Syllabus


COURSE STRUCTURE

Course Description

This is an introductory course in Spanish for beginners and students with less than two years of high school Spanish. The emphasis of this course is on the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

This course is for beginners with little or no prior experience with the Spanish language. If you have previous high school or college courses in Spanish, or if you have advanced language skills in Spanish, you should NOT take this course. Rather, you should either (a) test out of SPAN 101 or (b) sign up for a more advanced Spanish course. During the first week of class, the instructor will determine if you are correctly placed in this course. If the instructor determines that you have advanced Spanish language skills, you may be dropped from the class.

Course Objectives

  1. Gain basic proficiency in Spanish listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  2. Develop the ability to think critically about how languages work, including the student's native language.
  3. Develop awareness and appreciation for other people and cultures.
  4. Develop strategies and attitudes conducive to further study of Spanish and other languages.

Course Schedule

The course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule in which students complete one lesson per week. You are expected to complete all of the learning activities for each lesson in the order they are listed for each lesson. The instructor may shift the order of completion for some assignments, and may even extend the deadlines on a few assignments if circumstances warrant it for the whole class. However, for most assignments and quizzes, you are expected to have them all completed by Monday at 8:00 AM (Mountain Time) each week. Please refer to your calendar in Brightspace for the specific times and dates for your time zone.

In order to help you plan out your weekly schedule, every Thursday at 12:00 PM (Mountain Time) you will be given access to the learning activities for the next week's lesson. This is done so that you will be able to work on that lesson over the weekend if you choose to do so.

On average, it takes approximately twelve hours to complete all the learning activities for each lesson. This is the average amount of time students must put into the course each week in order to get an average (C) grade in the course. Students that wish to earn higher grades may need to put in more study time. You should arrange your daily schedule so that you can put in about two hours of study every day from Monday through Saturday. This will ensure that you are able to put in the amount of distributed practice that is necessary to gain fluency in the language.

With these classes, there is no "time off" for holidays like you might get in face-to-face classes. Consequently, you should make sure to arrange your study schedule so that holiday activities do not keep you from completing the learning activities.

Lesson Schedule

In order to help you plan out your weekly schedule, every Thursday at 12:00 PM (Mountain Time) you will be given access to the learning activities for the next week's lesson. This is done so that you will be able to work on that lesson over the weekend if you choose to do so.

On average, it takes approximately twelve hours to complete all the learning activities for each lesson. This is the average amount of time students must put into the course each week in order to get an average (C) grade in the course. Students that wish to earn higher grades may need to put in more study time. You should arrange your daily schedule so that you can put in about two hours of study every day from Monday through Saturday. This will ensure that you are able to put in the amount of distributed practice that is necessary to gain fluency in the language.

With these classes, there is no "time off" for holidays like you might get in face-to-face classes. Consequently, you should make sure to arrange your study schedule so that holiday activities do not keep you from completing the learning activities.

Week

Date

Lesson Title

Week 01

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 01

Week 02

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 02: Capítulo 1: Ante todo

Chapter 01 Exam due

Week 03

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 03: Capítulo 2: En la Universidad

Week 04

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 04: Capítulo 2: En la universidad / Capítulo 3: La familia

Chapter 02 Exam due

Week 05

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 05: Capítulo 3: La familia

Chapter 03 Exam Due

Week 06

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 06: Capítulo 4: De compras

Chapter 04 Exam due

Week 07

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 07: Capítulo 5: En casa / Mid-term Exam

Chapter 05 Exam due

Week 08

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 08: Capítulo 6: Las estaciones y el tiempo

Week 09

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 09: Capítulo 6: Las estaciones y el tiempo / Capítulo 7: ¡A comer!

Chapter 06 Exam due

Week 10

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 10: Capítulo 7: ¡A comer!

Chapter 07 Exam due

Week 11

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 11: Capítulo 7: De vacaciones

Week 12

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 12: Capítulo 8: De Viaje / Capítulo 9: Los días festivos

Chapter 08 Exam due

Week 13

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 13: Capítulo 9: Los días festivos

Chapter 09 Exam due

Week 14

Due on Monday at 8:00 AM Mountain Time*

Lesson 14 - Course Conclusion: Final Exam due

*Please refer to your calendar in Brightspace for dates and times specific to your time zone for each activity.

