ROCHESTER COMMUNITY and TECHNICAL COLLEGE
SPANISH 2101 Ontoño 2005
4 credits - 4 hours
Instructor: Lilliam Arroyave Office Hours: 2:00 – 3:00
Office: PH 407 (507) 285-7109 (and by appointment).
Home: (507) 289-2293
OVERVIEW OF SECOND YEAR SPANISH
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:
The second-year sequence of Spanish has two primary goals: (1) to enable students to acquire and develop the
language skills necessary for meeting the foreign language General Education Requirements, and (2) to serve as a
bridge between first-year Spanish and advanced language and literature courses at the third-year level. Thus, second-
year activities are designed to further your language learning in both the "acquisition mode" and the "learning mode".
As in the first year, work in class is primarily centered around oral activities which are designed to provide you with
understandable examples of the language in use and to give you the opportunity to interact with both your instructor
and other students using Spanish in a meaningful way. At the same time, there is an increased emphasis on grammar
learning and on accuracy in the production of written Spanish.
Students will practice critical thinking skills by developing an initial understanding, analyzing and comparing
differences between Hispanic Latino world values and their own, as well as learning to respect and appreciate them.
Students will also gain a global perspective by being more receptive to the differences among the Spanish and English
speaking countries by studying cultural, social, economic, religious, and linguistic differences which impact
international relations. [Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Competencies satisfied by this course: Global Perspective,
Critical Thinking] HA
By the end of second-year Spanish, you should be able to do the following:
a. Comprehend the spoken language in one-to-one conversations and in formal situations such as a class lecture
(although it is not expected that you will understand all vocabulary items);
b. Speak the language well enough to interact with Spanish speakers and fulfill daily needs if you were living in a
c. Understand the basic rules of Spanish grammar and use them consciously in a formal writing setting, such as
taking a test or writing a composition;
d. Read essays and short narratives (although again it is not expected that you will know all vocabulary items);
e. Understand cultural values of the Hispanic world and the reasons for differences between that culture and your
Fall - Span 2101 Spring - Span 2902
Prerequisite: Span 1101-1102
Research in second language acquisition has shown that the two most important factors in the acquisition and learning
of a second language are the motivation to acquire and use the language and the time spent in contact with the
language. Thus, in the long run your degree of success depends greatly on you. The class will be conducted mainly
in Spanish. Students should expect to answer oral questions by the instructor.
Avance, Cuaderno de Practica, 5th Edicion by Bretz & Dvorak
Avance, 5th Edicion by Bretz & Dvorak
Students will need to purchase the package of Avance tapes, Lengua, 5th Edicion by Bretz, Dvorak & Kirschner
Pasajes 2101 in order to do the oral exercises.
TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
READ and PREPARE BEFORE Class. Students should study 2 hours for each calls time.
23 Repaso (Review)
24 Write an Introduction Noticias
25 Introduce Students Chapter 1
29 Introduce Students
30 Gender/Number of Nouns, Adjectives, Chapter 1
Present Irregular Verbs/OJO Culture Quiz – Ch. 1
31 Ser/Estar - Estar + Past Participles, Subject
Pronouns/Present Indicative Chapter 1 QUIZ Grammar/VOCAB
1 Direct Objects/Questions Words
5 HOLIDAY – No Classes
6 TEST 1 - WORKBOOK DUE /Composition Draft # 1 Noticias
Impersonal se and Passive se Chapter 2
7 Indirect Objects Skit # 1
8 Sequence of Object Pronouns Culture Quiz – Ch. 2 – (1st part)
12 Imperfect Indicative Chapter 2 Noticias
13 Reflexive Pronouns
14 Reflexive Verbs
15 Reciprocal Reflexive/Gustar and Simular Verbs
