Western Michigan University, Summer II, 2009

Spanish 1010 (Basic Spanish 2, four hours)

Section 30218 meets 9-10:40 (M, T, W, R)
in Brown 2037

Professor: Dr. Robert E. Vann

Office Hours

MW 10:45-11:30 a.m. and by appointment in 515 Sprau Tower.
You can also reach me anytime at 387-3042 or robert.vann@wmich.edu


Course Objectives

This course aims to help students develop communicative competence in Spanish through a multifaceted approach focusing on the four essential skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. Thus, very little English will be used in the classroom. The class is intended for students who have taken Spanish 1000 at WMU or its equivalent. Students who have had prior experience with the language but have not taken Spanish 1000 at WMU or its equivalent must take the free, online place­ment exam in order to ascertain the level at which they should begin their Spanish studies.  Refer to http://www.wmich.edu/spanish/undergraduate/onlineplace.htm and/or see the departmental staff in 420 Sprau Tower for further information regarding this exam. ANYONE IN THIS SITUATION SHOULD SEE ME AT ONCE.



Teaching Philosophy

None of us is as smart as all of us. This course will employ techniques of cooperative learning as part of its communicative approach. In other words, you will learn how to work well in pairs and groups by contributing your own ideas, encouraging others to participate, expressing support for others, coordinating the efforts of group members, and summarizing group activities. We will cover grammar, vocabulary, and cultural points where necessary, but much of your time in this class will be spent actually using the language to achieve some communicative goal, such as solving a problem, requesting assistance, discussing a point of view, etc.


Course Materials

There are three required books for this class (¡Arriba! Fifth Edition text, Student Activities Manual, Bilingual Dictionary). The course generally follows the main text, which you must bring to class every day along with the Bilingual Dictionary. We will cover Chapters 5-8 of ¡Arriba! during the semester. Activities from the Student Activities Manual will be done as homework. There is no need to bring the Student Activities Manual to class daily.

Additional materials packaged with the required books include the student access code to MySpanishLab online activities and the Quick Guide to Spanish Grammar.  Entering MySpanishLab with the access code will be necessary for some aspects of the homework assignments (cf. description of homework below), and students will find many additional practice activities at this site as well.  This code is valid for two years, so students who have recently taken SPAN 1000 at WMU will already have valid student codes.  For those who do not yet have this code, be advised that used books sold at area bookstores and books purchased from online retailers like Amazon do not include this code.  Individual student codes are available for purchase from the publisher of ¡Arriba! for $85.  To avoid this extra expense, it is therefore recommended that students who do not yet have valid codes purchase their books brand new from the booktore in the Bernhard Center with the additional materials already included.  Students should also remember to save their MySpanishLab access codes after the course is over; they are valid for future Spanish courses where MySpanishLab may be required.

In addition to the student codes discussed above, a section code specific to this class is also required for entry into MySpanishLab.  The section code for SPAN 1010, Summer II, 2009, MTWR 9-10:40 is CRSCD7F-411609.



Class Policies

In general, late homework assignments will not be accepted (a zero will be given). The exception is when you are absent from class the day the assignment is due. In this case, assignments will be accepted without penalty the next class day that you are present (It's never worth missing class to turn in an assignment late, and absences are also penalized, after a point). For all other course requirements (exams and orals), make-ups must be arranged by prior agreement with me. There will be no unscheduled make-ups, excepting extreme extenuating circumstances (e.g., medical emergency).






Course Grade and Requirements


Explanation of requirements



Four quizzes will be given throughout the semester.  Each will cover one chapter in Arriba (5-8).


Final Exam

The final exam will be completely cumulative (Chapters 5-8) and will include listening, reading, and writing components.



- Reading Current Events (5%)

This homework will be graded on completion of assignment only. Students must find short articles (one or two paragraphs) from Hispanic newspapers or magazines to use for reading current events. For each assignment, you must (a) turn in a photocopy or printout of the article (you can find Spanish/Hispanic magazines in Waldo or on the Web), (b) list and translate five words you did not know before reading the article and (c) write (in Spanish) five multiple-choice style reading comprehension questions about the article. This homework will serve as a resource for classroom reading activities.

- Open Writing (10%)

This homework will be graded on completion of assignment only. Open Writing assignments must be one 8.5" x 11" page in length (every other line) and can be diary-style, letter-style, creative writing, poetry, essays, etc.

- Student Activities Manual (20%)

Homework sets from the Student Activities Manual, to be graded on completion of assignment only. The audio recordings necessary to complete the lab manual assignments are available via the Companion Website (5th ed.) for the class at http://wps.prenhall.com/ml_zayas_arriba_5/ The video files necessary to complete the lab manual assignments are available at http://www.myspanishlab.com/. NB: access codes are necessary to enter this site.


Oral Five minute paired conversation. Each student will get an individual grade during the conversation. Grading criteria will include pronunciation, fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension.



Grading Scale

94-100 A superior
89-93  BA excelente
83-88 B muy bien
78-82 CB bien
71-77 C regular
66-70 DC pobre
60-65 D muy pobre
0-59 E suspenso


A Note on Attendance

Communicative competence and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary are cumulative and so, everything we do and learn in the beginning of the semester will be important all throughout the course. Therefore, daily attendance is compulsory and expected. Attendance will be taken and each student will be allowed three personal days, no questions asked. From the fourth absence on, each absence will result in one percentage point off the final semester grade, i.e., if a student had a 94 average with four absences, the semester grade would end up a 93, which would result in a BA instead of an A. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THIS RULE UNLESS EXTREME EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES APPLY. The stated attendance policy is meant to allow for each student to miss a day here or there for a long weekend, a sporting event, a medical appointment, a religious observance, a sick day, etc. So if you already have any such plans, be aware of how many personal days you have left. There will be no "excused" absences. That's what your personal days are for. Expect the unexpected and budget your days wisely!



