Span 110- Fourth Semester Language (Conversation on cultural topics)


Ø Prerequisite: SPAN 003 or approval of Intermediate Language Coordinator

Ø Required Materials:

  • Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation
  • A good quality paperback dictionary
  • An active PSU email account and access to the Internet.

Note: Please bring the textbook to class each day.


Nota bene: Given the nature of the courses and our goals in the Intermediate Program, we are assuming not only that you have a sincere interest in learning Spanish, but also that you will be dedicated to mastering and memorizing the vocabulary, terms, and concepts as we progress (this includes anything that you have not studied for whatever reason in previous courses). Again, the pace and level of complexity of the courses in the Intermediate Program will perhaps require that you spend more time studying that you might have needed to spend in previous courses. This will be especially true as the semester advances and the material becomes more complex, and as we examine more sophisticated uses of the language. Please remember: This is a vocabulary-driven course and in order to be successful and keep up you will be required to memorize new words and expressions on a daily basis!

Spanish 110 is a coordinated course and all sections will cover the same material and you all will be tested and evaluated using the same guidelines and other tools to gauge your progress and proficiency.

Should you have any questions, concerns or disagreements about any aspect of the course, please approach your instructor first and try to resolve the problem together.


GRADING SCALE: Grades shall be assigned to students on the basis of the instructor’s judgment of the student’s

Scholastic achievement using the Undergraduate Grading System (PSU policy 47-00)


Quality of Performance Grade (From the PSU website :


Excellent : A (95-100%) A- (90-94.9%) Exceptional Achievement

Good : B+ (87-89.9%) B (84-86.9%) B- (80-83.9%) C+ (76-79.9%) Extensive Achievement

Satisfactory : C (70-75.9%)   D (60-69.9%) Acceptable Achievement

Failure : F (below 60%) Inadequate achievement (to secure credit, course must be repeated.)



  • EXÁMENES ESCRITOS (4)…………………………………… 25%
  • EXÁMENES ORALES (2)………………………………………… 25%
  • ESCENAS (Fluidez)(2)….…………………………………… 15%
  • CONVERSACIÓN CREADORA (Pronunciación)(2)…… 15%
  • PROYECTO ORAL (1) (Pronunciación y fluidez)………….10%
  • COMPOSICIÓN (1) ………………………………………………….. 5%
  • PARTICIPACIÓN   ……………………………………… 5%




  • EXÁMENES ESCRITOS: You will take four (4) in-class written exams. More detailed information about the format and content will be made available well in advance of each exam, but the activities will reflect the types of exercises done in the text in/ out of class. The dates of the exams are on the syllabus. No make-ups will be allowed without valid documentation.

Do not expect a review/study guide before an exam. You are responsible to learn all the material in the chapters studied in class.


  • EXÁMENES ORALES: There will be two oral exams in this course, a midterm exam and a final one. They will be 5-10 minute long one-on-one oral exams. Your instructor will give you a list of topics to prepare

and the exam will consist of a conversation and a situation between the instructor and the student. Note that the topics you will be asked to prepare will be based on the main thematic units of the chapters covered throughout the course. The grading criteria used to evaluate can be found in the workbook.


  • ESCENAS: You will be asked to do two short formal presentations. These will not require outside preparation. You will work with other members of your group; however, these assignments will be individually graded. The dates can be found on the syllabus. More information will be given as the dates approach. Video recordings are sometimes part of the oral presentations category. Class attendance during oral presentations is mandatory.


  • PARTICIPACIÓN: As this is a conversation course, it is crucial that you attend class each and every day, that you prepare thoroughly prior to coming to class, and that you participate actively. You must use Spanish to learn Spanish, so again, daily attendance and active participation are expected . Please understand that if you are not in class, you are responsible to contact a fellow student, not your instructor, to find out the information missed.

Please keep in mind that attendance during the presentations is mandatory


  • CONVERSACIÓN CREADORA (2): To complete these assignments you will listen to, practice, and then record yourself reading the Conversación creadora in each chapter that we study. The purpose of this is to help you to be able to better hear, understand, and produce Spanish sounds. You will then read the dialogue or dialogues to your instructor, who will evaluate your pronunciation and intonation. The dates are shown on the syllabus.



  • COMPOSICIÓN: You will be asked to write a reaction paper after we watch an in class this semester. This paper must be typed and uploaded to a dropbox in ANGEL. The date is listed on the syllabus.


  • PROYECTO ORAL: You will be asked to make a short video in which you have to promote the Spanish program in Penn State. Information will be given as the dates approach. Video recordings are sometimes part of the oral presentations category. Class attendance during oral presentations is mandatory.




  1. Accommodations statement: “PSU provides students with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in educational programs, activities, or services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodation to participate in class activities or to meet the course requirements should first register with the office of Student Disability Services .


  1. Academic Honesty:

All work submitted for a grade must be the product of the student’s own efforts. Academic dishonesty in any form (e.g. cheating on tests, copying another person’s assignment, plagiarism, which includes quoting from a text without giving credit to the author and copying from internet sources; using an electronic text translator, using unauthorized outside help, or providing forged documentation of any type – eg. for excuse of absence) will result in a minimum penalty of no credit for the work submitted and may result not only in a failing grade for the course but in the student being reported to the Office of Student Life for prosecution.

I encourage working together with other students; however, work merely copied from another person or revised by another person is a form of cheating.


  1. Classroom Civility:

Each PSU student is encouraged to help create an environment during class that promotes learning, dignity and mutual respect for everyone. Students who speak at inappropriate times, sleep in class, display inattention, take frequent breaks, interrupt the class by coming late or leaving early, engage in loud or distracting behaviors, use cell phones or pagers in class, use inappropriate language, are verbally abusive, display defiance or disrespect to others, or behave aggressively could be asked to leave the class.


  1. Mobile Phones, PDAs, and Portable Computers: The use of mobile phones and PDAs or texting during class is prohibited unless an activity which calls for such use is carried out. Upon coming to class, students are required to silence their mobile phones and PDAs. Students may use a laptop computer to take notes or access homework during class. Students who are observed using a laptop computer for purposes not related to taking notes will be required to turn off their computers and will be prohibited from using a laptop during class for the remainder of the semester. No one may use any electronic devices during exams. Failure to follow this policy will result in a failing grade on the exam.

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