Elementary Spanish I

Course Details

Course Number
SPAN 1134
Section Number
SPAN 1134
Fall 2010
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW 1000-1140 a.m.

Dr. Roberto Fuertes-Manjon (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

This course is primarily designed to develop students’ ability to communicate orally in Spanish. Opportunities will be provided for students to become proficient in reading and writing in Spanish. Cultural understanding is an important objective as well.  These skills can only be acquired through active participation. Students are expected to prepare their homework before class and to actively participate in classroom activities. Our methodology is based on the Communicative Approach to language teaching. What this means is that students are encouraged to interact with the teacher and other students in Spanish.

One final note: Don't worry if you make mistakes. Errors are part of the natural process of learning a language. Get your message across and accuracy will follow.


                       SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS

 8/23  Intro.                             9/27 EXAM 1                         11/1 Chpt. 5. Quiz 2

8/25  Chpt. 1                         9/29 Chpt. 3.Quiz 1              11/3 Chpt. 5                                         

 8/30  Chpt. 1                         10/4 Chpt. 3                          11/8  Chpt. 5            

9/01  Chpt. 1                         10/6 Chpt. 3                          11/10 Chpt. 5          

 9/6  No classes.                    10/11 Chpt. 3/4                     11/15 Chpt. 6

9/8  Chpt. 1                            10/13 Chpt. 4                        11/17 Chpt. 6                       

 9/13 Chpt. 2                          10/18 Chpt. 4                        11/22 Chpt. 6

9/15 Chpt. 2                       10/20 Chpt. 4                                      

 9/20 Chpt. 2                         10/25 Chpt. 4                      11/29 EXAM 3

9/22 Chpt. 2                        10/27 EXAM 2                        11/01 Repaso. Quiz 3        

Course Expectations

Required texts and materials

1. Text book: ¡Con brio!, Lucas Murillo, Dawson

2. Ten or two packages large scan-trons.


1. Participation

Your participation 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. Notice that you will have to speak Spanish during the class, but don´t be afraid, nobody expects you to speak perfect Spanish.


2. Homework and other assignments

Regular assignments will be made from the text. Students are expected to  prepare homework as assigned. Frequent quizzes, based on homework and class work, will be given.


 3. Language Lab

You will need to visit the Language Lab (Moffet 112) approximately every two weeks. As stated in the current MSU Undergraduate Catalog, there is a one hour weekly lab required for this course.  Don't forget to take your student ID.  You will take a quiz (10-15 mins.) over each chapter of the book. You will be given a schedule of the Language Laboratory hours.  Language lab hours are also posted on Dr. Adalberto Garcia’s website.

Note:  You may use the book, but no talking is allowed.  The 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 assignments due dates:

            Lab assignments due dates:

            Chpt. 1:  9/13                        Chpt. 2:  9/27                        Chpt. 3: 10/11

            Chpt. 4:  10/27                     Chpt. 5:  11/10        Chpt. 6: 11/29

Grading Standards

Quizzes/Homework       15%                     Final Exam (Comprehensive)       20%

Exams                              45%                      Participation & attendance             10%

Lab                                    10%



Final Exam

12/06/2010 0100-0300pm

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

Homework and other assignments

Regular assignments will be made from the text. Students are expected to  prepare homework as assigned. Frequent quizzes, based on homework and class work, will be given.

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

1. Attendance

You are required to be in class for the 1hr. & 40 min. period. Arrive on time.  You will be counted absent if you are more than 10 minutes late. If you leave the class during a break and don t return to class, it will count as one absence.  


2. Absences

This syllabus serves as a notice that you will be dropped from the class without further notification if you are absent more than  Four  times. 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; the participation scale accounts for your attendance and active participation. Quite simply, you cannot participate if you are not in class. 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.

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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