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Beginning Spanish I
SPAN-1411

  • Summer 1 2021
  • Section NT1
  • 4.0 Credits
  • 06/07/2021 to 07/12/2021
  • Modified 05/17/2021

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

Meeting Times

Online

This course is 100% online

Contact Information

Office Hours

During the summer session, office hours are by appointment. Call or email your instructor to schedule a virtual appointment.

Instructor: Catherine Kraft

Description

3 lec/2 lab (4 Cr.) Basic Spanish language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a cultural framework. Students will acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the beginner level.

Objectives

Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Outcomes

 Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the present and producing questions and responses on a variety of topics dealing with everyday life. Assessment is a verbal activity.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish. Assessment is a verbal activity.
  3. Write simple sentences and organize them into short paragraphs. The third outcome assessment is a writing assignment.
  4. Read and comprehend level-appropriate texts. Assessment is a reading comprehension activity.
  5. Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world. Assessment is a cultural competency activity.
  6. Compare and contrast the traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world with characteristics of their own culture. Assessment is a cultural competency activity.

Required and Optional Materials

Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: http://bookstore.navarrocollege.edu/home

Plazas with Mindtap

  • Author: Hershberger

Click the Mindtap link in your Canvas course to purchase access.

This course uses Cengage Unlimited:

The materials required for this class—and any other classes using Cengage products—are included in ONE Cengage Unlimited subscription.

Cengage Unlimited ISBN: 9780357700037

If you purchase a Cengage Unlimited subscription, click the Mindtap link in your Canvas course, and then select Plazas by Hershberger, ISBN 9781337570770, Mindtap.

Note: You only need to purchase one Cengage Unlimited subscription to add any Cengage eTextbook or online homework for other classes to your dashboard at no additional cost.

Additional materials

Two Additional Items:

#1--Recordings (video or audio) are assigned. These types of activities require speakers, a microphone and camera. Many devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) have all of these items, so additional purchases may not be necessary.

#2--FREE membership to Quizlet - some assigned activities come from this site. A log-in may be required, but students can create an account for free.

Assignments and Activities

Quizzes and Minor Exams

  • QUIZZES & MINOR EXAMS –quizzes are generally timed and consist of multiple choice, matching, short-answer, and true-false questions (students who exceed the time limit by more than one minute earn a ZERO grade); minor exams are other chapter-related activities, such as word clouds, short (1-2 paragraph) writing assignments, Quizlet or other games from external sites, and other textbook activities. 

Major Exams

  • UNIT EXAMS* – timed assessments of chapter objectives that include matching, fill-in-the-blank, short-answer, and multiple-choice questions. Students who exceed the time limit by more than one minute earn a ZERO grade. Unit 1 covers the first two chapters introduced in the course; Unit 2 covers the following two chapters (Unit 2 takes place during the College’s final exams period.) 
  • VIDEO LOGS – video messages students create in Canvas and/or upload to Canvas.
  • ORAL EXAMS – conversations between the student and instructor.

*Unit Exams are proctored using the Respondus Lockdown Browser. See Proctored Testing section for details.*

During the SUMMER 6-week session, the lowest major exam grade is dropped.

Lab Activities

  • MINDTAP—To satisfy the one hour lab credit for this course, students complete assignments in the Mindtap program. The running grade average for Mindtap activities is posted in Canvas.

Grading Criteria

Grade criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=59% or below.

Criteria

Online (and hybrid, if applicable) sections of this course require proctored testing.

Breakdown

  • Quizzes & Minor Exams: 30%
  • Major Exams: 50%
  • Presentations, Homework, Lab Activities: 20%

ACCENTS: Accented letters play a significant role in the Spanish language. It is REQUIRED to use proper accent marks on all assigned items, regardless of delivery method (electronic or on paper). As each device is different, it is the student’s responsibility to determine how to use accent and punctuation marks. (Google it!) Points are deducted for misspelled words and/or missing/misplaced accents and punctuation.

Course Policies

Instructional Methodologies

Face to Face  Hybrid Online

Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Access user information here:


To access Canvas:

(1) Go to: mync.navarrocollege.edu 
(2) Enter your User Name (MyNC ID) and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course in your Canvas Dashboard.

Please note some courses will also use materials provided by the publisher and require the student to have an access code in order to complete assignments, activities, and exams. Please see the Materials section of this syllabus to determine if an access code will be necessary for this course.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Executive Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting NorthSTAR Mobile Crisis at 1-800-260-8000 or the Navarro College Licensed Counselor at 903-875-7393.

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.

Email

All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Late/Make-Up Work

All assigned activities have set deadlines.  Locate the Course Outline in your Canvas course for a detailed list of assignments and due dates.

