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Revision Date: 15-Jun-24
 

Fall 2024 | SPA-1011-VM01 - Spanish I


In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday & Friday, 08:30A - 10:00A
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-13-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 17 (as of 07-21-24 2:05 PM)
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Comments: This course meets twice per week, Tuesday and Friday 8:30 - 10:00am.

Faculty

Robert Jones
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Gundy

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the Spanish language and covers grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. It includes simple conversation, reading and writing exercises and provides an introduction to the arts and cultures of Spain, Latin America and Spanish-speaking peoples.


Essential Objectives

1. Recognize and pronounce the basic sounds (phonemes) of the Spanish language.
2. Employ vocabulary and grammatical structures orally in the Spanish language to:
a) Communicate and solicit basic personal information, including age, address, telephone number, birthday, nationality, and occupation.
b) Participate in simple interpersonal exchanges, such as introductions, greetings, requests, and purchases.
c) Identify personal and household articles, such as clothing, furniture, foods, and utensils.
d) Describe his/her town, residence, family, daily activities, interests, personal likes and dislikes, and other important elements of personal life.
e) Respond appropriately to simple statements and questions on selected topics.
3. Describe basic geographical features, cultural and artistic traditions, and elements of daily life (food, clothing, work, etc.) of selected countries in which Spanish is spoken.
4. Apply learned vocabulary and grammatical structures to writing simple sentences, notes and short letters.
5. Read simple prepared or authentic dialogues and narratives and answer questions about the contents of the readings.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources


*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

The goal of the modern language class is to instill the skill of communication and start using the language from the first day. While it's important to be careful with your new language and try to use it as well and as correctly as possible, the most important goal is to communicate - to get your main idea across even if it's not perfect. In this class, we'll use the following tools and strategies to help internalize your new language:

- In-class participation
- Quizzes on grammar and vocabulary
- Partner and group activities to practice the language with peers
- In-class writing tasks
- Online threaded discussion with video
- Web-based media


Evaluation Criteria

Your grade will come from the following components:

Quizzes - 40%
Preparation & Participation - 20%
Completion of threaded discussions - 20%
Final Exam - 20%


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Introductions: We will get a chance to know each other and how the course will work. We'll also begin speaking Spanish before we leave on the first day.

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! - Ch. 1, Module A

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

2

This week we'll begin learning classroom vocabulary, gender and articles, numbers and how to express age.

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.1, Module B

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and Quiz 1

 

3

Life outside the classroom, regular present tense verbs and telling time

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.1, Module C

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

4

The student experience: asking questions and expressing likes and dislikes.

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.1, Module D

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

5

Repaso: Ch. 1 in review

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! - Ch. 1, Reflection and Review

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and Quiz 2

 

6

Identities in different contexts, more on the verbserand stem-changing verbs

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.2, Module A

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

7

Culture and Connections - the verbestarand how to use bothserandestarin different circumstances

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.2, Module B

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and Quiz 3

 

8

Communities we create - the verbtener and possessive adjectives

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.2, Module C

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

9

Social identities and community values - indirect object pronouns and using the infinitive with other verbs

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.2, Module D

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

10

Repaso: Ch. 2 in review

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! - Ch. 2, Reflection and Review

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and Quiz 4

 

11

What is my culture? - other verbs like gustarand the verbs 'to know'saberandconocer

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! - Ch. 3, Module A

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

12

Sharing cultures - direct objet pronouns and verbs with yo-form irregularities

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.3, Module B

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and Quiz 5

 

13

Habits and Customs - reflexive verbs and more on stem-changing verbs

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.4, Module A

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab exercises in text, online threaded discussion

 

14

Our daily routines - demonstrative adjectives and pronouns (this, that, these, those) and the present progressive (estar + -ndo)

  

¡Empecemos por aquí! Ch.4, Module B

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and Quiz 6

 

15

Repaso: Chs. 1, 2, 3 (Modules A & B), and 4 (Modules A & B) in review

  

Review of any material where you know you need more practice

  

Interactive conversation, grammar and vocab excercises in text, in-class writing and FINAL EXAM

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester.

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session
  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments before the start of class
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work



Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Assignments are due by the deadline noted on the syllabus, even when you need to be absent.
  • You are responsible for checking Canvas and getting any notes, materials and assignments for the class you missed. Please reach out and ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • Plan to complete homework for the next class meeting on time. Being absent is not an excuse for not completing any homework assigned that day.
  • Late work isnot accepted, except in emergency situations. In the case of an extenuating circumstance, please communicate as early as you can with your instructor about the need to miss class and/or assignments.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.