabulary and rules. Mainly speaks Spanish in peer situations and when possible.

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