Work ahead: assignment modules are available at least 2 weeks prior to each due date. All work (except for oral and unit exams) can be completed up to 2 weeks prior to the due date.

Students can submit some items* (see below) after the due date, at a reduced grade. 

In Canvas and Mindtap: late work is accepted UP TO THREE (3) DAYS past the due date and incurs a 10% per-day grade deduction*. Activities are locked after this 3- day period.

*EXCEPTIONS to late work policy:

NO LATE WORK is accepted once the final exams period (according to NC schedule) begins. Prior to the start of the final exams period, the following applies-

  • Bonus or extra credit: No late extra credit or bonus activities are permitted.
  • Major exams: Make-ups are ONLY available for major exams in the following emergency situations: a) death of an immediate family member, b) serious illness or accident requiring a physician's care, c) official college-sponsored event (as noted above), or d) observance of a religious holy day (as certified by college policy.) If a student misses an exam - and the absence is deemed excused by the instructor - the student may request a make-up date.  All make-up exams require documentation.

Posted Grades

Posted grades are considered final unless an opportunity for re-submission is expressed in the instructions or discussed with the professor.

Proctored Exams

Policies for Proctored Exams... 

  • Students will use the Respondus Lockdown Browser for test-taking.
  • To learn more, visit the Navarro College Online Testing page. Students may choose from the three options listed on this page.
  • If testing from home, a webcam is required. 
  • Exams are not valid until reviewed by the instructor.
  • If an exam is not validated (due to violation of any of the expectations listed below and/or suspected cheating), a grade of zero is recorded for the exam. The student may contest the grade and, if approved, may be eligible for a retake at a Testing Center. There are time restrictions: an approved retake must occur prior to the end of the test date window.
  • Students are responsible for creating a secure testing environment.

 To ensure a secure testing environment...    

  • Quiet surroundings: no talking, music, or sound of any kind is allowed. 
  • During the environment scan, show the entire desk area including behind the desk and all around the room.  
  • One person only: exams must reflect that the test taker is alone.
  • One screen/monitor only: Exams must ensure that the only screen/monitor in use is the computer screen where the exam is being taken.  No cell phones (should be moved during environment scan), televisions, tablets, or other computer screens of any kind are allowed.
  • Visibility: the upper body and whole face are always in view during the exam.    
  • No assistance: no outside assistance at all (this includes people, electronics, papers, etc.) is permitted.
  • Clean, clear video: exam video must easily be viewed by the instructor. 
  • Good lighting: A well-lit room is required.   
  • No headphones, hoods, masks, or hats: Students must not wear headphones, use any sort of listening device(s), or be wearing any form of face or head covering during exam.
  • Clear pre-test (check Canvas for a system check quiz) must also follow all of the above guidelines in order for the student's exam to be valid.

Cheating in this Course

Integrity

Your work should be consistent and ORIGINAL TO YOU ONLY. Students must act with integrity and honesty by producing their own work and/or giving appropriate credit to the work of others.

In this course, students are NOT permitted to collaborate with outside resources such as Spanish-speaking friends and/or native speakers OR translation tools (Google translate, etc.) of any kind to complete assigned work and/or exams.

Practicing with a friend/family member for an oral exam or looking up the meaning of a word are acceptable forms of help. Having a Spanish-speaking friend or family member supply answers for an activity/exam is NOT permitted. 

CONSEQUENCES: if it is suspected that a student’s work is not 100% unique to his/her ability level, the instructor may require an in-person meeting (virtual or on campus, depending on the situation). At that time, the student will be required to verify that the work is uniquely his/hers by completing additional assignments and/or answering context-related questions. Until/unless proven otherwise,

A GRADE OF ZERO will be recorded for the assignment(s). The instructor may require that the student complete future assignments in an approved location, such as the College Testing Centers.

Cheating is suspected if any aspect of a student’s work is inconsistent and/or strikingly similar to that of another student and/or does not appear original to the student’s ability.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to: 

  1. Copying any form of academic work from another person (This means YOUR work should be UNIQUE TO YOU ONLY… even if you are taking the course with a friend or family member);
  2. Submitting in your own name papers or reports completed in part or in whole by another;
  3. Submitting your own original work toward requirements in more than one class without permission of the instructor(s); 
  4. Giving your work to another student who then submits it as his/her own;
  5. Sharing answers with another student without express permission from the instructor;
  6. Using any outside resource…including translators (online translation service, app, website, notes, texts, etc.)… without instructor’s permission;
  7. Collaborating with another person on any assigned activity for the course without express permission of the instructor;
  8. Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of any academic work prior to its being administered;
  9. Substituting for another student, or permitting another person to substitute for the student, to take a test or prepare other academic work; and
  10. Stealing and deliberately using ideas or writings of others without giving credit, in writing, to them (plagiarism).

