Third-Year Spanish, Part 1

Third-Year Spanish, Part 1

SPAN 061 | Teacher-Led | High School | UC Approved

Students will focus on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, with appropriate grammatical principles as well as additional insights into culture (focusing on Mexico and Guatemala). Conversation practice happens in the Conversation Café where students will interact with other students and course TAs. This new Spanish course includes many interactive activities and also includes an instructor-hosted wiki and live one-on-one speaking appointments. This is the fifth course in a six-part Spanish series (SPAN 041, SPAN 043, SPAN 051, SPAN 053, SPAN 061, and SPAN 063).

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Students will focus on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, with appropriate grammatical principles as well as additional insights into culture (focusing on Mexico and Guatemala). Conversation practice happens in the Conversation Café where students will interact with other students and course TAs. This new Spanish course includes many interactive activities and also includes an instructor-hosted wiki and live one-on-one speaking appointments. This is the fifth course in a six-part Spanish series (SPAN 041, SPAN 043, SPAN 051, SPAN 053, SPAN 061, and SPAN 063).

Students will need access to a computer with high speed Internet access, a microphone, speakers (or headphones), and a webcam. There are no resubmissions or retakes on instructor-graded assignments, or unit quizzes (including the mid-course review quizzes and the cumulative review quiz). On speaking appointments, lowest score may be dropped. You must complete the speaking appointment in each unit before you can take the unit quiz.

Prerequisite:

Second-Year Spanish, Part 2 (SPAN 053) or equivalent.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: ¿Cuáles son tus tradiciones?

Unit 2: ¿Qué hacías tú cuando eras niño/a?

Unit 3: ¿Más o menos?

Midterm Review

Unit 4: ¿Dónde trabajas?

Unit 5: ¿Qué me recomiendas?

Unit 6: Por favor...

Cumulative Review

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Course Materials

Assignments

Exams

Grading

SPAN 053 or four semesters of high school Spanish.

During this course, your understanding of Spanish will increase along with your confidence in using it in structured conversations. By the end of this course, you should be able to

  1. Talk about traditions, celebrations, and invitations
  2. Talk about activities you did in the past
  3. Compare things that are equal or unequal
  4. Discuss aspects of the workplace, career interests, and possible occupations
  5. Use pronouns to talk about recommendations
  6. Give instructions and suggestions

To successfully complete this course, you will need the following:

  • This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online. If you have trouble doing this, contact Technical Support at 1-877-897-8085 or istech@byu.edu.
  • A headset or speakers, microphone and webcam are necessary for speaking appointments. For optimal connection speeds, it is recommended that you use a hard-wired, high-speed internet connection.
  • Unidos: eText. The eText for this course is available in the Course Resources folder. Once you have opened the eText, change the page number in the upper left-hand corner. Note: Some pages will have an “O-” before the page number.
  • If you desire to purchase the book, the information is as follows:
    • Unidos: An Interactive Approach 1e by Elizabeth Guzmán, Paloma La Puerta, and Judith E. Liskin-Gasparro bundled with MySpanish Lab, ISBN: 9780205996667
  • A Spanish–English dictionary. (optional) Having a print dictionary avoids having one more window open on your computer. Alternatively, you could use the resource listed below:
    • www.wordreference.com—This is free with a conjugator for verbs. (To use the verb conjugator, click the verb name and it will show all conjugations for a given verb.) Watch out for Google Translate and other online translators. They are OK for single-word translations, but longer translations come out really funny.

This course consists of six units, two skill building sections, and a final exam. Each unit includes lesson quizzes, conversation café activities, a unit quiz, a speaking appointment, and on occasion a reading or writing assignment. Note that you must complete all graded items before you can receive your final course grade. There are additional helps in the course resources folder such as a course wiki and a discussion board where you may ask questions. This course also includes an orientation. You must complete the orientation quiz before continuing in the course.

Self Checks

Self Checks prepare you for lesson quizzes and help you check your understanding of material that has been taught. You may complete these assessments as many times as you like. They are not a part of your final grade.

Lesson Quizzes

Lesson quizzes prepare you for unit quizzes and are part of the final grade. You may complete these assessments as many times as you like. See “Grading” below.

Reading/Writing and Midterm/Cumulative Skill Building Activities

Reading and writing assignments help you practice the grammar you are learning in the lessons. Midterm/Cumulative skill building activities help you review course material learned and also focus on culture, reading, and writing and they will help you apply the language learned in the units. No resubmission allowed. See “Grading” below.

Unit Quizzes

This course includes unit quizzes on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. They are computer-graded. They are open book and are designed to measure your skill in using the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in question. No resubmissions are allowed. See “Grading” below.

Conversation Café and Speaking Appointments

The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor. Hours of the Café are posted on the Communication and Conversation Café page. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn! Before you complete your speaking appointment, you must spend some time practicing in the Conversation Café. You must complete the first Conversation Café to move on in the course.

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. You will be required to complete certain language tasks or have a dialogue with the TA/instructor during your speaking appointment. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you can take the unit quiz and speaking appointment in the next unit. You cannot complete more than one speaking appointment per day. TA-graded speaking appointments are completed on a first-come, first-served basis (no scheduling) in the Conversation Café room. The speaking appointments in the second unit, midterm, and the final exam speaking appointments will be scheduled with your instructor and will take place in the instructor’s virtual room. These appointments require a photo ID and a webcam. If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, you must reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you fail to show up at your scheduled time, you will receive a 0.

