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HU3292 Lev. II-B Spanish Language and Culture – Spring 2016– Syllabus—Prof. Amador

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Course Syllabus

HU 3292 Level II B Spanish Language & Culture

College of Science and Arts


Department of Humanities

SPRING 2016

Instructor Information


Instructor: Carlos M. Amador, PhD

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies



Please call me Prof. Amador, Profesor, or Profe.

Office Location: 322 Walker Arts and Humanities Center

Telephone: Office –(906) 487-2540 (Humanities Department Office)

E-mail: cmamador@mtu.edu

Office Hours: TR 10:00am – 11:30pm or by appointment


Course Identification


Course Number: HU 11489

Course Name: HU 3292 Level II B Spanish Language & Culture

Course Location: Fisher Hall 101

Class Times: T/TH 14:05-15:20

Course Description/Overview


Spanish IIB is an advanced (2nd year, 2nd semester) Spanish language and culture course that focuses on developing significant increases in comprehension, written and oral expression, and cultural literacy. This course works with authentic texts, films, and recordings so that students operate within a model that unites comprehension, communicative production, and grammar based activities. This course also contains an added component of activities requiring that students connect their Spanish with their intended professional discipline.

Course Learning Objectives


Spanish IIB has 5 principal course learning objectives adapted from the ACTFL Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Note: These are standards -- frameworks for understanding what there is to learn -- and not evaluations of achievement. No one student will achieve all standards with equal success. However, they outline what kinds of learning each student will engage in and improve upon by the end of the course. .

1. Learners will improve their communication across a variety of registers. Activities will focus on interpretation, interpersonal communication, and presentation of Spanish for specific communicative purposes.

2. Learners will use the language to critically reflect on culture, focusing on using the language in an engaged role for understanding and presenting information about culture, especially information drawn from sources intended for native speakers.

3. Learners will use the language to make interdisciplinary and transcultural connections, using Spanish as a critical thinking tool.

4. Learners will make informed cultural and linguistic comparisons in Spanish, using the language as tool of personal reflection about similarities and differences between their own culture and Hispanic cultures.

5. Learners will use the language as a tool to join communities. Successful completion of this course will allow students to grow and develop relationships with individuals and various groups (for specific professions, interests, or regions) across the Hispano-phone world.



MTU University Student Learning Goals

HU3292 satisifies University Student Learning Goal #3-Global Literacy. Students will be able to interact in meaningful ways with people from other Hispano-phone cultures and reflect upon cultural connections and divergences in Spanish and English. This will be accomplished by acquisition of global knowledge and competencies through the study of language and culture.

For more information on Global Literacy, please refer to: Goal 3_Global Literacy & Human Culture Rubric


Course Resources + Required Text

Required Course Text


MAS. 2nd edition. Perez-Girones, Adan-Linfante. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.

ISBN: 0078049040 / 9780078049040-MAS CNCT+ © 2014, 2nd edition

Course Website(s)


  • Canvas http://www.courses.mtu.edu

Course Communication

All communications should be done through email. Any announcements pertinent to course as a whole will be made through canvas. All communication shall be written in the appropriate register and tone between a university student and the professor. Should you have any questions about how to email your professor, please consult the following link: http://www.cwu.edu/~glasbys/EMAIL

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICHIGAN TECH EMAIL ACCOUNT IS CURRENT. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a working email account and use the Michigan Tech address for all official correspondence.

Assignments and Grading Policy


Grade Breakdown

Homework

20%

Chapter Exams (6-7) (8-9) (10-12)

30%

Oral presentations/Creative Presentations

20%

Class attendance/Participation

15%

3 Compositions (including Rough Draft) + Corrections

15%

Total

100%








Assignments and Examinations:


  • Homework (15%): Homework is assigned on your Connect page and is assigned by chapter. Please ensure that you have access to a working computer. Very occasionally, homework that is not available on Connect will be assigned.

  • Chapter Exams (30%): Chapter exams will include listening, writing, reading, and grammar sections taken from your textbook and course instruction. There will be two exams covering three chapters each.

  • 3 Compositions + Corrections (30%): These are essays begun in class that contain a peer review component, and correction phase, and a final draft

  • Class attendance (sign-up sheet) /participation /Conversation days (15%)—Several times during the semester, we will have days where we will take for at least twenty minutes on a topic that you will prepare beforehand. Working from notes and with your colleagues, you will be graded on USE of Spanish in class, not correctness. ¡Habla por favor!

