(ESTATUA DE LA REGENTA EN LA PLAZA DE LA CATEDRAL DE OVIEDO)
COURSE DESCRIPTION1 This course is designed to improve your communication skills in written form. The emphasis is on writing as a communicative act rather than as a mere language exercise. As such, consideration is given to the totality of the communicative act, i.e. the message that you aim to convey, the means by which you express it, and the reception of your message. In this course you will learn several things:
The writing process: In this class you will learn to write proper essays in Spanish, paying especial attention to the very process that leads you there—the generation of ideas, the acts of writing and revising, and the final product. How should you approach each different style? How can you organize your thoughts, ideas, etc. to communicate them more effectively? ...
Style guidelines: Spanish has many different stylistic guidelines that you need to use properly. These are especially difficult to “internalize” when your L1 is English, since both languages disagree in many of them. We will discuss and learn these differences.
Academic style guidelines: Academia has its own set of rules for what is appropriate and what is not. Writing a thesis? A research paper? Even a writing assignment? You need to know the guidelines, bibliographical style(s), etc. that each one of them requires.
The use of technology: Span 07 is designed to teach you how to effectively use (or discard) on-line dictionaries (monolingual and bilingual), translators, spell-checking devices, etc. A student going to the upper (literature) levels of Spanish must have a perfect command of Spanish diacritic symbols and punctuation signs (including ACCENTS). The computer has to be your ally, not your enemy!
Writing styles and techniques: What is the difference between a narrative and a descriptive text? What are the formal guidelines to write formal (and informal) letters in Spanish? How should you approach writing a long research paper (possibly your first in Spanish)? What are the effective ways to present your thesis, conclusions, etc.?
Grammar: Span 07 is not a grammar or language class like the ones you might have taken before. However, we will review grammar. You cannot write proper essays without mastering, for instance, all the verbal tenses, their uses, and the context(s) in which they are used. An intermediate/advanced level of Spanish is taken for granted, since the course will focus on the most advanced aspects of grammar.
Syntax, morphology, phonetics, and orthography: Span 07 is not a linguistics class. However, we will cover basic aspects of syntax (word order), morphology (word formation), orthography (spelling) and phonetics (writing and pronunciation of sounds) in order to make you a better communicator.
Literature: Even though Span 07 is not a literature class, we will do a lot of reading. Without reading a lot of texts in Spanish, you cannot be a good writer (in Spanish). Henceforth, we will select readings that will help you in your writing.
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT: Completion of SPAN 05/06, or Language Coordinator Consent:
Prof. Victoria Maillo (email@example.com)
Whitley, M. Stanley & Luis González (2007). Gramática para la composición. New Jersey: Georgetown University Press.
Sender, Ramón J. (1999). La tesis de Nancy. Barcelona: Editorial Casals.
Montero, Rosa (2008). Estampas bostonianas y otros viajes. Madrid: Ed. Punto de lectura.
A detailed bibliography of the choice of the student (with Professor’s approval) for the Final Project.
A bilingual dictionary English-Spanish is recommended.
Writing Assignments 25%
Final Project & Presentation 20%
Lecturas y vocabulario 5%
Midterm & Final 10%
Attendance to 5 events Mandatory
Grades are reported in the following categories (Amherst College): A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, Pass, F
Includes attendance, preparation for and participation in class, timely completion of assignments, etc. Class participation is always expected and extremely welcomed. Please notice that participating in class does not mean getting all the answers right or speaking proper Spanish, but rather TRYING to do so. A student who participates often and, say, gets “all answers wrong” will get exactly the same credit as a student who participates and gets all answers right (i.e. full participation credit). As a reminder, this grade is given at the end of the semester, and it really makes a difference in the final percentage.
The quizzes are designed to test your knowledge and comprehension of the concepts explained in class, but they are secondary to Writing Assignments and other written projects. Notice that, depending on the lesson, the nature of the quizzes might be VERY DIFFERENT. Some will focus on grammatical aspects, while others will target style guidelines or concepts, for example.
