SYLLABUS: Adv. Gram & Comp SPA 314-01
Mercedes Guijarro-Crouch Spring 06
FL 212 M, W 2:00-3:15
MW 12:00-1:00 & 3:15-4:15
Additional hours available by appointment. Check announcements
on the office door to be sure of office hours on a given day.
PREREQUISITES: Spa 213 and 215 or Placement Test
1. Repase y escriba: Curso avanzado de gramática y composición.
Dominicis & Reynolds. 4th ed. Wiley, 2003.
2. WordReference Dictionaries. http://www.wordreference.com/
3. Course Pack
COMPETENCIES: Development of all language skills by mainly
focusing on writing, translation and editing. It is assumed that
students have already mastered the fundamentals of Spanish grammar
and that they control the general vocabulary needed for communication.
Students enrolled in this course will also improve their oral
communication skills by serving at least a minimum of 12 hours at the
Jordan Center and at the Raleigh Ministries.
OBJECTIVES: To improve students’ writing and oral skills through
direct involvement in the community, providing them with
contextualized, practical working vocabulary and grammatical
structures to be used in the translation of documents provided by
several non-profit organizations. Translation exercises will serve as
the starting point to review structures and to introduce more
difficult grammatical constructions. Moreover, it will help to
compare grammatical structures in Spanish and English and to be aware
of the communicative problems of doing literal translations. Editing
will be a key element in this course. The service component will
bring topics for compositions and will be a means of reflection about
linguistic questions and cultural differences.
EVALUATION: SPA 314 will use the standard grading scale (A - F).
There will be no dropping of the lowest grade in this course. Grades
will be assigned on the following basis:
Average of 2 Exams 15%
Class participation and quizzes 10%
Final Project 15%
Journal about service experience 15%
2 drafted compositions 15%
2 edited compositions 15%
Additional information about the assignments will be posted on
Blackboard throughout the semester to provide you with further
information and instructions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students should work at least a minimum of 12
hours at Raleigh Ministries and the Jordan Center. Moreover, a
commitment to the study of the language is expected from each student
in SPA 314. Prompt completion of assignments before class,
punctuality and speaking in Spanish in class are expected and
mandatory. Attendance is also mandatory. Absences will dramatically
affect your participation grade. If you are not in class, you cannot
1. Complete assigned exercises from the book, the
translation handouts and study the assigned vocabulary and idiomatic expressions before coming to class.
2. A professional conduct is expected from each student
working at the mentioned centers: be responsible with the schedule that you have set at each center, dress
appropriately, be punctual, etc
3. Keep a journal with both linguistic and cultural notes. For instance, write expressions that you are hearing,
indicating those that you do not fully understand from
those that you do. Write also expressions in English
that you were not able to communicate well in Spanish or
that you have doubts about how to communicate them. The
cultural notes should include observations, emotions,
reactions and anything that you learn from the people
that you are meeting and from this service. 4. Bring your journal to the next class when you have worked
in any of the center and share your notes with the class.
We will discuss together the language difficulties and
cultural barrier that you are facing in your work. 5. Practice outside of class the activities and exercises
done during class.
6. Participate actively in class by trying to answer
questions as well as to ask questions.
7. Attendance to all the class sessions. Check course
8. Do not leave the class until class ends. Drink or use the
bathroom before coming to class.
9. Return assignments on assigned dates. If you fail to
present your work by the assigned deadline, your work
will be penalized. Delays will result in the lowering of
the grade by 10% for each 24 hours of delay. If you fail
to present the assignment within two weeks after the
deadline, you will automatically receive a zero (0). NO
WORK CAN BE MADE UP AFTER THE LAST DAY OF CLASS OF THE
10. Avoid any case of plagiarism in your compositions. You
are also plagiarizing if you use a bilingual speaker as a
translator of your ideas into Spanish. This last case of
plagiarism is very easy to demonstrate because your
proficiency level of Spanish doesn't let you use certain
Spanish structures and many idiomatic expressions.
Quote your sources in all your papers. Check plagiarism
policy at the end of the syllabus.