  • Oral Presentations/Final interviews (15%): You will present on a cultural topic for 5-7 minutes in Spanish with the use of visual presentation software, or you may opt for a creative video. If you choose the video portion, you must present a five minute discussion in class discussing several aspects of the project in Spanish.

Late Assignments Policy


  • Homework for each chapter will be due the week of the exam or, on certain occasions, the class day after it is assigned. Late work will not be accepted except under extraordinary circumstances and according to my discretion.

  • There will no makeup quizzes or tests for unexcused absences.

  • Unless there is an authorized university activity, attendance is mandatory during the final presentations. Unexcused absences during this period will result in a 10% percent reduction of your oral presentation grade.

Grading Scheme (All assignments and final course grade)

Grading System


Letter Grade

Percentage

Grade points/credit

Rating

A

93% & above

4.00

Excellent

AB

87% – 92.9%

3.50

Very good

B

82% – 86%

3.00

Good

BC

76% – 81%

2.50

Above average

C

70% – 75%

2.00

Average

CD

65% – 69%

1.50

Below average

D

60% - 64%

1.00

Inferior

F

59% and below

0.00

Failure

I

Incomplete; given only when a student is unable to complete a segment of the course because of circumstances beyond the student’s control.

X

Conditional, with no grade points per credit; given only when the student is at fault in failing to complete a minor segment of a course, but in the judgment of the instructor does not need to repeat the course. It must be made up by the close of the next semester or the grade becomes a failure (F). A (X) grade is computed into the grade point average as a (F) grade.

Attendance and Participation


Each day, I will take roll for attendance. Active participation in class in Spanish will determine the rest of your participation grade. On your Canvas site you will receive weekly feedback and grades for your engagement with the course and use of Spanish in class. The remaining 7.5% of your participation grade is based on:

  • Use of Spanish in class. It is essential that you make the effort to express yourself at all times in Spanish, this includes during group work and speaking with your classmates



  • Willingness to volunteer in whole class activities and to participate and cooperate in pair and group work.

  • Level of preparedness. It is mandatory that you come to class on time and prepared, with assigned pages read in advance and assignments completed.

Students who miss more than three classes without university-approved excuses will lower their final grade by half a grade; those who miss more than four will lover their grade by a full grade. There will be no passing grade for students who miss more than 30% of classes. Any student with 7 unexcused absences will not be allowed to take the Final Exam. Excessive tardiness will also result in a grade reduction. Tardiness is defined as being 15 minutes late to class. Adjustments to this policy fall under my discretion and will only be given under extraordinary circumstances.

A simple email note or a verbal communication does NOT qualify as an officially excused absence. An OFFICIALLY EXCUSED absence is one that is authorized in writing by a doctor, another instructor or coach for a university-sponsored event, a university program director, a work supervisor, or the Dean of Students. If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend class or complete an exam or quiz, it is your responsibility to make prior arrangements with me and to complete the required assignments in a timely manner. No exam make-ups allowed for anyone without a university-approved (official) excuse.

Collaboration/Plagiarism Rules/Class Conduct


Most of the in-class work done in HU3292 will be collaborative; it is imperative that you come prepared to work with your classmates. Plagiarism will be strictly dealt with according to the Academic Integrity Code of Michigan Tech. Please consult the following link for information: http://www.admin.mtu.edu/usenate/policies/p109-1.htm

Cell phones, Blackberries, iPods, PDAs, or any other electronic devices are not to be used in the classroom. Information exchanges on these devices during class are also prohibited and violate the Academic Integrity Code of Michigan Tech.


University Policies


Student work products (exams, essays, projects, etc.) may be used for purposes of university, program, or course assessment. All work used for assessment purposes will not include any individual student identification.

Michigan Tech complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information about reasonable accommodation for or equal access to education or services at Michigan Tech, please call the Dean of Students Office, at (906) 487- 2212 or go to 
http://www.mtu.edu/provost/faculty-resources/syllabus-policies/ or the Student Disability Services Office http://www.mtu.edu/deanofstudents/students/disability/

Please submit any disability services documentation by January 29, 2016. Any documentation received after that date will be accepted on an individual basis. Please contact me via email or come to my office hours to discuss accommodations.

Office Hours and Grade Appeals


I am always available during office hours or by appointment to discuss any aspect of the course. You may appeal your grade for any reason. Grade appeals are to be done during office hours or by appointment exclusively. Reevaluation of your work does not guarantee a higher grade, but can also result in a lowering of your assignment grade.

Note: Any portion of the syllabus and course schedule may be revised during the semester to accommodate the needs of students or the instructor.

