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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 3

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 533

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23749

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30-11:20 TSH615

Course Objectives:

This is an intensive course designed to take the beginning student through the essentials 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!

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 in the workbook and actively participate in activities designed to develop communication skills.


Evaluation and Grading   20% - Written tests (2) 8% - dictados (4) 16% -  Compositions (4) 11% cuaderno 20% Midterm (Dec.)exam 25% - Final Exam Note: No deferrals allowed nor late assignments accepted, except in cases of documented, extenuating circumstances. 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 communication 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.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Integrity

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • 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.

Authenticity / Plagiarism Detection

Some courses may use a web-based service ( to reveal authenticity and ownership of student submitted work. For courses using such software, students will be expected to submit their work electronically either directly to or via Avenue to Learn (A2L) plagiarism detection (a service supported by so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.

Students who do not wish to submit their work through A2L and/or must still submit an electronic and/or hardcopy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to or A2L. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, other software, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to

Courses with an On-Line Element

Some courses use on-line elements (e.g. e-mail, Avenue to Learn (A2L), LearnLink, web pages, capa, Moodle, ThinkingCap, etc.). Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of a course using these elements, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in a course that uses on-line elements will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

Online Proctoring

Some courses may use online proctoring software for tests and exams. This software may require students to turn on their video camera, present identification, monitor and record their computer activities, and/or lockdown their browser during tests or exams. This software may be required to be installed before the exam begins.

Conduct Expectations

As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the "Code"). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students' access to these platforms.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar "Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work".

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students should submit their request to their Faculty Office normally within 10 working days of the beginning of term in which they anticipate a need for accommodation or to the Registrar's Office prior to their examinations. Students should also contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and tests.

Copyright and Recording

Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

Extreme Circumstances

The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

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


Sept.     4                              D3:   Bienvenida, saludos, presentaciones


Sept.     8                              D1:  ¡Hola , amigos!:  Lección 1, pp. 2-5

                                              D2:  pp. 6-9

                                              D3:  pp. 10-14


Sept.       15                           D1:  pp. 15-23  

                                              D2 : Lección 2, pp. 24-29    

                                              D3 :  pp. 30-34


Sept.       22                          D1:  pp. 35-40

                                              D2:  pp. 41-45

                                              D3:  pp.  45-49 DICTADO #1 Lección 2


Sept.       29                           D1: Lección  3, pp.  55-61

                                               D2:  pp.  62-66

                                               D3:  pp.  67-73  


Oct.        6                             D1:  pp.  73-77 Hand comp #1

                                               D2:  translation work

                                               D3:  Lección  4,  pp.  78-83


Oct.        13                           D1:  Día de gracias

                                               D2:  pp.  84-88

                                               D3:  pp.  89-93


Oct.        20                            D1:  pp.  94-97

                                               D2:  pp.  98-101 (repaso)

            D3:¡Hola , amigos!: Lección  5, pp.  102-109                   


Oct.        27                            D1:  pp.  110-114  Dictado #2 Lección 5

                                               D2:  pp.120-123   

                                               D3: Midterm recess/no classes



Nov.        3                             D1:  repaso pp148-149

                                               D2:  TEST #1

                                               D3:  Lección 6  pp.  124-129


Nov.       10                          D1:  pp. 130-135

                                              D2:  pp.  136-141

                                              D3:  pp.   142-147


Nov.       17                           D1:  Lección  7,  pp.  152-157 Hand in Comp  #2

                                              D2:  pp.  158-162

                                              D3:  pp.  163-168


Nov.       24                           D1:  pp. 169-174

                                              D2: pp 174-175 & WB

                                              D3: Repaso 

Dec.       1                            D1: Repaso

                                             D2: libre/cancelled


Term II


Semana de :


enero 5           H1 & H2: Repaso/Lección 8, p 176-179

                       H3: p 180-184


enero 12         H1: p 184-188

                       H2: p 189-192

                       H3: p 192-197


enero 19         H1 p197-199/202-203

                       H2: Lección 9, p 204-209   

                       H3: p 210-214 



enero 26         H1: p214-218 Dictado #3

                       H2: p 219-223

                       H3: p 224-229 Lección  10  


febrero 2        H1: p 299-233 Hand in Comp #3 (fairy tale)

                       H2: p 234-237 repaso del perfecto

                       H3: p237--240


 febrero 9     H1: p240-243 re-read dialogue

                       H2: p 244-247  

                       H3: Lección 11, p 252-257


febrero  16-21   READING WEEK



febrero 23      H1: p 258-262 

                       H2: p 262-266

                       H3:  p 266-270



marzo 3         H1: p 270-275  

                      H2: p 275-279

                      H3: repaso lecciones 8-11, pp248-251



marzo 9        H1: TEST #2

                      H2: p 280-285  

                      H3: p 285-290                   


marzo 16      H1: p290-295 

                     H2: p 296-299

                     H3: p 300-305



marzo 23      H1:  DICTADO #4 , p306-309

                     H2: p 310-311 repaso del subjuntivo

                     H3: p 311-313


marzo 30      H1: p Un poco más, p 314-319 Hand in Comp #4

                    H2:in class translation (Exam)

                    H3: p 320-323



abril 6              H1: Repaso

                         H2: repaso   






































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