19 OJO/Vocab – Demonstrative Adjectives, Composition 1 – Final Draft Noticias
20 Review Test – Ch. 2 VOCAB/Grammar Quiz
21 TEST 2 - WORKBOOK DUE
22 Preterite/Regular Verbs Culture Quiz – Ch 2 (2nd part)
26 Preterite Ir Stem Changing Noticias
27 Preterite Irregular Stems and Endings Chapter 3
28 NO CLASSES – Student Success Day
29 Preterite/Imperfect Contrast/ Hacer in Expression of Time
3 Preterite/Imperfect (Irregulars) Noticias
4 OJO/Review Ch. 3 VOCAB/Grammar Quiz
6 Subjunctive/Mood Concept and Forms Noticias Ch. 3 Culture Quiz
10 TEST 3 - WORKBOOK DUE
11 Imperatives Present/Formal Direct Commands Chapter 4
12 RCTC Global Connection Days 10:00 – 2:00
13 RCTC Global Connection Days 10:00 – 2:00 Extra Points
17 Informal Direct Commands/Subjective Persuasion Chapter 4 Noticias
19 Review Subjunctive
20 MEA – No Class – MN Conf
24 TEST 4 - WORKBOOK DUE
25 Relative Pronouns
26 Positive/Negative Expressions VOCAB/Grammar – Ch. 4
27 Subjunctive Certainty, Doubt/Emotion Ch. 4 – Culture Quiz
31 Subjunctive Emotion-Composition 2 Final Draft Chapter 5 Noticias
2 Review Test Class
3 TEST 5 - WORKBOOK DUE VOCAB/Grammar Quiz – Ch. 5
4 Faculty Duty Day – No Classes
7 NO CLASSES – Career Day
8 Present Perfect Indicative Chapter 6
9 Career Day – No Classes
10 Present Perfect Subjunctive OJO & Vocab Ch. 5 – Culture Quiz
14 Subjunctive Adjective Clauses Ch 6
15 Review Perfects Ch 6
16 Review Subjunctive Ch. 6 – Culture Quiz
18 LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW
21 OJO Vocab/Review Perfects Ch 6 Ch. 6 – Culture Quiz
22 Review Subjunctive Ch 6 VOCAB/Grammar – Ch. 6
23 TEST 6 - WORKBOOK DUE TEST 6
24 Holiday – No Classes
Semana 15 ORAL FINALS WEEK
28 Repaso del Preterito vs Imperfect Ch. 7
29 Repaso del Subjuntive – Past subjunctive Ch. 7
30 Secuencia de tiempos Ch 7 Ch. 7 – Culture Quiz
1 Clausulas Adverviales Ch 7 Ch. 7 – VOCAB/Grammar
Semana 16 ORAL FINALS WEEK
6 Clauses/Adverviates - Review
7 Review Chapter 7 Practice Christmas Program
8 Review Chapter 7 Practice Christmas Program
12 Cultural Information
13 Oral Practice & Videos, Spanish Speaking Guest
15 FALL SEMESTER ENDS
1. Quizzes: Vocabulary (6) 15 points each = 90 pts
Grammar (6) 15 points each = 90 pts
2. Videos (10) 10 points each = 100 pts 100 – 90 = A
80 – 89% = B
3. Tests: (6) 100 pts each = 600 pts 70 – 79% = C
4. Mid-semester Oral (50) = 50 pts 60 – 69% = D
5. Oral Final (Comprehensive) = 50 pts Below 60% = F
6. Skits: (1) 50 each = 50pts
7. Cultural Presentation (1) = 100 pts
8. Participation/Attendance = 25 pts
9. Compositions: (1) 50 each = 50 pts
10. Daily News: (3) 20 each = 60 pts (20 pts up to 5 minutes - 25 pts for over 5 minutes)
12. Enuentros computer lab each week (7) (50)
13. Christmas Concert (1) = 15 pts
14. Juntos Program 2 Visits = 100 pts
*The workbook will raise your total points by 5%.
Syllabus may be altered at instructor discretion - Students are responsible for knowing about the change by
Students are responsible to notify the instructor before the withdrawal date (Nov. 21, 2005) if they do not
understand the material.
Students with special needs should contact the instructor and/or Student Support Services at 280-3120.
Students should expect to answer questions orally in class. Students should be quiet while the instructor is talking.
Inappropriate language is not acceptable.
Students are responsible to keep track of their grades and attendance.
Turn off cell phones and pagers while in class.
*The lowest Vocabulary Quiz will be dropped.
The same test will not be given twice to students - extra points can be obtained by doing special projects - 10 points
maximum. Late papers, rescheduled tests, presentations, etc. will be dropped by one grade. Tests and quizzes may
be rescheduled on the last Wednesday of each month ONLY – September 28, October 27, November 24 from 10:00 –
*The best score given for late papers, rescheduled test, etc. will be a “B”.
EVALUATION METHODS MAY INCLUDE ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. Quizzes/Vocabulary: Will include the vocabulary and grammatical structures in each chapter and selected topics.
Preview vocabulary word could be included.
