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SPAN&222 (Spanish V) Winter 2012

Classroom : IB 3325

Mon & Wed 5:30-7:45 pm

INSTRUCTOR: Cristina C. Zahajko
Office Hours: 5:00-5:25 pm M.W
12:00-12:50pm M.T.W.Th (perferably by appt.)

Telephone: (206) 934-4539
Fax: (206) 934- 3784

E - mail: cristina.zahajko@seattlecolleges.edu

Web page: http://facweb.northseattle.edu/czahajko


TUTORING CENTER - language learning assistance:

Page One Writing and Language Center

Find it under tutoring:


Hi Cristina,

I heard this song in my 1st year of Spanish and I've remembered the Capitals of Latin America ever since! Check it out at the link below


Hasta Luego,


>Horizontes - Repaso y conversación Quinta Edición (Spanish Edition) ISBN 0-471-47600-5 Gilman/ Levy-Konesky - Wiley - (Companion Web Site - www.wiley.com/college/gilman
>Spanish for Business & Finance - Jarvis Lebredo, 7th Ed. ISBN 0-618-50574-1 HOUGHTON (Student Website - http://www.college.hmco.com/students

At least one current Spanish language newspaper, such as La Opinión or Sea Latino.

This is the link to the Destinos video -



COURSE DESCRIPTION: SPAN& 222 is the 2nd segment of the intermediate level.   
Completion of the 100 series (121-3) and SPAN& 221 or instructor's permission is required.

In this segment students learn about HISPANIC CULTURE, ART, LITERATURE and CURRENT EVENTS while reviewing and expanding on the grammatical structures introduced in the first level. SPAN& 222 focuses on highlights from different Spanish speaking countries. The course is  conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to have knowledge of all verbal and other grammatical structures.
All four elements of language learning , i.e., reading, writing, speaking and listening are equally emphasized  in the classroom interaction.

The communicative skills are measured by:

* class participation (regular attendance is crucial)
* class presentations
* preparation of material  for classroom interaction
* interviews and discussions with guest speakers
* communication, conversation, drills, and interviews with fellow classmates  


A) Based on General Education ( NSCC)(2006)

A Definition of General Education

In accordance with the mission of N S C C , the college community affirms the place of general education in all programs. 

General education provides the non-specialized portion of students' education, emphasizing attitudes necessary to function as a citizen and life-long learner, skills required for college level inquiry and competence, and knowledge that demonstrates awareness of the complex world in which we live.


To help students achieve the outcomes of general education, certain attitudes should pervade the entire culture of NSCC and encourage faculty, staff and students to:

•  Recognize the value of intellectual inquiry, personal responsibility, and ethical behavior.

•  Discover the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge.

•  Demonstrate a willingness to learn from many cultures, persons, methods, and viewpoints.

•  Be actively involved in the community.

•  Find joy in the process of self-discovery, in expressing oneself creatively, and in life­long learning.


General education will provide introduction and practice in the ability to think critically, to use quantitative reasoning, to write, to demonstrate information literacy, to use computer skills, to work in groups, and to deal with diversity. 

This course will satisfy the following:

Outcome 1. Think critically in reading and writing .

Outcome 3. Discover, develop, and communicate one's own creative and critical ideas in writing and to respond in effective writing to the spoken, written, and visual ideas of others.

Outcome 4. Access, evaluate, and apply information from a variety of sources and a variety of contexts.

Outcome 6. Work and communicate effectively in groups.

Outcome 7. Deal constructively with information, ideas, and emotions associated with such issues of diversity and conflict as culture, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, and abilities.

Outcome 8. Understand major ideas, values, beliefs, and experiences that have shaped human history and cultures.

Outcome 9. Understand artistic expression as an essential human and cultural phenomenon.

Outcome 11. Understand the nature of the individual and the relationship between the self and the community.

Outcome 12. Understand the United States as a multicultural society.

Outcome 13. Understand the elements of a global society.

B) Specifically:

By the end of SPAN&222 students will

+ have continued improving their writing skills and style in Spanish.   They will be replacing basic vocabulary with more idiomatic formations

+ have used and practiced all of the grammatical structures, but thoroughly reviewed and expanded on the  past  tenses, commands and the object pronouns                               

+ have been introduced to cultural, artistic, literary, geographic, historic, economic,  etc., highlights of most of the Spanish- speaking countries and regions        

+ have knowledge of important current events in the Hispanic world and know  how  to find them with multimedia resources

+ be aware of local activities in our Hispanic community.

