Sinclair Community College - Course Syllabus

Winter Quarter 2005 - Elementary Spanish II - SPA 102 Honors


Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Derek Petrey     Office: 3232B            

Office Hours  2-3 pm MW, 1-2 TR, and by appt.

Conversation Table: 12:00 noon-1 Thursdays, Tartan Cafeteria (basement of bldg. 7)

Office Phone 512-2092                                             


Instructor Webpage:

Dept. Office: 3-240                                                     

Dept. Secretary: Mrs. Lora Bowling (512-2844)

Dept. Chair: Luis Samuel González Acevedo, M.A. Philosophy, Juris Doctor

            Assistant Professor of Philosophy

            Office:  Bldg. 3,  Rm. 240 F

            Telephone:  937/512-3605


            Office hours: By appointment



Course Information

Division: Liberal Arts & Sciences 

Dept.: Hum., Govt. & Mod. Lang.         

Course Title: Elementary Spanish II       

Course No.: SPA 102  Honors 

Credits: 4 hrs. university parallel.

Prerequisites: SPA 101 or placement.


Course Description  (What does this mean?)

Essentials of the spoken and written language are stressed.   

(We speak and write Spanish in class.  This is the best, quickest, and most fun way to learn it!)

Emphasis is on vocabulary practice, grammar, pronunciation, simple sentence structure, conversational drills, and reading.  

We learn words, how to say and combine the words, and how to use the words to speak, listen, write and read in Spanish.

This course is the second of the three courses that make up the 1st year of university-parallel language study.                                         

Course progress: SPA 101 SPA 102 SPA 103

4 hours of in-class interactive activity supported by in-class lecture, in-class handouts, quizzes, and exams.

Language lab attendance is required.

You are evaluated on performing in class  in various ways.  (class is 200 min. / week)

Outside of class (in addition to homework) you should spend at least 30 minutes in the Language Lab

every week using the programs there to improve your skills.

Students must see the instructor on an individual basis to arrange for optional ways of fulfilling the language lab attendance requirement if this is a problem.  Any options must be arranged by THE FOURTH WEEK OF CLASS

You are responsible for your own academic success. As your instructor I will work with your special needs as best

as I can, but if I don't know these needs, I can't help you.


Course Objectives

·To develop basic communicative competence (understanding and using) in Spanish by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  This includes using basic gestures and other discursive and sociolinguistic features of the language appropriately with native speakers of Spanish.

·To provide practice and instruction in basic structures of the language.

·To apply rules of pronunciation, grammar, and lexicon usage to unfamiliar material. 

·Specifically we will look at: Negatives, Formal Commands, the Preterite, Imperfect Indicative, and Past Progressive Tenses and the particular cases of object pronouns, por/para, and the personal A.


Required Texts

These are sold as a bundle in the Campus Bookstore.  (1st floor, Building 7)

TEXTO: Puntos de partida: An Invitation to Spanish: 7th Ed.  Marty Knorre et al. McGraw-Hill: Boston, 2000.

DIARIO: Workbook to Accompany Puntos de Partida... Marty Knorre et al. McGraw-Hill: Boston, 2000.

MANUAL DE LABORATORIO:  Laboratory Manual to Accompany Puntos de Partida... Marty Knorre et al. McGraw-Hill: Boston, 2000.  (This book is for supplementary audio exercises and will not be a course component unless used as an alternative to language lab attendance.)


Additional Materials

LAB CDs.  To use the Lab Manual, you must get a copy of the full set of the Language Lab CDs.  The files are free of charge. Bring a CD-R for each chapter you want to have recorded to the Language Lab: they do not sell them, you must bring your own.  (Please be polite to the Language Lab staff, as they are very busy at the beginning of the quarter!  There is a drop off box where you can leave the CDs where you should indicate your name, your course title, and "LAB MANUAL" with the chapters you need copied.) It may take them up to a couple of days to burn the CDs for you.

DICTIONARY: Not required but strongly suggested.  Choose one that has at least 60,000 entries.  There are a variety of ones out there, some good ones are Langenschiedt, VOX, Larousse, University of Chicago.  You should check to see if the dictionary notes regionalisms in English and Spanish.

OTHER:  Looking for comic books, short stories, novels, dictionaries, and other print materials in Spanish? Check out the LRC (Learning Resources Center, on the Campus Lower Level)!

