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SPANISH 1AA3 IntermediateSpanishII

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 533

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23749

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:20 pm

Course Objectives:

Segunda parte.  Éste es un curso para estudiantes con conocimientos básicos del idioma.  El objetivo  general

incluye: un mejor dominio de la gramática, el aumento del vocabulario, el desarrollo de la capacidad de expresión

tanto en la lengua hablada como en la escrita y una mejor compresión del idioma a través la lectura/discusión

de textos breves y videos de cortometraje

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Perez-Girones, Adan-Lifante, MAS:  español intermedio, McGraw-Hill. Plus the Connect component.

Method of Assessment:

La clase se reunirá tres veces por semana para estudiar y reforzar aspectos de la gramática y su aplicación

práctica en la lengua oral y escrita, discutir las lecturas asignadas y los videos.  Los estudiantes deberán

entregar frecuentemente trabajos escritos en forma de composiciones.




15%    Connect

45%    6 composiciones  (comp 1 & 2 = 10%, comp 3 & 4 = 15%, comp 5 & 6 = 20%)

15%    midterm

25%    Examen final

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Note:  If  you are unable to meet your deadline, please talk to your professor prior to the due date.

No late work accepted, except with medical certification.


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  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Other Course Information:




Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli
Office: TSH-615
Phone: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23749
Office Hours: Tues., Thurs. 2:30-3:20 pm
Instructor's Web Site: n/a


Día  y hora:

 enero 5       H3: lección 7, p 162-164, discuss course outline
                         and syllabus

         10       H1: cortometraje/p 165/169 
                    H2: p 170-174

         12        H3: p175-178 (discutir comp #1, p 184)

         17        H1: p 179-
                     H2: 185 ( includes both hours)

        19          H3: lección 8, p186-188, vocab. p 190-1 
                         (entreguen comp #1, 350 pal.)

        24         H1: p cortometraje/p189, 192-193
                     H2: p 194-198 

        26         H3: 199-204 

        31         H1: p 205-210 
                     H2: discutir comp #2  repaso   



febrero 2       H3: lección 9 p 212-214/vocab p 216-217



febrero 7       H1: cortometraje 215,218-219  (entreguen 
                           Comp #2, 350 pal.)
                     H2: p220-224

           9       H3: p 225-230 (discutir comp #3, p236
           14      H1: p 231-237 
                    H2: lección 10, p238-240
                          (entreguen comp #3, 400 pal.)
           16       H3: cortometraje p. 242-243


febrero 20-25    READING WEEK


            28     H1: p 244-246
                     H2: p 247-253

marzo    2      H3: p254-257 (discutir comp #4, p 263, tertulia 


             7       H1: p 258-263 (Entreguen comp #4, 400 pal., 
                            P 263 Tertulia final. Tienen que investigar la
                            situación de los pueblos indígenas en 
                            Ontario y contestar las preguntas)
                      H2: Repaso
            9        H3: MIDTERM 


            14      H1: lección 11, p 264-269, cortometraje,
                      H2: p 270-274
             16      H3: p 275-279

             21      H1 : p 280-285
                       H2: lección 12 p 288-290 

             23      H3: corto, p 291-293 (Entreguen  comp #5, 450
                             palabras) discuten comp #6, p306 basado 
                             sobre la tertulia

marzo 28       H1:p 294- 298
                    H2: p 299-306
           30      H3:  In-class translation.  Attendance
                         mandatory.  If absent, must produce MSAF 

                                 Entreguen comp#6 450 pal.

abril      4      H1: p307-308 Repaso
                    H2: Repaso

             6       clase cancelado?