Spanish Lower Level Course Policies

Information

Your instructor will provide the following information:
Instructor name
Office location
Email Address
Telephone number
Office hours for students
Course name and number
Semester and year

Pre-requisites

Consult the FLL Placement page for additional information on placement and lower division language course requirements as well as information on AP, IB and SAT II scores. Transfer credit is allowed for meeting pre-requisites but the pre-requisite course must be posted on the student's degree audit. See FLL Placement page for details.

  • FLS 101: There are no pre-requisites. This is a beginning course and students who have previously studied Spanish should enroll in it ONLY if their score on the university placement test is 0-166.
  • FLS 102: FLS 101 or placement test score of 286-345.
  • FLS 105: There are no pre-requisites, but students should understand that this is an intensive 6-hour course that requires a significant commitment of time in class and out of class each week.
  • FLS 110: Placement test score of 167-285.
  • FLS 201: FLS 102 (110 or 105) or placement test score of 346-424.
  • FLS 202: FLS 201 or placement test score of 425-547.

Credit Hours and GEP

FLS 101, 102, 110, and 201 are 3-hour courses. FLS 105 is a 6-hour course. FLS 101, 102, 105, 110, and 201 do not fulfill university General Education Program requirements. 

Grading

The final course grade will be calculated using the following formula:

  • 30% Chapter tests: Four or five chapter tests that will include listening comprehension as well as chapter vocabulary and structures.
  • 10% Assessment of oral communication skills: Each student must complete one in-class presentation of approximately 10 sentences on a topic treated in one of the chapters covered in the course and which includes recently studied vocabulary and structures. It is not necessary that students memorize the complete presentation but presentations must be well prepared and practiced and they must be presented with minimal use of notes. Each student must also complete one oral interview/conversation with the instructor, addressing one or more topics covered in the course and including appropriate vocabulary and structures. Students are advised to prepare for the interviews using recommended activities from the text and supplementary materials but they are not to prepare a script. Click here to see grading rubrics.
  • 30% Preparation and participation: The grade will be calculated on the basis of 300 points, congruent with its value of 30% of the final grade.125 points (~42%) will be allotted for the MindTap activities, based on timely and thorough completion according to the syllabus, accuracy, and time spent. 175 points (~58%) will be allotted for daily performance in the course including preparation of other assigned material prior to coming to class and active participation in class. Students will accumulate points each day of class based on attendance, preparedness, involvement in activities, and overall engagement in the class. Click here to see the rubric that will be used for awarding points each day. In MWF classes, a maximum of 4 points per day can be earned, a maximum of 6 points per day can be earned in a TH or MW class, and a maximum of 7 points per day can be earned in a summer session class. Please note that electronic devices may be used only for class-related activities as indicated by the class instructor. Using a device for other activities during class will result in reduction of your participation grade. You must bring your textbook (electronic or traditional) to class each day if your instructor requires that.
  • 30% Final exam: The final exam is comprehensive and common exams are given in FLS 101, 102, 105, 110, and 201. Exams will be given according to the university final exam schedule and policies (scroll down to see important Notes). An "Expectation Sheet" which provides students with the format of the final exam will be available the last week of classes on the Common Final Exam page. Instructors will not distribute hard copies of this document. Instructors and students must follow the university final exam policies and procedures. See additional information under Final Exams below.
  • Instructors will use the plus/minus grading system. For more information consult the grading policy of NC State University.
  • A+ = 97.0-100, A = 93.0-96.9, A- = 90.0-92.9
    B+ = 87.0-89.9, B = 83.0-86.9, B- = 80.0-82.9
    C+ = 77.0-79.9, C = 73.0-76.9, C- = 70.0-72.9
    D+ = 67.0-69.9, D = 63.0-66.9, D- = 60.0-62.9
    F = 59.9 and below

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory because of the nature of the course. In FLS 102, 105, 110, and 201 more than three unexcused absences in a MWF class and more than two unexcused absences in a TH, MW or a summer class is considered excessive and four points will be deducted from the final course grade, based on a 100 point total, when a student reaches that level. An additional point will be deducted for each subsequent unexcused absence. In order for an absence to be excused, documentation of an absence that falls into a category listed at class attendance regulations #3 must be provided within one week of the absence. The students may be asked to use absence-verification@ncsu.edu. Please consult class attendance regulations for additional information. Submission of falsified or inaccurate information regarding attendance will be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

