3110 Mustang Road Alvin, TX 77511-4898 Phone: 281-756-3500
SPAN 1411 MASTER syllabus
Dr. Caleb Lopez
281-245-2232 Ext. 4409
Course Title: Beginning Spanish I (1st Semester Spanish)
Course Number: SPAN-1411
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Total Contact Hours: 5
Term and Year: Fall 2017
Class Days & Times: TB
Classroom Location: B 220
- COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR
The preferred method of communicating with your instructor is through ACC e-mail. You may call him/her at his/her office. Please provide your first and last name, the course you are enrolled, a phone number or an e-mail address where s/he can contact you, and explain what you need to discuss. Your instructor will normally respond within 24 business hours Monday-Thursday and by the next business day on Friday-Sunday.
- COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides basic Spanish language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a cultural framework. Students will acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the beginner level. [CB16.0905.5113]
Note: A minimum grade of “C” in this course is required in order to enroll in SPAN 1412.
- STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
- Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the present and producing questions and responses on a variety of topics dealing with everyday life.
- Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish.
- Write simple sentences and organize them into short paragraphs.
- Read and comprehend level-appropriate texts.
- Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world.
- Compare and contrast the traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world with characteristics of their own culture.
- Demonstrate attainment of Core Course competencies pertaining to Foreign Languages.
- PRE-REQUISITE COURSES/ CO-REQUISITES: No pre-requisites.
- REQUIRED TEXTBOOK AND SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS
For more information about the textbooks, including details about how to order your book online and have it delivered to you, visit the ACC College Store at www.alvinccstore.com.
Additional course materials include:
- USB/ Jump Drive
- Reliable Headphone set with microphone
- Computer with Internet connection, both reliable
- Reliable computer camera
- CORE REQUIREMENTS (Only required for CORE courses)
As part of the Texas and ACC Core Curriculum, students in this course will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. The chart below details the core requirements that are applicable to this course, the activities in which students will participate to develop skills in the required areas, a determination of how students’ mastery of those areas will be assessed, and the level of expertise students are expected to demonstrate. Please note that these requirements are already included in the computation of the course grade and not a separate grade.
Critical Thinking Skills: to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Lectures, discussions, writing assignment, laboratory
Exams, written performance based assessment, laboratory evaluations
Communication-Written: effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas
Written performance based assessment
Communication-Oral: effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas
Oral performance based assessment
Communication-Visual: effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas
Empirical and Quantitative Skills: to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Discussions, writing assignment, laboratory, peer activities
Exams, written performance based assessment, laboratory evaluations
Teamwork: to include the ability to consider different point of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared goal.
Writing Assignment’s requirement
Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competency, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Writing Assignment’s requirement
Personal Responsibility: to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Writing Assignment and Cultural discussions
Writing Assignment’s requirement
* Required core areas for this course.
O Optional core areas for this course.
- COURSE OUTLINE
The comprehensive Class schedule will be posted on Blackboard by the end of the first week of classes.
Descriptions and nationalities
Academic subjects and student life
Ch. 1-4 & Core competencies
- EXAMS AND MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS
Quizzes: These assess learning of course material. Located in Blackboard as well as further details.
EXAM POLICY: Two exams will be given for this course: one partial exam, and a comprehensive final. The exams are approximately 110 minutes in length each. All exams will only be given during the allotted time. Each exam includes, but it is not limited to, multiple choice, filling-the-blank, and written response.
Prepare for the exams. One attempt only for each exam. No aides are allowed. Once begun, each exam must be finished. There are no make-ups. Exams must be proctored appropriately.
ORAL ASSIGNMENT: It includes linguistic and discourse competence as well as visuals, neatness, and creativity at the appropriate level. The Oral Assignment module in Blackboard includes everything on how to complete and present/submit your presentation.
WRITING ASSIGNMENT: It includes Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, and Team Work core competencies. The Writing Assignment module in Blackboard includes everything on how to complete and submit your paper.
myspanishlab.COM: In addition to containing homework assignments (laboratory), it provides all resources to assist students to be successful in this course.
- POLICIES ABOUT COURSEWORK AND DEADLINES
Students are expected to obtain the required textbook with the Access Code and log-in on the first day of classes to become acquainted with this course’s assignments, set a plan to complete them by their deadlines, and begin their course work promptly.
Students are expected to have a reliable computer that can access the Internet and the course websites (i.e., MyBlackboard and mySpanishlab) or they can access the Internet through the computers in computer labs on campus, or at their local library. Technical problems, such as slow or no Internet connection at home, WILL NOT be a valid excuse for late work
Neither late work nor makeup exams will be accepted, unless a valid excuse (with proper documentation) is approved by the instructor. All missed work and exams will receive a grade of zero (F).
- GRADING SUMMARY
Your grade is based on the points you received on all course assignments and activities. Always notify your instructor if you are concerned with your grades or your status in the class.
I.…..Incomplete. No Incompletes or “I” grades will be given, except for extreme circumstances. If an “I” grade is assigned and the course work is not completed by the pre-arranged time limit, this grade will convert to an “F”.