Online Attendance

  • In this online course, attendance is assessed by completion of assigned activities. 
  • Failure to complete three or more consecutive assigned activities in Canvas is considered EXCESSIVE and MAY result in being dropped from the course.
  • The student will receive a written notice of the impending withdrawal and must act immediately in order to prevent withdrawal from the course.

Technical Issues

Technology can sometimes fail, so don’t wait until the last minute to complete your work.

 A Canvas re-set may be available if there is time, but a re-set is not guaranteed. 

Assigned activities will NOT BE RE-OPENED after the close date

None of the following will result in extended or make-up dates:

  • calls or emails,
  • technical issues,
  • illness,
  • participation in school-sponsored activities. 

Participation in school-sponsored activities will not result in extended or make-up dates unless the activities take place during the entire period of time that an activity is available.

Mindtap Assistance

For assistance with Mindtap, contact Cengage Customer Support 800-990-8211 or submit a ticket to the Cengage Support Site.

Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Face to Face and Hybrid Online

Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor MAY withdraw a student from the class for insufficient participation the RESPONSIBILITY for dropping a class belongs to the student! Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog. https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog. https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Dropping-and-or-Adding-Courses
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • A student who foresees educational issues related to pregnancy, postpartum recovery, or other physical or mental health matters is strongly encouraged to notify the College as soon as possible.  By doing so, the student and College personnel can collaborate and develop an appropriate plan for the continuation of the student's education.  Pre-planning when possible also may help with particular challenges a student faces while pregnant, when recovering from childbirth, or in response to a physical or mental health concern (e.g., missed classes, make-up work).  The choice to inform the College of any health concern is voluntary. A student is not required to share this information with the College. A student may choose to consult a College counselor or the Office of Disability Services before deciding whether or not to disclose any health-related information.
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE in all classes FROM THE FIRST CLASS DAY.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On:  https://mync.navarrocollege.edu/

The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as the MyNC Portal, Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, please visit: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/service-desk 

For Login Assistance, please contact:

OneStop Service Desk
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]

Your privacy is extremely important.  Please DO NOT SHARE your account information with anyone.

Always include full name and date of birth, phone number, and valid email address when contacting the One-Stop Service Desk. Navarro College will not disclose sensitive account access information with anyone other than the student regardless of student’s age.

For Assistance with Canvas, please contact:

Matt Miller, Dean of Online Instruction
Phone: (903) 875-7422
Email: [email protected]

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Classroom-Decorum

Includes:  Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy


Academic Integrity: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Academic-Dishonesty


College Catalog: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog


Campus Safety: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/campus-safety/index.html


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/student-records/student-records-family-rights-and-privacy-act.html


Student Rights and Responsibilities: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/students-rights-and-responsiblilities.html


Student Handbook:   http://navarrocollege.edu/handbook/

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: https://navarrocollege.edu/bulldog-life/ 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 


Counseling Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/counseling/index.html 

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.


Testing Center Hours and Contact Information: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/testing-center/testing-hours-contact.html


Online Proctored Testing Information: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/online-campus/online-testing.html


Library Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/library/index.html


Tutorial Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/learning-commons/index.html

NOTE: In addition to Navarro College tutoring services, students also have access to free 24/7 tutoring by visiting UpSwing (http://navarrocollege.upswing.io) and logging in to their UpSwing account.  If you're a new user, click NEW USER to create an account.


Disability Services: http://www.navarrocollege.edu/support-services/disability-services. 

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.


Student Support and Administrative Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/support-services/

Schedule

Capítulo Preliminar: ¡Mucho gusto! -- Greetings & meeting people / Numbers 0 to 30 / Subject pronouns & ser / The verb form hay / Question words / The alphabet

Capítulo 1: En una clase de español -- In the classroom / The colors / The university campus / Academic courses & foreign languages / The time & days of the week / Definite & Indefinite Articles, How to make nouns plural / Present tense –ar verbs

Capítulo 2: En una reunión familiar -- The family / Physical features & personality / Nationalities / Numbers 30 to 100 / Possession with del & possessive adjectives / Common uses of ser / Agreement with descriptive adjectives / Present tense –er & -ir verbs / Common uses of the verb tener

Capítulo 3: El tiempo libre -- Leisure-time activities & sports / Places in & around town / Months & seasons / Gustar / Ir / Verbs with irregular yo forms / Saber, conocer & the personal a / Expressing dates & weather with hacer & estar