Spanish 203-01 - Reading and Conversation

Spanish 203-01,  Spring 2004, CSUC
Reading and Conversation
California State University

Instructor: Dr. Pilar Alvarez-Rubio
Office: Trinity Hall 144
Communications: Tel.  898-6370;   
Classroom & days: Taylor 210, T, Th (9:30-10:45)
Office Hours: Tue. 11 to 12, and Wed. 11 to 12:50 or by appt.                             

Objectives and Description:

The reading practice and discussions in this course are designed to further acquaint the student with Hispanic culture and to improve comprehension and vocabulary in preparation for upper-division courses.  In order to make complete progress in Spanish, aside from speaking, students will practice all linguistic skills that comprise well-rounded communication: listening, writing, reading, and socio-cultural competence. Topics for practice will be based on short stories, magazine articles, comic strips,  and thought-provoking short films by Latin American and Spanish filmmakers.

Course materials:

  • Blanco, Garc�a, and Aparisi, Revista: Conversaci�n sin barreras. First Ed., Vista Higher Learning, 2004
  • Daily vocabulary log  (�Voc-Log�)
  • Bilingual dictionary

Requirements:  Prerequisite, SPAN 201

  • Regular and punctual attendance as well as active class participation.  The final grade will have a deduction equal to the proportion of classes missed. One excused absence allowed. See the professor if you need clarification on this policy. As this class only meets twice per week, it is expected that students will stay and participate for the entire  period. 
  • Please disconnect all electronic devices, and do not eat in class.
  • There will be homework, vocabulary quizzes, a vocabulary log, oral presentations and a final individual Oral Exam. No make-ups or late work
  • All readings and assignments are to be prepared in advance  to the class period.
  • The Daily Vocabulary log will be graded in mid-semester and during finals week.  A minimum of 3 new daily entries of vocabulary useful to each individual likes/dislikes, experiences, interests, opinions, feelings, imagination. One complete sentence per entry. Carry your �Voc-Log� with you at all times, and use  it at any and all opportunities that present to you  throughout the day - either by writing something new you heard, or by practicing one of your new entries.


Participation, quizzes, homework - 30%

Oral presentations - 25%

Voc-log - 20%                

Final exam - 25%

Plan Semestral Tentativo

Mar. 27 Introducci�n al curso. Conoci�ndonos.
Juev. 29  Lecci�n 1, 1-8.  Preparaci�n para el cortometraje (CM)
M 3 9-15. M�s discusi�n CM. Repaso del pret�rito vs. imperfecto.  Lectura y an�lisis del cuento de Eduardo Galeano
J 5 16-18. Vocab. lectura y discusi�n del art�culo sobre ciencia ficci�n
M 10 19-23. Idem. sobre el cuento de P�o Baroja
J 12 24-27. La tira c�mica de Quino.  Tertulia
M 17 El almuerzo en el restaurante �El cantarito�
J 19 Lecci�n 2. Preparaci�n para el cortometraje (CM).  Present. oral
M 24 2
J 26 2. Present. oral
M 2 2
J 4 Lecci�n 3. Preparaci�n para el cortometraje (CM). Present oral
M 9 3
J 11 3 Entregar Voc-log. Present. oral
15 al 19 Vacaciones de Primavera
M 23 3
J 25 3. Present. oral
M 30 Lecci�n 4.  Preparaci�n para el cortometraje (CM)
J 1 4. Present oral
M 6 4
J 8 4. Present oral
M 13 4
J 15 Lecci�n 5. Preparaci�n para el cortometraje (CM). Present. oral
M 20 5
J 22 5. Present. oral
M 27 5
J 29 5. Present. oral
M 4 Lecci�n 6. Preparaci�n para el cortometraje (CM)
J 6 6.  Entregar Voc-log
M 11 Examen individual final en mi oficina: previa cita concertada
J 13 Examen individual final en mi oficina: previa cita concertada