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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "SPAN 202"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Spanish II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Rossana Marchiaro
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 6:00-7:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or SPAN 201
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of SPAN 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills in the context of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Literary readings, newspaper articles, and films, are an essential component of the course.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The course is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points: verb tenses in the indicative and subjunctive moods, sequence of tenses, “if” clauses, relative pronouns, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, indirect discourse, and the use of prepositions and conjunctions. The course concentrates on consolidating specific communicative tasks, including stating opinions and constructing hypotheses, in both speaking and writing. Specialized vocabulary is expanded and appropriate variables in register are introduced in expository writing and conversation.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

- understand written and spoken Spanish at the upper intermediate level

- participate in complex conversations on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses

- ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings

- express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval, possibility and make conjectures

- comprehend the general meaning and details of upper-intermediate level texts

- produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
AULA INTERNACIONAL 4Corpas-Garmendia-Sanchez-SorianoDifusion9788415620853  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 TESTSThe two tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary coverd, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.20%
Midterm examThe midterm exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered up to this point, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.20%
Final ExamThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered,their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability.30%
Oral ProficiencyIn-class oral activities (5%) and final oral exam/oral presentation (10%). Students are examined singularly and in pairs or small groups. The types of tests are: conversation between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role playing.20%
Class participation and HomeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice.10%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Week 1 

Presentations. Let’s know each other

Learning from a past experience

Review of forms and uses of the past tenses in Spanish: pretérito indefinido/pretérito perfecto

Week 2 

Cont. Review of forms and uses of the past tenses: pretérito imperfecto/pretérito pluscuamperfecto

Temporal markers

Talking about Newspapers and social networks


Week 3 

Expressing opinions

Review of the present tense of the subjunctive mode

Talking about tourism

Week 4 

The use of the subjunctive mode to express evaluations

Discourse markers

The formation of nouns (sustantivación)

Week 5 

Cont. forms and uses of subjunctive mode

Making a negotiation and establishing conditions

QUIZ 1 


Week 6 

The use of the subjunctive mode to express feelings in the present and in the past

Imperfect tense of the subjunctive mode


Week 7 

Cont. uses of the subjunctive mode in the present and in the past


Week 8 

Midterm review

MIDTERM EXAM


Week 9 

Talking about food and cooking

Idiomatic expressions with food

How to prepare an oral presentation


Week 10 

Temporal clauses

Writing recipes


Week 11 

Conditional sentences: first, second and third conditional

Pretérito pluscuamperfecto of the subjunctive mode

 QUIZ 2 

Week 12

Conditional sentences: first, second and third conditional (cont.)

Talking about traditions and different cultures


Week 13 

Relative clauses (el que, el cual, del que, en el que, dónde)

Uses of por /para

Week 14 

ORAL EXAMS/PRESENTATIONS

FINAL REVIEW