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SPANISH 1Z06A Beginner's Intensive Spanish (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 533

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23749

Office Hours: Wed. 10:30-12:30

Course Objectives:

This is an intensive course designed to take the beginning student through the essentials (including all 14 tenses) of the Spanish language and to teach him/her to use the language accurately and effectively in its written and spoken forms, while developing his/her awareness of the cultural contexts of the countries where Spanish is spoken.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Jarvis et al., ¡Hola, amigos! 3rd. Canadian ed. Jarvis et al., Student Activities e-sam (QUIA)  

Method of Assessment:

The class will meet three (3) hours per week to pursue the objectives of the course. Students are required to prepare the lesson(s), complete the exercises workbook online on Quia and actively participate in activities designed to develop communication skills.


Evaluation and Grading 20% - Written tests (2) 8% - dictado (4) 11% - Quia 16% - Compositions (4)** 20% - DECEMBER MIDTERM EXAM 25% - Final Exam Note: No deferrals allowed nor late assignments accepted, except in cases of documented, extenuating Circumstances, a MSAF is required. A mark of zero will be entered for missed or late work, without exceptions *Please, see “Syllabus” for dates.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Note: No deferrals allowed nor late assignments accepted, except in cases of documented, extenuating Circumstances, a MSAF is required. A mark of zero will be entered for missed or late work, without exceptions *Please, see “Syllabus” for dates.   NOTE: DATES AND DEADLINES The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.  

Departmental policy: It is the policy of the Department of Linguistics and

Languages that all email 

between students and instructors (including TAs) must originate from their official McMaster University email accounts. This policy protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the identities of both the student and instructor. Linguistics and Languages department instructors will delete messages that do not originate from McMaster email accounts.



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  • plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • improper collaboration in group work.
  • copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Topics and Readings:



Spanish 1Z06: Syllabus, TERM I

(Note: this is only a guide. The pace of the class may be adjusted as needed)


Semana de: Día y páginas asignadas


  1. 3 D1: ¡Hola , amigos!: Lección preliminar - Bienvenida, saludos,

Presentaciones p 2-3

D2: continuation

D3: Lección 1, pp. 6-11



  1. 10 D1: pp. 12-17

D2: pp. 18-25

D3 : Vamos a leer, p. 26 Lección 2, pp. 28-32


  1. 17 D1: pp. 32-38

D2: pp. 39-43

D3: pp. 44-49


  1. 24 D1: pp. 49-52 DICTADO #1 based on dialogue of Lección 2

D2: Lección 3, pp. 61-67

D3: pp. 68-73


  1. 1 D1: pp. 73-79
  1. pp. 79-85 Hand COMP #1 (para escribir p 83)

D3: translation work


  1. 8 D1: Lección 4, pp. 86-91

D2: pp. 92-98

D3: pp. 98-101 (repaso)






  1. 22 D1: ¡Hola, amigos!: Lección 5, pp. 111-117

D2: pp. 118-122 DICTADO #2 Lección 5

D3: pp.123-128



  1. 29 D1: pp. 128-133

D2: repaso pp158-159

D3: TEST #1 (chapters 1-5)


  1. 5 D1: Lección 6 pp. 134-139

D2: pp. 140-146

D3: pp. 147-153


  1. 12 D1: Repaso pp. 160-161, leer pp156-157

D2: Lección 7, pp. 163-169 Hand in COMP #2 (based on

p. 153, Para escribir)

D3: pp. 170-176


  1. 19 D1: pp. 176-181

D2: pp. 181-183

D3: pp 184 // 186-187

  1. 26 D1: Practice translations

D2: In-class translation (part of exam) MANDATORY!!!!

MSAF is required if cannot attend

D3: Repaso


  1. 3 D1: Repaso

D2: Last day of classes – cancelled ?????



EXAMS Dec. 6- 19




Term II

Semana de :

enero 7 D1: Lección 8, pp. 190-197


  1. . pp. 198-205


D3: p 206-207 **leer diálogo pp. 188-9 Repaso, pp. 212-215


enero 14 D1: Lección 9, pp. 218-223


D2: pp. 224-228


D3: pp.228-232 – contrast pret/imperf.


enero 21 D1: pp.233-236, DICTADO #3 based on dialogue of lección 9

D2: pp. 238-239, lección 10 pp. 240-243


D3: pp. 244-247


enero 28 D1: pp. 247-251, hand in COMP #3 fairy tale using pret. and imperf.

D2: Subjunctive mood, pp. 252-254

D3: pp. 254-258


febrero 4 D1: pp. 258-259 repaso of diálogo and the perfect tenses

D2: pp. 260-261, 264-265

D3: repaso – chapter tests 9&10 pp. 266—269


febrero 11 D1: Lección 11, pp. 271-277

D2: pp. 278-283

D3: pp. 284-287


febrero 17 – 23 READING WEEK


febrero 25 D1: pp. 287-290

D2: pp. 290-293

D3: pp. 293-295


marzo 3 D1: Repaso 8-11, look over chapter tests 8-11

D2: TEST #2 (8-11)

D3: pp. 296-299


marzo 10 D1: lección 12 pp. 300-303

D2: pp. 304-308

D3: pp. 309-312


marzo 17 D1: pp. 312-315

D2: pp. 315-317 DICTADO #4 based on diálogo of lección 12

D3: leer 320-321 and repaso of the subjunctive,


marzo 24 D1: Un poco más 326-329 Hand in COMP #4 based on p317, para escribir

D2: pp 330-336

D3: practice translations


marzo 31 D1: pp. 33

D2: In-class translation (Exam) MANDATORY!!!!!! MSAF required

cannot attend.

D3: repaso


abril 7 D1: repaso

Last day of classes, cancelled?


FINAL EXAMS – April 13-April 28