Spanish 202 – Spring 2005

SPAN 202-01 TRACS# 13790
Professor: Rony Garrido
Classrooms: MWF 10:00 a.m. OCNL 120
Th 10:00 a.m. TLR 207
Telephone: 530-898-4501
Office: Trinity Hall 136
Office Hours: Th 1-3 p.m. & F 2-4 p.m.

Prerequisites: Spanish 201 or equivalent

  • Text: Continuemos! . Houghton Mifflin Company. 7th Edition.
  • Medium-sized (college edition) Spanish-English Dictionary. Suggested- Oxford or Larousse
  • Access to the internet

Objectives and Goals:


AREA C-2 OBJECTIVES – See Executive Memorandum 99-05

Breadth Courses (Area C – Humanities and Fine Arts): The principle charge of this area of General Education is to provide students opportunities to develop student understanding of human creativity, arts values, and reasoning. Class, race, ethnic, and general 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.
Language 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 cultural artifact and use language as a literary, cultural, or creative vehicle of communication.


The purpose of this course is to review and expand upon major grammatical points learned in elementary Spanish Courses. It is designed to increase and improve skills in oral expression, reading, writing and understanding Spanish in the context of a wide variety of Hispanic cultural topics.

Definition of Letter Grading Symbols (2001-2003 University Catalog, page 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 student�s 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. 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 40% - There will be 3 exams: Midterm 1 (Chaps. 6&7), Midterm 2 (Chaps 8&9), and the final exam will be comprehensive with emphasis on chapter 10.

*Oral work 20% - The types of oral activities will include:

Oral discussions: Every student will record six discussions in WebCT, three of which will be free topics (odd numbers) whereas the rest (even numbers) will be responses to your classmates. The discussions will be graded on grammar, vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation as well as on the ability to state and properly discuss the topic. Make sure to address current and relevant social, economic, and political issues. Each entry should be between three to four minutes long and it must be recorded in WebCT by the indicated deadline.

An oral proficiency interview: This assignment 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 oral proficiency interview with at least a 70% to pass this class.

Oral presentation: you will conduct an oral presentation on the topic discussed in composition #2. You are expected to give this presentation without reading the information, aided only by an outline previously approved by your instructor.

*Portafolio de actividades 20% - Follow the instructions on the last page of the syllabus. All portfolio reports must be written in Spanish.

* Participation and preparation 20% - Each student's 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 unless permission is obtained from the professor.


Lunes Mi�rcoles Jueves Viernes
Enero 24-28 Introducci�n al curso Leer pp. 172-176; tarea:Preparaci�np. 176 Laboratorio Leer pp. 177-181
En. 31-Feb. 4 Leer pp. 182-186; tarea: A, B p. 186 Leer pp. 187-191; tarea: A p. 189 Laboratorio PublicarDiscusi�n #1 (antes de la medianoche; leer pp. 192-198
Feb. 7-11 Leer pp. 203-207;Tarea: �Preparaci�n� p. 207
Leer pp. 208-212 Laboratorio ENTREGAR COMPOSICI�N #1
Feb. 14-18 Leer pp. 213-217; tarea: A p. 217 & �Pr�ctica� p. 218 Leer pp. 218-222; tarea: A, B, C pp. 22-223 PARTE L�XICA Y AUDITIVA DEL EXAMEN

Leer pp. 223-227; Discusi�n #2 (antes de la medianoche

Feb. 21-25 Leer pp. 228-233 Repaso EXAMEN CAPS. 6 & 7 Leer pp. 234-237; tarea:Preparaci�n pp. 238-239
Feb. 28-Mar. 4 Pel�cula Pel�cula Pel�cula Discusi�n #3: sobre la pel�cula (antes de la medianoche; leer pp. 238-241
Marzo 7-11 Leer pp. 242-245 Leer pp. 246-249; tarea: A pp. 24-248 & A p. 249 Portafolio: Library Assignment Discusi�n #4 (antes de la medianoche); leer pp. 250-253; tarea; B p. 251
Marzo 21-25 leer pp. 254-257 leer pp. 257-260 Laboratorio Leer pp. 261-264. Portafolio: Reading

Mar. 28-Abril 1

Leer pp. 265-269; tarea: Preparaci�n p. 269 Discusi�n #5 (antes de la medianoche) Leer pp. 270-273 FERIADO POR EL D�A DE C�SAR CH�VEZ Leer pp. 274-277; tarea: A, B p. 176
Abril 4-8 leer pp. 278-281; tarea: A p. 281 Leer pp. 282-285; tarea: B p. 284 PARTE L�XICA Y AUDITIVA DEL EXAMEN Leer pp. 286-289; Portafolio: Event#1
Abril 11-15
Discusi�n #6 (antes de la medianoche< ); leer pp. 299-294 Repaso EXAMEN CAPS. 8- 9 Leer pp. 295-302 tarea: Preparaci�n p. 299; Portafolio: Event #2
Abril 18-22
Leer pp. 303-306; tarea: A p. 305 Leer pp. 307-310; tarea; A, C p. 310 Laboratorio ENTREGAR COMPOSICI�N #2
Abril 25- 29 Leer pp. 311-313 Leer pp. 314-315 ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEW Leer pp. 315-318;Portafolio: Event #3
Mayo 2- 6 Presentaciones
Presentaciones Presentaciones Presentaciones
Mayo 9- 13 Repaso
Repaso Rep.;Portafolio: Event 4 Actividad Especial
Mayo 16-20
Ex�menes Finales

Portafolio de actividades

This portfolio provides you with the opportunity 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, write a one-page, typed sheet detailing the activity, the value of the activity for you as a student, how this activity sheds some light into contrasting Hispanic and American cultures; if pertinent, mention how the activity helped your Spanish, and any problems or frustrations you had in completing the activity. You should hand in the TYPED analysis of your activities as indicated in the syllabus.  You must keep all portfolio assignments together throughout the semester.  You will be graded on the effort you expend in the activity AND in the quality of your discussion of it in the report.

Types of activities include:

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 (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 children�s 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, which gives the details on these.