Spanish 410: Advanced Conversation

                                                                                               

Libro

  1. Blanco A, José, Revista, Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2014, 4ta edición.
  2. Un buen diccionario (e.g. Collins, Larousse).
  3. Es recomendable que frecuentes el sitio www.wordreference.com

 

Descripción del curso

Éste es un curso avanzado para estudiantes de español que no son nativo-hablantes. La meta del curso es alcanzar la fluidez en el habla del idioma incorporando vocabulario y expresiones de uso común que pueden ayudar al estudiante a alcanzar dominio y eficiencia en el manejo del lenguaje.    Aunque no es un curso de gramática, en algunas ocasiones será necesario detenernos para realizar algunas apreciaciones. El curso tiene como propósito facilitar la habilidad de expresarse tanto en el ámbito profesional como en el personal. La clase se conduce en español y se espera que los estudiantes hagan uso de ese idioma todo el tiempo.

 

Las notas

Asistencia y participación      20%   (incluye pruebas de vocabulario y algunas tareas.)

Consultas individuales            15%

Exámenes de los capítulos      30%

Diarios orales grabados           15%

Presentaciones:                       20%

 

 

Asistencia y Participación:  Se requiere que los estudiantes asistan a cada clase y que lleguen a tiempo y preparados. Es una falta de respeto usar el celular en el aula y no se permite a menos en caso de emergencia. Como éste es un curso de conversación, es lógico esperar que la nota dependa en gran manera en su participación. Aun así, se permite que el estudiante pierda 3 clases sin perjuicio de su calificación. Se perderá 2% de la nota final por cada clase que se pierda después de la tercera. Quiero manifestar que se califica a los estudiantes según su participación diaria en la clase. Después de cada clase voy a apuntar las contribuciones de los estudiantes durante aquella sesión.   ¡Estamos aquí para conversar! Lo que vale más es tu actitud en cada clase.

You are required to provide verification from University Health Services for significant prolonged illnesses or injuries resulting in absences from classes.

 

 

Consultas: Cada estudiante debe reunirse con el profesor dos (2) veces durante el semestre manteniendo la conversación completamente en el español.   Las reuniones durarán aproximadamente 15 minutos.   La primera tiene que ser antes del 10 de octubre, la segunda después de aquella fecha. Se proveerá una rúbrica antes de las reuniones para dejar saber lo que esperar en ellas.

 

Exámenes de los capítulos: Los estudiantes tienen la responsabilidad de aprender TODO el vocabulario de los capítulos estudiados, además del contenido. Habrá 4 exámenes a lo largo del semestre.

 

Diarios: Los estudiantes van a hacer diarios orales.   Deben ser grabaciones en MP3.   Deben grabar 4 diarios a lo largo del semestre de aproximadamente 400 palabras cada una.   Se especificarán las fechas de entregarlas. Presenta cada grabación (en inglés) con la fecha y el tema. El resto de la grabación debe ser en español.  Los diarios pueden surgir de experiencias personales, artículos de los periódicos, las películas u otros temas de interés.

 

Presentaciones: Cada estudiante dará dos presentaciones.   La primera tiene que ver con algún aspecto de UN país hispanohablante. La segunda será de un tema de interés personal relacionado con el mundo hispano. Es necesario que el profesor apruebe el tema de antemano. Cada presentación durará de 9-11 minutos.

 

Calendario aproximado: (se lo pasará durante la primera semana) El calendario es mi plan, pero es muy posible que se ajusten los temas o que pasemos más o menos tiempo en ellos de lo que está señalado aquí. .

 

Grading Scale:

A = 94 to 100; A- = 90 to 93.99; B+ = 88.0 to 89.99; B = 83 to 87.99; B- = 80 to 82.99; C+ = 77 to 79.99 C = 70 to 76.99; D = 60 to 69.99 and F = 59.99 and below

 

Students with disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807(V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services website at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/.

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines/documentation-guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.

(3) Faculty Senate Policy 42-27- Class Attendance (http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/welcome/illnessVerification/)

Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students

The faculty, staff and other resources of the University are furnished for the education of students who attend the University. A class schedule is provided for students and faculty so that a reasonably orderly arrangement for instruction is facilitated. The fact that classes are scheduled is evidence that the faculty believes class instruction is important. Therefore, class attendance is important for the benefit of students.

Accordingly, it is the policy of the University that class attendance by students be encouraged and that all instructors organize and conduct their courses with this policy in mind. A student should attend every class for which the student is scheduled and should be held responsible for all work covered in the courses taken. In each case, the instructor should decide when the class absence constitutes a danger to the student’s scholastic attainment and should make this fact known to the student at once. A student whose irregular attendance causes him or her, in the judgment of the instructor, to become deficient scholastically, may run the risk of receiving a failing grade or receiving a lower grade that the student might have secured had the student been in regular attendance. Instructors should provide, within reason, opportunity to make up work for students who miss class for regularly scheduled, University-approved curricular and extracurricular activities (such as Martin Luther King Day of Service, field trips, debate trips, choir trips, and athletic contests). However, if such trips are considered by the instructor to be hurting the student’s scholastic performance, the instructor should present such evidence for necessary action to the head of the department in which the course is offered and to the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled or to the Division of Undergraduate Studies if the student is enrolled in that division. Instructors should provide, within reason, opportunity to make up work for students who miss classes for other legitimate but unavoidable reasons. Legitimate, unavoidable reasons are those such as illness, injury, family emergency. If an evaluative event will be missed due to an unavoidable absence, the student should contact the instructor as soon as the unavoidable absence is known to discuss ways to make up the work. An instructor might not consider an unavoidable absence legitimate if the student does not contact the instructor before the evaluative event. Students will be held responsible for using only legitimate, unavoidable reasons for requesting a make-up in the event of a missed class or evaluative event. Requests for missing class or an evaluative event due to reasons that are based on false claims may be considered violations of the policy on Academic Integrity (Policy 49-20).

 

 

 

Academic Integrity: Penn State defines academic integrity as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. All students should act with personal integrity, respect other student’s dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts (Faculty Senate Policy 49-20) Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. ‘Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic sanctions and will be reported to the University’s Judicial Affairs office for possible further disciplinary sanction.

 

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities and is committed to the polity that all people shall have equal access to programs, facilities, and admissions without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation in this course or have questions about physical access, please tell the instructor as soon as possible.

 

 

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