Course Calendar

FECHA

TAREA y Actividades En Clase

Contenido de libro y pruebas

enero

martes 12



Semana 1:



Diagnóstico-Escribe un párrafo sobre lo que hiciste durante el descanso invernal

Presentaciones personales


jueves 14

Mini-lectura, Mini-escritura en grupos

Actividades de repaso

martes 19

Semana 2


CAPITULO 7: Nos-otros

Mini-lectura: <>

Cortometraje: <>

jueves 21




PALABRAS

La identidad nacional

la experiencia en otro país CULTURA

La lengua española: El gran vínculo

América

<>

Película Los dioses rotos



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfMyn0IO8HY

ESTRUCTURAS 17 Y 18

17 Palabras indefinidas, negativas y positivas

18 El indicativo y el subjuntivo en cláusulas adjetivales

Composición 1 en clase Cuba


martes 26

Semana 3

CULTURA

Taki-Kuni: música popular en Latinoamérica

Tertulia: La música


jueves 28




Lectura en clase


febrero

martes 2


Semana 4


CAPITULO 8: Nuestro mundo pequeño

Mini lectura: <>

De entrada

Cortometraje



PALABRAS

  • El medio ambiente

  • La ciudad y los servicios urbanos

  • El desarrollo y la economía




jueves 4

CARNAVAL DE INVIERNO




martes 9

Semana 5


CULTURA

Lectura medioambiental

ESTRUCTURAS 19

El futuro y el futuro perfecto en el indicativo



ESTRUCTURA 20

El indicativo y subjuntivo en cláusulas adverbiales



Composición en clase

jueves 11

Capítulo 8—Tarea de Connect fecha límite


Prueba #1

martes 16

Semana 6


Composición fecha de entrega

jueves 18

Debate

CAPITULO 9: EN BUSCA DE IGUALDAD

«La ONU declara el acceso a Internet como un derecho humano»

PALABRAS

  • El individuo

  • Para hablar de temas sociales




Martes 23

Semana 7


ESTRUCTURAS 21

El presente perfecto del subjuntivo



ESTRUCTURAS 22

Los pronombres relativos

Introducción al CAPITULO 10: Los tiempos precolombinos

PALABRAS


  • Para hablar de la historia

  • El paso del tiempo

CULTURA

Culturas indígenas

España precolombina


jueves 25




Película: La otra conquista

Composición #2

marzo

martes 1


Semana 8

Repaso para la primera prueba


ESTRUCTURAS 23

El imperfecto del subjuntivo



ESTRUCTURAS 24

El condicional




jueves 3




ESTRUCTURAS 23

El imperfecto del subjuntivo



ESTRUCTURAS 24

Composición en clase + peer review

martes 8

Semana 9

Vacaciones de primavera


Vacaciones de primavera



jueves 10


Vacaciones de primavera

Vacaciones de primavera

Película: XYY

Y tu mamá también


martes 15




Preparación para la prueba

Debate sobre machismo/feminismo

CULTURA

El machismo

El feminismo

Composición #3 en clase con revisión--¿Qué significa el feminismo


jueves 17

Semana 10

Debates culturales

Manifiestos feministas

Manifiestos machistas

Prueba # 2


martes 22

Capítulo 11


Introducción al CAPITULO 11: Los tiempos coloniales: Después del encuentro…

Mini lectura: En busca del nuevo mundo

Bartolomé de las Casas


jueves 24

Semana 11

Presentación oral en clase sobre una cultura indígena

Cortometraje

ESTRUCTURAS 25

El pasado perfecto o el pluscuamperfecto del subjuntivo



Película: Eréndira Ikikunari

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWwl41xxxI4

El barroco (documental)


martes 29




Película:

Eréndira Ikikunari

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWwl41xxxI4

jueves 31

Semana 12



ESTRUCTURAS 26

El condicional perfecto



Composición #3 en clase--La colonialidad y respuestas imaginarias

(¿Qué habrían hecho? ¿Qué habría pasado?


abril

martes 5





Peer review

Composición #3

jueves 7




Lectura: <>

Composición #3 correcciones fecha de entrega

Introducción al CAPITULO 12: La democracia: ¡Presente!



Película: ¡No!


martes 12




Película: ¡No!

Práctica para presentaciones orales o

presentaciones orales

Guía de estudio

jueves 14

Semana 13

Composición #6 ¿De

Presentaciones orales

martes 19




Presentaciones orales

Jueves 21

Último día de clase

Prueba #3




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