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SPANISH 202.002

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 Classroom: TECT 155

Span 202 is an “enhanced” course; that is, a course that might traditionally be offered for 3 credit hours, but which, within the context of both the newly reformed Spanish program and the Fulton School’s overall curriculum reform initiative, is being offered here in a 4-credit context.  The main purpose of the Fulton reform and the courses in it is to engage students more in the individual courses they take and, as a result, provide students with a deeper—and often more active—learning experience and encounter with the subject at hand.  All "enhanced," 4-credit courses in the Fulton School will require significantly more—and sometimes different—work than they might (or used to) require as 3-credit courses.  For more information on the Fulton reform and "enhanced" courses, and what both mean to you, as a student, please visit the Fulton reform student website at http://www.salisbury.edu/fulton/currref-students.html.  

Professor: Carole A. Champagne, Ph.D.

E-mail address: cachampagne@salisbury.edu

Office Location: Holloway Hall 346 Phone: 410-543-6254 or 410-651-6250

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:45-3:00 Hours also by appointment
Required Texts:   

  1. Sandstedt, L. A., Kite, R., & Copeland, J. G. Conversación y repaso.  Intermediate Spanish. 9th ed. Thomson & Heinle, 2008. 

Conversación y repaso: Intermediate Spanish, 9th Edition

Lynn A. Sandstedt   |  Ralph Kite   |  John G. Copeland

ISBN-10: 1413030122 |  ISBN-13: 9781413030129  |  352 Pages  | © 2008  |

2. Sandstedt, L.A. & Kite, R. Civilización y cultura. 9th ed. Thomson & Heinle, 2008.

 Civilización y cultura: Intermediate Spanish, 9th Edition

Lynn A. Sandstedt   |  Ralph Kite   |  John G. Copeland

ISBN-10: 1413030106 |  ISBN-13: 9781413030105  |  256 Pages  | © 2008  | 

Course description:
This course is designed as a bridge between the basic language sequence (101-201) and upper- level coursework.  It reviews the major structural features of Spanish grammar and improves all linguistic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The fifth skill of cultural competency is highly emphasized through readings and class discussions. Some of the topics discussed are religion, family, the role of men and women in societies, death, and beliefs of different Spanish-speaking cultures.

National Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Students will gain experience with these standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

COMMUNICATION: Communication in languages other than English

1.1           Interpersonal communication

1.2           Interpretive communication

1.4           Presentational communication

CULTURES: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures

2.1           Practices of culture

2.2           Products of culture

CONNECTIONS: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information

3.1           Furthering connections

3.2           Acquiring information

COMPARISONS: Develop insights into the nature of language and culture

4.1           Language comparisons

4.2           Cultural comparison

COMMUNITIES: Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

5.1           School and community

5.2           Life-long learning

Assessment instruments

Possible Points



Civilización y cultura textbook (reading and writing)




Reading a novel (in translation)




Two exams



2 Written Papers   



1 Oral Presentation   






Class Participation



2 films and reaction papers




BBC website reports




Final Exam



Total possible points: 



A =900-1000 points; B = 800-899; C = 700-799; D = 600-699; F = 0-599  

Description of assessment instruments:

  • Civilización y cultura textbook (reading and writing) 100 points

Students will be given nine weekly assigned sets of 3-4 short readings from the culture book Civilización y Cultura. These weekly sets of readings will vary from 7 to 12 pages and will address topics such the family, the economy, religion, customs, and beliefs within the Spanish- speaking world. Readings come with questionnaires that students will have to turn in at the beginning of the designated classes.

Due dates:

  • febrero: 3, 17, 26

  • marzo: 5, 12, 26

  • abril: 7, 21

  • mayo: 5

  • Reading a novel (in translation) 100 points

Students will read (in English) the novel “In the Time of the Butterflies” by author Julia Alvarez. Reading this Latin American novel at this level, even in translation, will provide a great background for cultural awareness and discussion. Higher critical thinking skills will be used as well through three weekly questionnaires that will not only test students’ reading comprehension but students’ analysis and evaluation through comparison exercises. Follow-up reports (informes) due dates:

  • Informe 1: 3 de marzo

  • Informe 2: 2 de abril

  • Informe final: 7 de mayo

  • Two Exams 100 points

There will be two equally weighted exams during the semester. The first will cover the material covered during the first half of the semester. The second will cover the material covered during the second half of the semester. The exams may be a combination of essay, short answer, matching, multiple-choice, or other assessment strategies. The exams will cover the content of the readings, vocabulary, grammar, and the writing process itself.

