Christina Isabelli-García, PhD
Illinois Wesleyan University
210 E. University Ave.,
Bloomington, IL 61701
Texts (available at IWU Bookstore or on-line)
Foerster, Lambright, Alfonso-Pinto. (2003). Punto y Aparte: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency. 2nd Edition. New York: McGraw Hill.Course Description
Every effort will be made to stick to the course syllabus, but variations are inevitable. It is the responsibility of the student to find out what modifications have been made in the syllabus, if any, and arrive for class appropriately prepared.Course Boals:
This course offers you an opportunity to expand vocabulary, improve grammatical accuracy and, as the title of the book suggests, master paragraph-length discourse (punto y aparte is the phrase for starting a new paragraph). We will do tasks and discuss real-world situations to accomplish these goals. To master paragraph-length discourse we will exercise seven communicative skills:
Describe ~ Compare and contrast ~ React and recommend ~ Narrate in the past
Discuss our likes ~ Make hypotheses ~ Talk about the future
In addition, we will read the book, La aventura de Miguel Littín, clandestino en Chile, by Gabriel García Márquez. Although reading an entire novel in Spanish may seem overwhelming, it will aid in improving your comprehension of Spanish and you will find a great sense of accomplishment in doing so. Finally, the main goal of this course is for you to communicate more effectively in Spanish.
The final grade will be based on student performance in the following:
Written Exams: You will have one mid term exam and one comprehensive final exam. Both are comprehensive; both reflect the information from our readings and in class activities.
Oral Exams: You will have two oral exams. The exams are one-on-one interviews with me and deal with specific situations relating to topics we will be discussing class. This oral has two parts. In the analytic part, which consists of questions based on vocabulary and structures, responses are scored for correctness. In the global part, which consists of situations or topics, overall proficiency is assessed through performance in a conversation. The question/answer scale emphasizes accuracy; the conversation/situation scale emphasizes the ability to sustain a conversation. You will also have an oral presentation with a group, topic to be determined.
Preparation/Homework: You need to read over the appropriate pages of the textbook or novel, do the assigned homework, and come to class with questions and comments about the material assigned for that day. Assigned homework includes pages from the manual and your answers to the chapter-reading guides for Miguel Littín.
Participation: Each class you are expected to speak and, when possible, respond to what others say. You will receive a participation grade for each day of the week. If you are not in class you will receive a 0 for participation that day. Active daily participation in class is a required part of the course and will be evaluated every day according to a 3-point scale. The points are awarded as follows:3 - student well prepared for class shown through frequent oral participation, frequently leads discussion, and can expand effectively on topic
2 - prepared, but must be encouraged to participate, may speak English
1 - doesn’t talk; prepared or preparation inadequate to allow full participation; asleep; disruptive to groups
0 - no preparation; absent from class
Elizabeth Johnson Monday and Thursdays 9am-12pm
No need to make an appointment, just show up. Buck 108 (Language Resource Center)
I will make myself available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Before course accommodations will be made, students may be required to provide documentation to the Associate Provost, 211 Holmes Hall, 556-3107.