Spanish: Language, Technology, Culture
Instructor: James McConnell
Office 307 Withers Hall
Suggestions for success:
Online courses are a great way to obtain information and truly learn at your own pace. However, an obstacle that many
people encounter involves organization and time management. In order to succeed in a course of this nature, it is
imperative to create a schedule to make certain you are completing work in a timely manner. An added benefit of taking
this course will be that by its completion, you will have gained the ability to evaluate your learning style which you can
then apply to other courses or situations you may encounter in the future. Additionally, if you find you are having
difficulties accomplishing a task, try to look at it from a different perspective and if you are unable to complete
something, contact me in advance of the assignment due date so I can assist you in solving the problem.
"Is an online course appropriate for me?"
An online course is appropriate for you if you can answer yes to the following:
I am a very organized individual
I am able to work well within specific time parameters
I have excellent time management skills
I require little to no personal guidance in order to complete assignments
I am competent with my computer skills
I troubleshoot problems and think outside of the box for answers
I anticipate problems / difficulties and am proactive with solutions
I am able to schedule my exams through the DELTA testing center
The course materials can be purchased online through Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble or the store of your choice.
Please make sure you purchase the book based on the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) if you choose to buy
it locally or from a separate site.
Grammar Text: The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice by Ronni L Gordon, David M Stillman.
The ISBN is: 978-0658000751
Audio CD's: The Ultimate Spanish Review & Practice (2CDs + Guide) (Ultimate Review & Reference Series)
The ISBN is: 978-0071451710
Technology Textbook: Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works
The ISBN is: 978-0785824336
Add the CD's to your shopping cart first and they may give you an option to purchase the book and CD's together for a
10% Listening Assignments
40% Exams, Homework, HSW (How Stuff Works) assignments
20% Final exam – not cumulative
30% Culture – Technology Project
Homework and Late Assignments:
Follow the syllabus and have all assignments turned in before 7 pm on the appropriate date. Any homework, HSW,
listening exercises, culture and grammar exercises are all due on the same day. Late assignments will be reduced by 10%
for each day late. Example: an assignment turned in at 8 pm on the assigned day will be considered late and reduced by
10%. You are always welcome to turn in your assignments early.
Students are expected to work within the letter and spirit of the NC State Code of Student Conduct. Please read the
following carefully by the end of the first week of class - Code of Student Conduct. For an academic integrity
violation: there will be a zero for the assignment, final grade will be reduced by one letter grade, and a report will be
filed with/ the Office of Student Conduct. For a second violation: the student will automatically fail the course and a
second report will be filed with the Office of Student Conduct.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. Please register with the Office of
Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For details, please see:
Office of Disability Services for Students. If you already have an accommodation letter from DSS, please schedule an
appointment with me during the first week of class to discuss.
This course fosters free and open dialogue, the acceptance and discussion of different opinions, and mutual respect
among class members. Please consult NC State Policies on Non-Discrimination.
Listening assignments will consist of a short paragraph involving your feedback on the exercise itself and should include
the following: what you liked / did not like about the exercise, whether or not you feel it was beneficial (you can be
honest here), and what you would suggest as an improvement to the exercise. At times I may ask specific questions
about the exercise to make sure you are completing them.
Homework and quizzes:
Homework and quizzes will be emailed to me until the Wolfware and Vista sites are cooperating with me. At that point
you will be able to complete them through the aforementioned sites.
The HSW assignments will consist of you reading the appropriate articles and then emailing me 5 vocabulary words
related to the technology aspects of the article. You may not be able to find the words in a standard dictionary but an
online translator may help. Please email me the vocabulary words in both English and Spanish. As the semester
progresses, some articles will be available in Spanish through a link.
Final Project: Culture / Technology / Society:
Research an engineering design that reflects some aspect of Hispanic culture (see list). It should focus on someplace in
Spain. The idea is to exhibit culture and technology working together and even possibly how this form of technology has
influenced the culture. While writing your paper, please answer the following:
What is its function?
What societal needs guided its creation?
Who uses it?
What does it reveal about its culture?
What engineering innovations were used?
What fields of engineering may have been involved?
How does it work?
What purpose does it serve?
How does it reflect the culture that created it?
Optionally, explain the basic engineering concept in designing it.
You will have a lot of freedom with this and can begin at any point during the semester. By March 12th you should
email me your idea for your project. You are welcome to view the sample paper and presentation on my website but do
not feel compelled to follow them to the letter because I would like to see what you can create.
Examples from the past were: a presentation on how water from the aqueduct is used today to make beer and how that
affected the local culture, the change from the peseta to the Euro and people’s response (negative response and the actual
making of the coins), food and cooking (regional foods in addition to popularity of dishes), Spanish dancing (flamenco
dancer came to class and an explanation of the steps as well as the history and why it is performed), incorporation of the
AVE in Spain and transportation (done as a skit with comparisons of other methods of transport), Formula One Racing
and how it’s advent is starting to change Spanish culture.
