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SPAN&223 (Spanish VI) Spring 2012

CLASSROOM: IB 3325 (5:30-7:45pm Mo and Wed)

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

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

E - mail: cristina.zahajko@seattlecolleges.edu

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

* for homework - go to Ass223Spring.HTM

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,


TUTORING CENTER - language learning assistance:

Page One Writing and Language Center

Find it under tutoring:



This is the link to the Destinos video -




TEXTBOOKS:        Rosaura A Las Diez, Marco Denevi ISBN 0-13-783234-6 (Prentice Hall) or MACMILLAN ISBN 0-02-328440-4
>Horizontes - Repaso y conversación Quinta Edición (Spanish Edition) ISBN 0-471-47600-5 Gilman/ Levy-Konesky - Wiley - (Companion Web Site - www.wilwy.com/college/gilman )

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   SPAN&223 (Spanish VI) is the third segment of the 2nd-year series  which strongly emphasizes oral and written communication. Students continue learning about Hispanic Cultures, Art, Literature and Current Events while reviewing and expanding on the grammatical structures introduced in the first level. This process is done through oral presentations, classroom discussions, reading and writing essays. Students also read and discuss a hispanic novel.

While in SPAN&221(Spanish IV) there was a great emphasis on reviewing the different structures of the present tense and   in SPAN&222 (Spanish V) on reviewing all of the past tenses,   in SPAN&223 (Spanish VI) the emphasis is on reviewing all of the subjunctive mood, the command forms, the future tenses and the conditional mood.

The course  is conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to have a basic 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 daily interaction.

Communicative skills are measured by:


A) Based on General Education ( North Seattle Community College)(2005)

Definition of General Education

... the mission of North Seattle Community College , 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 General Education outcomes:

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 13. Understand the elements of a global society.

B) Specifically:

  By the end of  the SPAN&221-3 series students will:

+ be able to communicate in Spanish with ease.

+ be able to teach Spanish grammatical structures and conversation at basic levels.

+ have done major stylistic  improvements in their writing skills, be able to use many idiomatic expressions and have expanded  on the knowledge of  the grammatical structures, i.e., by  understanding family of words, adjective formations in lieu of noun forms, etc.

+ know the main cultural, artistic, geographic, historic, economic, etc. Hispanic highlights and be familiarized with Hispanic authors and artists.

+ have thoroughly read, discussed and written about,  a Hispanic novel. Feel confortable about reading on their own, novels  and short stories in Spanish. 

+ know about important current events in the Hispanic world and know how to search for them with multimedia resources.  Be able to read  newspaper articles on their own.

+ be aware of local activities in our Hispanic community and be able to participate in them and interact in Spanish.  


Regular attendance, punctuality and participation.

An average of five hour of homework per week,.


NOTE: Exercises from Horizontes and from   Rosaura A Las Diez, will be reviewed in class. Other individualized homework will be picked up, corrected and graded by the instructor. The completion of all assigned homework is mandatory in order to receive a grade for this course. .

(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  

#2.  Sitting arrangement.        

In order to have more effective conversational practices, please rotate your seating arrangement in the classroom each day. (This will enable you to adapt to different people and work with students of all levels of language knowledge).

Throughout the course we will read and discuss thoroughly the Argentinian novel Rosaura a las diez.

Because it is a detective story and much speculation is done as we advance segment by segment, we ask students to absolutely not read ahead.

A schedule for the reading assignments is given below.


GRADING SYSTEM: 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:

There will be 2 brief-oral presentations made during the course of the quarter.  Each of them will be followed by a question-and-answer segment.

1.             A 15- minute discussion of an assigned Exercise. D (Topics for discussion) from Rosaura.

(This will be done in pairs (or larger groups), if possible, and each student will be graded separately).     50 points

2.            A 2-5 minute oral presentation of a current event in the Hispanic world.                                              10 points

The dates will be preassigned and there will be no written requirements in conjunction with these presentations.  Students are encouraged to speak without notes and to activate the rest of the students into discussions.

NOTE:The grade will be based on:

  •  structure

  • pronunciation

  • clarity

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.  5:30-7:45 M.W.pm daily.

* 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 .   

***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.


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


Final Exam:            Consisting of three parts:                                                 200 points

 1. A brief 100-point essay-due Wed.  6/1 on Rosaura a  Las  Diez.

  2.  A choice of topics about the presentations and the Rosaura a  Las  Diez written in essay form (75 points).

 3. A question-and-answer segment based on the grammatical structures reviewed during the quarter (25 points).

Total:                                                                                                               390 points

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. mag., 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.

*Exam correcting (SPAN&123 - great review of the subjunctive structures)- 3 different times per quarter - 1-2 hrs each time.

*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

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

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.














Leer Introducción



Leer: sp. 1-39







Ejs A-C ps168-70

Pres. D ps 171-2



Leer: ps 39-80


Cuest.ps 172-4 (cs.4-7)




Ejs A-C ps174-6

Pres. D ps176-7



Leer: ps 80-98


Cuest.ps 177-8





Ejs A-C ps178-80

Pres. D ps180-1





Cuest. p182

(David Canta)




Ejs A-C ps183-4

Pres. D ps184-5






(Conv.con el asesino)




Ejs A-C ps 187-8

Pres.D ps 188-9






(Declaración de la Srta Eufrasia)




Ej A-C p192-3

Pres. D p194







Ensayo sobre Rosaura a las diez *

(2 págs de texto procesado)






sobre los ensayos

de los compañeros

(prueba- quiz grade)

(preparado en casa)


Examen Final

(tipo ensayo sobre “Rosaura”

(preparado en casa)



Examen Final

sobre estructuras gramaticales basadas en “Rosaura”

(en clase)


*   1)   Desarrollo de un personaje

2)                        hilo temático (i.e.,detectivesco, romántico, social, psicológico, etc.)

    3)                       aspecto de la novela (i.e, contrastes, “arte dentro del arte”, uso de metáforas, animales, flores, etc.)  


(Your 2 individualized dates for  Rosaura… and Current Events)

Essay on Rosaura…Wed. May 30

Final Exam (Literary topics - take home) Mon. June 11

Final Exam (Grammatical - based on "Rosaura a las 10") Wed June 13 - (5:30pm)(in-class)

Holidays:      Monday , May 28 (Memorial 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 527-3697 or stopping by the DS office on the 2 nd floor of the Campus Center.

Seattle College District has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual violence, rape, bullying, or hazing. Please see District Policy and Procedure 419 for our process on investigating and responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. If you have experienced sexual harassment or discrimination, sexual violence, or bullying, or are aware of an incident involving these violations, report it immediately to NSC’s Title IX Coordinator (Marty Logan at  206-934-7792, marty.logan@seattlecolleges.edu) or to the District Compliance Officer (Jennie Chen at 206-934-3873, jennie.chen@seattlecolleges.edu ).  All Seattle Colleges faculty are required by the District to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.