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Intermediate II

Primavera 2014



Instructor:  Dr. Lily Anne Goetz

Office: Grainger 320

Office telephone:  (434) 395-2158


Office hours:  MW 1:00-3:00,
                        and by appointment


Descripción del Curso:

Course Description:

(from Longwood University Catalog):  Students will continue to develop the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing at a higher level, integrating a wide variety of topics and materials from the target culture. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or appropriate placement test score. Successful completion of this course satisfies the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree and is prerequisite for upper-level courses. 3 credits.

This course is an opportunity to have some fun and to learn to communicate in Spanish -- without leaving the country! Think about how your knowledge of Spanish will help you in your future profession/career, or in future travel.  Be positive.  Practice between classes.  Review often.  Speak Spanish to all of your friends, to the trees, to furniture!  Quiz yourself.  Get a study partner/tutor, or work with a group.  Read aloud to practice pronunciation.  Learn something new every day.  Don’t leave your homework until the night before (or the minutes before) class.  Set goals for yourself.  Stay happy.  Smile.  Come to class ready to participate.  Be patient with yourself.  Don’t get behind.  Start NOW.




Pérez-Gironés, Ana María, y Virginia Adán-Lifante.  Más: Español Intermedio2nd ed.  NY:  McGraw-Hill, 2014.   Textbook, E-book and Online Workbook/Lab Manual

      ·  You may purchase the textbook and the Online Workbook/LabManual access code at the Longwood University Bookstore. 

      ·  If you have already purchased a textbook (or are sharing a textbook with someone) and still need to purchase the Online

       access code, you may purchase it online, following the instructions below.


         and click the "Register Now" button.  If you have purchased your access code, follow the instructions and enter your

         code.  If you need to purchase the access code, follow the instructions to purchase the code with a credit card.  Make

         sure to do this at the correct web address for your class section (above).


         If you have trouble registering, go to:  or


     ·  Once you have registered, you will access your assignments and activities by going to the login page for the online e-book, workbook and activities:   Then click on "Sign In”.

 For help with technical issues while completing assignments, please contact:

     McGraw-Hill Connect Spanish Customer Support:       **“Connect” works best in Firefox and Chrome.

      ·   Online Tutorials:

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           Monday – Thursday:  8am to 11pm (Central Time)

           Friday: 8am to 6pm (Central Time)

           Sunday:  6pm to 11pm (Central Time)



Objetivos del Curso:
Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand spoken Spanish at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid level, utilizing strategies such as activating background knowledge, listening for main-idea information, listening for details and for specific information, personalizing.

2. Read authentic Spanish cultural and literary texts at the Intermediate Mid level, utilizing reading strategies such as skimming, scanning, decoding, comprehension check.

3. Write in Spanish at the Intermediate Low level, utilizing increasingly complex grammatical functions.

4. Speak Spanish at the Intermediate Low level, utilizing strategies such as circumlocution.

5. Identify and describe various aspects of Spanish and Spanish American culture, such as food, music, celebrations, social customs, landmarks, art, political and historical events, current events.

Horario de Clases:
Class Schedule:

Semana 1 Intro., Repaso, Capítulo 1

Semana 10 Capítulo 4

Semana 2 Capítulo 1  No hay clase.

Semana 11 Capítulo 5

Semana 3 Capítulo 2

Semana 12 Capítulo 5

Semana 4 Capítulo 2

Semana 13 Capítulo 6

Semana 5 Capítulo 2

Semana 14 Capítulo 6 y 7

Semana 6 Capítulo 3

Semana 15 Capítulo 7

Semana 7 Capítulo 3

Semana 16 Examen final:

Semana 8 Descanso de Primavera

        clase de las 10:00:  martes, 29 de abril  3:00-5:30

Semana 9 Capítulo 3

  clase de las 11:00:  viernes, 2 de mayo  8:00-10:30


Festival de Cine Internacional


Requisitos del curso:
Course Requirements:

10% Participación. You are expected to actively participate in class activities. It is recognized that there are many different kinds of personalities represented among students in a class, and that some are more outgoing than others. People who normally speak a lot find it easy to participate in these activities, while more quiet personalities sometimes hesitate to join in. This is quite natural and you are not expected to try to change your particular comportment. Nevertheless, it is necessary to make every effort to join in the activities, and you will find that the more you do so, the easier it becomes to speak Spanish, and as Spanish begins to become easier to speak, the more you will want to join in. There will be a lot of partner and group conversation activities;  we will concentrate mostly on speaking and listening in our class activities, reserving reading and writing activities for homework assignments.

20% «Deberes».  This portion of your grade is based on «Deberes» o «Tarea» that you will do outside of class.  To achieve a satisfactory grade in any college-level class, one should expect to spend at least two hours outside of class for every hour spent in class.  Therefore, you should expect to dedicate six hours per week outside of class in homework and other activities.    Your daily homework will consist of specific assignments in reading, writing and listening, taken from the textbook and the online activities.  In addition to specific assignments, you should spend time in general practice for the current lesson.  Some (but not all) of the homework will be used in partner or group activities in class.  Be prepared or you will not be able to participate (see Participación above).

