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					HISP 305: Spanish for Oral Communication, MWF 1:30-2:20, King 127
Barbara Sawhill
331 Peters Hall (inside the ILC)

Office hours: Mondays 11-12, Tuesdays 11-12, and by appointment

Messages:      The fastest and most efficient way to contact me is via email. You can also leave a
               message on my voicemail, or stick a written note in my mailbox in 301 Peters.

Teaching Assistant: Vannessa Paláez-Barrios

                                   Online course materials:
    Each student will have a personal blog linked off of this site.
           All out of class work is to be posted to the blog

You must have completed Spanish 204 at Oberlin, or taken the placement exam to enroll in this class. If
you have not taken the placement exam, you must do so immediately. (The exam will be given from
1-4 in the language lab (324 Peters Hall) February 6-10 ONLY.) Prior to enrolling in this course,
students are expected to have a solid grasp of the grammar and structure of the language. Any
remedial grammatical review or vocabulary building will be done outside of class by the student and not
during class.


The ultimate goal of this course is for students to improve their verbal proficiency, linguistic accuracy,
pronunciation and intonation in the Spanish language in order that they may function at an above-average
linguistic ability in a Spanish speaking country, or in a place where Spanish is the predominant spoken

Research has shown that it typically takes 720 hours of speaking practice for an English-speaking adult
with a high academic aptitude to become proficient in a foreign language (Omaggio-Hadley, 1993)1
provided that language bears similarity to the speaker’s first or native language. 2 In a traditional
classroom, if every student were to participate equally in every class, each student would have the
opportunity to speak in the second language (also called L2) for about 2 minutes/class or 6 minutes per
week. Clearly, 6 minutes is not the 700 hours that is desired for L2 proficiency.

What is more, second language acquisition research has also shown that students who WRITE in their L2
on a regular, consistent basis, and review and correct errors regularly, actually SPEAK the L2 better. By
writing, students can develop great fluency and fluidity in the spoken L2. The connection between
writing and speaking is strong, proven and often overlooked.

Omaggio-Hadley, Alice, Teaching Language in Context, Heinle and Heinle, Boston, MA circa 1993
Brown, Richard S., (1997)
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IN CLASS: HISP 305 will not be a traditional language class. For this course to succeed (that is, for the
students to achieve the goal stated above), every member of the class must use the language as much as
possible. Therefore, in class, students must take responsibility for the discussions by attending each class
with assignments/research completed well in advance of the class, and ready to engage in spirited
conversation. Every student will be called on at some point to lead discussion, to give short presentations
and to participate actively in all class exercises. EVERY participant in this class must be willing to be
active, engaged and prepared to speak in Spanish but also must be supportive, encouraging and inclusive
in his/her comments.


   1) Blogs: There are two blogs: the Class Blog ( and your personal
      blog. These will be our means of communication, discussion, argument, etc
      The purpose of the collaborative course blog (el blog central) is to create a common space for the
      class…a starting point, a bypass to the class’ individual blogs.

       As there will be no textbook in this course, the students create the content for the class via the
       blog. This means that as a class the students will decide upon the topics they wish to discuss and
       will be responsible for covering the content to the fullest extent possible using the blog. The blog
       will be used as a way to share ideas, comments, resources, links, points of view BEFORE class in
       order that each of us can come to class ready to discuss the topic DURING class.

   2) Skype®: ( Students will be paired (by the instructor) with native speakers
      of Spanish outside of Oberlin. Students will communicate in Spanish using Skype, either from
      their dorm rooms or in the ILC. Students will be expected to have conversations in Spanish at
      least 2 times per week, and initially at least 15 minutes per conversation.

   3) iPods/iTalks: Students in this class will be loaned an iPod and an iTalk (microphone) to record
      themselves speaking Spanish outside of class.

   4) Podcasts: as students become more familiar with the technology, they will be asked to post to
      their personal blogs the audio files they feel are best representative of their week’s work. (mp3
      files added to a blog = a podcast) By March 1, every student should be posting at least one
      podcast/week. (no more than 10 minutes in length) It is possible (and strongly encouraged) to
      post Skype calls and iTalk recordings as posts.

