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1. Course Number/Name: SPN-1001-01

Course Syllabus Elementary Spanish I                           

1.1 Day/Time: SPN-1001-01 Monday, August 19, 2013 - Tuesday, December 18, 2013; M-T-W-R, 9:00 - 9:50 AM
1.2. Semesters offered: Fall, Spring

2. Instructor Information:

2.1 Name: Anna Marie Pietrolonardo         

2.2 Preferred method of communication: campus e-mail

2.2.1 E-mail address: anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu         Flag of Spain 

2.3 Office: A-316                                                                                     


2.4.1 Office Hours in A316

2.4.2 MTWR 8:30-9:00 AM, MW 11:15 AM-12:15 PM, and TR 11:45 AM-12:15 PM, or by appointment

2.5 Telephone: (815) 224 – 0250

2.6 FAX: (815) 224 – 3033

2.7 Web site: http://www.ivcc.edu/pietrolonardo/

3. Required text and materials

3.1. Text - Plazas - Lugar de encuentros with Heinle Learning Center*, 4th edition.

Robert Hershberger, Susan Navey-Davis, Guiomar Borrás A.

ISBN: 978-0-495-91379-5, Boston: Thomson-Heinle, 2012.
* This is an electronic book key code included with the text in a course text bundle in the IVCC Book Store

3.1.2 It is essential that you purchase the correct "text bundle" that includes the textbook and the Quia/Heinle Learning Center Student Book Code. Contact the IVCC Bookstore to make your purchase before class begins.

3.1.3 Do not purchase a "used" text book with the idea of saving money. The Heinle Learning Center book code that comes as part of the text bundle is not transferable from original owner to subsequent book owners, and it is the most significant part of the expense of the text bundle.

3.1.4 Remember, if you are planning to also take SPN-1002, do not sell your book back at the end of the semester. Both the text and the Heinle book code are good for BOTH semesters of Elementary Spanish SPN-1001 AND SPN-1002. You will have NO additional expense for texts for the second semester.


3.2  BlackBoard Course Shell

4. Course description

4.1  An elementary Spanish course designed to foster development of the four essential skills of language acquisition: comprehension of spoken Spanish, reading comprehension, speaking and writing, through resources available in the instructor’s Black Board course; faculty web page; an Internet-based platform for electronic text book, videos, work book and laboratory manual; and several hyperlinks to diverse resources provided by the instructor . The student will develop, review and expand skills acquired through assigned study and will collaborate with other learners to develop projects, write journals and participate in discussions. Daytime and evening blended sections and a fully online section are also available.

5. Expected learning outcomes

5.1 Upon completion of the class, student will be able to

5.1.1. Speak comprehensibly in the target language [TL].

5.1.2 Comprehend statements spoken in the TL.

5.1.3 Demonstrate comprehension of readings in the TL.

5.1.4 Write comprehensibly in the TL.

5.1.5 Demonstrate elementary knowledge of the global Hispanic culture.

5.1.6 Demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.


5.2 Outcome 1 - Student will speak comprehensibly in the target language .

5.2.1 Competency 1.1 Begin, sustain and close a brief conversation.

5.2.2 Competency 1.2 Ask and answer questions.

5.2.3 Competency 1.3 Speak in brief, but complete sentences.

5.2.4 Outcome 2 - Student will comprehend statements spoken in the TL.

5.2.5 Competency 2.1 Understand classroom instructions.

5.2.6 Competency 2.2 Understand classmates when they speak in TL during class activities.

5.2.7 Competency 2.3 Understand the main ideas in native speaker conversations during class activities.

5.3 Outcome 3 - Student will demonstrate comprehension of readings in the TL.

5.3.1 Competency 3.1 Guess the meaning of unknown words through cognate recognition, prefixes and suffixes and context clues.

