Intermediate Spanish I

Course Details

Course Number
SPAN 2133
Section Number
SPAN 2133
Fall 2010
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW 0500-0620pm

Dr. Roberto Fuertes-Manjon (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


This course is designed for students who have completed Spanish 1134 and 1234 or the equivalent.  The focus is on improving communication skills (both oral and written) in the Spanish language and acquiring knowledge about cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.


 Agosto             23             Capítulo Preliminar. Capitula 1

                          25             Capítulo 1

                         30             Capítulo 1

 Septiembre       01         Capítulo 2

                             06             Capítulo 2

                            08             Capítulo 2

                          13              Examen I.       

                         15             Capítulo 3 . Quiz de la tarea

                         20             Capítulo 3

                         22             Capítulo 3

                         27             Capítulo 3

                         29             Midterm. Capítulos 1-3                   

Octubre            04            Capítulo 4  

                         06             Capítulo 4

                         11             Capítulo 4

                         13             Capítulo 4

                         18             Examen II             

                         20            Capítulo 5. Quiz de la tarea  

                         25            Capítulo 5

                         27             Capítulo 5            


Noviembre     01             Capítulo 5

                         03             Composición I          

                         08             Examen III

                         10             Capítulo 6

                         15             Capítulo 6

                         17             Capítulo 6

                         22             Composición II. Semana de exámenes orales. 

                         29             Capítulo 6

Diciembre        01              Revisión para el examen


Course Expectations


Fuentes: Conversación y gramática(Houghton-Mifflin, 2008)

Fuentes: Lectura y redacción

Fuentes: Activities Manual



Two packages of short Scantron  sheets, 1 blank cassette tape



There will be many opportunities provided during class for students to improve their communicative skills in Spanish.  There will be whole-class activities, when the instructor interacts with the students, as well as group and paired activities.  Students will be expected to participate readily during all class activities.



There will be three chapter tests, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.  Students will also take quizzes over the homework assignments.  No make-up quizzes will be given.



 Students will take one oral exam at the end of the semester  for the purpose of assessing language acquisition and fluency.  



Homework will be assigned regularly from all text material.  Students are expected to complete all homework assignments in order to prepare for the class activities and quizzes. Also, there are numerous supplemental activities on the textbook  company´s website which include practice quizzes, audio exercises,video quizzes, and flashcards.  Students are encouraged to use theses resources regularly. .



Students will write two compositions to demonstrate their ability to use acquired vocabulary, language, structures, and cultural information.  The compositions will be written in class. No dictionaries will be allowed.



Students will watch video clips from Mosaicos and take quizzes in the language lab.  Attendance in the lab is required once per chapter.  No make-ups!

Grading Standards



Homework Quizzes............10%

Participation......................... 5%

Language Lab.....................10%

Chapter Tests.....................35%

Mid-Term Exam.................10%

Final Exam......................... 10%

Compositions ......................10%

Oral exams..........................10%

Final Exam

12/06/2010 0545-0745pm

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.

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


You are allowed a maximum of FOUR  absences.  Daily classes are divided into two parts.  If you miss one part of class (before or after the break) it counts as one absence. You will be dropped from the course without further notice upon the occurrence of the fifth  absence.  Your presence and participation in class are of the utmost importance for your success in the course.  Please arrive on time and expect to remain for the duration of the class.  Do not get up and leave the classroom during  classtime. 

Other Policies

If you carry a cell phone or pager, turn it off. It will not be allowed in class. Text-messaging or the use of non-authorized electronic devices will be prohibited in class.

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

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