The textbook and online activities consist of some written exercises to practice grammar, some listening comprehension exercises, reading comprehension activities and writing practice.  You will receive feedback from the online program to help you; you may correct your mistakes and resubmit most exercises. 

Your lowest three "homework" grades will be dropped--so if you get a zero it can be dropped, but no more than three grades will be dropped.  Sometimes the online site gives you a low grade for no obvious reason, so this should take care of that issue.  Late homework will be accepted no later than one class period after it is due, and the grade will be lowered one letter grade.  Homework later than one class period after it is due will not be accepted.  Remember also that if you do not have your homework on time, you can't very well participate and your grade will suffer.  So be prepared!  Keep up with all assignments!  Check with classmates to make sure you have the assignments for every class. 

50%  Pruebas, Ensayos/Proyectos and other writing assignments.  There will be many short 10-20 minute quizzes; we will not have chapter tests.  Most quizzes will be announced, but once in a while there will be a "sorpresa".  So don't miss class on Fridays!  Some quizzes will be written, dealing with grammar, a few will be vocabulary quizzes, some will be speaking quizzes (you will speak to a partner, not in front of the class, and these fall into the category below, "Proficiencia Oral"), or reading comprehension quizzes, and some will be quizzes on the content of what we are studying (cultural aspects of Hispanic countries, etc.).  There may also be a few longer quizzes (I prefer not to call them tests; but they may cover more than one topic or grammatical item from a chapter).  There will be no “make-ups” for quizzes; a missed quiz receives a grade of zero.   Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the end of the semester. 

You will have some writing activities consisting of real-life kinds of writing, such as letters, news articles, critiques, narratives, etc.  You will receive detailed instructions and in some cases will be able to make revisions before receiving the grade for the assignment.   These assignments receive a grade equivalent to a quiz grade, so they are included in this quiz category.  You must use Microsoft Word in Spanish [with spell-check and thesaurus in Spanish], which is available in the Language Lab and on your own computer.  You will receive a copy of the keyboard layout.  Ask for help if you need it.  Try doing your homework on the computer, too, if you like--you will learn to use the correct accent marks, and all of the other diacritical marks [¡¿ñÑáéíóúü])--and just think what you can do with the thesaurus.  Assignments that have not been "spell-checked" will not be accepted--don't forget this important step!  Late assignments will NOT be accepted.  They must be completed on time or they will receive a grade of zero.  No Ensayo grades will be dropped.

Please see the notes about using internet translators, below.  Don’t use them.  When we write in Spanish, we are composing directly in Spanish, using the very simple Spanish that we already know; we are not composing in English and then translating.  All of your work must be your own.  Getting help in the form of peer editing and advising each other is useful as long as you are composing your own work and making your own corrections.

Remember to staple multiple sheets together and bring to class ready to hand in -- don't expect to staple things once you are in class.  Please do not ask me if I have a stapler.  There are no staplers in the classroom. 

 10%  Proficiencia Oral.  Every day you will speak with partners or in groups, and this oral practice will contribute to improving your proficiency in Spanish.  Several times during the semester there will be speaking quizzes (you will speak to a partner, not in front of the class) for which you will receive grades.  You may also make several very short oral presentations to the class, which will be graded.  Do not miss any of the quizzes or presentations; there are no make-ups.  You will receive a zero for missed quizzes or presentations.  None of the oral grades will be dropped.  Do not be misguided by the low percentage (10%) of this category.  Your oral proficiency is also assessed as part of the final exam and during class participation.


10%  Examen Final.  The final exam will test the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and will have the same format as many of the quizzes, so by the time you take it, you are familiar with how you will be tested.  If you are keeping up with homework, activities, and participation, you should not need to "study" for the final.  We are building skills, not accumulating knowledge, so it is important to keep pace with your assignments.  We will review and discuss the format of the test beforehand.


Classroom procedures:

Cellphones, laptops / móviles y portátiles:  Please turn off and put away all cell phones and electronic devices, including laptops, while in the classroom.  Once in a while, we may ask you to use your cellphone to access a picture, or other activity, but unless we are specifically asking you to use it, please turn it off and put it away.

Pair and group speaking activities / Actividades en parejas y grupos:  We will often engage in speaking activities with partners or groups, involving interaction with others.  These are times to demonstrate your enthusiasm for improving your Spanish, and for learning to apply grammar or vocabulary to real communication.  Participating actively will help you become more proficient quickly, and is how you will get the most out of this course.  These times are not meant for bathroom breaks, asking about your grade, or other activities that take you away from the tasks with your group.  Please make sure to use the bathroom, etc., before coming to class; leaving the classroom during classtime is not only rude behavior, it deprives you of the activities you miss while away.  If you have questions about your grades or progress in the class, please come by to see me during office hours.