11. Edit your work carefully by following my feedback.
MORE THAN THREE (3) UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN THE
LOWERING OF YOUR GRADE IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:
2 ADDITIONAL UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: FINAL GRADE LOWERED BY 1
3 ADDITIONAL UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: FINAL GRADE LOWERED BY 2
4 OR 5 ADDITIONAL UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: FINAL GRADE LOWERED
BY 3 LETTERS
6 OR MORE ADDITIONAL UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN
YOUR FAILING THE COURSE
Failure to complete the 12 hours of service at the mentioned
Centers will prohibit the student from obtaining a B or A grade
even if the student have a numerical average of B or A. The
student with a numerical average of C on all other assignments
will earn a “D” if she fails to complete the 12 hours.
Each student may miss five days of class without penalty. These days will be applied toward everyday situations that commonly lead to absences: car trouble; colds, allergies, headaches and
other common medical problems; medical or other official appointments; a trip that might
overlap into class days; job-related activities; interviews; etc. It is advisable that each student carefully use these days. Arriving late or leaving before class ends is considered an absence.
MAKE-UP POLICY: Should a student miss one test, she will have the opportunity to
make-up that test on the Reading Day (again, the absences must be excused). Missed quizzes will
result in an assigned grade of “0.” A “0” will also be assigned for any daily work or assignments not turned in on time.
In order to receive an excused absence in the case that an exam has been missed, the student
must present a valid or official written statement previous to or during the absence (no later than one
week after your return to classes). The Academic Affairs Office, as well as advisors, professors and/or
athletic director are the official channels to inform instructors about students' potential absences on
CELL PHONE POLICY: Students should ensure that all cell phones and similar electronic devices are turned off or set to silent mode before the start of class and for the duration of class. Any
student answering a cell phone during class or leaving class to answer a cell phone call will be marked
absent for the day. Students using the language lab outside of class should also keep cell phones shut off
or in silent mode. Students should make cell phone calls outside of the language lab to avoid disrupting
the study of other students in the lab.
HONOR CODE: The Peace College Student Honor Code states:
On my honor as a Peace College student I
will not lie, cheat or steal; nor will I
condone the actions of those who do.
It is expected that students will conduct themselves in all
aspects of this course in accordance with that code. Cheating of
any nature will merit a “0” on the task involved, and a repeated
instance will earn an “F” in the course. Use of online
translators is considered cheating. It is also cheating to have an
individual with knowledge of the language complete an assignment
PLAGIARISM POLICY: Peace College has adopted the following policy concerning plagiarism: Plagiarism is theft; it is the deliberate or accidental use of a source’s words,
interpretation, or information without properly quoting or paraphrasing and acknowledging that use.
In both the professional world and the academic world, plagiarism is punished. In the
professional world, charges of plagiarism, when proven, carry potentially enormous financial
penalties. In the academic world, universities and colleges punish plagiarism with varying
degrees of severity, with the penalties ranging all the way from expulsion from the school, to an
automatic „F‟ in the course, down to an automatic „F‟ on the particular project or paper.
There are only two ways to avoid plagiarism:
1. Quote and Citation: Use the source‟s exact words, place quotation marks at the
beginning and end of them, and insert a citation immediately at the end of the quotation
according to the standards of the discipline.
Paraphrase and Citation: Transform (paraphrase) the source‟s words and information entirely
own style of writing, and insert a citation at the end of this paraphrase. If what you write still
source‟s words and style, you have plagiarized. If you fail to insert a citation, you have plagiarized.
On April 6, Peace students will present their work in a campus-wide celebration, Student Showcase: Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity. Students in this course are expected to attend 3
of the Showcase sessions (schedule forthcoming). If you are presenting in one or more of the
sessions, these sessions may count toward your attendance. Punchcards will be available for
students to pick up on the day of the Showcase. Attendance monitors will punch these cards to
document attendance. To receive credit for attendance in this course, students should turn in their
cards for verification in the next class meeting after the Showcase. By attending the Student
Showcase, you will earn 4 points of extra credit in your final grade.
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