2. Quizzes Cultura: Will include some of the readings from the cultura book. The quizzes are true or false or open
3. Tests: 100 pts - The tests are patterned after the homework assignments (Fill in the blank, answer the question,
etc). Each test is structures as follows: Listening Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading
Comprehension. Each test covers the grammar and vocabulary practiced since the previous test. No open books
or notes are allowed during the test.
4. Oral Final/Mid-semester Oral: You will be asked to answer oral questions and possibly describe some pictures
related to the grammar and vocabulary practiced through the semester.
5. Juntos Program (Service Learning Program):
Students will tutor two Saturdays per semester (3 hours each; total of 6 hours) to a Hispanic student or interview
(in Spanish) a Hispanic community member. The student will tutor English, basic math, help with homework, and
will participate in learning games or activities. Student will interview (in Spanish) the student’s Hispanic culture
on a topic assigned by the instructor. Student should give the evaluation form to the director of the program, turn
in a self evaluation and a 3-page paper – single spaced, reflecting on the experience. Questions will be handed in.
6. Skits: The skits involve full student participation which will help you develop oral proficiency in the language.
Some examples are role playing situations, debates, paired activities such as interviewing. The goal of these
activities is to provide you with the opportunity of practicing communicative skills in the language rather than
practicing grammatical accuracy. Students must rehearse for the skits outside of class time. Your skit should be
well rehearsed in order to earn the maximum points - props and costumes are highly suggested.
7. Cultural Presentations:* The student will choose a Spanish Country and topic and present to the class 10 minutes
in Spanish with visual aids: poster, map pictures, etc. about the country. It is very important that the student does
not read the information but can use note cards. Students need to hand in any visual aids such as posters and
worksheets. Formal attire is suggested.
8. Attendance: 25 pts given to students with 3 or less absences.
9. Compositions: An integral part of the program is the development of composition skills. You will be assigned to
write a composition. They will be initially corrected by your teacher and the grade you receive for the
composition will be on the average of the grades received on the first and second version. PLEASE NOTE: All
compositions written out of class must be typed, double-spaced, 20 lines minimal, since these are graded
assignments it is expected that you will do your own work.
10. Daily News: Each student will inform the class for about 5-10 minutes of news about a Spanish speaking country.
The student should not read the news. You should go to the newspaper of a Spanish speaking country on the
11. Videos: Please pick up information from 1101.
12. Encuentros: Students must practice with the software 2101 in the computer lab. Chapter 7-7.
13. Workbook: Completion of the workbook and lab manual (Chapter PE - 6) plus the Journals will raise your total
points by 5%. The web site exercises are optional.
14. Encuentros: Students must do the exercise of each Chapter with this software 1 – 7.
15. Spanish Carols: Students will sing Christmas carols in the RCTC Christmas Program.
EXTRA POINTS: Written reports about Spanish speaking countries - ie. food, music, geography, etc.
Research papers, written homework, small group projects, oral presentations. You can receive no more than 10 points
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is checked daily. Students with 3 or less absences will receive 25 points. For more
than 5 missed class periods you will be deducted 5 pts per class missed. Students that miss class for two weeks will be
advised to drop the class. Excused absences are those for which you present a written medical excuse or pre-planned
college approved excursion. Students who are disruptive in class will be asked to leave the room and go to the office
of Director of Instruction. Students MUST call the instructor if missing a class.
MAKE-UP POLICY: Make-ups are allowed for quizzes and tests only in the case of excused absences. If you
know ahead of time that you must miss a test (e.g., for participation in a community college event), you must arrange
with your instructor to take the test before the scheduled date. Otherwise, (e.g., if you are ill) you must arrange to
make up a missed Quiz or Exam given ONLY on the following Wednesdays: August 25, September 29, October 27,
November 24 from 10:00- 11:00
NO EXCEPTIONS. Students or a relative MUST call the instructor if they miss a class!
TESTS (100 points each)
600 Total Points
Vocab/Grammar (15 pts) Culture (15 pts) Culture Quiz or Video Reaction Paper (10 pts)
Chapter 1 _______ ____________ ___________
**The lowest Quiz will be dropped**
Mid Semester Oral (1 x 50 pts)
Oral Final (1 x 50 pts)
Skits (1 x 50 pts)
Country Presentation (1 x 100)
Attendance (25 pts)
Extra Points (10 pts)
Study Group (10 pts)
Written Composition (50 pts)
Daily News 3 (20 pts) (1) (2) (3)
Christmas Concert (15 pts)
Juntos Program 2 visits 100
Videos 10 (10 pts each) 100