ATTENDANCE (Department Policy)
It is your responsibility to attend class and keep track of your absences. In case circumstances arise that
prevent you from attending class you are allowed three (3) absences, about which questions will not be
asked nor excuses solicited. These three absences are not “free” but should be used to account for doctor’s
appointments, colds, funerals, weddings, etc. It is also essential to be on time. Coming in late will count
as part of an absence. In accordance with Hispanic Studies Department policy, for any absence more than
three (3), one percent per absence will be deducted from your final class grade. Any student who
has missed more than 10 classes will automatically fail the course.

ATTENDANCE (my policy)
You cannot participate in the class discussions unless you are physically present in the class. While part
of our conversations will happen online, that is not an excuse to miss class. Your grade in this class
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includes your class participation: the more frequently and thoughtfully you participate, the better your
grade will be. Simply put, if you do not come to class on a regular basis, it will be difficult to achieve
anything higher than a C- in this class.

You are expected to adhere strictly to the Oberlin Honor Code. You are expected to neither give nor
receive aid in the completion of exams, quizzes, or any work prepared outside of class that is to be
submitted for a grade. This includes postings to the class blog, your blog, Skype calls, and podcasts:
you may not have anyone read over or correct your work, nor help you write them.

You are, however, welcome to come to my office hours and/or speak with Vannessa about specific
questions you might have should you have questions about your work.


Participation in class discussions, “field trips,” conversations with outside experts, etc = 40%
Contributions to the class/ personal blogs for this class = 40%
Final Project and Oral defense = 20%

(A grading rubric will be provided for each of these categories soon.)

                                         PROGRAMA DE CURSO

lu 6  Introducción al curso, al blog, Skype, los iPods

mi 8    (en el ILC) Explorando el blog, grabando su propia voz con el iPod, como hacer un “podcast”.
        Entrega de los iPods y los iTalks.

        vi 10   En clase

(NOTE: as a class we will decide the deadline for this activity to make sure everyone participates)
     Tarea: Comenzar con sus investigaciones sobre Lorca, España, La Guerra Civil, etc y
     publicar sus comentarios en sus blogs
(NOTE: as a class we will decide the deadline for this activity to make sure everyone participates)


lu 13   Repaso de los blogs, comienzo de la conversación sobre Lorca

mi 15 Charla de Sebastiaan Faber, profesor de español sobre la época de Federico García Lorca: la
Guerra Civil, la historia y la política de aquel entonces

vi 17   La poesía de Lorca (poemas archivados en el iPod)
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lu 20 (en el ILC) Conversaciones con España: esperamos comunicarnos con estudiantes de la
Universidad de Navarra (España) por Skype

mi 22 2nda conversación con el Profesor Faber: Lorca: el poeta.

vi 24 Lorca

lu 27 Lorca

marzo (NOTE: As of March 1st, each student should be posting at LEAST one audio
file/podcast per week, or a minimum of 5 podcasts by spring break….)

mi 1 Charla y conversación con el Profesor Brian Alegant sobre cómo interpretar la música
basada en los poemas de Lorca (las canciones están archivadas en el iPod)

vi3    Segunda charla del Profesor Alegant

lu 6   Viaje al AMAM con los iPods: una visita al “Print Room”

  TEMA 2: EL OTRO 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE: la historia, la política, la poesía, la música de Chile en los
                                       años 70-80

mi 8   Charla del Profesor Steven Volk

vi 10 La poesia de Pablo Neruda, La música de Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Violeta Parra
(la música está archivada en el iPod)

lu 13 La poesia de Pablo Neruda, La música de Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Violeta Parra
(la música está archivada en el iPod)

mi 15 Viaje al AMAM con los ipods: una visita al print room

vi 17 repaso del semestre hasta ahora, comentarios, sugerencias para la segunda mitad del

lu 20 disucssion/ preparation for midterm self assessment

mi 22 no hay clase

vi 24 no hay clase
      5p.m.: midterm self assessments due.

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                   ******** VACACIONES DE LA PRIMAVERA *********

                       la segunda mitad del semestre…. Se anunciará



                               Last day of our class: el 12 de mayo

        Final Revisions to personal blogs must completed and ready for review by 12 noon on
                               May 13th (the last day if classes)

            30 minute Oral Defense: to be scheduled during Exam Period (5/17 – 5/21)

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