Rio Hondo College

Spanish 101

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Instructor:        Claudia A. Guerrero

Office:            A 201-B

Phone:                    310-415-5975 (Note: This is a cell phone that I use for work.  Please do not call my on-campus extension.)


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Class Description:

As the schedule of classes states, Spanish 101 is “an introduction to the essentials of Spanish language:  reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills.”  This course is designed “for those students who do not have a Spanish background who wish to learn to speak Spanish or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.”


Student Learning Outcome:

Given oral questions, written prompts, and/or reading selections, students will demonstrate productive (speech and writing) and receptive (reading and listening) skills in the target language using the present tense and basic past tense forms.  Students will be able to perform tasks that are meaningful, personalized, and culturally relevant or appropriate in the target language.


Required text and workbookPlazas: Lugar de Encuentros, 2nd ed.  By Hershberger, Navey-Davis, Borras.  © 2005 by Thompson Heinle. 


Students who are unable to purchase the required textbook need to make arrangements with the instructor during the first week of classes.  Everyone is responsible for their own materials.


All students are required to bring a Spanish-English, English-Spanish dictionary everyday to class in addition to their texts, workbooks, notebooks and writing materials.  Dictionaries should contain a minimum of 80,000 entries. 


Grade percentages:

25%     Attendance, Participation (In class and online)

25%     Workbook and Lab Manual Completion (No late work is accepted.  Please don't ask!)

25%     Quizzes (These are the Autoprueba exercises embedded in the online workbook activities.)

25%     Exams (Two on-campus exams)


Attendance:  The success of the class as a whole depends upon the attendance and participation of the individual members in it.  Attendance and participation are essential and required.  A student’s final course grade is dropped by a letter upon the student’s fourth absence.  The only exceptions are for jury duty and extreme emergencies.  ("Extreme emergencies" will be judged on a case-by-case basis.)  Students with more than five absences may be dropped from the course. 


Participation:  Students participation is based on the following areas:  asking and answering questions during class, taking leadership roles in group activities, turning in assignments on time, attendance, class conduct, and coming to class with all the required materials.  Participation will also be determined by designated in-class activities, participation in online forums, etc.


Workbook:  Every textbook chapter has a corresponding workbook chapter.  Be advised that within the workbook activities there are "Autopruebas."  Autopruebas count toward the Quiz portion of your grade, not the workbook portion of your grade.


Lab Manual:  Every textbook chapter has a corresponding lab activity chapter in the lab manual. 


Quizzes:  There are "Autopruebas" embedded within the online workbook activities. "Autopruebas count toward the Quiz portion of your grade, not the workbook portion of your grade.  We may also have in-class quizzes that count toward the Quiz portion of your grade.


Exams:  You will have a midterm and a final.  You will also have a final exit interview to assess your abilities against the student learning outcome identified earlier in this syllabus.


Class workshop activities:  We may have class workshops focusing on the four basic language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.  These workshops cannot be made up.  Workshop credit will be given only for students who are in class and complete the workshop activities according to the standards.  They will count toward your participation grade.


Important Notes:

Cell phone policy:


Cell phone use during class time is prohibited!  This includes speaking on the phone, listening on the phone, text messaging, and any other form of communication that requires the cell phone to be on.  “Silent,” “manner mode,” “quiet,” and any other silent or low volume settings are not OFF.  Cell phones must be turned OFF.  Note: A ringing phone or students who are engaged in phone activities will trigger "pop quizzes."


Class Probation:


I am committed to your success in this class.  You will find encouragement from me and the rest of your classmates during the semester.  Unfortunately, there are times when some students struggle to meet the syllabus requirements of the course, whether it is in regards to attendance, punctuality, not completing assignments, class disruptive behavior, cell phone policy violations, etc.  In such circumstances, I reserve the right to place students on class probation.  Students who are placed on class probation will receive a letter explaining the reason that I am placing them on probationary status.  The student will also receive a time frame, deadline, zero tolerance policy, etc.  in which the corrections are to be made.  Class probation is case-specific, rarely used, but very much for your benefit.




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