Fall 2012         Spanish 1A: Elementary Spanish (Sect. 2) (4 units) (Course Call #81422)


MTWR, 11:00-11:50, Mariposa Hall 2005


Dr. Edward Baranowski

Office: 2039 Mariposa Hall      Phone: 916-278-6336

Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-3:30, Thursdays 4:30-6:00, or by appointment for other times.


Faculty webpage:

Department of Foreign Languages webpage:


Course textbook and materials


1. Dos mundos, (7th ed). Tracy D. Terrell, Magdalena Andrade, Jeanne Egasse, Elías Miguel Muñoz. 2009. (Dos Mundos website:


2. Dictionary.

Catalog description

Beginning Spanish language with primary emphasis on the development of audio-lingual skills. Attention will also be given to the interrelatedness of language and civilization and culture. Additional attention will be given to the development of reading and writing. Students will be expected to spend several hours per week in the language laboratory. Not recommended for students with any previous study of Spanish. 4 units.

Course Objectives


At the end of this semester you can reasonably expect to be able to understand and communicate in the following areas:


·         You and the other students in the classroom setting: Names, colors, clothing, description of people, classroom commands, classroom objects, body parts, numbers 0-100 and age, greetings and leave-taking

·         Family and favorite activities: Immediate family, possession, languages and nationalities, favorite activities and sports

·         Preferences: Making plans, classes, days of the week, preferences, weather

·         Activities: Places in a city or university, daily activities, foods, origins

·         Daily life and holidays: Holidays and celebrations, daily routine, states of being and emotions


Method of Instruction


The course is conducted entirely in Spanish using the following elements and techniques:


·         Lecture/presentation

·         Daily oral activities (pair/group activities)

·         Discussion

·         Assigned readings and exercises

·         Student-teacher interaction

·         The study of Spanish-speaking countries’ culture

·         The use of transparencies, pictures, cards, music, videos



Grade Breakdown  


·   4 chapter exams                                 55% (10% for Exam 1, 15% for the other three)

·   1 oral exam the last week of class       5%                                 

·   1 final exam                                    20%             

·   Homework                                        10%                                  

·   Attendance and Class Participation    10%


Scores are rounded up or down, i.e., 82.5 will be considered an 83, but 82.25 will be an 82.

Grades are kept in numerical form until the end of the course, at which time they are averaged to determine the final letter grade (93-100= A, 90-92= A-, 87-89= B+, 83-86= B, 80-82= B-, 77-79= C+, 73-76= C, 70-72= C-, 67-69= D+, 64-66= D, 60-63= D-, and below 60= F.




There will be 4 chapter exams for this course, an oral exam, and also a final exam. Each exam will have the following parts: listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension, culture, vocabulary and writing. Exams will be mainly based on the material covered in class from Dos Mundos and any additional information (handouts, extra activities, etc.) provided by the instructor in class. Each exam will include vocabulary and grammar from previous chapters that you must be able to understand and apply. 


Please note the day of the exams on the course calendar. The day and time of the final exam for this class is Monday, December 10th, from 10:15AM-12:15PM. All exams must be taken when scheduled and not at other times—No exceptions!




Guidelines for turning in homework:


a.       Read and understand what you are supposed to do and use a dictionary.

b.      Write out all homework on a new, clean sheet of paper. Do NOT combine it with class notes or other assignments. Identify your homework on the top right-hand corner:  Name, date, chapter number, exercise and page number. Example:


            Nombre: John Doe

            Fecha: 2 de octubre de 2008

            Capítulo 5, ejercicio 1, página 204


c.       Your homework should include questions and answers.  Any homework that only has the answers will not be graded (that is, I will mark it as ''Incomplete'' and you will get a zero on that homework assignment.) Self-correct your work using a different-colored pen by viewing the answer key in the back of the text.

d.      I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE HOMEWORK because I will drop two homework assignments. The assignment must be turned in during class, not later in the day.

e.       I will not collect all the homework assignments, but you should prepare all of them before class meets.  If you are not ready in class when we go over the exercises that were assigned as homework, you will lose points in participation.


Attendance and Class Participation


In order to get full points, you must:


·         Avoid excessive absences and tardiness. Obviously, if you are not in class, you cannot participate.

·         Come to class fully prepared.

·         Volunteer to participate in all activities.

·         Turn off your cell phone, your laptop, IPod, and pager.

·         Refrain from texting, sleeping in class, getting up excessively, coming late, leaving early,

            being distracted by your cell phone, IPod, etc.


Participation includes your preparation for class (doing the homework) and your willingness to participate in all class activities, such as conversations with your instructor or with classmates during pair/group work.  The class period is devoted to speaking Spanish rather than speaking about the language, therefore, your preparation for class is very important.


You are responsible for preparing the scheduled material BEFORE coming to class. This implies careful preparation of all assigned homework and material from the text, including grammar explanations and corresponding exercises.  


Attendance Policy


Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting. Due to the nature and intensity of language courses, the emphasis on oral practice, participation, and the pace of the course, attendance is mandatory.  Regular attendance at all class meetings is expected and is very important for your success, since everything that is said or done in class is considered “test material”. The course meets four days per week and all students are expected to arrive on time and participate actively for the entire class session.  Chronic tardiness and absences will affect your attendance grade.