5.3.2 Competency 3.2 Comprehend authentic materials containing basic vocabulary for thematic units studied.

5.3.3 Competency 3.3 Comprehend the main ideas in readings about material studied in class.

5.4 Outcome 4 - Student will write comprehensibly in the TL.

5.4.1 Competency 4.1 Write same information as oral exercises in class.

5.4.2 Competency 4.2 Write elementary paragraphs and narratives that could be understood by a native speaker.

5.5 Outcome 5 - Student will demonstrate elementary knowledge of global Hispanic culture.

5.5.1 Competency 5.1 Recognize and discuss cultural differences in material studied in class.

5.5.2 Competency 5.2 Understand origins of customs and traditions in other cultures.

5.5.3 Competency 5.3 Understand origins of customs and traditions in student's own culture.

5.6 Outcome 6 - Student will demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

5.6.1 Competency 6.1 Examine and reflect on personal and civic values and responsibilities in the global community.

5.6.2 Competency 6.2 Understand and develop sensitivity to language, values, customs and traditions of others.


6. Accommodation statement

6.1 If you need support or assistance because of a physical, psychiatric or cognitive disability you may be eligible for academic accommodations through the Special Populations office. Stop by office B-204 or call (815) 224-0284.

7. Virtual Attendance Policy

7.1 This is a fully online class.

7.2 Students are expected to complete all requirements described in the Course Outline according to the Schedule of Assignments. The course assignments are presented in module format. Each module is opened in two week intervals. Grades are reported shortly after the end of each module in the Black Board grade book.

7.3  If, for any reason, you cannot meet an assignment deadline, it is your responsibility to notify me by e-mail [in advance of the due date if possible], and to obtain information about any work that you need to make up from your course outline, from my web site or from a classmate.

7.4 Late work may be excused at the discretion of the professor.

7.4.1Any unexcused late work will result in the lowering of the project grade by one letter grade.

7.5   Quizzes and other assessments missed because of unexcused absences may not be made up later.

8. Assessment of student learning

8.1 Summative Assessments - These assessments measure student progress against course objectives and contribute to the course grade.

8.1.1 Participation in class assignments Participation in class activities is important to your success in a world language class. I shall take note each week of student participation levels. A participation score will be recorded at the end of each module. 

8.1.13 By being prepared and willingly participating in class activities, you can earn maximum participation points. Likewise, lack of participation in activities and discussions will adversely affect your final grade. Counter-productive behaviors, such as, but not limited to- speaking out of turn, chatting off-task to the point of distracting classmates and/or disrupting the class by continually speaking in English in class instead of the target language [TL] will be adversely reflected in your final course grade.

8.1.2 Reflective Journals Each reflective journal entry will consist of five complete sentences written in the TL in response to a given prompt. Reflective journals in the fully online class are incorporated into each module as the final assignment before the quiz.

8.1.3 Homework per module - 50 points Includes, but is not limited to Work done by student in text, Heinle Learning Center and/or Black Board to acquire knowledge Minimum two hours per week in the Heinle Learning Center and/or BlackBoard activities  in addition to Module Activities.

8.1.4 Four quizzes - each 100 points Quizzes are incorporated into module activities.

8.1.5 Capstone Performance - 100 points
1.5.1    Students will work individually to prepare a project according to an assigned theme during Module 5. The project will provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate successful completion of the course objectives, with particular emphasis on Objectives One and Four - Speaking and Writing.

8.1.6 Final Cumulative Oral Examination - 100 points

8.1.7 Final Cumulative Written Examination  100 points

8.1.8 Rubric for Final Cumulative Oral Examination
Listening comprehension [15]                                               __________

Is there negotiation of meaning between learners to establish comprehension? Is the learner’s response appropriate to the context?

Fluency and completeness of response [15]             __________

Did the learner respond fluently or haltingly? Were there long pauses in the learner’s speech? Did the learner use complete sentences? Did the learner provide many details?

Pronunciation [20]                                                      __________

Are the sounds that the learners use those of Spanish? Is the influence of English noticeable in the learner’s pronunciation?

Vocabulary [25]                                                          __________

Does the learner use a wide range of vocabulary, or do many words appear to be recycled in response after response? Does the learner respond incompletely or incorrectly due to a lack of appropriate vocabulary?

Grammatical accuracy [25]                                       __________

Is there subject/verb and noun/adjective agreement? Are genders correct? Is adjective placement correct?

Are verb tenses used correctly and appropriately? Is word order correct and logical?

Total                                                                           __________

8.2 Formative Assessments - These assessments are not for grades; instead, they provide information to help students to learn and the instructor to teach.

8.2.1 Pre-Examination - a pre-examination will be administered the first week of class to help determine the level of prior knowledge with the target language [TL]. This examination is not part of the course grade. In online sections, the pre-assessment is incorporated into the Module 1 activities.

