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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 Dishonesty

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.

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.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. 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:

  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.

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.

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. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

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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