If after watching the Grammar Tutorials in Connect and working on the online exercises, you desire further assistance with the vocabulary and/or grammar, schedule an appointment or visit your instructor during his/her office hours. However, please do not expect your instructor to repeat a class for you that you have missed nor expect her/him to answer questions about material in Connect that you have never covered yourself online. Do this work first and then see your instructor if you have questions. In order to improve your Spanish communication skills, you must practice both oral and written Spanish. Therefore, your instructor will speak almost exclusively in Spanish, which will not only show you how to use the Spanish language, but will also help you learn new vocabulary and grammar structures. In class, you will also use additional authentic texts for reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises, close listening and speaking activities . Supplementary texts will be used from a variety of genres (journalistic, reference texts, reports, etc.). In turn, you are expected to use Spanish during all activities and for basic functional language (e.g. saying hello, asking the time, and asking the instructor to repeat something, among others). Do not be shy! You will not be graded on the accuracy of your speech in these situations. You are, however, expected to make the effort. This will increase your comfort level over the course of the semester. Within about one week, you should be familiar with the class format and daily expectations.
4 R EADING A SSIGNMENTS : Reading Comprehension Task Text comprehension refers to whether or not you understand a text you have read. In this assignment, you will read a text. Then you will answer comprehension questions that will test your ability to understand the passage and what is stated and implied in it. You will have to read the passage first so that you can identify the main idea of the passage and appreciate features such as the author's tone and attitude as well as the organization of the text. L ISTENING A SSIGNMENTS : Listening Exam (2) There will be two listening exams in this course. Each exam will consist of some conversations and academic lectures or discussions that do not assume specialized background knowledge in the subject area. These passages will deal with areas of practical need or everyday topics. Each conversation and lecture stimulus will be heard twice and will be associated with 4-5 questions. These questions are meant to measure your ability to understand main ideas, important details, relationships between ideas, organization of information, speaker purpose and speaker attitude. These exams will be timed. S PEAKING A SSIGNMENTS : 1. Oral presentation (in groups) The Oral Presentations will be done in groups of three (3) students. You will talk about topics related to the class. Your presentation in Spanish will be a total of 5-6 minutes, will be interactive, and will include an activity related to your presentation (such as a simple game). You will be evaluated on
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