  • Examen 1: 5 de marzo

  • Examen 2: 30 de abril

  • Two Written papers 100 points

Each student will write two guided essays during the semester. The drafts of the essays must be typed and double-spaced. The top center area of the first page should include the author’s name, date, title of the paper, identification (draft or final paper), and the word count of the essay. See model below:

Ana Castillo

_____ de marzo

Tema: Mi niñez

Borrador #1 OR Trabajo final #1

270 palabras

These essays will be assessed not only on the final form of the final draft but also on the entire writing process. Each essay will include the following process: draft #1, peer editing #1, draft #2, peer editing #2, professor’s feedback, final paper. The final paper will be turned in to the instructor and must include the first draft with the two peer editor comments (and peer’s name/signature) stapled behind the final copy. All peers editing must be done in class on the assigned days. The essay will be evaluated based on the rubrics. In order to earn the full ten points for the editing sections of the rubrics, a student must be in class on the day of the scheduled peer editing, must have her own completed essay typed and ready for editing, and must serve as a peer editor.

  • Check calendar for due dates.

  • Oral Presentation 100 points

Each student will make one formal oral presentation. The presentation will be 3-4 minutes long. The presentation must be prepared in advance. The entire assessment will be based on the quality of the presentation as defined in the rubric given to students.

  • 14-21 de abril

  • Quizzes 80 points

Students will be assigned short quizzes on grammar, vocabulary, or other material discussed during the previous class throughout the semester. All quiz grades will be calculated under this component of the final grade.

  • Class participation 120 points

Each student is expected to participate actively in class discussion. All participation should be in Spanish. This part of the grade will take in consideration: attendance, preparation, effort, Spanish level, attitude, and respect for others.

3 points: Excellent

2 points: Average

1 point: Poorly prepared

0 point: No participation or absent

Attendance Policy:

Each student is expected to attend class regularly.  For this reason, each student is allowed three (3) absences with no penalty. These three days may be used for sickness, trips, weddings, funerals, interviews, or emergencies of any kind.  After the three absences are used, a penalty of 25 points off the final course grade will be incurred for each additional absence.  Therefore, if, after calculating your final semester grade, you have 920 points and you have a total of 5 absences, your grade will drop to 870.  Since true emergencies do occur, and important events do occasionally interfere with classes, you should be judicious about using these days. 

  • 2 films and reaction papers 50 points

During this semester, students will be required to watch two foreign films from the Spanish-speaking world outside of the class and write a reflection paper for each film in Spanish. The tentative movies are El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) or Por la libre (Dust to Dust) and In the Time of the Butterflies (En el tiempo de las mariposas), both on reserve and available at the Blackwell Library.

  • First film reaction paper due date: 9 de abril.

  • Second film reaction paper due date: 5 de mayo.

  • BBC website reports 50 points

Students will write 5 short reports (1-2 paragraphs) in Spanish with the one or two more important and/or mentioned news of the Spanish speaking world in the recent week. The source for this activity will be BBC en español: HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/news/" MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/news/

These 5 reports will be collected via online on:

  • febrero: 5 y 19

  • marzo: 12 y 26

  • abril: 23

  • Final Exam 200 points

The final exam will be comprehensive and will include all the material seen during the semester. As the previous partial exams, it will also be a combination of essay, short answer, or other assessment strategies and will cover the content of the readings, vocabulary, grammar, and the writing process itself. It will take place in the normal classroom on Friday, May 15, 10:45 A.M. to 1:45 P.M. No re-scheduling will be possible for the final exam. Please plan now so that the time and date indicated above are free.

Writing across the Curriculum

This course supports the commitment of the university to providing opportunities for students to continue to develop their ability to express themselves clearly in writing. To learn to write well and correctly in a second language also helps to develop that capacity in English. All writing assignments in this course are designed with this philosophy in mind.

Academic Integrity

The best learning environment is one based on mutual respect and trust. However, the desire to achieve a good grade without doing the necessary work may tempt some students to cheat on exams or to represent the work of others as their own. At Salisbury University, plagiarism and cheating are wrong and are considered acts of “academic dishonesty,” i.e. a deliberate and deceptive representation of one’s own work. Instances of academic dishonesty include all, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plagiarism – presenting as one’s own work, whether literally or in paraphrase, the work of another author

  • Cheating on exams, tests, quizzes; the wrongful giving or accepting of unauthorized exam materials; the use of illegitimate sources of information

  • Falsifying excuses for non-attendance or completion of assignments

There are NO mitigating circumstances to justify academic dishonesty. If you are unclear about what constitutes academic dishonesty or plagiarism, please ask. Ignorance is no excuse. Discovery of academic dishonesty will bring stiff penalties, including a failing grade for the assignment in question and possibly a grade of F for the course. The maximum penalty at Salisbury University for plagiarism is possible expulsion from the entire USM system; so for your own sake, maintain your academic integrity.

