Spanish 102 - Spring 2004

SPAN 102-01
TRACS# 13925
Professor: Rony Garrido
Classrooms: MWF 8:00am PHSC 213
  T 8:00am TALR 207

Office: Trinity Hall 136
Office Hours: T 10-11am & F 1:30-4:30pm

Prerequisites: Spanish 101 or equivalent


  • Plazas: Lugar de encuentro para la hispanidad. Heinle & Heinle, Thomson Learning, 2001, including student audio CD and Multimedia CD-ROM.
  • Medium-sized (college edition) Spanish-English Dictionary.  Suggested- Oxford or Larousse
  • Quia code

Objectives and Goals:


I. AREA C-2 Objectives - See Executive Memorandum 99-05

Breadth Courses (Area C - Humanities and Fine Arts): The principal charge of this area of General Education is to provide students opportunities to develop understanding of human creativity, arts, values, and reasoning. Class, race, ethnic, and gender issues should be integrated into courses in this area whenever possible.

In each course, students must:

  • attend, where feasible, at least four relevant public events or arts events and demonstrate an integration of the event and their course subject matter;
  • demonstrate a foundation experience that is focused on issues and content that are basic and central to the discipline; and
  • demonstrate research and learning from scheduled and specific library assignments, including computer access to information resources. 
Languages and Literatures (Sub-Area C2)

Students must demonstrate

  • knowledge of languages and literatures and the diverse cultural traditions they represent through the study of creative writing, literature, or language acquisition; and
  • understanding, appreciation, and interpretation of language as a literary and culture artifact and use language as a literary, cultural, or creative vehicle of communication.

II. Language & Culture Objectives

Upon completion of Chapters 6 through 10, you will be able to:

  • discuss weather, clothing, physical activities
  • discuss the workplace and professions
  • discuss food, shopping and planning menus
  • talk about the body and describe health conditions and medical treatments
  • understand some cultural differences and similarities regarding the topics above
  • use the Internet to acquire some simple information about Uruguay, Venezuela, MÈxico, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, La Rep˙blica Dominicana, and Cuba
  • talk about past events
  • narrate a simple story in the present, past or future
  • make simple comparisons and contrasts
  • ask prices and sizes and bargain appropriately
  • express when, where and how an action is done
  • extend, accept, and decline invitations
  • make comparisons
  • give formal and informal orders and instructions
  • express wishes and hopes
  • complete simple interactions with a native speaker (appropriately)
  • understand principal information in a short oral text
  • answer basic questions over content of short oral text
  • make some inferences based on short readings
  • state a simple opinion or reaction to a short reading
  • surf the Internet in Spanish
  • find and utilize Internet sites that are helpful for language learning

In this introductory course we will learn to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish. We will create and enhance our abilities in these areas through constant oral communication, group, paired, and individual work, book and lab work, cultural events, videos, etc.

Definition of Letter Grading Symbols (2001-2003 University Catalog, pg. 158)

Undergraduate Courses (numbered 1 to 299):

A — Superior Work: A level of achievement so outstanding that it is normally attained by relatively few students.

B — Very Good Work: A high level of achievement clearly better than adequate competence in the subject matter/skill, but not as good as the unusual, superior achievement of students earning an A.

C — Adequate Work: A level of achievement indicating adequate competence in the subject matter/skill. This level will usually be met by a majority of students in the class.

D — Minimally Acceptable Work: A level of achievement which meets the minimum requirements of the course.

F — Unacceptable Work: A level of achievement that fails to meet the minimum requirements of the course. Not passing.

Class Norms

Attendance: Excellent attendance and punctuality is expected of all students.  Starting with the fourth unexcused absence (one absence per class/Lab hour), 5% will be taken off you final grade.  Starting with the eighth unexcused absence 10% will be taken off your final grade. Starting with the twelfth unexcused  absence, 15% will be taken off your final grade.  An excused absence includes: a medical emergency, a death in the studentπs immediate family, or a required court appearance.  Documentation is required for excused absences.  See your professor if you need clarification on this.

Participation: Active participation in every class discussion (e.g. asking and answering questions, pair and group work, etc.) is required for full credit in this category. If you are not in class, you cannot participate. Participation points cannot be made up. 

Student work: The student must complete all assignments on her/his own. A tutor or other qualified person may only be consulted in order to explain points of grammar or offer stylistic suggestions.  The student may not have her/his work proofread or corrected by tutors or native speakers. 

NO makeup work will be given.  Late assignments will NOT be accepted.


Grading Scheme

Written Exams 50% - There will be four exams which cover: chapters11 and 12 (15%), chapters 13 and 14 (15%), and the final exam will be comprehensive with emphasis on chapter 15 (20%).

Oral Proficiency Interviews 10% Oral proficiency interviews will be handled as a situational simulation between you and a partner from class.  You will receive a series of situations that you may practice prior to the exam and your exam situation will be selected AT RANDOM from among them on the test day.  You must pass the second oral proficiency interview with at least a 70% to pass this class.

Portafolio de actividades 15% - Follow the instructions on the last page of the syllabus.

Quia 10% - To be submitted as indicated by your instructor by the date outlined in the tentative schedule.

Participation and preparation 15% - Each studentπs participation grade will be based upon consistent activity during the class/Lab hour. During each class the student is expected to ask and answer questions, participate in group discussions, quizzes, lab activities, etc. for the material that was studied for the class period in question.  Preparation includes reading assignments prior to class on the day they are assigned, and turning in any homework assigned by your professor on the day it is due.  English is strictly forbidden in your Spanish class unless permission is obtained from the professor. 