Plagiarism / Plagio:  It is sad but true:  students often submit work that is not their own.  This is plagiarism.  Here is the definition of plagiarism given in Joseph Gibaldi's MLA Style Manual: "Using another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source constitutes plagiarism.... [T]o plagiarize is to give the impression that you wrote or thought something that you in fact borrowed from someone, and to do so is a violation of professional ethics.... Forms of plagiarism include the failure to give appropriate acknowledgment when repeating another's wording or particularly apt phrase, paraphrasing another's argument, and presenting another's line of thinking" (6.1; see also Gibaldi, MLA Handbook, ch. 2).

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: MLA, 2003.
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 2nd ed. New York: MLA, 1998.

The use of internet translators can be another form of plagiarism, since you are not producing the Spanish yourself.  Internet translators can be useful at times, but only for looking up a word or a very short phrase.  Any other use of an internet translator will be considered plagiarism, and will prompt a grade of zero for the assignment.  Repeated use of internet translators or any other form of plagiarism will result in a grade of F for the course.  Please understand that I can tell if you are the author of your work or not, based upon many factors. 

Printing assignments to turn in / imprimiendo los deberes:  Most assignments that you turn in must be typed, using the Spanish keyboard (you will receive instructions for installing the Spanish keyboard in your computer).  You should budget the necessary funds for paper, ink, etc.  Your professor will not print for you.  If your work is more than a page, make sure to bring it already stapled.

Comunicación por correo electrónico:  I will often communicate very important information with you by e-mail.  Please check your e-mail often to see if I have sent you an assignment or a correction to an assignment.  If Longwood closes for inclement weather or for other reasons, check your e-mail for assignments.  You will be responsible for completing them for the next class.  So please check e-mail every day!




Grading:             A: 90-100        B: 80-89        C: 70-79        D: 60-69        F: 59 and lower


Attendance Policy:

The attendance policy for this course is the same as the University policy in the Longwood University Catalog and the Student Handbook.  To clarify some of the points in the policy, please note:

There are 40 class meetings.  If you miss 10 classes, whether excused or unexcused, you will have missed 25% of the scheduled class meeting times, and will receive an F in this course.  

If you miss 4 classes for unexcused reasons, your final course grade will be lowered one letter grade.  In addition, please note that if you are not in class, you can not participate in class activities, which will affect the "participation grade." 

Please note examples of unexcused absences as defined in the University policy:  oversleeping, alarm clock malfunction, doing work for another class, hours of employment during classtime, meeting with another teacher or administrator, athletic practices, fraternity, sorority, or club functions, routine medical/dental appointments, taking a friend/roommate somewhere, even to the hospital, ride leaving, etc.

*** If you discover that you must miss a class, you may e-mail me or call my office number (2158).  However, if you do not have extenuating circumstances or documentation, please do not ask if you can make up missed quizzes or assignments.  Please do not feel the necessity of explaining the details of your absence.  Please present your documentation or circumstances to me outside of class, not in the few minutes before or after a class.  You can understand the reason for this.


If you miss a class, never ask if you missed anything--if we had class, you missed a lot.  A good practice is to make sure you have other students' phone numbers so that you can find out what the assignments are and have them ready when you come back to class.  Missing a class does not mean you can show up unprepared--you will take whatever quiz is planned and will turn in whatever assignment is due, or you will receive a zero for the assignment.  If you missed a quiz while absent, you will receive a zero--there are no "make-up" quizzes.  Remember that we drop the lowest quiz grade.

Your best chance for success is through 100% attendance: ¡Por favor!  ¡Asistid a clase!


Código del Honor:

Honor Code:

Students are expected to live by the Longwood University Honor Code.  All work done for this class must be pledged:  "Yo, ___________________, juro que no he dado ni recibido ayuda en este trabajo ni he notado ninguna infracción del Código del Honor."  If you would like to abbreviate this, you may write, "Juramento," and sign your name.

Where to get help


Tutors are provided through the Academic Support Center.  Tutoring is free.  Consult our class website for hours and locations.  Take advantage of this free help!



If you have a disability and require accommodations, please meet with me early in the semester to discuss your learning needs.  If you wish to request reasonable accommodations (note taking support, extended time for tests, etc.), you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services (Graham building, 395-2391). The office will require appropriate documentation of the disability. All information will be kept confidential. 




Enlaces para la Práctica de Gramática

Ejercicios de Gramática de Colby College

Herramientas del español On-line Tutorials

Spanish Grammar Exercises (Matthew Stroud, Trinity University)

Spanish Language Exercises (Juan Ramón de Arana)

Ejercicios de Gramática (Juan Manuel Soto Arriví)

Práctica para el Imperfecto.    Lee la explicación, y haz clic en "Generate Unique Quiz".  Escoge 25 verbos. Completa el ejercicio y haz clic en "Grade my Quiz".  Imprime esta hoja para entregar. Después de imprimir, completa los números incorrectos con un bolígrafo o lápiz.  

Los usos del Pretérito y el Imperfecto.  Imprime estas hojas para llevar a la clase.

Links to sites listing names in Spanish

Nombres para hombres

Nombres para mujeres