School cancellation on test days
Should classes be called off on a test day, students should expect that the missed test will be given during the next regularly scheduled class. In the event of substantial snowfall overnight, listen to official campus closing announcements. For other weather-related problems, contact the campus for updates and use your own discretion and common sense.

Calendario de Español 202 para la primavera de 2009*
enero   27 Presentación del semestre. Introducción al curso y Unidad 1

29 Unidad 1 y tarea de Civilización y cultura

febrero 3 Unidad 1 Tarea: Civilización y cultura: pp. 1-10

  1. Unidad 2

Empezar Novela In the Time of the Butterflies

BBC website report 1

10 Unidad 2

12 Unidad 2

17 Unidad 2 Tarea: Civilización y cultura: pp. 16-27

19 Unidad 3 BBC website report 2

22 Unidad 3

24 Unidad 3

26 Unidad 3 Tarea: Civilización y cultura: pp.34-42

marzo 3 Repaso Unidades 1-3 Informe de la novela

5 Examen Unidades 1-3 Tarea: Civilización y Cultura: pp. 50-56; 60

   10 Unidad 4 Borrador 1: Mi niñez

12 Unidad 4 Tarea: Civilización y Cultura: pp.66-75

BBC website report 3

24  Unidad 4 Borrador 2: Mi niñez

26 Unidad 4 BBC website report 4

Tarea: Civilización y Cultura: pp. 82-88

31 Ver Por la libre fuera de clase (112 minutos)

abril 2  Unidad 4 Informe 1 sobre la novela In the Time of the Butterflies

  7 Unidad 5 Trabajo Final 1: Mi niñez

Tarea: Civilización y Cultura: pp. 98-102; 106-107

  1. Unidad 5 Presentaciones Orales

Ensayo sobre la película (Film reaction paper)

Entrega comentario sobre la película Laberinto del fauno o Por la libre

14 Unidad 5

16 Unidad 6 Presentaciones Orales

     21 Unidad 6 Presentaciones Orales

Unidad 8

23 Unidad 8 BBC website report 5

28 Repaso Unidades 4-6

30 Unidad 8 Tarea: Civilización y Cultura: pp. 116-122

Informe 2 sobre la novela In the Time of the Butterflies

Examen Unidades 4-6

mayo 5  Borrador 1: Sr. Presidente

Examen Unidades 4-6

Hoy es un día festivo: el Cinco de Mayo

Unidad 10

Ensayo sobre la película (Film reaction paper) Entrega comentario sobre la película In the Time of the Butterflies
7 Borrador 1: Sr. Presidente

Informe final (3) sobre la novela In the Time of the Butterflies

REVISIÓN Unidades 1-5

12 Unidad 10

Ver Película In the Time of the Butterflies fuera de clase (120 minutos)

Unidad 10 Entrega comentario sobre la película In the Time of the Butterflies

  Borrador 2: Sr. Presidente

Unidad 10 Tarea: Civilización y Cultura: pp. 154-162

REVISIÓN Unidades 6-10

15 El examen final es viernes, 15 de mayo, de 10:45 a 13:15, en la sala de clase.

Trabajo Final 2: Sr. Presidente

*Este horario puede cambiar durante el semestre, según las necesidades del horario.

La profesora anunciará cualquier cambio en su momento.


For handing in:
Terms of Agreement (Due by February 3, 2009)
Important: Not being in class does not excuse you from not doing your homework or coming unprepared to class. On the contrary, there is a stronger reason for you to study more during your absent period because you have, in fact, already missed a class. It is your obligation to check with a classmate if there is anything (quiz, handout, etc.) due the day you come back from being absent. Make sure to exchange e-mails and phone numbers with at least 3 classmates.
Fill in the blanks:

  1. Office hours with Dr. Champagne are _______________________________

  2. Professor Champagne’s office is located __________________________________

  3. Our first test (prueba) is on __________________ (date) and it will include _________________________

  4. The final exam for this class is on ________________ (date) and it will include ___________________________________

  5. I can miss a total of _______________ classes without penalty

  6. Class participation counts as ______/1000 points.

I, the undersigned, attest to having read the Syllabus for Spanish 202. I understand both the policies of the course, as laid out in the Syllabus, and my responsibilities.    I am entitled and encouraged to ask questions and seek clarifications about the Syllabus at any time during the semester. However, such questions and clarifications are my responsibility, and my ignorance of either policy or schedule will not be accepted as an excuse for not adhering to either one.  Signed,

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Name   (printed)                                                 Course                     Date

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