A Note on Participation

As with attendance, daily participation is required and expected. You will be expected to enter into class activities with enthusiasm, put in your "two cents," and respect the views of others. No formal grade will be given for participation because different personalities react differently to a group dynamic, and some people are more or less outgoing than others by nature. Nevertheless, it will be to your overwhelming advantage to participate energetically on a constant basis, because there is no better way to acquire a foreign language than just throwing yourself into it as much as possible. We will all get to know each other VERY well this semester. This is the kind of class where you can quite easily begin lasting friendships. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it!



A Note on Office Hours

These hours are intended to benefit you on a more personal level than can be achieved in class. You are encouraged to stop in during office hours, where we can discuss any problems or concerns you may have with the class or class material. Informal meetings in office hours often benefit us both, and they allow us to get to know each other a little better. Please drop by! If you are unable to come see me, remember that you can call my office or write me e-mail anytime. Please do not call me at home.


Important Dates for Spanish 1010, Summer II, 2009

Quizzes: July 9, 20, 28, August 5
Paired Conversations: Thursday, August 6
Final Exam: Given in class on Thursday, August 13


Schedule of Classes

Most days, we will start class with a short presentation of vocabulary or grammar and spend the remaining class time in groups or pairs working on communicative activities in Spanish.  Four class days will be reserved for quizzes and Q&A in English regarding grammar, vocabulary, homework, etc.




Tentative Daily Schedule
(This schedule may be altered frequently throughout the semester, as conditions dictate.)

Always consult the daily schedule ahead of time. On average, you will be expected to work two hours outside of the classroom for every hour in the classroom. You are expected to read through the chapter before coming to class each day. Remember, the class period will generally be devoted to speaking the language rather than speaking about the language. WHEN YOU SEE "READING CURRENT EVENTS," "OPEN WRITING," OR "STUDENT ACTIVITIES MANUAL" ON THE SCHEDULE FOR A GIVEN DAY, THAT IS THE DAY THESE ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE. You must complete these assignments before class that day, as they will be collected at the beginning of class. Though these assignments are graded upon completion only, it is to your overwhelming benefit to complete them conscientiously and to the best of your ability. They provide you with a chance to practice reading, writing, listening, and grammar study, as well as an opportunity to come up with questions and doubts that you can then raise to me for the benefit of the whole class.


Week#1 (June 25)

R Introductions, Overview, Start Chapter 5



Week#2 (June 29-July 2)

M Communicative activities in current chapter

T Communicative activities in current chapter

W Communicative activities in current chapter

R Communicative activities in current chapter



Week#3 (July 6-9)

M Communicative activities in current chapter

T Q&A, Reading Current Events 1 due

W Student Activities Manual due for Chapter 5, Start Chapter 6

R Q&A, Quiz 1 (on Chapter 5), Open Writing 1 due


Week#4 (July 13-16)

M Communicative activities in current chapter

T Communicative activities in current chapter

W Communicative activities in current chapter

R Student Activities Manual due for Chapter 6, Start Chapter 7


Week#5 (July 20-23)

M Q&A, Quiz 2 (on Chapter 6), Open Writing 2 due

T Communicative activities in current chapter

W Communicative activities in current chapter

R Communicative activities in current chapter


Week#6 (July 27-30)

M Student Activities Manual due for Chapter 7, Start Chapter 8

T Q&A, Quiz 3 (on Chapter 7), Open Writing 3 due

W Communicative activities in current chapter

R Communicative activities in current chapter


Week#7 (August 3-6)

M Communicative activities in current chapter

T Student Activities Manual due for Chapter 8, Review for paired conversations

W Q&A, Quiz 4 (on Chapter 8), Open Writing 4 due

R Paired conversations



Week#8 (August 10-13)

M Reading Current Events 2 due

T Review for Final exam

W Review for Final exam

R Final exam; session ends





A Note on Course Web Components

MySpanishLab (http://www.myspanishlab.com/) includes an “e-book” (i.e., an electronic version of the textbook), activities from the Student Activities Manual, additional practice activities, readiness checks, tutorials on English and Spanish grammar, practice tests, all of the audio and video components of ¡Arriba! (5th ed.), plus more.

The ¡Arriba! (5th ed.) Companion Website (http://wps.prenhall.com/ml_zayas_arriba_5/) was a predecessor to MySpanishLab and is less comprehensive; however, know that it is available to you as well.  It includes electronic flashcards for memorizing vocabulary, an interactive soccer game, some of the audio components of ¡Arriba! (5th ed.), plus more. Most of the online materials provide immediate feedback to the user; they provide powerful resources for independent learning and extra practice to enhance student acquisition of the Spanish language and student performance in this course. I encourage you to take advantage of these resources beyond the official assignments made.

Online materials may be accessed via any computer with internet access.  For student convenience, such computers are provided in the Languages and Computing Labs in 1002 and 1003 Brown Hall, where headphones for listening to audio files also are available. For further information, call the Labs at 387-2485 or 387-2488.




Statement on Academic Integrity

“WMU Code of Honor and general academic policies on issues such as diversity, religious observance, student disabilities, etc. are available at http://www.osc.wmich.edu and www.wmich.edu/registrar.”

“You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at http://catalog.wmich.edu under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.”


Last revised June 8, 2009