Required Materials

The following materials are required for this course. Compare prices for your textbooks through the University Store Price Comparison site.They will show you all of the options from the University Store plus several online options to help you find the best price.

"Puntos de Partida" (10th edition, 2016)

ISBN: 978-1259979446

Authors: Thalia Dorwick, Ana Maria Peres Girones, Anne Becher, Cassie Isabelli, A. Raymond Elliot

Publisher: McGraw Hill

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You MUST have the online eBook version of this text (the Connect eBook). You cannot complete the required assignments if you only have a paper copy of the text.

If you plan on taking SPANISH 102 you will be able to use this edition of, "Puntos de Partida," for that course. Also, the Connect software lasts for a year. So if you take SPANISH 102 within the same year as taking 101 you can use the same Connect profile.

You are required to have a microphone for your computer and a set of earphones that will work with your computer. You will use both of these to participate in a variety of learning activities in this course.

Conversation Lab Attendance

This course is designed around the premise that your language ability will become better through conversation. The more faithfully you attend the conversation labs with others, the more you will get out of the course. Therefore, you will be required to:

Because the conversation labs are one of the most important and engaging parts of this course, students may attend a meeting other than with their primary instructor or TA (there will only be one TA shared between all SPAN 101 sections). There are several sections this semester and instructors will try to set their schedules and meeting times to best accommodate the most students. Please go to Course > Resources > Conversation Lab Discussion Sign Up to see the available session stand to sign up for the two sessions that best fit your schedule.

Due to limited space in each of the labs, once you have signed up for a particular time you are expected to attend your chosen session consistently throughout the semester. If you unexpectedly find you cannot come to the lab, please contact your instructor and let them know that for that week, you will attend a different session to make up for the one you might have to miss.

It is your responsibility to come prepared to each Conversation Lab. Because the sessions involve all group members interacting with one another, it is crucial that you come to each session prepared to teach one another. If it is obvious to the TA or the instructor that you have not completed the learning activities in Connect, you may lose participation points in the lab session.

Missing your Conversation Lab sessions will have serious consequences to your grade! Please make sure you work out your daily and weekly schedule so that you will be able to attend all of your lab sessions.

GRADING POLICIES

Grading Scale

Grades will be based on a percentage of the total number of points students may earn from assignments and quizzes, participation in online class meetings, and completion of any other learning activities assigned by the instructor. Grades will be determined as follows:

A = 93-100%
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 84%-86%
B- = 80-83%
C+ = 77-79%
C = 74%-76%
C- = 70-73%
D+ = 67-69%
D = 64%-66%
D- = 60-63%
F = 0-59%

Students may check their scores on some tests by using the "Grades" link on the I-Learn 3.0 class menu bar. Other scores will be shown in the online Connect eBook. In addition, the instructor may record participation points for the Conversation Lab sessions. If you have any questions about any scores on your assignments or about your overall grade, you may check with your instructor.

CLASS POLICIES

Course Policies

You should read the following course policies and make sure that you understand what these policies mean to you regarding your interactions with the instructor and other students in this course. If you have questions about any of these policies, you should contact your instructor immediately.

Student Honor

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ - learning to think, to feel, and to act more as He does.

Living a life of honor:

a. Begins as we learn and live the baseline standards of the Honor Code, understand their purposes, and are true to the promises we have made.

b. Continues as we heed the promptings of the Spirit to raise our personal bar of righteousness and foster a spirit of integrity, sacrifice, consecration, love, service, and willing obedience as students and throughout our lives.

c. Prepares our hearts for devoted discipleship in the family, church, work, and community.

If you have any questions about the Student Honor Code, please use the links below to get more information on what is expected of you as a BYU-Idaho student, and what you can expect from your classmates.

Honor Code | Academic Honesty | Dress and Grooming Standards

Students with Disabilities

BYU-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at 208-496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or feel you have been unlawfully discriminated on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established policy and procedures. Contact the Personnel Office at 208-496-1130.

Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program which receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at 208-496-1130.