- WITHDRAWING FROM CLASS/COLLEGE
It is recommended that the student talk to the instructor before withdrawing. Current course withdrawal information can be found in the printed version of the ACC Schedule for this semester or online at ACC Course Withdrawal Instructions. Students who file withdrawal requests by the published deadline and have not exceeded the withdrawal maximum will receive a grade of W.
Six Drop Limit
The Texas Legislature passed a ruling that limits the number of classes a student can drop during their years as an undergraduate student to six. This policy applies to any student who was a first time college freshmen fall, 2007, or later, who attends a Texas public institution of higher education. Courses dropped while attending a private or out of state college do not count toward the six drop limit. For further information, refer to the ACC Catalog or contact Student Services.
- GRADE APPEAL PROCESS
Students have one year from the date of the grade assignment to challenge a grade. Refer to the grade appeal process as published in the ACC Catalog at http://www.alvincollege.edu/Programs-Degrees/Course-Catalogs.
- CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
Alvin Community College students are required to attend classes. If an absence is unavoidable, the student is responsible for completing all work missed during the absence. Instructors will not withdraw students for non-attendance, except in developmental courses. Absences in excess of two weeks are to be reported to the Office of Advising Services, along with appropriate recommendations. Departments and faculty may have other attendance policies for their course
- CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND HONESTY
Alvin Community College students are members of an institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through a formalized program of instruction and learning. At the heart of this endeavor, lie the core values of academic integrity which include honesty, truth, and freedom from lies and fraud. Because personal integrity is important in all aspects of life, students at Alvin Community College are expected to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity both in and out of the classroom. Incidents of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and students guilty of such conduct are subject to severe disciplinary measures.
Copying, distributing, sharing, and/or posting exams/quizzes’ content anywhere is considered academic dishonesty as well as copyright violation and will not be tolerated.
- CLASSROOM PROTOCOL
It is the right of each student to participate in his or her learning, and it is the responsibility of each student to not interfere with the learning of other students. It is the expectation of the college that each student assumes the responsibility to follow college policies and procedures governing classroom conduct on campus and online. This information is published in the ACC Student Handbook.
- EVALUATION OF INSTRUCTION
Alvin Community College is dedicated to student success. As part of its ongoing improvement efforts, students will provide input for each course prior to the end of the semester enrolled. Evaluations will be completed in either online or paper format as directed by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Research.
- ACC ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
The ACC Tutoring/Learning Lab, located upstairs in building A, provides students with a variety of services including tutoring (math, writing, and other disciplines); computers and printers; and tables/carrels. Call 281-756-3566 or visit the ACC Tutoring/Learning Lab Website for more information.
The ACC Library is an excellent source for research and writing help. Quiet rooms are available for studying and doing class work. For more information, visit the ACC Library Website or call 281-756-3559.
ACC Counseling Services assist students with issues that may negatively impact academic success. To contact a counselor, call the office of Advising Services at 281-756-353.
Americans with Disabilities Act
ACC complies with ADA and 504 Federal guidelines by affording equal access to individuals who are seeking an education. Students who have a disability and would like classroom accommodations must register first with the Office of Disability Services, A 136, or call 281-756-3533. Instructors are not able to provide accommodations until the proper process has been followed.
Assessment and Care Team (ACT)
The Assessment and Care Team is committed to improving community safety through a proactive, collaborative, coordinated, objective, and thoughtful approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention and management of situations that pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community. To educate and empower all members of the College community, resources and procedures are in place to prevent, deter, and respond to concerns regarding acts of violence. Alvin Community College offers assistance to departments and individuals in detecting indicators for concern and resources to protect themselves and their environments.
The Alvin Community College ACT accepts reports regarding any individual or incident at any time through an online referral form on the Assessment and Care Team page at http://www.alvincollege.edu/ACT, direct email to: ACareTeam@alvincollege.edu, or by contacting the Alvin Community College Police Department at 281-756-3700 or 832-250-3365 (after hours).
WEBACCESS, Passwords or ACC Computer Lab Information: If you experience problems with WebACCess, please call the Help Desk at 281-756-3544 or email email@example.com.
- MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AND SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES
As a student, you may experience a range of challenges that can interfere with learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, substance use, feeling down, difficulty concentrating, and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may diminish your academic performance and/or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. Advising services employs two Licensed Professional Counselors who can assist students with issues that negatively impact academic success. Consultation and referrals are confidential. The Counseling Referral form is located at: http://www.alvincollege.edu/CounselingServices.aspx
If you or someone you know at ACC feels overwhelmed, hopeless, depressed, and/or is thinking about dying by suicide, supportive services are available by requests at the Enrollment Services Center or by calling 281-756-3531, ask for a Counselor. You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255. This is a 24 hour, toll free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crises or emotional distress. If, however, you or someone you know is in an immediate crisis, go to the nearest Emergency Room, or call 911.
(The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus as needed and will notify the students of any changes using email or Blackboard.)