FLS 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
FLS 202 - Intermediate Spanish II focuses on the development of communicative abilities at the intermediate level of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language proficiency scale, with an integrated skills approach (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and additional emphasis on knowledge and competence in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Includes written and oral assignments of language structures and vocabulary. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Closed to native speakers of Spanish.
ENLACES second edition. José A. Blanco and C. Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch
Vista Higher Learning, 2018
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Development of communicative abilities at the intermediate level of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language proficiency scale, with an integrated skills approach [reading, writing, speaking, listening] and additional emphasis on knowledge and competence in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Includes written and oral assignments of language structures and vocabulary. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Closed to native speakers of Spanish.
At the end of the course, students will be able to...
- produce sentence-level oral discourse in Spanish and begin to connect sentences together.
- compose short written products of up to one full page.
- demonstrate listening and reading comprehension of formal and informal Spanish in familiar contexts.
- interpret main ideas and some supporting details contained in Spanish language audio, video, and reading passages of up to several minutes or several pages in length.
- communicate about literary, cultural, and other academic topics in Spanish with accuracy reflective of at least the Intermediate level on the Oral Proficiency Scale of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Attendance and class participation: 15%
Oral assessment: 15% (One presentation, One conversation, 7.5% each)
Compositions: 10% (One with letter format, One using and citing sources, 5% each)
Tests: 25% (5 Chapter tests, 5% each)
Final exam: 20%
Plus/minus grading will be employed.
A+ = 97.0-100, A = 93.0-96.9, A- = 90.0-92.9
B+ = 88.0-89.9, B = 83.0-87.9, B- = 80.0-82.9
C+ = 78.0-79.9, C = 73.0-77.9, C- = 70.0-72.9
D+ = 68.0-69.9, D = 63.0-67.9, D- = 60.0-62.9
F = 59.9 and below
Preparation and Participation
Preparation and practice are essential for success in learning a foreign language. Your Homework grade and your Attendance and class participation grade will take into account your timely and thorough completion of all assignments, your daily attendance (arriving on time and remaining present throughout the class), your contributions to all class activities (individual work, group work, whole class activities), and your productive interaction with your classmates and instructor.
Grading Rubric for Preparation and Participation Grade
- A Student completes all assignments before class and comes to class fully prepared, bringing proper materials, arriving on time and staying the full length of the class. Student is attentive and frequently volunteers to participate. Student is actively involved in all class activities and stays on task in group work. Any questions or comments are pertinent.
- B Student completes assignments before class and almost always comes to class fully prepared. Student is always attentive, participates actively in all activities and volunteers during most class periods. Student asks only pertinent questions.
- C Student may show evidence of being unprepared on occasion. Student may arrive late or leave early in some instances. Student may not volunteer frequently and may not participate fully in all activities. Student may ask questions that would not be necessary with proper preparation for class or attentiveness in class.
- D Student is unprepared and/or inattentive. Student rarely volunteers and demonstrates a lack of involvement in class activities. Student may not stay on task in group work and may ask unnecessary or inappropriate questions.
- F Student does not attend class or, if in attendance, student exhibits lack of concern for the class. His or her behavior may have a negative effect on the class.
Attendance is mandatory because of the nature of the course. Your instructor and your classmates depend on you to be present every day to take part in class activities designed for the participation of all students. Participation grades are given every day. Any unexcused absence, therefore, will have a negative effect on your participation grade. If you miss more than three classes in a Mon/Wed/Fri class and more than two classes in a Tues/Th or Mon/Wed class without presenting university-approved documentation for the absences, your final course grade will be lowered by four points. For each additional class that you miss without university-approved documentation, your final course grade will be lowered by one additional point. 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. Students may be asked to use email@example.com. Please consult class attendance regulations for additional information.
Major Tests and Compositions
There will be five major tests. The first will cover one chapter and each of the other two will cover two chapters. Dates are on the syllabus and formats will be provided. No grades will be dropped. Two compositions will be required, based on assignments clearly explained by your instructor. Each will be at least one full page (250 words minimum, 12-point type, double-spaced, 1-inch margins). The first will be in the form of a letter and the second will require the correct use and citation of sources. A grading rubric will be provided at the time each composition is assigned. Due dates will be chosen and announced by the instructor. Compositions will not be accepted after the due date without documentation of a university-approved absence. No grades will be dropped.
Each student will be graded on one in-class oral presentation and one out-of-class conversation with the instructor. The instructor will provide guidelines and grading rubrics before students prepare for and perform their oral work. The instructor will provide specific information about scheduling presentations and conversations.
Foreign language final exams are by nature comprehensive but the final exam will emphasize particular material from the course. A format will be provided so students will have the information they need in order to prepare appropriately.
All students are expected to complete assignments and take tests on time and should not expect to make up missed work or complete assignments late without a penalty. Documentation of a university-approved absence must be presented in order for late work to be accepted and make-up work to be offered without penalty.
Instructors of FLS 202 take academic integrity very seriously and expect students to do so. Please see Code of Student Conduct (POL 11.35.01) for important information regarding academic integrity. The Code of Student Conduct must be followed and violations will be reported. Students will be required to sign the honor pledge on each test and must type the honor pledge (“I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance on this test or assignment.”) on each composition and sign it. 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. Although you must complete and turn in your own work, you may work with other students in preparing and completing some of the course assignments (quizzes, compositions, preparation of presentations, and tests being the primary exceptions). Your instructor will indicate which assignments may and may not be completed together. Note: 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 is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct for this course. See Guidelines for Working with a Tutor (PDF) for additional information.