A grade will be posted within 24 hours of the appointment. The lowest score from all of your speaking appointments will be dropped. (This does not include the final speaking appointment.) See “Grading” below to see what percentage of your final grade the speaking appointments are on.

We strongly encourage you not to use notes during your speaking appointments. That will help you be better prepared for the final speaking appointment where no notes are allowed. Note: You should complete all speaking appointments in the correct order. For more specific information about each speaking appointment, please refer to each assignment in the course.

Your final speaking appointment will be in the same format as the other speaking appointments in the course and must be completed before you request your final written exam. This is part of the final exam grade and not a traditional speaking appointment; therefore, you cannot drop your score for this speaking appointment. No notes are allowed on the final speaking appointment.

The final exam (multiple-choice and matching) is a proctored test that will cover the material found in units 1–6. There is no time limit. If you study the course material and the assignments you should be adequately prepared for the test. See “Grading” below.

This is how your final grade for the course will be divided:

Assignments

Percentage

Lesson Quizzes

10%

Unit Quizzes

25%

Reading/Writing Assignments and Midterm/Cumulative Skill Building

25%

Speaking Appointments

30%

Final Speaking Appointment and Final Exam

10%

TOTAL

100%

Scale

A

100%–93%

A−

92%–90%

B+

89%–87%

B

86%–83%

B−

82%–80%

C+

79%–77%

C

76%–73%

C−

72%–70%

D+

69%–67%

D

66%–63%

D−

62%–60%

E (Fail)

59% or below

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Published by the

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Division of Continuing Education

Brigham Young University

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USA

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study page.

Assignments

8 computer-graded unit quizzes, 8 speaking appointments (lowest score may be dropped; must complete the speaking appointment in each unit to take the unit quiz); 20 reading/writing/skill building activities; 17 lesson quizzes. No resubmissions with the exception of lesson quizzes.

Exams

1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

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University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

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Other Materials

You will need access to a printer and scanner to complete required handwritten assignments. Speaking appointments are required and use audio and video. You will need a headset or speakers, a microphone and a webcam. For optimal connection speeds during speaking appointments, it is recommended that you use a hard-wired, high-speed internet connection during the appointment. This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online. If you have trouble playing audio files in Internet Explorer, you may wish to associate your audio (mp3) files with the Quicktime player. If you have trouble doing this, contact Technical Support at 1-877-897-8085 or istech@byu.edu.

     

    Participation Policy

    A little thought will convince you that consistency is key. No one grade on a quiz or assignment will hurt you or help you much, but your pattern of effort will add up. Consistently preparing well (practice makes permanent) will give you the skills you want, the skills that will enable you to use Arabic (and also do well on the final exam). Remember, learning a language happens by diligently and regularly working on it. Daily assignments are all constructed to help you stay focused, but they can be subverted and turned into busy work that results in minimal real learning. We hope you understand that the assignment sets, quizzes, and tests are there for a purpose: so that you can learn Arabic. You can defeat that purpose rather easily, so be careful.
    Language learning is an indirect, rather than a direct, result of the kinds of activities, drills, and online participation that you do. You will often not see a jump in your knowledge based on your having done a particular assignment. However, you must keep involved in the language for anything to happen at all. It is possible to turn any assignment (or a whole semester’s worth of them) into busy work. Please pay attention to why you are doing the drills, attend to the meaning of the sentences you are working with, and don’t ever allow yourself to do a drill just to “get it done.” 

    A Word about Assignment Keys

    Please use them as they are intended. Give your best effort to the assignments and then check them afterward, making corrections as needed. Where a key to an assignment is available, we expect you to make your own corrections. Please do them in a different color, so they will be easy to see. We strongly encourage you to keep all of your assignments and quizzes to use for later review—and to discipline yourself to pay close attention to feedback, whether written or oral. 

    Conversation Café and Speaking Appointments

    The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor.


    Grading Note

    The chief cause of lower-than-expected final grades for this course (which means one hasn’t acquired the Arabic skills this course is designed to impart, the skills you want) is lack of diligence (missed homework and quizzes, not to mention the failure to review vocabulary regularly). The underlying cause, more often than not, turns out to be the tendency to bite off more than one can handle (work, school, social life). It takes time to learn Arabic. Count the cost of building the tower before you start and plan accordingly.

     

    Technical Considerations

    This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online.

    Copyright Notice

    The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

    “Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

    Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)


    Copyright © 2016 Brigham Young University. All rights reserved.
    Published by the
    Department of Independent Study
    Division of Continuing Education
    Brigham Young University
    120 MORC
    Provo, Utah 84602-1514
    USA 

    Responsibility and Expectations

    The great thing about an Independent Study course is just that—it is independent. You can work at your own pace and learn by your own individual methods. However, with an Independent Study course, you are responsible to do your own work, meet deadlines, and stay on top of things. I recommend that you make yourself a schedule and stick to it so you don’t end up cramming everything to the end. Also, in order to really master a foreign language, it is crucial that you practice and apply the principles you learn. Therefore, I would recommend spending at least one hour every week in outside activities, such as watching French movies, listening to French music, or speaking to someone in French. If you put some effort and organization into it, this course should be informative, educational, applicable, and fun. 

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