|Summer 2006, Session B01||M-R 14:00 - 16:05|
|Spanish 351||Tel 993-1241|
The Oxford Spanish Dictionary. New York:
Oxford University Press, 3rd Edition (2003). ISBN 0-19-860475-0
Different articles taken from Hispanic Culture Review, the GMU student journal on literature and the arts.
I was going to get a published textbook for this class, but everything was about $80. So I have decided to try something totally new: use this material published at Mason and complement it with this site. So keep checking it for further information.
DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES:
The objective of this course is the student's oral proficiency on topics of current interest: art, politics, sport, family and social life, health, and religion, among others. This proficiency will be reached by constant class discussion and daily oral reports. To this aim, the class period is going to be divided into three segments:
1. Warmup: Every day, upon arrival to class, students will be required to move freely around their classmates, greeting everyone and looking for a spontaneous subject for conversation in Spanish.
2. Report: Every day students will have to report to the rest of the class on the status of their research on a country they have chosen previously and on which they will become specialists during this course. This report could include general news, government and politics, economics, sports, the country's infrastructure, among other issues, but it should always include a segment on culture.
3. Checkup: Discussion with the professor and the other classmates about the assigned reading from the texbook or any other source.
Classwork will be conducted entirely in Spanish, if not, it wouldn't make any sense to call this a "conversation class in Spanish." No notes will be allowed during reports and presentations. All assignments must be done at home, so that classroom time should be reserved for oral work. We all must make a committment to use Spanish every day as much as possible [I would like to recommend a minimum of 30 minutes on days we don't meet]. Besides the Midterm anf Final Exams, there will be impromptu quizzes and presentations every day.
You must be exposed to Spanish and use the language in order to learn it. So you really want to be in class and benefit from it. Class discussions, presentations, and activities provide the kind of interaction in Spanish that you can not get at home. For this reason there is no substitution for attendance. If you are not in class because you are sick or for any other valid reason, I feel bad, but the reality is that you were not in class and you missed all the goodies that come with being physically in the classroom. So you are expected to attend all classes and be on time. If you arrive late, you are disruptive and you may also miss some important information that can not be repeated every time a student is late. Even if you are sick and can not come to school, you are still responsible for all material covered in class. Keep in mind that irregular attendance will severely affect your learning process and, consequently, your final grade in this course. Make sure you get the phone number and e-mail address of two classmates:
Name__________________________ Tel ________________ e-mail ___________________
Name__________________________ Tel ________________
Progress made by students in this class will be evaluated by the following percentage:
Active participation: 25%
|Participation and class preparation
Participation means active involvement in the class. Students are required to contribute to class discussions daily and to speak only Spanish.
The participation grade includes:
|Individual (a) and Group Presentation (b)
There will be two major presentations in this
class: the midterm, which will be an individual effort; and
the final, which will be a group enterprise. The Midterm
consist of an oral presentation [10 minutes] on the culture and current
events of the student's chosen country, plus another 15 minutes answering
questions from the instructor and the classmates on your presentation or
on the chapters of the textbook assigned for the midterm. There must
be a thorough study of the field or fields you have chosen for this presentation.
will consist of a 15-minute group presentation
(two or three people only) to explain the process followed in the production
of a video on any subject you would like to choose and the reasons for
going one way or another [to make your point, you may use brief segments
of the video]. A question and answer session will follow just as in the
midterm. Every one is required to be present at these presentations,
since the evaluation of these two projects is a joint venture between the
class and the instructor. These two major projects will be done in class.
|Each student is responsible for reading at least one newspaper in Spanish from two different countries every day and informing the class about his or her findings on the chosen issue or issues on one country [click on QUIOSCO to see newspapers from the Spanish speaking world].|
|Miércoles 30 de mayo||Introducción general al curso y
presentaciones de cada estudiante.
Discusión del programa y orientación sobre uso de la red [227 Thompson]
|Lunes 4 de junio||1- El científico y el artista
2- El año 2100 [1-21]
|Miércoles 6 de junio||3- El matrimonio
4- La popularidad
5- Interludio: el gato y el perro [22-45]
|Lunes 11 de junio||6- El Ser Supremo
7- Pasado, presente y futuro [46-67]
|Miércoles 13 de junio||8- El aborto
9- La eutanasia [69-88]
|Lunes 18 de junio||10- Interludio: el madrugador y el dormilón
11- La salud y la medicina
12- La censura [90-114]
Lunes 25 de junio [Midterm]
|Miércoles 27 de junio||13- El suicidio
14- Las armas de fuego [115-137]
|Lunes 2 de julio||15- Interludio: Los climas
16- La pena capital
17- La herencia y el medio ambiente [138-160]
|Lunes 9 de julio||18- El narcotráfico
19- Fumar o no fumar
20- Interludio: ¿Carnívoro o vegetariano? [161-183]
|Miércoles 11 de julio||21- Actitud ciudadana
22- Explorando el espacio
23- La educación [184-222]
|Lunes 16 de julio||Presentaciones en grupo|
|Miércoles 18 de julio||Presentaciones en grupo|