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1. Course Number/Name: SPN-1001

 Course Syllabus Elementary Spanish I                           

1.1 Day/Time:
[ ] SPN -1001-100 Fully Online
[X] SPN -1001-150 TR11:00 AM -12:15 PM

1.2 Classroom: A-300

2. Instructor Information:

2.1 Name: Anna Marie Pietrolonardo         

2.2 Preferred method of communication: campus e-mail, office hours visit   

2.2.1 E-mail address: anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu          

2.3 Office: A-316                                       


2.4.1 Office Hours in A316      

 2.4.2 Spring 2015 Office Hours

As posted below, or by appointment




8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Office Hours

Office Hours

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Office Hours

Office Hours

2.5 Telephone: (815) 224 – 0250

2.6 FAX: (815) 224 – 3033

2.7 Web site: http://www2.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 transferrable 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. All students are required to work a minimum of two hours per text chapter in preparation for class activities using their choice of the materials associated with the course. A detailed explanation of homework options is provided in the BlackBoard Course shell under "Assignments" and is further explained in "Frequently Asked Questions" under the topic "Homework". Daytime and evening blended sections and fully online course sections are 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 You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, 224-0284) or Judy Mika Judy_Mika@ivcc.edu or 224-0350) or stop by office C-211.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                disabil

7. Emphasis in Global Studies

7.1 This course has been approved for the Emphasis in Global Studies.  If you are interested in learning more about the Emphasis, contact the Coordinator of International/MultiCultural Education or visit the International Education Website at http://www.ivcc.edu/internationaleducation.aspx?id=7456

8. Attendance Policy

8.1 This course is offered as a fully online class, a blended class, a lecture class or an independent study. Regardless of class format, active participation and timely completion of assignments are essential to success. Attendance is documented for all class sessions and is a factor in the participation grade for on-campus classes.

8.2 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 to three week intervals during Fall semester and in condensed, shorter intervals during Summer Semester. Grades are reported shortly after the end of each module in the Black Board grade book.

8.3  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.

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

8.4.1Any unexcused late work will result in the lowering of the project grade according to the grading rubric in BlackBoard - Assignments

8.5   Quizzes and other assessments missed because of unexcused absences may NOT be made up later.

9. Assessment of student learning

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

9.1.1 Participation in class activities is important to your success in a world language class. By being prepared and willingly participating in class activities, you can improve your skills in the target language [TL]. Likewise, lack of participation in activities and discussions will adversely affect your results. 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 and continually speaking in English in class instead of the target language [TL] will be adversely reflected in your final course grade.

9.1.2 Journals - 50 points Each journal entry will consist of a minimum of five complete sentences written in the TL in response to a given prompt.

9.1.3 Work outside of class - 50 points Includes, but is not limited to Assignments from text and resources Minimum 2 hours per week in  BlackBoard - Course Documents and/or Heinle Learning Center- Quia in addition to class time

9.1.4 Three quizzes - each 100 points

9.1.5 Capstone Performance - 100 points
1.5.1    Students will work individually to prepare a project according to an assigned theme. 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.

9.1.6 Final Cumulative Oral Examination - 100 points

9.1.7 Final Cumulative Written Examination  100 points

9.1.8 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                                                                           __________

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

9.2.1 Pre-Examination - a written 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.

9.2.2 Classroom Assessment Techniques [CATs] - These assessments will be administered periodically 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.


10. Grading: Point distribution

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

10.2 Grade Point Calculation




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

Quiz 1



Quiz 2



Quiz 3



Homework 1



Homework 2



Homework 3   50  
Homework 4   50  

Journal  1                        



Journal 2



Capstone Performance  100  

Final Oral Examination             



Final Written Examination           






10.3.1 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.

10.3.2 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.

10.3.3 "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.


11. Withdrawal policy

11.1 Syllabus statement:

11.1.1 Effective Summer 2011, students will 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.

11.1.2 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.

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

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

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

11.4 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.

11.5 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.

12. Financial aid statement

12.1 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.

13. Academic integrity

13.1 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.

13.1.2 Students will abide by the IVCC Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook at all times.

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

13.2.1 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.

13.2.2 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.

13.2.3 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.

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

13.3 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:

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

13.3.2 Lower grade.

13.3.3 Involuntary withdrawal from the course.

13.3.4 Failure of the course.

13.3.5 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.

13.3.6 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.

14. Classroom policies and procedures

14.1 Be prepared for class.

14.2 Be on time.

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

14.3 Be courteous.

14.4 Give class activities your full attention

14.4.1 Turn off the ring on cellular phones or pagers.

14.4.2 Refrain from text-messaging or other electronic distractions during class.

14.4.3 Put away all other materials except those intended for this class.

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

14.6 Unexpected cancellations of class

14.6.1 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.

