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SPAN&123 (Spanish III) Spring 2017
12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom IB 3325

INSTRUCTOR: Cristina C. Zahajko
OFFICE: IB 2309A (2nd floor - Hum. Division)

1:00-1:50pm M &Thu

1:00-2:15pm Tu &Wed


(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 Ass123Reg.HTM


VISTAS - Introducción a la lengua española...4th Ed., Blanco / Donley > ISBN 978-1-60576-888-5


Link to Vistas "Supersite" activity center - use your code to access





TUTORING CENTER - language learning assistance:

Page One Writing and Language Center

Find it under tutoring:




COURSE DESCRIPTION: SPAN&123 (Spanish III) is the third segment of a structured introduction to the language and the cultural aspects of the regions and countries where the language is spoken. Prerequisite for this course is a thorough knowledge of:

* Conjugation of verbs in the present and, the preterit and the imperfect past tenses.
* Uses of the imperative mood in the "tú" form
* Use of object and reflexive pronouns.
* Sentence structure in the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms.
* Uses of adjectives (qualitatives, quantitatives, demonstratives, and possessives). 

*Comparisons of equality and inequality, and superlative structures with nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
* Basic daily interactive vocabulary, including numerals, days of the week, months, etc.

The learning process emphasizes at all times the four elements of language acquisition and use, i.e., reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Spanish is used for classroom interaction, but some parallels are drawn to English language structures.   Students are encouraged to get comfortable with the language by using everyday expressions as much as possible, i.e., by greeting each other, counting, reading instructions, etc.
To facilitate the learning process and to address the different methods of memorization, we use in class and have available at our resource center electronic audio and video tutoring material.
We also have personal tutoring, free of charge


In this last segment of the introductory level, students are geared towards personalizing the Spanish language by making one 15-minute oral or video show-and-tell presentation with vocabulary from a topic close to them i.e., work, family, trips, research, personal interest, etc.



This course will satisfy the following:

Communication in oral, written, and artistic modes of expression, individually an in collaboration with others..



B) Specifically:

By the end of  SPAN&123 or the 100 series students will
*understand the main grammatical structures of the Spanish language.  (Metaphorically speaking, they will have the primer laid and will need to give additional coats - layers - by reviewing and expanding on the structures learned).

* be able to communicate in Spanish.
* be able to read fluently in Spanish.
* be able to live and interact with everyday activities in a Spanish-speaking country.

* be able to have a personalized mini-portfolio entitled "Mi vida en español" which will adapt the structures learned into their own experiences.

* become fluent in all uses of the Spanish language by reading  for at least 15 minutes day in order to cultivate  the language).  


Regular attendance, punctuality and participation.

An average of one hour of homework per day, including listening and working through audio exercises.                

COURSE OUTLINE:Grammatical structures, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and written assignments will be taken  from the textbook Vistas , 4th Edition . lessons 12-18

NOTE: Textbook exercises will be reviewed in class and then will be turned in ( neatly organized and with corrections clearly shown) on the days of the corresponding exams. Other individualized homework , "Mi vida en español", will be picked up, corrected and graded by the instructor as stated on the web page.  The completion of all assigned homework is mandatory in order to receive a grade for this course.  Students are expected to spend at least one hour  a  day on homework in addition to the work done in class.

The homework assigned from the textbook has abreviated answers given online. This form will not be accepted as completed homework. The purpose of writing these exercises is to have a foundation for the individualized, "Mi vida en español", " creative thinking" projects that will be picked up. Students need to work through each exercise by writing and understanding complete sentences in order to read and translate them in class.

 (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. Please rotate around the classroom every class day, so that, throughout the quarter, you may be able to work with every single student. Since we have different backgrounds and levels of Spanish knowledge in class, this interaction will be of benefit to all students.