Grammatical structures, vocabulary, idioms, written assignments and oral drills will be taken from >>Horizontes -

and Basic Spanish for Medical Personnel


 (Suggested Organization)

#1.  A notebook with 5 divisions is ideal for this course:  

A.  Classroom notes  
B.     1.  List of homework assignments  
    2.  Homework with page and exercise numbers  
 C. Verbs  
    1.  Regular  
    2.  Irregular
    3.  With Prepositions
D.  Vocabulary  
    1.  Nouns  
      a.  Masculine
      b.  Feminine  
    2.  Adjectives  
  E.   Idiomatic Formations  

II. Suggested sitting organization .

In order to have more effective conversational practices, students are asked to rotate their seating arrangement in the classroom each meeting day.   This will enable them to mix and interact with students of all levels.


The final grade will be based on the total number of points earned during the quarter.  
The maximum of 390 points will be computed as follows:
Class presentation:

On the first week of the term, students will randomly draw the name of a Spanish-speaking country/region and will be scheduled to make

a 2-page 15-minute presentation followed by a brief question-and-answer session. (PLEASE KEEP IT TWO DOUBLE- SPACED - #12 font -PAGES ONLY - STUDENTS WHO GET Argentina, Perú, México and Spain could have 3 pages ) (This presentation needs to specifically address the 10 elements listed on  the syllabus below) (*).  50 points


*Each presentation must contain: ***(Library link for this projects)*** e: http://libguides.northseattle.edu/Spanish #

1. Geographical highlights, i.e. longest river, highest mountain.
2. Historical background
3. Population, ethnic distribution, etc.
4. Major economic activity, i.e. import, export.
5. Environmental protection consciousness.

6. Political structure, government in power, etc.
7. Major literary, artistic and other national figures.
8. Current event - (No more than a year old).
9. Regional report of human interest

10. Regional music.

11. A simple regional recipe.

I.      Students' presentation dates will be randomly drawn.

II.   Students will turn in :

a.       The 2- page written (no less no more) presentation at least a  class day before its delivery.
b.       A list of new vocabulary to be corrected by the instructor and then distributed to all students by  the presenter, with illustrations and attachments,   the class day before the oral delivery.  The vocabulary must  be handed in to the instructor for correcting 3 days  prior to the presentation.

The vocabulary list must  be presented in the following manner:

(Spanish) - (English)
A)  Sustantivos

* masculino  
* femenino

B)  Verbos  
They should always be listed in the infinitive forms, showing stem changes or other irregularities in parenthesis, i.e. volar (ue) = to fly

C)   Expresiones Idiomáticas i.e., hablar sin ton ni son

P.S.  Include in the vocabulary list any words or expressions that you had to look up in the dictionary, any pertinent illustrations are greatly encouraged.

III. The presentation should be limited to 15 minutes to allow a 5 minute question-and-answer session.

NOTE:  All of the above elements will be reflected in the grade, i.e.

+ the vocabulary list turned in neatly and on time.
+a well-structured written presentation - corrected before the delivery ONLY BY THE INSTRUCTOR
+selection of audio/visual aids.
+oral presentation - pronunciation, etc.




A student will receive up to 100 points for his/her participation in class.  The instructor's criteria will be based on discussion of written and oral assignments, pronunciation, reading techniques, preparation of questions for classroom dialogues and class attendance.

        directly derived from attendance, i.e. 5:30-7:45pm MW.)
           homework - turned in or reviewed in class on the  day that it is due.
           Pronunciation.  Class participation.  Reading Skills.
         Comprehension and structure.  Overall oral proficiency.   100 points 

VERY IMPORTANT:  Class attendance is mandatory and the key element in grading class participation.  If the student foresees more than THREE HOURS of absenteeism during the quarter, s/he must discuss the circumstances with the instructor. 

Current events: Each student will make a 5-minute oral commentary on a current event related to the Hispanic Culture. The subjects will not be preassigned. Students will be reminded to search through the spectrum of spanish-speaking regions and not concentrate repeatedly on one country, i.e., Mexico. (This does not have to be written) IT MUST BE PRESENTED IN STUDENT'S OWN WORDS; NOT READ. 10 points ]

Internet Resources
CNN en Español
The Latino On-line News Network (LATNN.com)
Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs

On the  day in which the current event was presented, the same student will announce between one  and 3 local activities in the Hispanic Community.  This is a simple report of WHAT, WHEN, WHY something is going on and HOW MUCH it costs. (Students are encouraged to check for Hispanic community events, films, presentations, speakers, programs, concerts, dances, etc.)