Final Project (I): The Written Final Project
Every student must do an individual final project analyzing a cultural, linguistic, or literary work of his / her choice. Please make your choice early in the semester, as it has to be approved by me well in advance. In class we will cover the basic aspects of your final project, style, length, etc. but you have to do most research on your own. If you think I can be of help with any aspect of your Final Project, do not hesitate to contact me. The sooner, the better. There are several deadlines outlined in the course calendar. You will be provided with updates as the semester moves foward.
Final Project (II): The Oral Presentation
Before handing in the Final Project (last day of classes), you will present your work to your fellow students at the Spanish Conference (May). Presentations should last approximately 20-25 minutes, and they should be thoroughly prepared, and—of course—conducted entirely in Spanish. The Final Project will be thoroughly explained during the semester.
Lecturas and vocabulario: Every Monday (with some exceptions) we will discuss in class a chapter(s) of either Estampas bostonianas y otros viajes or La tesis de Nancy. In order to be prepared for these weekly discussions, you will be asked to make a list of, at least, 5 Spanish words that you have found challenging while reading. You will then look for the meaning of those words and write an example of its meaning in a sentence. You will be required to hand in your list and sentences every Monday before the discussion.
Every student must write, on a weekly basis (with some exceptions), on a chapter of the book Estampas bostonianas y otros viaje or La tesis de Nancys. These “reseñas” consist on a paragraph of approximately 100-150 words (this paragraph has exactly 102 words, so it is not much!) due every Monday (with some exceptions) that you will hand in to me in class. Prior to correcting them, we will read some of them out loud and discuss. The purpose of the “reseña” is to evaluate ideas, to develop your communicative skills, and to have an open discussion (i.e. conversation) in the classroom.
Tarea: On a daily basis I will ask you to complete some activities from handouts or from the grammar book. While these activities might just seem like busy work sometimes, it is extremely important that you complete them. They will help you perform better in Spanish and will boost your academic development. You will pass your homework in to me at the beginning of each class unless you are told otherwise.
Writing Assignments (5 x 2):
Writing Assignments are the most important part of this course. They are important to practice grammatical structures, spelling, etc. as you may have done in other—previous—classes. However, since this course is devoted to Advanced Composition we must take the writing process several steps further. I will expect you not only to write in clear, understandable Spanish, but also to be aware of the writing process itself, of the style guidelines of academia / papers, and of the choices you make (or do not make) when writing. Please check the Style Guidelines for Writing Assignments in this syllabus in order to comply with them. Writing Assignments are scheduled in the following manner:
1. First Drafts are corrected by me and are worth a 40% of your final grade.
2. Second Drafts are corrected by the TA and are worth a 60% of your final grade. Please notice that you MUST attach (STAPLE!) the corrected First Draft to your Second Draft. Also, be aware that the number of words on the Second Draft (450) is higher than on the first one (350), so you need to expand beyond the corrections. The TA will focus on correcting your style, guidelines, etc. You will receive two grades, one for the First Draft and another for the Second Draft. By combining both grades, you will get the definitive grade on each assignment.
You will watch 7 movies and write comments about them in an online forum. These movies are available via streaming in the course’s website. You are expected to post at least 2 comments per movie. Movies will be available from day one, therefore, make sure that to watch them and post your comments before the due date.
Attendance to Events organized by the Spanish department (5):
You will have to attend to five events organized by the department of Spanish to pass this course. You may attend to 3 Spanish Tables, 2 activities organized by the Spanish House, and vice versa. The Spanish Table meets every Friday in Valantine Hall from 12:30 pm. to 2:00 pm. I will provide you with the activities organized by the Spanish House along the semester. Remember, participation in five or less of these activities will affect your grade negatively. Attendance to five of these events, at least, is mandatory in order to pass this course.
COURSE POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance and Punctuality:
As Span 07 is a class in which your performance is evaluated, attendance is compulsory. Only absences due to religious holidays, illnesses (documented) and emergencies (documented) will be excused. Athletes, musicians, and other students involved in school clubs / organizations that require travel, as well as seniors that are interviewing for jobs, should consult with me at the beginning of the semester regarding their absences. Unexcused absences will result in a lower participation grade. In all cases, you are responsible for contacting a classmate to find out what you missed. You are also expected to arrive on time, as late arrivals disrupt the class. Note that tardiness will result in a lower participation grade.