8.2.2 Classroom Assessment Techniques [CATs] - In this Online class, these assessments will be administered as part of the Survey after the completion of each module to help determine class acquisition of new material, identify subjects for review and prepare for summative assessments. CATs used include "Clearest/Muddiest", "Minute Paper", "RSQC2" and others. CATs are not taken for a grade. Feedback resulting from CAT administration is reported back to the class in a timely manner to help students learn. In the fully online class section, CATs are administered through the Survey conducted at the end of each module.

9. Grading: Point distribution

9.1 IVCC Grading Scale: <60%=F, 60-69%=D, 70-79%=C, 80-89%=B, 90-100%=A

9.2 SPN-1001-01 Grade Point Calculation




Partner Performance Preliminar 25  
Group Performance 1 25  
Partner Performance 2 25  
Group Performance 3 25  
Partner Performance 4 25  
Partner Performance 5 25  
Group Performance 6 25  
Group Performance 7 25  

Quiz 1



Quiz 2



Quiz 3



Participation Q1



Participation Q2



Homework 1



Homework 2



Homework 3  50  
Homework 4  50  

Journal  1                        



Journal 2



Capstone Performance 100  

Final Oral Examination             



Final Written Examination           






9.3.1 My "Extra Credit Philosophy"
 As a faculty advisor to two IVCC student organizations I am deeply committed to supporting student activities that provide cultural enrichment and opportunities for extra curricular learning. Throughout the semester, I'll post a series of activities that are eligible for extra credit points toward the grade in this course. Some are passive activities such as attending a special event; others are active opportunities to work on a World Language Organization (WLO) project as a volunteer; others are purely academic opportunities to earn points - such as writing an optional essay.

9.3.2 Guidelines for the ethical application of "Extra Credit" opportunities
As an instructor, my two-fold purpose in offering "extra credit" opportunities includes encouragement of students to participate in extra curricular activities at IVCC and provision of a "safety cushion" of points to help counterbalance a disappointing performance on an assessment or serve as a means to improve a grade for a student who has done all the coursework but may have had some difficulty on assessments. It is not my intention to provide "extra credit" points to students who participate in these activities instead of completing required course work.

9.3.3 "Extra Credit" Policy
"Extra credit" points will be applied toward the grade of students who have completed all course work. If a student has an incomplete grade for a missing assignment or assessment, then the "extra credit" points will not be applied until the missing assignments are completed for late, partial credit. Any quizzes missed because of unexcused absences may not be made up.


10. Withdrawal policy

10.1 Syllabus statement:

10.1.1 Effective since Summer 2011, students have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.

10.1.2 Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.

10.1.3 More detailed information is available at www.ivcc.edu/admissions and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.

10.2 It is the responsibility of the student to request a withdrawal from this course before the final withdrawal date.

10.3  Students will not be automatically withdrawn by the professor for failure to attend class.

10.4 If a student has attended class after the Last Date for Withdrawal, that student is not eligible for a withdrawal unless there are extenuating circumstances.

10.5 If a student has extenuating circumstances and needs to request a withdrawal after the Final Withdrawal Date, it is necessary to obtain the signatures of both the professor and the dean of the division. Such approvals are not granted automatically.

11. Financial aid statement

11.1 Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.

12. Academic integrity

12.1 Academic integrity is directly linked to the Core Values of Illinois Valley Community College, three of which are RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT  and HONESTY. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of each student to RESPECT the academic integrity of our course by doing their own work, and by refusing to assist others in deception. Academic dishonesty violates the academic integrity expected of all students.

12.2 Academic dishonesty is defined as, but is not limited to:

12.2.1 Cheating – using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, study aids, or information in any academic exercise, including copying from another person’s work or preparing work for another person that is to be presented as the other person’s own work.

12.2.2 Fabrication – furnishing false information to a College official relative to academic matters, including, but not limited to, misrepresentation of written information provided in admission documents.

12.2.3 Plagiarism – comes from the Latin plagiare, which means “to steal.” Therefore, plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism is defined as using the words or ideas of another as one’s own either on purpose or unintentionally. This includes, but is not limited to, copying whole, portions or the paraphrasing (rewording) of passages or information from any source in any academic exercise (written or oral) without giving credit to the author or source using an appropriate citation style. Students must be able to prove that their work is their own.