QUIZ GRADE (FROM GUEST SPEAKERS OR OTHER ASSIGNMENTS):     There will be 3 quizzes. These could be sets of questions for guest speakers or other assignments. Each one will be worth 10 points and will be labeled "QUIZ" on the web assignment page.   (THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT GRADE ­THE SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT WILL BE PICKED UP ONLY ON THE DAY THAT IS DUE) 30 points

   Exams                                                                                                       200 points

  1.    A 2-page typewritten essay due on Wednesday, FEB. 22

(Using the 3 forms of the past tense reviewed during this term (imperfect, preterite, and past perfect) students will write in Spanish "Mi cuento favorito" o " La historia favorita - de mi niñez"            100 points

2. Final 100 points

a) Cultural and literary segment . A selection of  questions about the presentations (it may be a take-home) .  Students will select and write in essay form, 3 pages about 2 of the four topics given, based on the presentations and other classroom discussions,      

b) Grammatical segment .  A series of question-and-answers and translations based on the grammatical  structures reviewed during the quarter. (MOSTLY THE PAST TENSES)

Total :                                                                                                       390 points

***VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This course is not designed for students who have a reasonable knowledge of the language and want to take a couple of exams. If this is your situation, please ask about our Challenge exams.


Other Credits:
*a) Perfect attendance - full session 5:30-7:45pm -10 points

*b) Extra credit from the selection following:

To a maximum of            10 points

* 5 min. skit (turn in a written draft to be corrected before oral presentation)

*Class presentation and drill of a grammatical point.
* Presentation of "how to use or operate" something (full explanation given in Spanish)
* Written presentation of vocabulary and its application -from sources outside of the textbook - i.e. magazines, films, radio, TV, Internet, etc.
* Meeting of study groups --students must obtain a standard form to record the 5 meetings (detailed explanation is required)
* Peer-tutoring helping a classmate at least 5 different times for one hour each time. Tutor gets credit. (Form must be obtained)
* Reviewing a local Hispanic restaurant (non-chain) and turning a paragraph of at least 10 sentences using the preterit and the imperfect forms of the past, vocabulary for foods and partitive expressions.

*Conversation Hour - Students will receive 3 points for meeting 5 times for 1 hour each time. Schedule will be listed on assignments page (need to turn in the attendance form (signed-by-the- facilitator)]

* Etc. (please submit your suggestions)

* Service Learning. Students may get 5 points for working as volunteers in a Spanish-speaking helping capacity. Students must work at least 5 hours. They must present a) documentation signed by the supervisor of the program b) a brief report 10 sentences in Spanish about the project.

*Mini-porfolio "Mi vida en español" Making Learning Visible (Best work will be exhibited at the symposium in June) . Organizing all "para entregar" homework after rewriting all corrections, illustrating and turning it in. (Students must make all of the corrections in order to get the full points) 3 points

*Conversation. Students will receive 3 points for participating 5 hours in the conversation sessions offered by the Loft. (Note this is not the regular "tutoring" session)

* Borderline students (with excellent class participation ) may be granted up to: 3 bonus points (usually on exam #1)



Exams: Wed. Feb 22 ( At-home essay)
            Wed. March 14 (Cultural segment)

Mon. March 19 (Grammatical segment)
Holidays (Mondays):    January 20 (Dr. MLKing's Birthday) and February 20 (President's Day).

The Seattle Community Colleges use a numerical grading system.  Numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades as follow:

                        A                        94-100                  3.9-4.0                         (367-390)
                        A-                       91-93                    3.5-3.8      Excellent    (355-366)
                        B+                      88-90                    3.2-3.4                         (343-354)
                        B                        84-87                    2.9-3.1       High        (328-342)
                        B-                       81-83                    2.5-2.8                         (316-327)
                        C+                      78-80                    2.2-2.4                         (304-315)
                        C                        74-77                    1.9-2.1     Average       (289-303)
                        C-                       71-73                    1.5-1.8                         (277-288)
                        D+                      66-70                    1.2-1.4                         (257-276)
                        D                        60-65                    0.9-1.1    Minimum      (234-256)
                        D-                       55-59                    0.7-0.8                         (215-233)
                        E                                                       0.0 Unsatisfactory  (214 and below)

Students cannot receive a grade of W (withdraw) after the eighth week of classes.  If you need to withdraw from this class for any reason, please do so before the final day of the eighth week.

Accommodations for students with disabilities.

In our commitment to student learning we want to support all students. If you have a disability that will affect your performance in this class please let me know . Students with disabilities are encouraged to use Disability Services for support in implementing reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. You may make an appointment with Disability Services by calling (206) 934 3697 or stopping by the DS office on the 2 nd floor of the Campus Center.


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