NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Beginning Spanish I

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Beginning Spanish I
    B. Course Number: SP 114 - 10483
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Cavitt, Tami
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129B
    H. Email Address: TCavitt@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2837
    J. Office Hours: Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);8:45:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:15:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:45:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 5:00:00 PM-7:00:00 PM (MST);
    If you need to meet with me outside my regular office hours, please contact me, and we will arrange a time to meet virtually. I will respond to emails within 24 hours during the week and within 48 hours on the weekend.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Beginning Spanish I is a course that provides a conversational approach to language acquisition to teach vocabulary and comprehension. This course allows beginning language learners to hear Spanish and experience its cultural diversity. This course provides development of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension in Spanish with careful attention given to grammar and pronunciation. This course contains a lecture and lab component. This is a four credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    Beginning Spanish I is a course designed to give native and non-native speakers written and oral communication skills in Spanish. This is a general education course which is on the New Mexico General Education Matrix. It will transfer to all New Mexico schools. It is important, however, to check with other receiving institutions for confirmation that this course will transfer. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC's Counseling Office. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student's responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Portales Online Text
    Vista Higher Learning, 2016
    ISBN 978-1-68004-216-0


    Suggested:

    501 Spanish Verbs

    The following supplemental study aids are suggested:
    1. Spanish/English Dictionary: There are many good dictionaries available for purchase. (I recommend Vox by McGraw Hill)
    2. Tutoring: Students may sign up for free personal tutoring at the NMJC Learning Assistance Center in Mansur Hall Room 121.
    3. Writing Reference Book: Writing Reference Book: Harbrace Essentials w/Resources for Writing in the Disciplines
    Glenn/Gray
    Cengage 978-1285451817
    2nd edition
    4. Brainfuse: NMJC provides an online tutoring service free to students. You will find a link to Brainfuse under "Distance Learning" on the NMJC homepage.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    The course covers Chapters 1-4 in the Portales program. All Lab, Homework, Quiz and Test Grades will be posted both in Portales and in Canvas. They will be weighted according to the following scale for each chapter:
    Graded Activities: 30%
    Credit Activities: 10%
    Communication Activities 20%
    Quizzes: 10%
    Tests: 30%



    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The State Educational Matrix has the following objectives:

    1. Students will analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    2. Students will compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual).

    3. Students will recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    4. Students will draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    A. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to understand most Spanish spoken at slower than normal pace, understand some Spanish spoken at normal pace, and develop skills and coping strategies for filling in the gaps of imperfect comprehension.

    B. In terms of speaking, students should be able to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics, describe people and places, and narrate recurring (present) events.

    C. Students should be able to perform many daily routines, such as making phone calls, greeting and departing, and so on.

    D. Students should be able to read almost any simple material and will have gained some experience in reading materials written for the native-speaking reader.

    E. Students should be able to write in Spanish using appropriate vocabulary and correct grammar.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Each lesson contains six components: Contextos, Fotonovela, Pronunciación, Cultura, Estructura, and Adelante. Students are to work through the assigned activities in each section.

    Students can track their progress and points by clicking the Notifications tab. Some activities are oral and require an online partner. You must have a partner for all of the partnered oral exercises in each chapter, and your camera must be enabled. If you find it difficult to connect with another student in the class, there is a Spanish tutor available to record with you. It is preferable to find a partner that can be online with you the same time every day. You will make more progress in your language acquisition if you make it natural; that is between two people in a conversational situation.

    All tests are open from Sunday at 12:00 p.m. until Monday at 11:59 p.m. MST You will have one hour to take each test. Please plan ahead so that you will be available during these times to take your test. Check the Calendar in Canvas for all due dates. They are also listed in the Course Outline.

    Students may view instructor comments in both the Portales program as well as on Canvas. Announcements will be made on both the Canvas and Portales sites, so students should check both every day.

    Make up work will only be given in case of illness or emergency. Students must notify the instructor PRIOR TO OR ON the date of the exam to be able to make up the work. Otherwise, no make up work will be given.

    This is an online course, and students will be expected to perform in an honorable fashion. During a test, no books or notes are allowed. Using an online translator program will be considered plagiarism. This could cause a student to be dropped from the course.

    Communication between student and professor is vital to success in this course. For this reason, I will respond to emails within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend. Grades will be posted within 36 hours of the due date.

    The online program requires that student listen to and record video and audio assignments. For this reason, computers with a camera and microphone are needed to complete many assignments. Computers are available in the NMJC labs for student use if needed.




  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    All due dates are clearly stated in the Portales program and in the Canvas course calendar. All Announcements will be made in both the Canvas and Portales programs, so students should check both daily. All tests will be given in Portales.


    Week 1: Introduction and Syllabus Quiz
    Leccion 1 Hola Que tal?
    Contextos: Students will learn greetings and leave-takings, identifying themselves and others, and expressions of courtesy.
    Syllabus Quiz

    Week 2: Fotonovela: Students will learn the Spanish alphabet

    Week 3: Continuation of Leccion 1
    Cultura: Saludos y besos en los paises hispanos and La plaza principal
    (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment)

    Week 4: Estructura: Nouns and articles, numbers 0-30, present tense of ser and telling time

    Test #1 The Chapter 1 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, February 12 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 13.

    Week 5: Leccion 2 En la universidad
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about the classroom and academic life, fields of study and academic subjects, days of the week, and class schedules

    Week 6: Fotonovela: Spanish vowels will be presented
    (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment)

    Week 7: Continuation of Leccion 2
    Cultura: La eleccion de una carrera universitaria

    Week 8: Estructura: Present tense of ir verbs, forming questions in Spanish, present tense of estar, and numbers 31 and higher

    Test #2 The Chapter 2 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, March 12 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 13.

    Week 9: Leccion 3 La Familia
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about the family, identifying people, and professions and occupations

    Week 10: Fotonovela: Diphthongs and linking verbs will be presented
    (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment)

    Week 11: Continuation of Leccion 3
    Cultura: La familia real espanola
    Estructura: Descriptive adjectives, possessive adjectives, present tense of er and ir verbs, and present tense of tener and venir

    Test #3 The Chapter 3 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, April 9 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 10.


    Week 12: Leccion 4: Los pasatiempos
    Contextos: Students will learn to speak about pastimes, sports, and places in the city

    Week 13: Fotonovela: Word stress and accent marks will be presented

    Week 14: Estructura: Present tense of ir, stem-changing verbs and verbs with irregular forms
    Continuation of Leccion 4
    Cultura: Real Madrid y Barca: rivalidad total y Anier Garcia y Luciana Aymar

    Test #4 Final Exam: The Chapter 4 Test will open at 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) on Sunday, May 7 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 8.