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Elementary Spanish Sequence: Spanish 101, 102 & 103

Introduction

The purpose of these courses is to introduce you to the Spanish language and culture. Therefore, native and heritage speakers of Spanish will not receive credit for these courses. Please see the Chair in order to enroll in Spanish 210. All Spanish courses in the Department of World Languages and Cultures are founded on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, 2015 which describe the five Cs of language acquisition: communication, culture, comparisons, connections, and community. Students in the basic Spanish sequence have the opportunity to practice the three modes of communication, (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) to learn about Hispanic culture (products, practices and perspectives), and to make comparisons between their first language and culture and the Spanish language and culture. In addition, students make connections to other fields of study unavailable to them through their native language. Finally, students have the opportunity to engage with the Hispanic community outside of the classroom. The goal of the basic Spanish sequence therefore is to produce students with an observable and definable of degree of language proficiency. These courses are PARTICIPATORY courses. In order to learn a foreign language, one must use a foreign language. Students who participate fully by regularly attending class, completing assignments, viewing Sol y viento (102) and where applicable, completing assigned reading selections should find the courses more enjoyable, learn from their mistakes and see their work improve. NOTE: The Department highly recommends that students complete the sequence in continuous semesters. Historically, students perform poorly when they allow a lapse of time between courses. This is especially true for students considering a Major or Minor in Spanish.

Curriculum Description

Each of these three courses has one main component: the activities and exercises from Unidos/MySpanishLab, used in the classroom and assigned as homework. In addition, Spanish 102 and 103 also utilize  reading assignments to enhance language acquisition and Spanish 102 includes a Spanish video series (viewed outside the classroom). In the classroom, students are expected to PARTICIPATE in a variety of oral and written activities. By working through these activities, you will begin to understand and use the basic vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish language. Homework will be assigned which will facilitate language use in the classroom. Students are expected to complete the assigned vocabulary, grammar and culture sections and submit the related exercises beforehand so that they can bring their questions and doubts to class and effectively participate in the different class activities. Grammar explanations in the classroom will be held to a strict minimum. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ARE GENERALLY QUITE CONFUSED AND FRUSTRATED IN THE CLASSROOM. IN ADDITION, THEY USUALLY PERFORM POORLY ON THE EXAMS.

When the College went through transformation, the vast majority of our courses were “transformed” from 3-credit to 4-credit (1 unit) learning experiences.  While many of the classes continued to meet for only 3 academic hours, it was understood that the “transformed” courses offered a depth of learning with additional learning tasks unfolding in the equivalent of a fourth hour, including, sometimes, an actual additional hour of class interaction. This class meets for an additional hour through the Oral Proficiency Class, a session that appears on the students’ schedule in PAWS in a regularly scheduled classroom.

Oral Proficiency Class

The weekly Oral Proficiency Classes offer the opportunity to converse in Spanish about a variety of topics in a small group setting, and are led by a more advanced undergraduate speaker. Students will improve their oral skills and maximize their chances of reaching an Intermediate oral proficiency level by the end of the course sequence. Active participation in this oral proficiency class is required for success in these courses and will count towards the final grade. The Oral Proficiency Classes Coordinator for all Spanish sections is Prof. Tulia Jiménez-Vergara (BH 314, tjimenez@tcnj.edu). Please click on the following link to view your Oral Proficiency Classes Contract. You will need to print it, sign it and submit it to your regular Spanish class instructor by the second week of classes:

Oral Proficiency Classes Contract

 

Video Component

The video component of the full length movie Sol y viento in Spanish 102 is divided into episodes and will be viewed outside of class. You will then complete a written assignment after each video and we will discuss the plot and characters periodically in class. Sol y viento tells the story of a vineyard in Chile and its potential sale to a corporation that will destroy the land and the lives of the local inhabitants. Students will be encouraged to make guesses about what is taking place in the program even if some of the vocabulary is new or unknown. Sol y viento will be available to students through the NJVid Browser in Canvas. The episodes are also available in the Media and Listening Room in West Library. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO VIEW EACH EPISODE BEFORE CLASS. In class you will be tested on the material presented in the episode. You will most likely not understand everything on the episode. Listen carefully and use the visual cues to aid in comprehension.

Reading assignments

Reading assignments are designed to help Spanish students improve their language skills (in Spanish 102 and Spanish 103). They will serve as a basis for class discussion and in-class compositions, and will appear on chapter tests.

Liberal Learning

Satisfactory completion of Spanish 103 fulfills the Liberal Learning requirement for a foreign language.

Policies

Please refer to the individual course web pages for grading policies, course calendars and further information. All Basic Spanish classes adhere to The College of New Jersey´s policies on attendance, academic integrity and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For further details please see the following web sites:

Spanish 101 texts and materials

Unidos, Classroom Manual with access to MySpanishLab. Guzman, Lapuerta and Liskin-Gasparro, Second Edition, 2016 (Pearson, ISBN 9780134117659).

Spanish 101 Details

 

Spanish 102 texts and materials

Unidos, Classroom Manual with access to MySpanishLab. Guzman, Lapuerta and Liskin-Gasparro, Second Edition, 2016 (Pearson, ISBN 9780134117659).

Sol y viento-A student viewer´s guide (ISBN 9780072965780)

Reading assignments provided by instructors: La gallinita roja, Los tres cerditos, Caperucita Roja, La Cenicienta, Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos.

Spanish 102 Details

 

Spanish 103 texts and materials

Unidos, Classroom Manual with access to MySpanishLab. Guzman, Lapuerta and Liskin-Gasparro, Second Edition, 2016 (Pearson, ISBN 9780134117659).

Reading assignments provided by instructors: El león y el grillito, El príncipe rana, El ratón del campo y el ratón de la ciudad, El conejo es el juez (leyenda maya), La sabiduría de la llama (leyenda incaica), La Llorona (leyenda mexicana), Los árboles de flores blancas (leyenda azteca), La recompensa (leyenda guaraní). Additional reading assignments will vary depending on the instructor.

Spanish 103 Details

 

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