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LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES: HISP 34 is an experiential learning language course that focuses on the study of the culture and civilizations of Spain and Latin America as the context for improving linguistic skills and abilities. In addition to a careful review of previously studied basic grammatical structures, new structures and uses will be introduced. Students will develop strategies to expand their vocabulary and to effectively communicate in the target language.
Students in HISP 34 will further develop both fluency and accuracy while broadening their knowledge and understanding of the Hispanic world.
Students taking this course will: be able to take part in everyday conversations, initiating them or responding to requests and questions in simple, connected sentences.
narrate and describe events in the present and in the past.
express needs, desires and give opinions in the target language.
make comparisons and descriptions of people, places and objects in oral and written form.
read authentic texts on cultural topics and understand the main ideas and some details.
listen to semi-authentic or authentic (live or recorded) short texts and get the gist of the text and some details.
develop their linguistic abilities learning new grammatical structures.
increase their Spanish vocabulary relating to cultural topics.
recognize cultural differences amongst countries in the Hispanic world.
Required Course Materials 1. Sueña, español sin barreras, third edition. You can purchase the book in the link below.
2. Ritos de iniciación by Rojo and Steele
3. Spanish dictionary. It is highly recommended that all students have access to a good monolingual dictionary.
Attendance: Regular attendance is crucial to the successful attainment of the course objectives. Punctuality is essential and only occasional late arrivals will be accepted. You may miss up to three classes for reasons of health, job interviews, etc. However, you may not miss any evaluations, compositions, and/or homework. In cases of an accident, illness, etc. you must notify your instructor as soon as possible. Missing any part of daily class will be considered a full absence. Excessive absences will have a negative impact on your class participation grade and will seriously affect your ability to follow the course.
Preparation and participation in class. Please come to class prepared, ready and willing to participate in all in-class discussions and activities. Being prepared does not mean simply having looked over the readings, but instead you should study them carefully in order to have a clear understanding and be able to fully discuss in class. Your participation grade in Hisp 34 will be based on your ability to follow the readings, keep up with the assigned work, and effectively present your ideas to the class.
Homework. All homework is due on the next day it is assigned. No exceptions. When indicated, students will be responsible for collaborating on group projects outside of class to complete assignments. Specific group projects and oral presentations will be assigned by your professor.
Quizzes. There will be three quizzes that focus on vocabulary and grammar points studied in class.
Exams. There will be two one midterm on course content, grammar and vocabulary during the semester.
Compositions. Throughout the course you will be asked to write paragraphs and compositions in Spanish. There will be two main (graded) compositions for this course. Students will be given the opportunity to rewrite the first composition and make corrections.
Final exams. There will be one oral and one written final exam on course content, grammar and vocabulary during the semester.
Academic integrity is central to the mission of educational excellence at Brandeis University. Violation of University policies on academic integrity, described in Section 3 of Rights and Responsibilities, may result in failure on the assignment or failure in the course, and could even end in suspension from the University. Remember that native speakers, family members, friends, and tutors or study leaders, including those sanctioned by Brandeis University, are not authorized to complete homework or any other assignments for you. Any such help will be considered cheating. If you have questions about the type of help you can receive, please ask your professor before you receive help.
Plagiarism is not tolerated in this course, and ignorance or negligence on your part is not a valid excuse. The most rampant form of cheating these days is “cut and paste” plagiarism from the Internet. Using words, ideas, or fragments from undocumented Internet sources is cheating.
If you have any questions about what constitutes academic dishonesty, please contact your professor or the Office of Student Development and Conduct in 203 Shapiro Campus Center.
If you are a student with a documented disability on record at Brandeis University and wish to have a reasonable accommodation made for you in this class, please see the professor immediately. Retroactive accommodations cannot be provided.
If you are thinking about majoring or minoring in Spanish, you should familiarize yourself with the program in the Bulletin and then see the Undergraduate Advising Head, as soon as possible to make sure that you understand the prerequisites and requirements.
The Brandeis University Group Study (B.U.G.S.) offers students free language practice outside of class. Take advantage of this service. The Office of Student Enrichment Services is located in Usdan Student Center 130, and Sarah’s hours will be announced in class. Questions about group study leaders can be addressed to Laurie Nelson (email@example.com) in Academic Services.
Textbook vouchers are available to students who are Pell Grant recipients. The vouchers will be available in Academic Services (Usdan 130) on the first day of class and are due on the last day of the drop/add period. Students should address questions to Shari Zingle, Senior Department Coordinator, in Academic Services (firstname.lastname@example.org, 6-3460).
Please speak with your professor as soon as possible if you have questions about your placement in this course. Keep in mind that once you have completed a course in the language sequence (courses numbered 10 through 106), you will not be able to skip a level. If the course at your level is closed, we advise you to wait a semester and enroll in the appropriate during the next registration period.
Students who do not earn at least a C- will not be allowed to continue in the language sequence. Cell phones and laptops
Please turn off all cell phones when you enter the class. If you must take an urgent call, please excuse yourself from the class. No texting, please. I do encourage you to bring your laptop to class and use it to access course materials, take notes, and research related materials. Please refrain from using laptops to access unrelated websites or email. If you do, you will lose the privilege of using your laptop in class for the rest of the semester. There will be no second chances.
If you are interested in studying abroad there are many opportunities. Please contact the following representatives:
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