Calendario Tentativo De Actividades





Enero 26-30

IntroducciÛn al curso


Tarea: A, B p. 160; leer pp. 158-161

Tarea: H, I p. 165; leer pp. 162-164

Feb. 2-6

Leer pp. 164-166


Tarea: L, M p. 168; leer pp. 167-169

Portafolio: Listening Activity; leer pp. 170-172

Feb. 9-13

Tarea: S p. 172; leer pp. 173-175


Leer pp. 176-179

Leer pp. 180-182


Leer pp. 183-188

Terminar Quia Cap. 6 antes de la media noche; laboratorio

Tarea: A, B p. 191; leer pp. 189-190

Portafolio: Listening & Speaking #1; leer pp. 191-193

Feb. 23-27

Tarea: H, I p. 194; leer pp. 192-195


Tarea: L, M p. 197; leer pp. 196-199

Portafolio: Listening & Speaking #2; leer pp. 200-202

Marzo 1-5

Tarea: W p. 204 & CC, DD p. 208; leer pp. 204-208


Terminar Quia Cap. 7 antes de la media noche; leer pp. 209-218


Marzo 8-12

Tarea: B p. 221; leer pp. 219-221


Leer pp. 223-225

Portafolio: Library Assignments #1 & 2; leer pp. 226-228

Marzo 15-19


Marzo 22-26

Tarea: J, K, L pp. 228-229; leer pp. 229-331


Tarea: U, V pp. 234-235; leer pp.332-335

Portafolio: Reading; leer pp. 236-237

Abril 29 – Abril 2

Leer pp. 238-240



Terminar Quia Cap. 8 antes de la media noche; leer pp.241-243

Abril 5-9

Tarea: A, B, C pp. 246-247; leer pp. 244-246


Tarea: J, K p. 252; leer pp. 247-251

Portafolio: Event #1; leer pp. 252-253

Abril 12-16

Tarea: Q p. 256; leer pp. 254-257


Tarea: Y p. 260; leer pp. 258-261

Tarea: CC p. 262; leer pp.262-264

Abril 19-23

Terminar Quia Cap. 9; leer pp.265-269


Portafolio: Event #2; leer pp. 270-276


Abril 26-30

Tarea: B, C p. 279: leer pp. 277-280


Tarea: I, J p. 283; leer pp. 281-284

Tarea: T p. 288; leer pp. 285-288

Mayo 3-7

Tarea: Z p. 291; leer pp. 289-292

Terminar Quia Cap. 10 antes de la media noche; laboratorio

Tarea: DD p. 293; leer pp. 293-296

Portafolio: Events #3&4; leer pp. 297-299

Mayo 10-14




Actividad especial

Mayo 21


This portfolio is your chance to be an active learner, to have some control over the way that you acquire and integrate knowledge. This is also a chance to have firsthand exposure to authentic language and culture, so take advantage of it!   In order for you to meet my expectations, please note the classes of activities you are expected to participate in over the course of the semester.  As you complete the activities, please fill in the corresponding line on this sheet, then append a one-page, typed sheet detailing the activity, the value of the activity for you as a student, how what you learned relates to your life, how it helped your Spanish, and any problems or frustrations you had in completing the activity. You should hand in both this check sheet and the TYPED analysis of your activities in a folder or research paper cover.  You must keep all portfolio assignments together throughout the semester.  You will be graded on the effort you expend in the activity AND in thequality of your discussion of it here. 

Types of activity include:

  • Listening (e.g. Listening to 30 consecutive minutes of Spanish-language radio or TV, or attending any speech or meeting conducted in Spanish.  This does NOT include overhearing conversations in stores and restaurants.  The goal is to listen, and attempt to understand Spanish spoken by native speakers.  Music, the news, and sportcasts are much more difficult to understand than talk shows, soap operas, childrenπs shows, commercials, etc.  Pick what best suits your interests then go listen.)
  • Listening & Speaking (e.g. Speaking with a native speaker for 30 minutes in Spanish.  This includes speaking with friends, neighbors, family members, etc. in person or on the telephone.   You must speak for 30 consecutive minutes on any topic you wish.  Speaking with a waiter at a restaurant or clerk at a store is not acceptable, it must be a complete conversation carried out in Spanish for 30 consecutive minutes.  Attending the weekly Spanish Conversation Hour is an excellent way to fulfill this assignment).
  • Library Research (Go to the university library and do research on any one of the cultural topics listed in our book.  You should find a book, magazine, or journal article relating to that topic, you can also analyze art by a Latin American, Spanish, or U.S. Latino artist.  Give full bibliographic information from your source and the CALL number for our library).  INTERNET SOURCES ARE UNACCEPTABLE. You must go to the university library to complete this assignment.  You must cite at least one interesting quote directly from your book/magazine/journal article (from 1 to 3 lines of text), which ties directly into your discussion of the subject matter you chose to research.
  • Reading (1/2 hour each) (e.g. reading a Spanish-language article or a short story on-line, in the newspaper, or in a magazine, reading a series of recipes in Spanish, reading poetry in Spanish, reading childrenπs books in Spanish).  This CANNOT be done during the lab hour in TALR 207.
  • Events (e.g. attending a dance or musical performance, art exhibit, lecture, official celebration, or other event related to a Spanish-speaking culture.  This includes Chicano/a or Latino/a culture in the US.) As part of the fulfillment for AREA-C2 objectives in the undergraduate curriculum, it is required that all students in Arts and Humanities attend humanities and/or art events during the term.  Students may choose from art exhibits, musical, theatrical, and other performances, on campus or in the greater Chico area.  See page one of the syllabus, for details on these objectives.

Portfolio Check Sheet

Nombre: _______________________   

Class of Activity Activity Date Completed Grade (leave blank)



Listening & Speaking

Listening & Speaking

Listening & Speaking

Library Assignment

Library Assignment



Event #1

Event #2

Event #3

Event #4