Intermediate Spanish I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

103A Ordway Hall

Office Hours

I do not have an office on campus, however, you can leave a message for me at the English & Cultural Studies Department offices located in Ordway Hall. I can be reached by e-mail every day at sbarton@actx.edu. Office hours are by appointment only. Send me an e-mail to set up a mutually convenient time to meet on Zoom if you would like to meet with me.

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

Disability Statement

If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.
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Statement for Mental Health and Advocacy & Resource Center:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

Student Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

Privacy Statement

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Course

SPAN-2311-001 Intermediate Spanish I

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: SPAN 1412 or appropriate score on language placement test

Course Description

The consolidation of skills acquired at the introductory level. Further development of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis on comprehension, appreciation and interpretation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
mgraves24@actx.edu
806-371-5995
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.

Hours

(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

The same digital textbook that was used in Amarillo College's Span 1411 and 1412 is used:  Vistas 6th Edition (published by Vista Higher Learning). If you took Span 1411/1412 from Profesora Barton, you do NOT need to purchase anything further. For those students who have not bought an access code to this book, purchase this access code from the Amarillo College Bookstore: ISBN 978-1-54330-639-2, Supersite Plus (vText) + WebSAM (36-month access)

It is the student's choice if he/she wants to buy the hard-bound textbook. Keep in mind that all the information needed is found online, the hard-back book is not required, but many students find it helpful to have a book in hand. If you wish to have a book, ask the bookstore for that option.

Instructions for accessing the online book, redeeming your access code, and creating your account can be found at: https://www.vhlcentral.com/screencasts/student.

Supplies

You will need speakers or a headset to listen to audio portions of various assignments. Your computer is required to have a microphone to record your voice and a camera to live videochat with classmates for partner videospeaking assignments.

Student Performance

Tests, Assignments and Partner Work:

In addition to reading, writing and listening, some assignments require students to video or record themselves speaking in Spanish. Additionally, students will partner with classmates (via live partner chat) for many assignments to practice speaking in a natural, real-life context. 

Department Tutoring Policy:

If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work.

Course Structure:

The course is based on the text listed above. You are responsible for the assignments in each chapter and should review the material indicated on or before the indicated dates.

Learning Outcomes:

After studying the material presented in this course of study, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes, as evaluated by the faculty in the Department of Modern Languages:

·Demonstrate comprehension of authentic spoken discourse produced by Spanish speakers of diverse origins.

·Produce oral Spanish comprehensible to native speakers using complex grammatical structures to narrate, describe and elicit information.

·Demonstrate increasing comprehension of authentic written texts in a variety of genres.

·Write descriptions and narratives at a low intermediate level using complex grammatical structures.

·Formulate cohesive paragraphs and short/simple essays.

·Describe cultural practices and products of the Spanish-speaking world drawing on authentic materials including literature and the visual arts.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Partner Chat:

Students are required to partner with classmates via live partner chat to practice the concepts being taught in each chapter. You may choose a classmate to partner with or a classmate will be assigned to you on the second day of class.

Academic Honesty:

Students are responsible for adhering to the highest standard of behavior when it comes to honesty and plagiarism. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to cheating, copying and pasting answers from any source, plagiarism, the use of online translators, and collusion, will receive an F for this course. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. STUDENTS WHO ARE GUILTY OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPULSION FROM AMARILLO COLLEGE. THIS WILL BE PERMANENTLY ON THE STUDENTS TRANSCRIPT, WITH LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES INTO THE FUTURE, BOTH ACADEMICALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY.

ALL TESTS AND QUIZZES ARE TO BE TAKEN CLOSED BOOK. NO HELP FROM ANYONE OR ANY RESOURCE. All students must sign an honor statement, swearing they will not cheat on any assignment or test.

Grading Criteria

Grade Book:

GRADES ARE POSTED DAILY ON VHLCentral.com. DO NOT LOOK AT BLACKBOARD FOR YOUR GRADE until the end of the semester during finals week when grades are transferred from VHLCentral.com to Blackboard. Whatever your grade is on vhlcentral.com IS YOUR GRADE.

Weighting:

Your grade will be weighted according to the following criteria:

Assignments = 40%

Speaking = 15%

Tests and quizzes = 45%

Assignments and Grades:

The assigned homework assignments, tests and quizzes are accessed and submitted through vhlcentral.com (NO assignments or tests are found on Blackboard or submitted through email or Zoom or any other platform or manner) and need to be completed by a certain date. They are a combination of listening, speaking, reading, writing, fill-in-the blank, multiple choice and T/F exercises, a vocabulary quiz, and at the end of each chapter, a comprehensive test. This is a college-level course, so capital letters, punctuation and accents count! The homework assignments may be done three (3) times so that the student may learn the material more thoroughly and achieve the desired grade. Students may seek help when completing homework assignments as needed, but the use of any type of copying and pasting, translator, online or otherwise, is strictly prohibited on all work. Homework assignments (not tests) may be completed at any time before the due date. The tests are timed (5 minutes for vocabulary quizzes and 30 minutes for lesson tests) and may be taken only once. Tests may be taken as early as two (2) days before the due date. ALL TESTS ARE TO BE TAKEN CLOSED BOOK. NO OUTSIDE HELP.  Students are strongly urged to keep up with the assignments by working AHEAD of the schedule at least one or two days.Tests completed late will be NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT. Daily assignments may be submitted one day late with a 33% penalty, two days late with a 66% penalty, three days late with 99% penalty, and no credit given after four days.

The standard ten-point spread is used to determine the letter grade received:

90 –100 = A

80 – 89 = B

70 –79 = C

60 – 69 = D

below 60 = F

There is no extra credit in this course.

