POPULAR CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY SPAIN

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					        POPULAR CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY SPAIN



Sra. Martin                                    office hours: 3 rd , 5 th ,
2009-2010                                      8 th or by appointment
                                               Cell# 443-4305

                        COURSE DESCRIPTION



Popular Culture in Contemporary Spain is intended for those who
have a solid foundation in Spanish Language and wish to explore the rich
world of Spanish culture. Our class time will be spent listening to, watching
and reading authentic sources (music, TV programs, periodicals, etc.). We
will discuss their meaning, share ideas and express opinions. Through these
endeavors students will come to understand what life in contemporary Spain
is like as well as the historic, economic, and social underpinnings that
shaped the country.

Students will:
     • Study contemporary Spain though TV, documentaries, music, the
        text: España contemporanea, internet sites and more
     • Demonstrate comprehension and express ideas and opinions
        regarding historical, social, and political information studied
     • Identify important people, periods and events in Spanish history
        and understand how they relate to life and social themes in current
        day Spain
     • Continue to develop their language skills by studying theme related
        vocabulary and conversational/colloquial expressions
     • Review grammatical structures using web-activities
     • Make oral presentations (formal and informal) on a variety of
        topics
     • Participate in classroom discussions and debates
     • Write essays, short papers
     • Conduct independent research and write a 3-5 page (typed) research
        based final project per semester
Course Guidelines
I. Academic Expectations
It is expected that you:
      • DON’T MISS CLASS!! Since a significant portion of our class
        time is spent viewing the shows, films, etc., it is crucial that
        students attend class daily. Any work missed due to an
        unexcused absence will result in a zero. If a student has
        more than three unexcused absences, s/he will be asked to
        drop the class. If you have an excused and miss part of the show
        we are viewing, you must come to me before school to make
        arrangements to view it during your lunch/free period in a room
        assigned by me. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO -- Make-
        up work as soon as possible!          Get the assignment (from me,
        my website, a classmate …)
      • Participate dynamically in class (participation is 30% of the
        grade).
      • Speak Spanish at ALL TIMES! – if you can’t or won’t;
        this is not the class for you.
      • Complete Reading assignments with care and accuracy -- there
        will be reading quizzes, grades discussions, etc. I expect
        you to Look up necessary vocabulary and make a list of questions
        you have.
      • Be prepared for discussions, debates, and class activities
      • Focus on grammar and vocabulary as you read (it is a great review)
      • Write your assigned essays on the computer DOUBLE SPACED
      • Please --Communicate any concerns you may have so I can give
        you the help you need. I have office hours 3rd, 5th, 8th or by
        appointment.


II. Behavioral Expectations
      • Be considerate and respectful to all
      • Be here -- everyday-- on time. We will follow the school wide
        tardy policy.
        • Speak Spanish at ALL TIMES! – if you can’t or won’t;
          this is not the class for you.
        • Come prepared to listen, think and discuss.
        • Enjoy this class! (A good sense of humor and positive attitude
          are appreciated and rewarded!)



III. PHONES: PLEASE –TURN THEM OFF!!

  I.      If I see or hear your phone during class you will have to give it to me
          for the rest of the period.

  II.     If there is a 2 ND occurrence your parents will be contacted
          and you will forfeit your phone until the end of the day.

  III.    In case of a third occurrence, your parents will be contacted
          and you will be expected to turn your phone in to me at the
          beginning of class each day for the rest of the quarter NO
          EXCEPTIONS!



IV. Materials - You should bring the following materials to class everyday:

  •     A BINDER WITH DIVIDERS IS MANDATORY. THERE
        WILL BE BINDER CHECKS – FOR POINTS! Also, pen / pencil
        and loose-leaf paper that will fit your binder.
  • Assigned readings and handouts – it is essential that you save all
    handouts , ALL YEAR LONG! YOU WILL NEED THEM TO DO
    YOU RESEARCH AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS.
For use at home – A GOOD SPANISH /ENGLISH DICTIONARY IS
ESSENTIAL!!!!! (You can use on-line dictionaries, wordreference.com is a
good site).
IV. Grading

Homework, quizzes, tests

Projects, presentations, etc…   70%


Oral Participation, daily assignments,
attendance                       30%

THERE WILL BE A FINAL PROJECT INCLUDING AN
ORAL PRESENTATION AND A 3-5 PAGE PAPER
PER SEMESTER. THESE WILL TAKE THE PLACE
OF A FINAL EXAM.