Mosque in Córdoba
Solar power plant in Toledo
Gothic cathedral in Segovia
Aqueduct in Segovia
Cathedral in Toledo
Coins: history and fabrication
Textiles: fabrication and in painting (e.g. Velázquez) / literature
Wind Power in Spain
AVE (High Speed Train)
To return to me before the course deadline:
Produce a visual for presentation in Spanish. Power point is a great tool but you are welcome to use another
method as long as it can easily be viewed and does not involve purchasing additional software. Other options
would be Picasa Web, PDFs or any other “slide show” type of program. Email me the project, send me a disc
through the U.S. mail or bring a copy to my office. Please reduce the file size if you will be emailing the project;
preferably below 500 kb.
Written (typed) report – three full pages in English or two full pages in Spanish
Include a Works Cited page and cite your quotes so I know where you obtained your information.
Please see below for the weekly syllabus with assignments
Spring 2009 - FLS 212: Weekly Schedule / Horario Semanal
Date Chapter (Tópicos del Gramática More How Stuff Cultura Comprensión Auditiva Tarea para
(Fecha) (Cap.) libro de texto) leer y Works (MHSW) enviarme del libro
escribir leer: de gramática
Video Game http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain#C Disco 1: 1, 2, 3, 4
El Presente del Ej: D, E, I, R
15 enero 1 indicativo 3-14 Systems ulture
Automated Teller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educatio Disco 1: 5, 6, 7, 8
Ej: A, F, G, H
22 enero 2 Ser y Estar 15-24 Machines n_in_Spain
Los Gerundios y Oil Refining Disco 1: 30
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Ac Ej: A, C, D, I, L
29 enero 10 tiempos 129-138 p. 42-43
Oil Drilling http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_ Disco 2: 5, 6
Ej: B, C, I, J
5 febrero 15 Los Infinitivos 195-204 p. 76-78 art
Hurricanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_ Disco 2: 3, 4
Ej: A, C, D
12 febrero 14 Los Mandatos 181-194 p. 80-81 literature
Rainforests http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_ Disco 2: 19, 20, 21, 22
19 febrero 22 Las Preposiciones 303-322 p. 98-99 architecture Ej: A, C, H, M
Examen 1: Entregado antes de las 7, el 19 de febrero
The Sun http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_o Disco 1: 25, 26, 27
Ej: A, D, F, H, M
26 febrero 7 Los Reflexivos 87-106 p. 109-111 f_Spain
Light Bulbs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_ Disco 1: 13, 14, 15, 16
Ej: B, F, G, K, N
5 marzo 4 El Pretérito 41-56 p. 140 of_Spain
Semiconductors http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_ Disco 1: 17, 18, 19, 20
Ej: A, J, L, M
12 marzo 5 El Imperfecto 57-74 p. 146-147 cuisine
Idea para su proyecto de cultura y tecnología entregado antes de las 7, el 12 de marzo – en inglés
Solar Cells http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_i Disco 1: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
El Futuro y El Ej: B, D, J, L
19 marzo 6 Condicional 75-86 p. 149-150 n_Spain
X-Ray Machines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_h Disco 1: 29
Los Tiempos Ej: A, J, K, M
26 marzo 9 Perfectos 115-128 p. 174-175 olidays_in_Spain
Magnetic Disco 1: 28
Resonance Ej: B, G
2 abril 8 Construcciones 107-114 Imaging
Examen 2: Entregado antes de las 7, el 2 de abril
Plasma Displays Disco 1: 31, 32
El Subjuntivo: Ej: C, D, H
p. 218 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVE
9 abril 11 Presente y Pres. 139-156
CD Burners http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambr Disco 1: 33, 34
El Subjuntivo: El Ej: C, D, E, G
16 abril 12 Imperfecto 157-170 p. 238-239 a
EL Subjuntivo: Instant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andaluci Disco 2: 1, 2
Ej: A, C, F, H
23 abril 13 Cláusulas 171-180 Messaging a
Adverbiales p. 246-247
Proyecto de cultura y tecnología entregado antes de las 7, el 23 de abril
Remote Entry No hay comprensión
30 abril 28 Errores Comunes 385-393 p. 257-258 auditiva Ej: A, B, C, G
Examen final: debido antes de las 7, el 5 de mayo
Gramática – 3 points per exercise
Technología - 1 point per vocabulary word WITH sentence
Video Game Systems
5 vocabulary words in English and Spanish and then used in sentences.
Video game = videojuego
1. Los videojuegos son más divertidos que juegos de mesa.
Comprensión Auditiva - 3 points per exercise
You will also need to include your opinion / reflection on the listening activities.
Cultura - 3 points
There will be questions on the website modules for you to answer, regarding the Wikipedia links you will read.