14.6.2 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.

14.7   Communication Procedures and E-mail Etiquette
14.7.1 All students will be responsible for checking their IVCC email. All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC email. Students still have the ability to forward their email to another account.

14.7.2 Appropriate routing of information requests For information on accessing your IVCC student e-mail account, Web Advisor, BlackBoard log on or other IVCC technology issue, go to the Learning Commons. For technical information regarding the Heinle Learning Center [HLC] in Quia such as browser incompatibilities with your computer that might require adjustments, difficulty logging on to your course in HLC, contact Quia technical support from the home page of your quia platform at http://books.quia.com . For all course content related questions you have four available resources: Go to BlackBoard [BB]-Course Information-Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ] and search the topics for the information you need. This resource is a compendium of answers that I have given to questions asked often. Make FAQ your first resource. FAQ is available 24/7 and you will very likely find the information you need there. Post your question in the BB-Discussion Forum-General Instructions for Collaboration at the top of the BB Discussion Forum. Members of the class are encouraged to ask and reply to questions in this forum. Sometimes, the best way to remember something that you are trying to learn is to explain it in your own words to someone else. I also monitor the posts and will offer helpful comments when needed. E-mail me at
anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu using the protocol listed below in 14.7.3. Call or visit me in person during scheduled office hours on the IVCC campus in A316.

14.7.3 In order to expedite the process when you send me an e-mail, identify yourself by first and last name, course and class section and the topic of your message. Here is an example of a clearly worded e-mail subject line:
Subject: Bill Jones SPN-1001-150-15SP- M1 Homework Question
Please do not expect me to take the time to lookup your name in all my course rosters to determine which class and section you are in. Although I do try to learn the names of all my students, I often have several students with similar names. Please do not assume I will be able to identify you if you only give me your first 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. I use a triage system to prioritize messages when I face a full inbox. If you are having a problem that requires urgent attention, please indicate that in the subject line. Example: Mary Garcia, SPN-1001-150, Problem with Quiz #2. When I see a clearly identified urgent message, I'll read it first. However, please don't say that everything is "urgent" when it is not.

14.7.4 Response Time 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. Please allow 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays) for a reply. Often, I am able to respond very quickly, but please do not always expect an immediate reply.

14.8 Collaborative learning - In class activities, students will often work with partners or be assigned to study groups. Many students find it helpful to extend this practice in their study routine by posting general questions for discussion in the Black Board Discussion Forum, too. I encourage you to become acquainted with your classmates through the group activities in each module and to contact them to discuss the assignments studied in class, work together online and help one another in learning new material. Your activity in the BB-Discussion Forum and in the HLC Partner-Pairing activities will be reflected in your homework grade in each module.

14.9 Recommendations for learning a new language:
14.9.1 A language cannot be learned overnight. Daily practice is much more useful than cramming the night before an assessment.
14.9.2 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.

14.9.2 Recommended Study Sequence
It is essential to prepare for the module activities by first doing the homework to learn the "Puntos clave" or Key Points listed in the table for each chapter in the Schedule of Assignments that accompanies this Syllabus.  Using the resources in BB-Course Documents and HLC in Quia for the current chapters as if they were an a la carte menu, select assignments that will be most helpful to you. Read the materials and do the assignments in preparation for class. Be ready to discuss and use the new material in Spanish. Focus on what you know in Spanish, not on translation from Spanish back into English. In other words, learn to THINK IN SPANISH. The more knowledge you learn, the easier it will become to accomplish this.

14.9.3 Unprepared students are at least as boring as unprepared instructors – and nearly as damaging to the class. Be a responsible and courteous collaborator. Your partner or group members will be counting on you to do your part in a timely manner so that you can all complete your activities on time for maximum grade credit.

14.9.4 Learning a new language requires a genuine commitment of time and energy. Consider it an investment with many rewards to be gained through the process. Even with careful preparation, do not expect to speak perfectly or to be able to express yourself as well in Spanish as in your native language in the early days of your studies. Expect to make mistakes, to sound and feel silly at times. Consider this class a safe laboratory for experimentation with the Spanish language. Perhaps most importantly, expect to enjoy this class, too.

15. 2014-2015 IVCC Academic Theme: RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY

15.1 Respect and Responsibility-- two of IVCC's core values of respect, caring, honesty, fairness and responsibility, represented by the acronym ReaCHFaR-- has been chosen as this year's campus wide theme. Respect influences each of us daily -- at school, in our homes, at work, and in our fields of study. Responsibility is what capable adults accept for their own decisions in life.

15.2 Keep the theme in mind as you complete course activities EVERY semester.

16. Disclaimer

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

17. Outline of assignments for the semester:
SPRING 2015    Professor Pietrolonardo
SPN-1001-150    Blended TR 11 AM - 1215 PM


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