You are allowed to miss FOUR classes for the entire semester, and do not have to give any reason for them. If you are absent more than four times during this semester, one point will be deducted from your final grade starting with the 5th absence. For example, if you miss seven times, you will lose three points off your attendance grade and final grade. If you know that you cannot be on time for this class or are going to be missing more than four times, drop this class now and take it at another time when you don’t have any conflicts.


Group Work and Scholastic Honesty


Working with other students is an extremely effective means of studying and not everyone in the group needs to be at the same proficiency level. Get together with other students to practice conversation or to help each other understand the grammar explanations. Make sure, however, that you do not simply copy another student’s work and turn it in as your own. Turning in work that you did not write, for which you had considerable direct help from someone else, or that has been translated by a translation service or computer program will be considered cheating. Anyone copying from others, allowing others to copy their work, or using fraudulently-obtained information will receive an F in this class and will be reported to the Student Affairs Office.

How not to plagiarize:  Go to


Classroom Courtesy


Please turn off all laptops, pagers, IPods and cellular phones while in the classroom. When your professor is talking, you and other students need to listen. When your professor provides time for pair and/or group work, you need to work with your partner or group. This is not the time to talk to your professor about matters unrelated to the assigned activity, work on other assignments or talk in a language other than Spanish: these matters must be handled after class, during office hours, or by appointment. You will be asked to leave if you engage in disruptive behavior.


Class Procedure and General Goals


The primary focus of this first semester of Spanish is to develop your ability to understand native spoken and written Spanish and to increase your skill at expressing yourself in basic everyday situations. Listening comprehension and speaking are the basis for the sound acquisition of a foreign language. As a child learning your first language, you had lots of time to listen before you attempted to speak. Don’t be impatient with yourself when you find that you can understand far more than you can produce. That is only natural—your speaking and writing abilities will always lag slightly behind your ability to understand.


You cannot expect to acquire native-like competence in a foreign language in one or two years. You can, however, expect to be able to communicate with native speakers of Spanish even though you make mistakes. The goal of this course is communicative competence, not oral grammatical perfection. Grammatical perfection in writing, however--for example, in written homework, quizzes, and tests--is possible and will make your understanding and practice of the language easier as time goes by.  Therefore, it is recommended that you spend time learning and memorizing the forms covered in class.  This class will use speaking, listening, reading and writing activities to enhance your grasp of vocabulary and to provide you with opportunities to express yourself in Spanish.


Special Needs


The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) offers a wide range of support services and accommodations to students based on appropriate documentation, the nature of the disability, and academic need in order to ensure equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals. In order to initiate services, students must submit medical or professional documentation to SSWD, Lassen 1008, (916) 278-6955. See details in the SSWD webpage at Before course accommodations can be made, a student needs to request accommodation from SSWD and provide a letter to the instructor from them. Please discuss your accommodations needs with me during my office hours early in the semester.



Spanish 1A Tentative Course Calendar (Fall 2012)







Week 1


Week 9


August 27


October 22

Chapter 2

August 28

Paso A

October 23

Exam 3 (Chapter 2)

August 29

Paso A

October 24

Chapter 3

August 30

Paso A

October 25

Chapter 3

Week 2


Week 10


September 3

Labor Day—No class

October 29

Chapter 3

September 4

Paso B

October 30

Chapter 3

September 5

Paso B

October 31

Chapter 3

September 6

Paso B

November 1

Chapter 3

Week 3


Week 11


September 10

Exam 1 (Pasos A-B)

November 5

Chapter 3

September 11

Paso C

November 6

Chapter 3

September 12

Paso C

November 7

Chapter 3

September 13

Paso C

November 8

Exam 4 (Chapter 3)

Week 4


Week 12


September 17

Chapter 1

November 12

Veteran’s Day—No class

September 18

Chapter 1

November 13

Chapter 4

September 19

Chapter 1

November 14

Chapter 4

September 20

Chapter 1

November 15

Chapter 4

Week 5


Week 13


September 24

Chapter 1

November 19

Chapter 4

September 25

Chapter 1

November 20

Chapter 4

September 26

Chapter 1

November 21

Chapter 4

September 27

Chapter 1

November 22

Thanksgiving Day—No class

Week 6


Week 14


October 1

Chapter 1

November 26

Chapter 4

October 2

Chapter 1

November 27

Chapter 4

October 3

Exam 2 (Paso C-Chapter 1)

November 28

Chapter 4

October 4

Chapter 2

November 29

Chapter 4

Week 7


Week 15


October 8

Chapter 2

December  3

Oral Exams—No class

October 9

Chapter 2

December  4

Oral Exams—No class

October 10

Chapter 2

December  5


October 11

Chapter 2

December  6


Week 8




October 15

Chapter 2

Monday, 12/10

Final Exam

October 16

Chapter 2



October 17

Chapter 2



October 18

Chapter 2





Spanish 1A Student Data Sheet (Please fill out and bring to first class.)



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Year in school: ________________________________


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