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SPANISH 1Z06A Beginner'S Intensive Spanish

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Geni Pontrelli


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 533

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23749

Office Hours: Wed. 10:30-11:30

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! 3rd. Canadian ed. Jarvis et al., Student Activities e-sam

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) 11% - Exam 16% -  Compositions (4)**

20%-       Midterm exam (Dec.)

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.    


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:

(look above for info)

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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.     8                              D1:  ¡Hola , amigos!:  Lección  preliminar - Bienvenida, saludos,

                                             Presentaciones p 2-3

                                              D2: Lección 1, pp. 6-11

                                              D3: pp. 12-17


Sept.       14                           D1:  pp. 18-25  

                                              D2: Vamos a leer, p. 26  Lección 2, pp. 28-32    

                                              D3 :  pp. 32-38


Sept.       21                           D1:  pp. 39-43

                                              D2: pp. 44-49

                                              D3: pp. 49-52 DICTADO #1 based on dialogue of Lección 2


Sept.       28                           D1: Lección  3, pp. 61-67

                                               D2: pp.  68-73

                                               D3: pp.  73-79 


Oct.        5                             D1: pp.  79-85 Hand COMP #1 (para escribir p 83)

                                               D2:  translation work

                                               D3: Lección  4,  pp.  86-91



Oct.    12-17                           MIDTERM RECESS



Oct.        19                            D1:  pp.  92-98

                                               D2:  pp.  98-101 (repaso)

             D3: ¡Hola,  amigos!: Lección  5, pp.  111-117                   


Oct.        26                           D1: pp.  118-122  DICTADO #2 Lección 5

                                               D2:  pp.123-128  

                                               D3: pp. 128-133



Nov.        2                             D1:  repaso pp158-159

                                               D2:  TEST #1 (chapters 1-5)

                                               D3: Lección 6  pp.  134-139


Nov.       9                            D1: pp. 140-146

                                              D2: pp. 147-153

                                              D3: pp.  Repaso pp. 160-161, leer pp156-157


Nov.       16                           D1: Lección  7,  pp.  163-169 Hand in COMP  #2 (based on

                                                    p. 153, Para escribir)

                                              D2: pp.  170-176

                                              D3: pp.  176-181


Nov.       23                           D1:  pp. 181-183

                                              D2: Practice translations

                                              D3: In class translation (part of exam) 

Nov.      30                           D1: pp 184 // 186-187

                                             D2: Repaso

                                             D3: Repaso                                         


Dec.       7                            D1: Last day of clases – cancelled


                         EXAMS Dec. 9 - 22


Term II


Semana de :

enero 5           D1:Repaso of regular verbs in preterite, Lección 8, pp. 190-195

                       D2: pp. 195-200

                       D3: pp. 201-205


enero 11         D1: p 206-207 **leer diálogo pp. 188-189

                       D2: Repaso, pp. 212-215

                       D3: Lección 9, pp. 218-223


enero 18         D1: pp. 224-228


                       D2: pp.228-232 – contrast pret/imperf.

                       D3: pp.233-236, DICTADO #3 based on dialogue of lección 9


enero 25         D1: pp. 238-239, lección 10 pp. 240-243

                       D2: pp.  244-247

                       D3: pp.  247-251, hand in COMP #3 fairy tale using pret. and imperf.


febrero 1        D1: Subjunctive mood, pp. 252-254 

                       D2: pp. 254-258

                       D3: pp. 258-259 repaso of diálogo and the perfect tenses


 febrero 8     D1:, pp. 260-261, 264-265

                       D2: repaso – chapter tests 9&10 pp. 266--269

                       D3: Lección 11, pp. 271-277


febrero  15-20   READING WEEK


febrero 22      D1: pp. 278-283 

                       D2: pp. 284-287

                       D3: pp. 287-290


febrero 29     D1: pp. 290-293  

                      D2: pp. 293-295

                      D3: Repaso 8-11, look over chapter tests 8-11



marzo 7        D1: TEST #2 (8-11)

                      D2: pp. 296-299 leccion 12

                      D3: pp. 300-303


marzo 14      D1: pp. 304-308 

                     D2: pp. 309-312

                     D3: pp. 312-315


marzo 21      D1: pp. 315-317 DICTADO #4   based on diálogo of lección 12  

                     D2: leer 320-321 and repaso of the subjunctive

                     D3: Good Friday – no classes


marzo 28       D1: pp. Un poco más 326-329 Hand in COMP #4 based on p317, para escribir

                      D2: pp.330-336                     

                      D3: In-class translation (Exam)




abril 4              D1: pp. 337-340, Repaso

                        D2: repaso

                        D3: Last day of classes – cancelled?      


    FINAL EXAMS – April 12-April 29








Other Course Information:









The student must complete the on line exercises to receive the total 11%.  Please go on line as instructed:



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


Spanish 1Z06




¡Hola, amigos! Third Canadian Edition eStudent Activities Manual (eSAM)

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