MORE OTHER?: The instructor's webpage is directly accessible from a link on your My.Sinclair page for this course.  You can also find it at: 

It has links to lots of other interesting Spanish-language resources, including on-line newspapers and educational sites.    


Language Laboratory (Room 2-321)

THE LANGUAGE LAB HOURS ARE: 8:30-7:30 MTWR, 8:30-3:30 F, no Saturday hours (as of yet).

  There are many things you can do there:

·USE THE AUDIO FILES with your LAB MANUAL          


·WATCH VIDEOS from your book and MOVIES IN SPANISH (either on the server or in the DVD collection)




·As an absolute minimum you must visit the language lab regularly for at least 45 mins every two weeks to work on the Puntos de Partida Interactive Program.  For each chapter you must complete at least 10 of the chapter activities in the Puntos de Partida Interactive Program and then print out the report page to be turned in.  You will receive credit for the chapter reports you turn in on time.


-The Language Lab Policy on Pornography and Otherwise Offensive Material:  Using the Language Lab to browse, download, transmit or create any form of pornography will result in immediate and permanent expulsion from the lab. 


You are responsible for your academic progress and success.

            If you have doubts, ask the instructor to clarify them.  If you are not sure about something, it is your duty to let the instructor know.  If you miss a class, it is your task to check on-line to see what you have missed and catch up on the assignments.  Not being in class on one day is no excuse for not being prepared the next!  It is your duty to help create a learning environment.  If you are ill-prepared, other students you work with will not be able to learn as well as they could.  If you haven't read the syllabi or prepared for class, the instructor will have to waste time going over something everyone else already knows.  Most of these questions are best asked at the beginning or the end of class.  As always, the more Spanish you can use, all the better! 



I promise that I will use Spanish in class as much as possible to create a more demanding learning experience.

Prometo que voy a usar el español en la clase lo máximo posible

para crear una experiencia de aprendizaje más exigente.

Entiendo que mi nota de participación depende de

mi uso activo, preparado e involucrado del español.

I understand that my participation grade depends on my active,  prepared, and engaged use of Spanish.


The primary language of instruction in class will be Spanish. 

Some time for English may be provided at the end of class to clarify doubts. 

Students are also encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible outside of class.


Evalution / Grades

The course total is 1000 points, or 100%

ORAL PRESENTATIONS (200 points) 20%

            Students will give over the course of the class 5 informal presentations

            (30 points) and 1 formal presentation (50 points) in Spanish. 

            The ideal is that presentations should be extemporaneous (read from

            notes) instead of read verbatim or memorized.  The formal presentation

            will be related to the independent cultural study.

INDEPENDENT STUDY (150 points)  15%

            You must turn in two activities, one related to cultural experience

            and one related to learning. Consult this page for more details.  Additional

            service learning may be used to replace an independent study activity,

            at the instructor's discretion.


            You will work on a project involving using the Spanish you are learning in

            class for a community-service project.  To receive the full points you must

            also complete all the paperwork required by Sinclair concerning service

            learning projects.

HOMEWORK & PARTICIPATION (200 points)  20%

            A daily grade will be calculated for each student based on language use.

            (20 x 5, 100 points) It is important to both answer and ask several questions

            in Spanish for each class, both in small group activity and in the class as a

            whole.  The following rubric is used for grading:

            0 = use of English or lack of participation due to absence

            1 = heavy use of Spanglish

            2 or 3 = use of a minimal amount of Spanish

            4 or 5 = active, engaged, prepared use of Spanish

CHAPTER EXAMS (300 points)  30%

            There will be a brief chapter exam for each chapter from 6-11. 

            (50 points each, 300 points each)

Attendance / Participation Policy

To learn a foreign language, you have to practice it with others.  A lot of work in class is small group and individual work that requires constant participation.  Participation should be active, engaged, and informed.  This means that you have to prepare the assignments ahead of time.  Homework should be done before class begins.   Time lost due to late arrival or leaving early will count toward absences.  For purposes of participation value only, excused absences will count as half-absences.


Twice a week:

none, 1, or 2 absences = no penalty 

3 absences = -25 points

4 absences = -50 points

5 absences = -75 points

6 or 7 absences = -100 points

No student who misses 8 classes or more (for any reason) will be allowed to pass the class.


