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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli


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 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

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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:


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


     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


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


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



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


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

Creating a Centro Account

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Entering the Book Key and Course Code

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