The proficiency in conversation, structure, vocabulary, reading and overall communication will be measured by:

* class participation and reading
* preparation of questions for classroom dialogues
* commentaries and discussion of video series
* interviews and discussions with guest speakers
* Interviews with classmates (intended to create a relaxed classroom atmosphere)

GRADING SYSTEM: The final grade will be based on the number of points earned during the quarter. The maximum of 370 points will be tallied as follows:     

Exams: There will be three major exams based on textbook and other material covered in class. The exams will be worth 100 points each. Two of the three will be considered for the grade (- this is to provide for an unavoidable absence as there is no make up of missed exams). The lowest score of exam #1 or #2 will be automatically dropped by the instructor.
200 points

NOTE: ELIGIBILITY TO DROP THE FINAL EXAM: If a student took the first two exams, s/he may be exempt from the final provided that:

1) s/he has perfect attendance and has completed all written assignments from the day of the second exam (Thu May 25) to the last day of class (Thu June 15),
2) s/he has scored at least 75% on exams #1 and #2 (without adding extra points).

IMPORTANT:    If s/he has two acceptable exams (75% min) but did not fulfill the attendance or the homework requirements, s/he must take the final exam. In this case, the final exam will be included in the final grade and the lower score of exams #1 or #2 will be dropped.  (NO EXCEPTIONS)

QUIZ GRADE (FROM GUEST SPEAKERS OR OTHER ASSIGNMENTS):     There will be 2 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) 20 points


Oral and Written Show -and-tell Presentation: Each student will make a 1 1/2 (one and a half) -page, 15-minute presentation, (may be a prepared video) of a topic of his/her choice which will be followed by a 5-minute question-and-answer session. (FOR A VIDEO THE TEXT MUST BE CORRECTED BEFORE FILMING - PowerPoint text must also be precorrected)                            50 points

1.       The instructor will assign a date for the delivery

2.       Students will turn in:

a.      The written presentation (giving the instructor enough time to correct it before delivery date)

b.      A list of new vocabulary to be corrected by the instructor and then distributed (by the class presenter), to all students, the class day before the delivery. 

The vocabulary must be handed in to the instructor for correcting 3 days before the presentation. 


It must be listed in this manner Spanish-English

1)   Sustantivos

a) masculino

el cohete = the firecracker, the rocket   

b) femenino  

la luna = the moon

2)   Verbos (They must be listed in the infinitive forms, and must show in parentheses any stem changes or other verb irregularities)  

reír (í, í)= to laugh

3) Expresiones Idiomáticas

a diestras y siniestras = left and right

P.S.  Include in the vocabulary list any words or expressions that you had to look up in the dictionary yourself
(do not include vocabulary covered in the first 11 chapters of the textbook- or the following ones as we move along through ch 18). Please illustrate the vocabulary with related images.

The presentation must be limited to 15 minutes to allow for a 5- minute  question-and-answer session . If the student plans to use any audio/video equipment, she/he must inform the instructor to avoid last minute crises.

Note:   All of the above elements will be reflected in the grade:

* the vocabulary list turned in neatly, on time, and organized according to the format given above.
* a well structured written presentation - corrected beforehand (read and corrected only by the instructor before its delivery) .
* selection of audio/visual aids.
* oral presentation - pronunciation, etc

IMPORTANT NOTE: The presentation will be cancelled if items a) and b) are not corrected by the instructor.

Class Participation: Each 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, class attendance and the laboratory exercises. Great emphasis is given to attendance for the full class period each day,  participation in clas, work on the board,  homework turned in or reviewed in class on the day that it is due, reading skills, structure comprehension , pronunciation, discussion of “Destinos” video , class group activities, overall oral proficiency, laboratory exercises etc. 100 points

Total                                                   ______________________________370 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.

Other Credits:
*a) Perfect attendance ( 12:00-12:50 pm) 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.
* 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 past subjunctive forms, 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) (Note this is not the regular "tutoring" session)

* 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 to one page (Using at least 10 different verbs in the past tenses) 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)



EXAMS (50 minutes each) HOLIDAY (Non-instructional day)

# 1 -Thursday Apr 27

Mon May 29 Memorial Day
#2 - Thursday, May 25


Final Exam:Thu June 15, 1:00 pm

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  348-370
A-   90-93  3.5-3.8 333--347   Excellent
B+  87-89  3.2-3.4 322--332
B   84-86 2.9-3.1 311-321   High
B- 80-83  2.5-2.8 296-310 
C+ 77-79 2.2-2.4 285-295
C 74-76 1.9-2.1  274-284   Average
C- 70-73  1.5-1.8   259-273  
D+   67-69   1.2-1.4  248-258 
D  64-66  1.1-1.0 237-247  Minimum
F  60-63 0.0

222-236   Unsatisfactory

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.


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.