Academic Integrity

All instructors of foreign languages at NC State take very seriously the principle of academic integrity. (See sections 7-13 of the Code of Student Conduct, accessible from the web site of the Office of Student Conduct.) Regardless of discipline, honest and rigorous scholarship is at the foundation of a Research Intensive institution. You are expected to have read the NC State Code of Student Conduct. You and your instructor will follow both the spirit and letter of the code. You will have the opportunity to attest to this explicitly in writing on several occasions, however, by turning in any assignment, you are attesting to that work being your own, and completed according to the honor code. NOTE: It is not possible, nor should it be necessary, to list all acceptable and unacceptable behaviors associated with a foreign language class but it should be clear that copying from another student, using an electronic or online translator, consulting with an individual who has skills in the language, and engaging in other similar activities related to work that is submitted as your own are strictly prohibited. Work that is submitted as your own and is not will receive a grade of 0 and will be reported as an Honor Code violation. Although you must complete and turn in your own work, you are encouraged to work with others in preparing and completing many of the course assignments (quizzes, compositions, and tests being the primary exceptions). Your instructor will indicate which assignments may not be completed together. Please understand that the copying or sharing of answers, from another student or from an answer key, etc., is NOT WORKING together and IS in violation of the honor code. Also, during testing, looking at another student's test/quiz is also in violation of the Code of Student Conduct for these courses. See Guidelines for Working with a Tutor below for additional information.

Guidelines for Working with a Tutor:

1. “Tutor” is a synonym for teacher. A student who works with a tutor should receive supplemental instruction, review of material covered in class and, perhaps, guidance with some homework activities. The tutor, however, is no more than a guide or a teacher. The tutor absolutely must not complete any work for a student and must only guide or assist the student by helping him or her discover answers, never by giving answers.

2. The tutor should direct the student to pages in the textbook that address topics that are challenging for the student so the student can review those items. The tutor should ask the student to summarize information to check his or her understanding.

3. For assistance with close-ended practice activities such as fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice and the like, the student should do the activity and the tutor should give feedback on incorrect answers by pointing out an error and providing information about the type of error that has been made. The tutor can help the student understand the error and why it was made, and the tutor can assist the student as the student (not the tutor) works to identify the correct answer.

4. For open-ended practice activities, the student should attempt to complete each item and, in the case of an error, the tutor should give feedback on the type of error that has been made and provide guidance on how to address it. The tutor should not simply give a correction.

5. In the case of original written work that a student is to submit for a grade, a tutor may not assist a student. Before writing the assignment, the student can ask a tutor a general question about a grammar topic or vocabulary item that he or she wishes to include but that is the extent of acceptable consultation. The tutor must not read or review the work that the student has prepared in order to provide feedback. The work must be original work of the student with no assistance from a tutor.

Make-up Work

Students who do not complete assignments on time and/or do not take tests on time will be penalized if prior permission is not obtained from the instructor.

Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with the Disability Resource Office (Holmes Hall Suite 304). For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.01). 

Tutoring

Please see this page https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/tutoring.php for information on tutoring that is offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Electronically-hosted Course Components

Students may be required to disclose personally identifiable information to other students in the course, via electronic tools like email or web postings, where relevant to the course. Examples include online discussions of class topics, and posting of student coursework. All students are expected to respect the privacy of each other by not sharing or using such information outside the course.

NC State University Policies, Regulations and Rules

Students are responsible for reviewing the PRRs which pertain to their course rights and responsibilities. These include: http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-04-25-05 (Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy Statement),
http://oied.ncsu.edu/home/ (Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity),
http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-11-35-01 (Code of Student Conduct),
http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-50-03 (Grades and Grade Point Average), https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-15 (Credit-Only Courses),
http://catalog.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/academicpoliciesandprocedures/courses/creditonlyandaudit/ (Audits), and
http://catalog.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/academicpoliciesandprocedures/courses/grading/ (Incompletes).

Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Classes

University policies on adding, dropping and withdrawing from classes apply to Lower Division Spanish classes. The calendars linked to the Registration and Records homepage indicate the dates for these actions and an explanation of policies is posted at http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-02.

Final Exams

As noted on each syllabus, the exam date for a course is determined by the university exam calendar. The date can only be changed if a student has three exams in a 24-hour period as defined by the policy posted at https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-14 #5 and the student presents documentation from the Department of Registration and Records. Very important note: Exam days and times may not be changed to accommodate a student’s travel plans, personal preferences or perceived needs. In addition, exams cannot be taken before the date they are scheduled on the exam calendar.

Class Evaluations

Online class evaluations will be available for students to complete during the last two weeks of class. Students will receive an email message directing them to a website where they can login using their Unity ID and complete evaluations. All evaluations are confidential; instructors will never know how any one student responded to any question, and students will never know the ratings for any particular instructors.
Evaluation website: https://classeval.ncsu.edu
Student help desk: classeval@ncsu.edu

Career Services for Humanities and Social Sciences Majors

Career Services https://www.ncsu.edu/students/career-services/ are available through the Career Development Center, 2100 Pullen Hall. https://careers.ncsu.edu/ Make appointments through ePACK https://ncsu-csm.symplicity.com/students/