Spanish 489 - Directed Field Experience

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kristyna Demaree 
OFFICE: Trinity 133 
PHONE: 898-5215 (898-5388 message) 
OFFICE HOURS: TTH 12:30 - 1:30pm 
W 2:00 — 4:00pm and by appointment. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 
This course is an internship offered as 489, 1-3 units. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their language proficiency in Spanish and enables them to use their language skills in on-the-job situations. It is limited to majors, graduate students, and selected minors upon completion of Span 302. 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 
A. Each unit equals 45 hours of work. 145 total hours per semester 3 units. 
B. A letter on official letterhead outlining the following information: 
1. name of supervisor and signature 
2. phone where s/he may be reached 
3. job description of internship 
4. hours per week you will work 
5. commitment to a written evaluation of the intern at the end of the semester. 
C. In addition to completing the required number of hours of work, the following is required: 
An oral presentation, a journal, a final paper, all written in Spanish, and a letter of evaluation from the intern�s supervisor. 
Evaluation: 
Letter grades are based on the about requirements. Your letter of evaluation is the review of your job performance.

Spanish 489 Contract 
The following is the contract between the intern and the Directed Field Experience in Spanish program. Please read carefully, then sign and date as evidence of both your understanding and your acceptance of the following terms. 
A. Field Work 
1. Each unit equals 45 hours of work, Less will result in an incomplete and/or F. 
2. A letter outlining your internship, hours worked per week, supervisor�s name, ,hone, address, commitment to a writer evaluation. 
3. A culminating letter that evaluates your performance, notes the 1Q1 hours worked, and is officially typed, signed, and dated by your internship supervisor. 
B. Course Work 
1. Grading is based on 
a) attendance and participation 
b) oral presentation, journal, final paper, evaluation letter 
2. The content of class meetings is the mutual responsibility, of all participants. All share the responsibility to initiate, critique and support the academic climate and thus broaden and strengthen their knowledge. 
3. Oral presentations are integral to achieve the above goal. 
4. Journal — entries need to be made weekly or after every 6-8 hours of work. 
5. The final paper is based on the material in the journal. It explains, interprets and evaluates the internship experience. 

 

Signature: _____________________________________________ Date: _________________

Information Sheet
Spanish 489 

Name ___________________________________________________________________


SS # ___________________________________________________________________


Address _________________________________________________________________


Phone ___________________________________________________________________


Class Level _______________________________________________________________


Major/Minor: _____________________________________________________________

Agency Name/Work Site: _______________________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________________

Phone ___________________________________________________________________


Supervisor: ___________________________________________________________________

Statement of Project:



Date: _____________________________

 

 EVALUATION LETTER
Due on or before the final examination date 

The evaluation letter formally notes your completion of the internship requirements; it must be submitted to receive a grade. As this letter is from internship supervisor, it may also serve as a job recommendation in which case both applied and academic skills and tasks need to be noted. 

Requirements: The letter must be (1) typed on the agency�s letterhead stationery; (2) dated; (3) contain your supervisors full title and signature; (4) contain the dates you worked; and (5) give a summary of the hours you completed. (without completing 1-5, you will receive an Incomplete.) The letter must review and critique the type of work you have performed. 

Suggestions: (1) Arrange a meeting to discuss the letter and your performance with your supervisor — specify at least a 1/2 hour time and schedule it ahead of time. (2) Be prepared to discuss: the tasks you undertook and the positive and negative aspects of your internship; what your career interests and 
future skill areas are and how this internship relates to them; outline your major experiences and areas of responsibility; what you have gained? (3) Emphasize working without direct supervision, taking responsibility, showing initiative, exercising professionalism. (4) Know what you can do, have the confidence to say it. If you have been offered another position, continuation, or if they would hire you if funds were available, have that be the conclusion of the letter. 

Strategy: If your supervisor is very busy, make arrangements early and offer to write and/or type the letter for them, submitting if for their approval, editing, and final signature. 
Ask for a copy. A letter of recommendation should generally be one page, never more than two pages. 
- The more concise and clearly written, the more likely someone will actually read your evaluation letter. 

JOURNAL - Spanish 489 
The type of journal required for this class differs in many ways from more informal journal writing. Your goal is to provide a review of your semester�s experience as an intern which will be an effective basis for your final paper. This is a �critical incident� journal in which you write about incidents from your field experience according to the change they produce in you. Rather than recording daily life, you choose only those incidents which change your perspective in terms of your learning experience or the general impact they have on you as a person. You use the detailed account of these incidents, and the process of recording and analysis, to measure your individual progress as an intern. 

We recommend that you sit down at least once a week and choose one or two critical (to you) incidents that have taken place during the week and explore them in detail in your journal. Remember, �critical� means having strong impact on you in terms of your objectives. Here are some steps for organizing your reflecting and writing: 

(1) Identify the event or occurrence with as much specificity as possible — the problem to be solved, issues involved, etc. 
(2) Describe the relevant details and circumstances surrounding the event so that you and any possible readers will understand what happened. What? When? How? Where? 
(3) List the people involved, describe them and their relationship to you and to each other. (Who?) 
(4) Describe your role in the situation - what you did, how you acted. 
(5) Analyze the incident. How well or badly did you understand the situation? How did you handle it? What would you do differently the next time? Why? 
(6) Analyze this incident in terms of its impact on you and explain why you view it as �critical�. How does it relate to your particular learning objective(s)? What have you learned from the experience? How has your perspective on yourself been changed and/or reinforced? Where do you go from here?

In spite of the complexity of this sort of writing, your journal entries need not be long nor arduous. The importance of this exercise is learning to sift through your experience for what is important in terms of specific objectives you have for yourself. You must edit your writing accordingly. 

One final word: �Critical incident� in journal keeping, like any sort of writing, can be useless, a piece of junk, and an unpleasant chore to produce; or it can be an exciting record of your work and a dynamic and useful exploration of yourself. The difference has a lot do with your attitude toward writing it and the commitment you make to share yourself and your thoughts and feelings about your experience. Only in this way will it become a useful tool for reflection and conceptualization. If you find this writing becoming burdensome or overly difficult and you feel like you are approaching it energetically, ask for help from another intern or your placement or faculty sponsor. After a couple of weeks� practice, this kind of writing should come easy to you arid it will form an excellent documentation of your progress during your internship. -