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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


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)


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

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:

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



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


Oral presentations/Creative Presentations


Class attendance/Participation


3 Compositions (including Rough Draft) + Corrections




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


Grade points/credit



93% & above




87% – 92.9%


Very good


82% – 86%




76% – 81%


Above average


70% – 75%




65% – 69%


Below average


60% - 64%




59% and below




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


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:

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 or the Student Disability Services Office

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


TAREA y Actividades En Clase

Contenido de libro y pruebas


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


La identidad nacional

la experiencia en otro país CULTURA

La lengua española: El gran vínculo



Película Los dioses rotos


17 Palabras indefinidas, negativas y positivas

18 El indicativo y el subjuntivo en cláusulas adjetivales

Composición 1 en clase Cuba

martes 26

Semana 3


Taki-Kuni: música popular en Latinoamérica

Tertulia: La música

jueves 28

Lectura en clase


martes 2

Semana 4

CAPITULO 8: Nuestro mundo pequeño

Mini lectura: <>

De entrada



  • El medio ambiente

  • La ciudad y los servicios urbanos

  • El desarrollo y la economía

jueves 4


martes 9

Semana 5


Lectura medioambiental


El futuro y el futuro perfecto en el indicativo


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



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


  • El individuo

  • Para hablar de temas sociales

Martes 23

Semana 7


El presente perfecto del subjuntivo


Los pronombres relativos

Introducción al CAPITULO 10: Los tiempos precolombinos


  • Para hablar de la historia

  • El paso del tiempo


Culturas indígenas

España precolombina

jueves 25

Película: La otra conquista

Composición #2


martes 1

Semana 8

Repaso para la primera prueba


El imperfecto del subjuntivo


El condicional

jueves 3


El imperfecto del subjuntivo


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


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



El pasado perfecto o el pluscuamperfecto del subjuntivo

Película: Eréndira Ikikunari

El barroco (documental)

martes 29


Eréndira Ikikunari

jueves 31

Semana 12


El condicional perfecto

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

(¿Qué habrían hecho? ¿Qué habría pasado?


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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