Make-up Work

Late assignments will be accepted and make-up exams will be authorized solely at the instructor's discretion.  They are usually granted on receipt of a documented absence.  In all such cases, it is best to contact the instructor as soon as possible and make-up work must be done within a reasonable time (in most cases within 1 week of the student's return). 


Institutional Policies

In all matters of: dropping and adding classes, switching sections, the last day to drop the course with W or F status, disruptive behavior, establishing status as a students with disability needs {such as special learning needs or accommodations}, disenrollment for non-attendance, and / or academic misconduct, the principles and guidelines established by the most updated version of the Student Handbook will apply without exception.  Please contact your division counselor for a copy.


Honesty Policy:  Cheating or plagiarizing in any manner will not be tolerated.  Any student

found cheating or plagiarizing material in any manner will be assigned a failing quarter\session grade. 

            Honor Code 

·As a member of the Sinclair College community of students, faculty, and staff, I will

uphold the values of citizenship, social-responsibility, and personal accountability.

·I will maintain the highest standards of professional and academic ethics.

·I will uphold my personal integrity, dignity, and self-respect by being fair and honest

at all times and by treating all individuals with respect.

·By honoring these ideals, I will be building a better future for myself, my college,

and my local, regional, and global communities.


Any student found in breach of Sinclair Community College’s Honor Code may be administratively

withdrawn or withdrawn in any other manner consistent with the policies of Sinclair Community College. 


Student Conduct:

Any student found in breach of Sinclair Community College’s Student Handbook may be administratively withdrawn or withdrawn in any other manner consistent with the policies of Sinclair Community College.

Any student whose conduct is disrespectful and/or aggressive and/or violent toward a professor and/or student and/or creates a detrimental learning environment for the professor and/or other students may be administratively withdrawn or withdrawn in any other manner consistent with the policies of Sinclair Community College and the Student Handbook.



Plagiarism, the misuse of source materials involving greater or lesser amounts of copying, is unacceptable in student work. A grade of zero credit, "F," will be assigned to the student’s work product.   In addition, any student who plagiarizes or misrepresents his or her work or engages in dishonest behavior as relates to his or her work may be administratively withdrawn or withdrawn in any other manner consistent with the policies of Sinclair Community College.

There are a variety of types of plagiarism; common types include:

  1. Student submits a paper wholly or in substantial part using the exact phrasing of source material. In-text parenthetical documentation and quotation marks fail to make clear the degree of borrowing.
  2. Student submits a paper closely paraphrased from source material, i.e. the original source material is simply edited with perhaps minor word changes occurring. There is an absence of reorganization of the source.
  3. Student submits a paper closely paraphrased from source material, splicing together sentences from scattered segments of the original. Phrasing of the original is little, if any, changed. This constitutes patchwork plagiarism, whether documented or not, unless direct quoting has been indicated.
  4. Student submits a paper written or dictated by another student, a spouse, or colleague etc.
  5. Student uses an online translation machine (such as Babelfish) to translate entire sentences. 
  6. Student copies source material in its entirety or using condensation method of paraphrase (b above). Dummy documentation to nonexistent source material is sprinkled throughout the essay to give the appearance of bona fide scholarship.


A Special Rule for Learning Languages

            In language classes, you are often asked to share personal information in small groups.  Topics may include talking about your family, your interests, past activities, where you live, etc.  If you don't feel comfortable divulging personal information to someone you don't know very well, make something up!   We are not going to call your grandfather to see if he actually water-skis, has a mohawk hair-cut, and plays the bandoneón.  As long as it is grammatical, makes sense, and is good-natured, no harm is done in being creative!  

            As usual, all principles of group interaction still apply.  Just because you are using another language doesn't give you the right to be judgmental, racist, sexist, obscene, or rude.  The need for courtesy and respect is universal, even though it may not always be expressed in the same way from culture to culture.


¿Algo más?

            I am at your service and willing to discuss and aspect of the course, any issues, and any concerns you have.  Given that Spanish is the primary language of instruction, I will not always be able to answer your questions in English during class time.  However, I am available to you during my office hours, by phone, and by e-mail.  If you need to meet with me outside of my office, please contact me to arrange an appointment.