Elementary Spanish I

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2011
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Section 104 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Sarah Butler (view Profile)


Con bro
Lucas Murillo and Dawson, Con bro, Beginning Spanish, 1st edition

Course Objectives


This course is primarily designed to develop students’ ability to communicate orally in Spanish. Equally important goals are the acquisition of the skills necessary for effective reading and writing in Spanish. Cultural understanding is an important objective as well. These objectives can be realized only through your active participation, both in and out of class. To be successful in this course, you must read, study, and complete assignments prior to each class period, and while in class, actively participate in activities.

The Foreign Language Department’s methodology is based on the Communicative Approach to language teaching. This means that students are encouraged to interact with the teacher and other students in Spanish.

Although I may offer explanations of grammar points in English, the language of interaction in the classroom for instructor AND students is Spanish. However, don’t worry if you make mistakes. Errors are part of the natural process of language learning. Get your message across and accuracy will follow.

Course Expectations


Textbook: Lucas Murillo, Dawson, ¡Con brío!, 2008 (1st edition)

Two packages of large Scantrons (ten Scantrons total)

Grading Standards


Attendance and Participation     10%                       

Language Lab     10%                       

Quizzes and Homework          15%                       

Exams       45%

Final Exam (Comprehensive)      20%

Final Exam

12/07/2011 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late homework accepted. No make-up quizzes. Make-up exams given only upon presentation of documented proof of illness or university activity.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance and Absences

You are required to arrive on time and be in class for the entire 50-minute period. You may be counted absent if you arrive more than 10 minutes late.

 This syllabus serves as notice that you may be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than eight times. Please note that if you decide to drop the course, you must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” If the instructor drops you, you will receive a “WF” or “F.”

Absences due to official university functions or documented illness will be dealt with on an individual basis. There are no “excused absences” from regular class periods. Should you be absent from an exam, you must present documented proof of illness or university activity to your instructor before a make-up exam will be allowed. Students will not be allowed to make-up quizzes.


Ten percent of your final grade will be based on a combination of attendance and participation. Six percent (6%) will be based on your use of Spanish, your active participation in classroom activities and your volunteering. The remaining four percent (4%) is based on your attendance.

Other Policies

Quizzes and Homework

There will be frequent quizzes (usually once weekly) over material that is currently being studied. In addition, homework assignments may be given.  Your two lowest quiz or homework grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Language Lab

As stated in the current MSU Bulletin, a one hour weekly lab is required for this course. You will need to visit the Language Lab in Moffett Library (Moffett 112) approximately every two weeks (after each chapter). Don’t forget to bring your Student I.D. You will listen to tapes and take quizzes while listening. There is a tape and quiz for each chapter (approx. 15-20 minutes each). You will be given a schedule of Language Laboratory hours and thesehours are also posted on my website. Note: You may use the textbook, but no talking is allowed. The lab attendant is instructed to indicate on the Scantron who was talking or otherwise cheating while taking a quiz and those persons will receive a zero for that lab.

Lab Assignment due dates:

                                Capítulo 1: September 12            Capítulo 2: September 26            Capítulo 3: October 13

                                Capítulo 4: October 27                   Capítulo 5: November 14             Capítulo 6: November 29

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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