12.2.4 Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this code.

12.3 Academic dishonesty violates the Student Code of Conduct. The professor has full authority to identify academic dishonesty in her classroom and to impose any of the following sanctions:

12.3.1 Failure of any assignment, quiz, test, examination or paper, project or oral presentation for the work in which the violation occurred.

12.3.2 Lower grade.

12.3.3 Involuntary withdrawal from the course.

12.3.4 Failure of the course.

12.3.5 The professor may report extreme cases of academic dishonesty (such as, but not limited to, collusion among a number of students, selling or providing papers or repeated violations of academic dishonesty, etc.) directly to the Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action as outlined in section VII Disciplinary Process.

12.3.6 Other sanctions as determined by the professor. The sanction will be put in writing and signed by the student, professor and the Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division.


Classroom policies and procedures

13.1 Be prepared for class.

13.2 Arrive to class meetings on time.

13.2.1 If you do arrive late and disrupt the class upon arrival, say “Excuse me.” [And I’ll reply, “Thank you.”]

13.3 Be courteous.

13.4 Turn off the ring on cellular phones or pagers.

13.5 Pack up to leave only after class is officially dismissed.

13.6 Unexpected delays or cancellations of class: Because the delivery of this class depends on access to the Internet, it is possible that access will be delayed from time to time due to technical difficulties. Please remain calm, patient and courteous should we experience technical difficulties. Appropriate adjustments in course expectations will be made to allow students an opportunity to complete any assignments that are interrupted due to such system-wide delays.

13.6.1 Direct access to BlackBoard Course Management System in the event that IVCC Web Page becomes unavailable:
Because the IVCC BlackBoard is not housed at IVCC, it may still be accessible when the IVCC web page is down due to technical difficulties. Instead of using the IVCC Web Page www.ivcc.com to link to BlackBoard, go directly to BlackBoard using http://ivcc.blackboard.com/


13.6 E-mail Etiquette
In order to expedite the process when you send me an e-mail, identify yourself by name, course and class section - especially if your e-mail address does not include your name, AND be specific about the question you are asking me. Please don't expect me to search through all the course resources for the specific place where you were in an exercise in BlackBoard or Heinle Learning Center in order to reply. Either send me a screen shot, clip and paste, or key in the actual question so I can reply more promptly. The more specific you are in wording your request, the more promptly you will receive a response. Because of the large number of unidentified e-mails that I have received, I have adopted the policy of reading and responding to unidentified e-mails LAST.

13.6 Unexpected cancellations of class

13.7.1 In the event of a school closing due to inclement weather, announcements will be released by IVCC to local media. School-wide closings are also posted to the college web site at www.ivcc.edu.

13.7.2 In the event of a class cancellation, it will be posted on the college web site, on my office door and on the classroom door.

13.8 Collaborative learning - In class, students will often work with a partner, and will be assigned to a study group. Many students find it helpful to extend this practice in their study routine outside of class, too. Exchange e-mail addresses and phone numbers with members of your study group. Encourage them to contact you to discuss the assignments studied in class, work together in collaborative study and help one another in learning new material. Also, if you should ever be late for class or have to be absent, members of your study group can be contacted to determine what information was missed and needs to be made up.

13.9 A note to my students about learning a new language:

13.9.1 A language cannot be learned overnight. Daily practice is much more useful than cramming the night before the exam. When learning new vocabulary, it is helpful to use the terms in original sentences several times. Write them; say them out loud; turn them into questions; answer them; make flash cards; use them in conversations with classmates. Use the study methods that work best for your personal learning style. It is essential to come to class prepared for the lesson. Read the materials, do the assignments in advance of the class. Be ready to discuss and use the new material in Spanish. Unprepared students are at least as boring as unprepared instructors – and nearly as damaging to the class.

13.9.2 However, even with careful preparation, do not expect to speak perfectly. Expect to make mistakes, to sound and feel silly at times. Most importantly, expect to enjoy this class, too. That is what learning a language is about. But, everyone must make a genuine commitment of time and energy to do so.


14. Disclaimer

This course syllabus is tentative. I reserve the right to amend it at any time.


14. Specific Study Units with Timeline:
Professor Pietrolonardo

 Fall     SPN-1001-01   Face-to-Face (F2F)

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