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Course : Elementary Spanish II

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2019
Prothro-Yeager Hall, 204
Sarah Butler
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, May 06, 2019 12:00 am

Course Description


The language teaching community agrees that learning language and culture are inextricably connected. Thus, this course focuses on developing students’ Spanish- language proficiency through modes of communication that reflect real life communication in the varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.  By employing interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative modes in Spanish, students will explore the ideas, values, beliefs and other cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking peoples across the world and how these aspects work together to affect human experience.


Skills and Outcomes


This course involves the development of specific Spanish grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic usage in the context of the varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world for the purpose of exploring ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order that students may understand the human condition across cultures.  In this course, student will also continue to develop awareness of and practice the use of appropriate cultural norms in the Spanish-speaking world for formality, informality, personal space and gestures. Furthermore, students will continue developing language in the context and manner it used in the Spanish-speaking cultures and recognize how these uses are different from those of English-speakers. By the end of the semester, students will be able to:


·         Make reservations for travel, inquire about hotel amenities, order in a restaurant, shop for food and clothing, follow or give instructions for recipes.

·         Engage in simple question/answer conversations using memorized and/or high-frequency expressions indicating cultural sensitivity and awareness to talk about pastimes, hobbies, holidays, celebrations and daily chores.

·         Provide and request basic information (continued development).

·         Give and receive instructions and directions (continued development).

·         Express ongoing actions, routine actions, future actions and past actions in the context and manner these are used in the Spanish-speaking cultures and recognize how these uses are different from those of English-speakers (continued development).

·         Express preferences and comparisons.

·         Describe the state of objects and people (continued development).

·         Use impersonal expressions and expressions of doubt and uncertainty.

·         Describe and illustrate aspects of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and make comparisons between these cultures and their own culture(s) using basic linguistic structures and vocabulary in the target language.

·         Evaluate their own values, behaviors and worldviews on the socio-cultural topics presented and compare these to those of Spanish-speakers.

Study Hours and Tutoring Assistance

Approximately one hour of study is required on a daily basis for this course. Tutoring is available with the instructor during office hours and by appointment as well as through the World Languages & Cultures Tutoring Center (Bea Wood 115) and the MSU Tutoring Center (McCullough Hall). These campus tutoring options are all available free of charge.


Student Handbook


Refer to: Student Handbook 2017-18


Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Office of Student Conduct.


Homework and Quizzes

Daily reading, writing and study assignments will be made from the text and from other sources. Students need to complete all assignments prior to the next class. Students should turn in any written homework to be graded at the beginning of class. No late homework will be graded. Independent study of grammar and vocabulary is also expected. Frequent quizzes, based on homework and class work, will be given at least weekly. Quizzes are typically scheduled for one of the last two days of each class week, but unannounced (pop quizzes) may be given at the discretion of the instructor. Please check D2L for daily postings of homework assignments and quiz announcements. The lowest two grade from this category will be dropped at the end of the semester.


There are three major exams, one every two chapters. Each exam consists of a multiple choice, matching, and/or true false portion and a written/short answer portion. Each portion is worth approximately 50% of the exam grade. Each major exam contributes 15% to the final course grade. You will be allowed one class period (50 minutes) for each major exam.


Projects Required

The Personal Reflection Essay serves as an assessment of the student’s performance of the core curriculum objectives in the specific context of this course. I will provide information concerning the presentation, formatting and grading of this project later in the semester. The subject of the essay will be a cultural topic or topics assigned by the instructor according to the instructor’s preference. The cultural topic will present the student with an ethical dilemma or issue for resolution. Students should demonstrate that they have adequately researched and considered the topic in the framework of the core curriculum objectives.


The core objectives for the Language, Philosophy and Culture Foundational Component Area are addressed in this course according to the following descriptions.  A global assessment rubric will be used for measuring students’ mastery of these core objectives in the context of the Personal Reflection Essay.


Critical Thinking Skills: Students will demonstrate creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.


Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication.


Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical-decision making.


Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national and global communities.


In responding to the topic, students must identify their core beliefs and the origins of those core beliefs, recognize the ethical issue(s) presented and the relationships between issues, state a position on the issue(s) and connect their position to implied actions and consequences[1].  In other words, students must answer the following questions in their essays:


  • What ethical issue(s) are presented? Identify these.
  • What is your opinion or position about the issue(s)?
  • How did you come to hold this opinion? Identify your core beliefs and their origin.
  • What can/will you do personally concerning the issue?
  • What are the implications of your opinion and the consequences of actions that you take or do not take regarding the issue?



Final Exam

The comprehensive final exam covers all materials studied during the course. The exam consists of a multiple choice, matching, and/or true false portion and a written/short answer portion. Each portion is worth approximately 50% of the exam grade. The Final Exam contributes 20% to the final course grade. The Final Exam for this course is scheduled for Monday, May 6, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.


Extra Credit

No extra credit assignments are given to individuals that are not offered to the entire class. Any extra credit assignments made are at the discretion of the instructor.

[1] Modified from AAC&U Ethical Responsibility VALUE Rubric.



Course Grade: The following components make up the course grade. The number of quizzes and graded homework assignments ranges from 10-15 and varies according to the discretion of the instructor.


Table 1:



% of Course Grade

Quizzes and Graded Homework






Language Laboratory


Personal Reflection Essay


Exam 1 (Chapters 7 & 8)


Exam 2 (Chapters 9 & 10)


Exam 3 (Chapters 11 & 12)


Comprehensive Final Exam





Table 2: Total percentages for final grade.





90 - 100


80 – 89


70 – 79


60 – 69


Less than 60



You are required to be in class for the entire 50-minute period. Arrive on time. You may be counted absent if you are more than 10 minutes late for class or if you leave class early.


Absences due to official university functions or documented illness will be dealt with on an individual basis and should be discussed with the instructor outside of class time. There are no “excused” absences from regular class periods and the instructor will take attendance every day. Each absence lowers your attendance grade. The attendance grade is calculated by dividing the number of days that you are in class by the number of days that the course meets. (Example for 2 absences out of a total of 57 class days: 55/57 = .9649…= 96.49%). The attendance grade contributes 4% to the final course grade.


This syllabus serves as notice that you may be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than six times. A Conduct and Attendance Referral may be sent to the Dean of Students upon the fourth absence. If you decide to drop the course, you must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a W.  If the instructor drops you, you will receive a WF or F.

Late Work 

No late work is accepted.


Make Up Work/Quizzes/Exams

No make-up work is accepted and no make-up quizzes are offered. However, the two lowest grades from the Quizzes and Graded Homework category will be dropped at the end of the semester.


If you know you will miss an exam due to an official university function, please make arrangements with the instructor prior to the absence and as soon as possible.  If you are absent from an exam, you must present documented proof of illness or university activity to your instructor before an early or make-up exam will be scheduled.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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