prepare you for the in-class work, which requires interaction between you, your classmates, and your instructor. By working in Connect and LearnSmart, you will be able to: ! Maximize study time . Learning a language successfully requires consistent and constant work and effort. Last minute cramming before an exam will not help you at all. Completing assignments in Connect and LearnSmart on a regular basis will help you determine what you know and what you do not know. As a result, you will be able to increase retention, to keep up with the course material, to come to class better prepared, and improve your chances of success in learning Spanish. ! Easy access . You can do your homework from any computer that accesses the Internet through a reliable Internet browser such as Safari, Firefox, Explorer, or Google Chrome, and McGraw Hill has free LearnSmart apps on iTunes for the iPhone and iPad . The Language Learning Center at Kaufman Hall (Room 228) has computers available for student use in the event that you do not have access to a computer at home. In order to have access to Connect and LearnSmart, you must create a user account. To do so, you will need the Connect passcode provided with your textbook bundle, which is valid for up to 24 months per individual. Please note that you must use your given name (as stated on your OU ID) and your OU e-mail to set up a Connect account. If not, your grades will not register. If you purchase a used textbook, you will have to order the Connect code at your bookstore or online. ! Self-pacing . You can take the time you need to do the online portion of the course as long as you complete the assignments before the deadlines. Please remember to do your textbook and online homework for Spanish previous to our class . We strongly encourage you to: ! Take your online work seriously; ! Close all non-Spanish related sites and media while you work to avoid the temptation of distraction; ! Concentrate on your Spanish work while you do it outside of class.
7 C OURSE P OLICIES : A TTENDANCE : Most of your class time will be devoted to communication . In order to learn the target language, you must practice as much as possible. You must also attend class consistently and participate in the interactive goal-oriented activities of each lesson. There is no substitute for oral classroom experience. Absences and tardiness are strongly discouraged and your grade will be affected negatively by excessive absences. Absences are counted beginning the first day of class . Students are allowed four “free” absences (two absences for evening classes) before their final grade is affected. After four absences (two absences for evening classes), each unexcused absence will result in a 1-point deduction (2-point deduction for evening classes) per absence of your final grade, i.e.; 5 unexcused absences (after the first four) will reduce your final grade by 5 points. If you are late, please take a seat quietly and join the class. Three (3) unexcused tardies will count as one unexcused absence. You will not be permitted to make up any in-class work such as quizzes, compositions, etc.
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