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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: TBS

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 de las presentaciones y la lectura/discusión de textos

breves y videos de cortometraje

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


Perez-Girones, Adan-Lifante, MAS:  español intermedio, McGraw-Hill.

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 y hacer presentaciones orales.




20%    Asistencia y participación

40%    6 composiciones  (comp 1 & 2 = 10%, comp 3 & 4 = 15%, comp 5 & 6 = 15%)

15%    midterm

25%    Examen final


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.


Note:  It is the policy of the Faculty 

of Humanities that all email communication between students and instructors must

originate from their official McMaster University email accounts.  This policy protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of

information and confirms he identities of both the student and instructor.  Linguistics and Languages department

instructors will delete messages that do not originate from McMaster email accounts.


Note:  The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term.  The

university may change the dates and deadlines of 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 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

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:




Instructor: Geni Pontrelli
Office: TSH-615
Phone: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23749
Office Hours: TBS

Instructor's Web Site: n/a


Semana de :

 enero 5        H1: lección 7, p 173-178
                    H2: cortometraje/p 175/179 
                    H3: p 180-184

enero 12        H1: p185-190
                   H2: p 188-193
                   H3: 193-197 (entreguen comp #1, 350 pal.)

enero 19       H1: lección 8, cortometraje/p199-201
                    H2: p 202-206
                    H3: p 207-211

enero 26       H1: p 211-217
                    H2: p 218-223.
                    H3: lección 9, p 225-227/cortometraje 221-223  (entreguen 
                          Composición #2, 350 pal.)

febrero 2      H1: p 228-231
                    H2: p 232-237
                    H3: p237-242

febrero 9     H1: p 243-247
                    H2: p247-249 
                    H3: lección 10, cortometraje/p. 250-253, (entreguen comp #3, 
                          400 pal.)


febrero 16-21       READING WEEK


febrero 23     H1: p254-258
                    H2: p259-263
                    H3: p264-269



marzo 2     H1: p 270-275 (Entreguen comp #4, 400 pal., p275 Tertulia final. 
                        Tienen que investigar la situación de los pueblos indígenas en 
                        Ontario y contestar las preguntas)
                    H2: Repaso
                    H3: MIDTERM 

marzo 9      H1: lección 11, cortometraje/p276-279
                    H2: p 280-283
                    H3: p 284-288

marzo 16      H1 : p 289-292
                    H2: p 293-295 
                    H3: p 295-297, (Entreguen  comp #5, 450 pal) ( we are going to 
                          debate in class on this theme)

marzo 23      H1: lección 12, cortometraje/p 298- 301
                    H2: p 302-305
                    H3: p 306-311

marzo 30      H1: p311-314
                    H2: p 315-320
                   (entreguen comp #6, 450 pal., based on the tertulia 
                    found on p 315)

abril 6          H1: p 320-324
                   H2: REPASO