I expect that you have read, understood, and are prepared to abide by Amherst College’s policies on academic honesty. You are expected to present only your own work in this class. Use of electronic / on- line translators (apart from being completely useless), copying from the Internet or other sources, as well as help from a Spanish-speaking person, are strictly prohibited. You are more than welcome to ask me, your T.A., a tutor or other classmate general questions, but you cannot have another person look over and correct your work. If you think you need extra help with some assignments, feel free to discuss it with me, and we will make arrangements.
Do not have anybody but yourself go over your Writing Assignments, Final Project, etc. Help, if you need it, should always come from a T.A. or, better, myself. But even the T.A. cannot correct your writing, only guide you in the right direction... The best way to go, if you think you need extra help with the assignments, is to contact me as early as possible in the semester.
Late work policy: All work is due on the date indicated on the course syllabus during the scheduled class meeting time. Late work will be marked down 5% for each calendar day (including weekends) that the work is turned in after the due date. After two weeks (fourteen days) has passed the work will no longer be accepted and the grade will remain a zero. Early work is always accepted.
Cell Phone Usage: Out of courtesy for all those participating in the learning experience, all cell phones and pagers must be turned off before entering any classroom, lab or formal academic performance or event.
Extra credit: There will be no extra credit assignments for this class.
GUIDELINES FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
All writing assignments and compositions must be written in an ACCEPTABLE way, and therefore must abide by the following style guidelines without exception. Please notice that I expect you to familiarize yourself with college / academe’s guidelines and abide by them. This will help you in the future if you need to write assignments, final papers, etc. for other, more advanced classes:
All assignments must be typed and double-spaced (for corrections).
Font: Times New Roman (12 pt.) recommended, but you may use similar ones.
Please write your complete name (don’t shorten it, please!) and date (in Spanish). The format for the date in Spanish is ALWAYS, ALWAYS as follows:
11 de junio del 2011
Include, at the top of the page, the word-count, with the actual number of words you have written (Microsoft Word does this automatically). Do not tell me how many words you should have written, but how many you actually have.
You may use both sides of the page to print your writing assignment (it saves paper and makes it easier to correct). If you choose not to do so, make sure both sheets are stapled. No loose sheets are EVER accepted. Please, STAPLE.
Orphan lines (i.e. last line/ two lines of a text hanging over a new page) should be avoided. Review your work and edit it! If your complete writing assignment consists of 80 lines, you may not have 79 on one page and 1 in the next one. Take something out, edit, or add some lines.
Never use words in ENGLISH, not even in parentheses or as an explanation to the Spanish text, unless I advise you otherwise. This, of course, does not apply to English words used in Spanish (e.g. whiskey) or Proper Nouns (e.g. John Smith, Discovery Channel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Matrix...). In the case of Proper Nouns, please do not attempt to offer a Spanish translation. It will probably be wrong. As there is a large quantity of students that write English words throughout Spanish compositions, one full point will be deducted for every case.
All assignments should be SPANISH SPELL-CHECKED.
THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: ALWAYS READ your assignment after you print it at least once. The computer will, for sure, change some of the things you have written in your assignments. I cannot hold your computer responsible, so please review. Also notice that if the computer changes a word and you do not correct it later, it gives a very poor impression of your work, and it automatically tells me you have not reviewed it!
Calendario de español 07 – Spring 2011 Abreviaturas: TB = Textbook ; TN = La tesis de Nancy; EB = Estampas bostonianas;
R = Repaso
Please be aware that the calendar is subject to change based on the needs of the course. Sign-up sheets for presentation and schedules for other class assignments will be distributed in class.
La sustantivación, los neutros y los relativos. (R)
Algunos problemas con el inglés.
TB: B, C D E F (pp. 259-261)
8 de abril
Estudiar Unidad 4
Quiz Unidades 3 y 4
Composición 4b: La exposición (350 p.)
CAPÍTULO 5: LA ARGUMENTACIÓN
En esta unidad se tratarán los siguientes temas :
Cambios de estructuras: el énfasis y el desénfasis (impersonalidad)
La clausula sustantiva.
Estilo del ensayo: La argumentación
11 de abril
TN: Cartas VI, VII y VII (pp. 135-199)
Vocabulario y Reseña #8
13 de abril
TB: Leer lección 31 (pp. 283-291
Descargar handout preposiciones
Las preposiciones: tipos, usos y funciones.
