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Dr. Eva Mendieta

Elementary Spanish Program (S100, S150, S200)


Textbooks and Ancillaries  | Classroom Courtesy  |  Class Attendance  |  Workbook Exercises | Laboratory Exercises  |  Encuentros CD-ROM   | Compositions  |  Final Exam  |  Spanish Tutors  | Grades  for S100 and S200  | Grades for S150

General Information

This introductory Spanish Program presents an interactive approach to the language within a cultural context. The program consists of a variety of materials that promote functional use of the language. Each chapter of the book is organized around a theme related to a place or situation that is likely to be encountered by a person studying, working, or traveling in a Spanish-speaking country. Each of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are given equal importance throughout the components of this program. Cross-cultural information reflects the diversity of the Hispanic world today.

Textbooks and Ancillaries

  • Spinelli and Rosso-O’Laughlin. Encuentros. Third Edition. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1997.
  • Spinelli and Rosso-O’Laughlin. Encuentros: Cuaderno de ejercicios y manual de laboratorio. Third edition. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1997.
  • Encuentros en español: CD-ROM.
  • Dasher Software Package.

Classroom Courtesy

Late arrival, early departure, eating in class and private conversations between students is disturbing and disruptive to other members of the class. Please be considerate of your fellow students and your instructors.

Class Attendance

As you proceed with your language study, you will discover that class attendance is a very important part of language learning. There is simply no substitute for the explanations, practice, and conversation obtained in the foreign language classroom. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED IN ALL CLASS MEETINGS PER WEEK.

Three (3) absences are allowed. Subtract three (3) points from the semester average for each class period missed in excess of three. Any student with additional absences due to medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances may be excused with proper documentation. In such cases the student should see his/her instructor on an individual basis.

Workbook Exercises

The Cuaderno de Ejercicios is designed to develop the writing skill. It provides practice with using vocabulary and structures in written form. It also provides practice with writing for the same purposes as native speakers of Spanish through the completion of lists, notes, letters, messages, and other similar writing tasks. You must complete all exercises for each chapter in the Cuaderno de Ejercicios. You will best reinforce what you have learned in the student textbook by completing each encuentro in the Cuaderno just after you have completed the encuentro in the student textbook. Generally it is not effective to wait to do the workbook exercises until after you have completed the entire chapter.

Your instructor will collect each chapter of the Cuaderno as indicated in the Class Calendar. Prior to handing in the Cuaderno assignment, self-correct your work by circling the incorrect answer and writing the correct answer by it with a different color pen. Work that is late, not complete or not corrected will receive half credit.

Laboratory Exercises (optional)

The Manual de laboratorio is designed to develop the listening comprehension skills and help improve pronunciation and speaking. You can check out the tapes that correspond to each chapter at the Instructional Media Center (Hawthorn 310). Although this is not a required part of the program, you will find it very useful if you need to emphasize the oral skills.

Encuentros CD-ROM

Develops the speaking and listening comprehension skills. Helps improve pronunciation and speaking. The mechanical exercises are developed to help acquire vocabulary and grammar structures.

In every chapter of Encuentros there will be a quiz based on the mystery adventure you have been following in your CD-ROM. The exercises will be very similar to those you do after listening to the dialogue.

Compositions

The "Para escribir bien" sections at the end of each chapter offer a series of strategies to help you communicate through writing. Read them carefully and choose one of the two topics suggested for your composition. You will write your first draft in class. Follow the observations on your first draft when you write your second and final draft in class.

Final Exam

The final exam will be comprehensive. Students with and average grade of 83 or higher and no more than three (3) absences will not be required to take the final exam.

Spanish Tutors

You can take advantage of the extra help made available to you by the Department. Contact a Spanish tutor as soon as you feel you are falling behind. You can contact your instructor to get a list of the Spanish tutors or you can go directly to the Language Lab (Library 130) during regular tutorial hours.

Grade Determination for S100 and S200

  • Four (4) chapter exams at 100 points each. Five exams will be given. Your instructor will drop the lowest score. If you miss one exam, the score for the missed exam will be the one dropped.  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS.
400 points
  • Final examination.
150 points
  • Four (4) CD-ROM quizzes at 25 points each. Five quizzes will be given. Your instructor will drop the lowest score. If you miss one quiz, the score for the missed quiz will be the one dropped.  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS.
100 points
  • Five (5) compositions at 20 points each.
100 points
  • Five (5) workbook exercises at 10 points each. 
50 points.
  • Five (5) CD-ROM assignments at 10 points each.
50 points
  • Homework and quizzes.
100 points
  • Oral evaluation.
50 points
TOTAL: 850 (without final exam) or 1,000 (with final exam).


 

 Grade Determination for S150

  • Five (5) chapter exams at 100 points each. Six exams will be given. Your instructor will drop the lowest score. If you miss one exam, the score for the missed exam will be the one dropped. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. 
500 points
  • Final examination. 
180 points
  • Five (5) CD-ROM quizzes at 25 points each. Six quizzes will be given. Your instructor will drop the lowest score. If you miss one exam, the score for the missed quiz will be the one dropped. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS
125 points
  • Six (6) compositions at 20 points each.
120 points
  • Six (6) workbook exercises at 10 points each. 
 60 points.
  • Six (6) CD-ROM assignments at 10 points each. 
60 points
  • Homework and quizzes
 85 points
  • Oral evaluation.
50 points
TOTAL: 1,000 (without final exam) or 1,180 (with final exam).
 
A 100-93
B- 82-80 D+ 69-67
A- 92-90 C+ 79-77 D 66-63 
B+ 89-87 C 76-73 D- 62-60
B 86-83  C- 72-70  F 59-