Spanish 301 - Advanced Grammar and Composition

Section 01MWF 11:00am-12:00 pm Internet Access Required
Fall 2003
Professor Sara E. Cooper
Office: Trinity 150 Mon 1:30-3; Fri 9:30-11
Telephone: 898-5161 FAX 898-4711
Email: scooper@csuchico.edu

Course Description/Prerequisites

From 2003-2005 University Catalog

Prerequisites: SPAN 004 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 120 and/or SPAN 133.

Intensive review of grammar and its application in composition. This course or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all other upper-division courses. Required of all majors and minors.

Required Materials

Repase y escriba: Curso avanzado de gramática y composición. 4ta edición. María Canteli Dominicis and John J. Reynolds. New York: John Wiley.

WebCT Spanish 104A course (Access through CSUC Portal)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • understand and apply intermediate to advanced grammar concepts.
  • write comprehensive sentences and structured paragraphs.
  • write a letter using appropriate format and language.
  • plan and write short papers, including dialogue, narration, description, and informative essay.

Grading and Percentages

Grades will be assigned as a letter with a numerical value, and there will be no curve. Final grades will be announced after they have been turned in, the week after finals. For any questions about grading *at any time during the semester* please visit office hours or e-mail me at scooper@csuchico.edu.

94-100=A

89.5-93.4=A-

88-89.4=B+

84-87.4=B etc.

LATE WORK and MAKEUPS:

NO LATE HOMEWORK ACCEPTED.

LATE COMPOSITIONS WILL BE PENALIZED 10% POINTS PER DAY (OR PARTIAL DAY) LATE.

NO MAKE-UPS ON DATED QUIZZES OR EXAMS UNLESS PREVIOUSLY ARRANGED WITH PROFESSOR.

10% Participation and Preparation.

Because learning a foreign language requires considerable practice, your attendance and participation are vital to your success in Spanish 104A. An excellent participation grade will reflect that you ask questions, answer questions, contribute actively in-group work, and are well-prepared for the topics covered. You should always read the chapter material before class.

If you are not in class, you can not participate. Therefore unexcused absences and tardiness will be reflected in the participation grade. If you are absent, please arrange to get notes from a classmate.Excessive absences (8 or more) will result in failure of the class.

10% Homework.

For each topic, you will be assigned specific exercises to complete outside of class. Whether the exercises are written out or on-line, they should be completed before class time.

40% Writing.

You will keep a free-writing journal and complete four formal compositions. Instructions for the journal and for each composition are included below.

20% Quizzes.

There will be a major quiz at the end of each chapter covering grammar terminology, language structures and forms, and usage rules. There may be other smaller quizzes, announced or unannounced. Most quizzes will be electronic, on WebCT.

10% Midterm Exam. Thursday, March 13 11 am - 12:15 pm
10% Comprehensive Final Exam. Thursday, May 22 10 am - 11:50 pm

YOU ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS WITH ACADEMIC HONESTY. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY INCLUDES (BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO) APPROPRIATING WEB ESSAYS OR USING TRANSLATING PROGRAMS TO COMPLETE ONE�S OWN ESSAYS.

ANY CHEATING OR PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN FAILING THE CLASS AS WELL AS BEING REPORTED TO STUDENT JUDICIAL AFFAIRS.

Compositions and Free Writing Journal

Free Writing Journal (Instructions and Format Requirements)

Composition I (Instructions and Format Requirements)

Composition II (Instructions and Format Requirements)

Composition III (Instructions and Format Requirements)

Composition IV (Instructions and Format Requirements)

Important Dates

Wednesday, Oct 22, Midterm Exam, take by 10:00 pm (one hour on-line exam)

Monday, Dec. 15, 12:00-1:50 pm Final Exam