There are many sections not marked as an assignment in the content for each chapter. These sections would prove extremely helpful if worked by students. The more sections you can do, the better you will understand grammatical concepts as well as spoken Spanish.

There will be no make-ups for chapter tests. If there is a one-time, extenuating circumstance, such as a death in the family or hospitalization of the student or a member of his/her immediate family, or sickness such as COVID19, please advise the instructor immediately, who will make a case-by-case judgment call. Pay attention to the calendar and make sure you know what assignments and when tests are coming up.

Computer or technical difficulties are no excuse for missing assignments or tests. Repair computer problems promptly. Keep a close eye on the calendar of assignments so that you do not miss any deadlines. No late work is accepted unless there is a legitimate, extenuating circumstance or emergency, such as: you give birth, you are hospitalized, a member of your immediate family is hospitalized, you have contracted COVID19, death in the family, etc. In this case, e-mail the professor at sbarton@actx.edu immediately and Professor Barton will make a case-by-case judgment call. Not all emergencies will warrant leniency of the no-late-work-accepted policy. Pay close attention to the course calendar on the VHL Supersite and also the calendar below and do not miss due dates. Missed (late) assignments may NOT be made up for a grade. However, it is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments anyway, as this is the only way students can learn and practice the concepts being taught and thus experience successful course completion.

Attendance

As this is an asynchronous on-line class, there will be no attendance taken. Notwithstanding the no-attendance policy, all assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date or students will receive late penalties for assignments and 0 credit for tests.

Calendar

All assignments are listed on the calendar of assignments on the VHLCentral.com website and below. No assignments are posted or submitted via Blackboard unless specified on the syllabus and instructions are given by the professor in weekly e-mails. All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm Central Time on the due date. Pay close attention to the calendar, as no late tests are accepted (unless there is an extreme, extenuating circumstance such as the student was hospitalized, or had a baby, or there was a death in the family; judgment calls will be made on a case-by-case basis, and the instructor must be contacted immediately) and daily assignments submitted one day late receive a 33% penalty, 66% penalty on the second day, 99% penalty on the third day. All assignments (not tests) may be completed and submitted any time before the due date. Tests may be taken up to two (2) days before the due date (giving you a three-day window). 

Spanish 2311

Fall Semester 2021

Lección 13 - La naturaleza {nature; the environment; recycling and conservation; the subjunctive}

8/23 - 9/2 Homework assignments

8/27 Vocabulary Quiz (closed book); may be taken any time 8/25 - 8/27

9/3 Lesson 13 Test (closed book); may be taken any time 9/1 - 9/3

9/6 Labor Day Holiday (no assignments)

Leccion 14 - En la ciudad {city life; daily chores; money and banking; at a post office; the subjunctive in adjective clauses; nosotros/as commands; past participles used as adjectives}

9/7 - 9/16 Homework assignments

9/10 Vocabulary Quiz (closed book); may be taken any time 9/8 - 9/10

9/17 Lesson 14 Test (closed book); may be taken any time 9/15 - 9/17

Lección 15 El bienestar {health and well-being; exercise and physical activity; nutrition; the present perfect; the past perfect; the present perfect subjunctive}

9/20 – 9/30 Homework assignments

9/24 Vocabulary Quiz (closed book); may be taken any time 9/22 - 9/24

10/1 Lesson 15 Test (closed book); may be taken any time 9/29 - 10/1

Lección 16 El mundo del trabajo {professions and occupations; the workplace; job interviews; the future; the future perfect; the past subjunctive}

10/4 - 10/14 Homework Assignments

10/8 Vocabulary Quiz (closed book); may be taken any time 10/6 - 10/8

10/15 Common Assessment Written Communication - email "Seeking tutor position" - upload via Blackboard

10/15 Lesson 16 Test (closed book); may be taken any time 10/13 - 10/15

10/18 - 10/22 Fall Break (no assignments)

10/25 - 10/29 Special Activity Dia de los Muertos

Lección 17 Un festival de arte {the arts; movies; television; the conditional; the conditional perfect; the past perfect subjunctive}

11/1 –  11/11 Homework assignments

11/5 Vocabulary Quiz (closed book); may be taken any time 11/3 - 11/5

11/12 Lesson 17 Test (closed book); may be taken any time 11/10 - 11/12

Lección 18 Las actualidades {current events and politics; the media; natural disasters; si clauses; summary of the uses of the subjunctive}

11/15 - 12/2 Homework assignments

11/19 Vocabulary Quiz (closed book); may be taken any time 11/17 - 11/19

11/22 - 24 begin working on paragraph for Common Assessment Critical Thinking "¿Qué harías si . . .? " - to be uploaded via Blackboard

11/25 - 11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday (no assignments)

12/3 "¿Qué harías si . . . ?" upload via Blackboard

12/3 Lesson 18 Test (closed book); may be taken any time 12/1 - 12/3

12/6 - 12/10 Review

12/13 - 12/15 Final Exam, may be submitted any of these days, no later than midnight on the 15th

Additional Information

Additional announcements and information provided via the VHL Supersite calendar and e-mails from the professor every Monday morning and as needed. Neither announcements nor assignments will be posted on Blackboard.

Link to the VHL Supersite: https://www.vhlcentral.com/ 

For problems with the VHL Supersite, you may email: techsupport@vistahigherlearning.com or call 1-800-248-2813.

For problems logging into AC Online, contact 806-371-5000

Syllabus Created on:

08/13/21 4:46 PM

Last Edited on:

08/13/21 5:06 PM