Énfasis en por y para (R)
TB: C, G, H (pp. 291-292)
Segundo borrador del proyecto final (5 y ½ páginas)
15 de abril
TB: Leer lecciones 32 (pp. 294-301) y 33 (pp. 303-309)
El énfasis a través de cambios sintácticos.
La pasiva: formación y restricciones en el uso.
La eliminación del énfasis en la oración
TB: A, B, C, D, E (pp. 301-302) y B, D (p. 310)
18 de abril
EB: Sombras chinas (p. 141)
Vocabulario y Reseña #9
20 de abril
TB: Leer lección 34 (pp. 312-318)
Conectores del discurso.
Composición 5a: La argumentación (350 p.)
TB: B, C, H (pp. 319-320)
22 de abril
TB: Leer lección 35 (pp. 322-329)
La clausula sustantiva y su reducción al infinitivo.
Foro: “El secreto de sus ojos”
TB: C, D, H (pp. 330-331)
Esquema de la presentación final
25 de abril
TN: Cartas IX y X (pp. 203-242)
Vocabulario y Reseña #10
27 de abril
Quiz Unidad 5
El secreto de sus ojos
29 de abril
Preparación para las presentaciónes
Composición 5b: La argumentación (450 p.)
2 de mayo
EB: Alaska, un país a medio hacer. (p. 161)
Preparación para las presentaciónes
Reseña y vocabulario 11
Entrega del proyecto final
4 de mayo
Presentación de los proyectos finales en la conferencia
6 de mayo
Presentación de los proyectos finales en la conferencia
(A entregar el lunes 2 de mayo en clase)
Examen Final (se ofrecerá del 9 al 13 de mayo, durante la semana de exámenes finales)
Estampas bostonianas y otros viajes (todo)
La tesis de Nancy (todo)
Grading Criteria for Class Participation & Preparation 10 pts per week; 10% of final grade
I greeted people and took leave using Spanish expressions.
I used only Spanish throughout the class period.
I listened attentively when others spoke and showed respect for my peers.
I actively participated in all activities and discussions, including group work, and had a positive attitude.
I came prepared to class every day.
I never arrived late.
My presence made a positive impact on getting task done.
8.6 – 10
I greeted people and took leave using Spanish expressions.
I very occasionally used English, especially in pair/group work or without attempting to express myself in Spanish first.
I sometimes got distracted, did not pay attention when others spoke, or was occasionally disrespectful.
I showed interest in activities and participated, though sometimes passively rather than actively.
I contributed to group work part of the time.
I generally came prepared to class.
Sometimes I arrived late in class.
7.8 – 8.5
I did not greet people/take leave using Spanish expressions.
I frequently used English, especially in pair/group work, and/or I did not attempt to express myself in Spanish first.
I frequently got distracted, did not pay attention when others spoke, or was disrespectful.
I showed little interest in activities and participated passively rather than actively.
I sometimes came prepared to class.
Often I arrived late in class.
6.6 – 7.7
I used more English than Spanish in class.
I did not pay attention during activities.
I sometimes slept, read the newspaper, did homework, using the phone,etc. during activities.
I was often distracting and disrespectful of my peers.
I was frequently unprepared for class, and did not contribute to the work of my group.
I arrived late in class regularly.
My presence in group work had little impact on accomplishing the task.
0 - 6.5
* Daily attendance and participation is essential for improving your communication skills. Participation is required and will be graded. In order to participate, you must attend. You are expected to take an active role in all activities in order to achieve full points. Arriving late or leaving early will negatively affect your grade. Participation includes being prepared, volunteering, paying attention, asking for help when you need it, and SPEAKING SPANISH WHENEVER POSSIBLE. You can ensure the best participation grade (and gain the most from class!) possible for yourself by staying involved with the class, participating in class discussions, asking appropriate questions, and doing all the activities in class, even if you feel that your Spanish is not as good as that of others. Not using Spanish when appropriate will result in a lowering of your participation score.
1 This syllabus, particularly the activities outlined in the course calendar, is subject to change at any time to accommodate class activities. Please check often with your instructor for changes in dates, activities and/or requirements.