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SPANISH 1A03 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli

Email: pontreg@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 533

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23749

Office Hours: TSH 615 Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.



Course Objectives:

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.

Evaluation Criteria:

20%    Asistencia y participación

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

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.

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 https://secretariat.mcmaster.ca/university-policies-procedures-guidelines/

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 (Turnitin.com) 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 Turnitin.com or via Avenue to Learn (A2L) plagiarism detection (a service supported by Turnitin.com) so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.

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Online Proctoring

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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.

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Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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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)

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Extreme Circumstances

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Topics and Readings:

SYLLABUS

Sept. 5     Course Outline

        Capítulo 1

         Sept. 9     cortometraje

         11    pp 2/4-8

         12    pp 9-15

         16    pp 15-21

         18     pp 21-26

         19    pp 26-31

         23    pp 33/36, discuss comp #1

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     Capítulo 2

 

         25    cortometraje, pp 37-43, hand in comp #1

         26    pp 44-49

         30    pp 49-53

Oct. 2      pp 54-58

        3      pp 59-61/63, discuss comp #2

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Capítulo 3

    

Oct. 7     pp 65-67, cortometraje, hand in comp #2

        9   pp 68-71

        10   pp 72-7

        14  Día de gracias

        16  pp 78-83

        17   pp 84-88, discuss comp #3

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Capítulo 4

 

Oct.21   p 90, cortometraje, hand in comp #3

        23   pp  96-101

        24   pp 102-106

        28   pp 107-111

        30   pp 112-13/116-117, discuss comp #4         

        31  Midterm recess

 

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Nov. 4        repaso, hand in comp #4

         6       MIDTERM

Capítulo 5     

          7   pp 120-121, cortometraje

          11    pp 122-127

          13    pp 128-134

          14   pp 134-139

          18   pp 140-143, discuss comp #5

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Capítulo 6

Nov. 20   pp 145-148, hand in comp #5

          21   pp 149-153, cortometraje

          25   pp 154-157

          27   pp 157-162 discuss comp

          28   pp 163-167   Hand in comp #6

      

Dec.    2   pp 168-170, repaso

            4   REPASO


Other Course Information:

Your instructor, Geni Pontrelli, invites you to enroll in the following course.

Course: Spanish 1A03/2Z03
Code: RAXXRM789
Book: MÁS: Español intermedio, Online Cuaderno de práctica

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