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Bryan · Humanities · Spanish - SPAN

Beg. Span. I

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section 300 CRN-30305
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 05/27/2019

Meeting Times

Class       MTWRF 8:00am - 11:20am         G Building 233

Lab          W            10:20pm - 11:20pm         G Building 231

Contact Information

Jose Jacobo

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: G-214

Office Hours: MTWR 3:50pm - 4:40pm or by appointment. 


  80 total contact hours.  Credit: 4 semester hours

This is an elementary language course with practice in reading, listening comprehension, writing, speaking, and application of cultural knowledge at a level consistent with requirements for a first-semester at a four-year university. Four semester hours.

Core Objectives

Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture   express and affect human experience.  Courses  involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual   creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.  Core objectives of this course include critical thinking, communication, social responsibility,and personal responsibility


A variety of methods are used to determine effectiveness in this course, including the following: student scores on a course inventory test given during the first week of classes compared with the scores on the same inventory test given as part of the final exam; in grade distribution data derived from both campus-specific data and institutional data used to evaluate course content and presentation.  Tracking into Spanish 1412. 


Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites: None.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


1. Demonstrate auditory comprehension of Spanish through listening passages and conversations;

2. Demonstrate correct pronunciation according to the level expected for the course;

3. Demonstrate correct grammar in written assignments according to the level expected for the course;

4. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of Spanish vocabulary according to the level expected for the course;

5. Demonstrate an awareness of cultural norms and personal civic responsibilities by means of communicative skills and cultural knowledge, according to the level expected for the course;

6. Demonstrate comprehension of Spanish language literary and non-literary selections according to the level expected for the course;

7. Demonstrate analytical, interpretive and critical thinking skills with respect to grammar, literature and cultural studies, according to the level expected for the course.


All Campuses:

Zayas-Bazan, Eduardo, Susan M. Bacon, and Holly J. Nibert. ¡Arriba!: Comunicación y cultura. 7th ed., with MySpanishLab access code.Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2019 release.

  • ISBN: 9781323866856

Zayas-Bazan, Eduardo, Susan M. Bacon, and Holly J. Nibert.Student Activities Manual to Accompany ¡Arriba!: Comunicación y cultura. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2019 release.

  • ISBN: 9781323875810

Publisher: Pearson

You will also need to purchase 4 AccuScan scantrons for your exams. 

Course Requirements

Online Course Proctoring

The Humanities Division requires that at least 30 percent of the coursework for every online course be completed in a proctored environment. Such coursework includes major tests and exams and all division tests such as pre-and post-tests and final exams. Course instructors will provide more information.


In compliance with ACGM and THECB rulings:

Face-to-face courses require a minimum of 80 contact hours per semester or four contact hours per week.

Blended courses require 51% (about 41) of those 80 hours to be online hours  and 49% (about 39) to be  face-to face.

The number and type of contact hours per week will be stated on the course reading and assignment schedule below. 

Course work to be evaluated includes but is not limited to:

Final Exam, and Post-Test

    The Final Exam is a comprehensive exam that covers from Chapter 1 through Chapter 6 in the textbook, ¡Arriba!  No one will be exempt from taking it. The final exam must be taken at the scheduled time. No makeups will be given. Students will need an AccuScan scantron for the final exam.  
     At the end of this course, there will be a  Post-Test (Course Inventory Test). Students must bring an AccuScan scantron for each test. There will be no make-up test for  the Post-Test (Course Inventory Test). It is necessary to take the  Post-Test.

Chapter Exams and Quizzes

All exams and tests are closed book. There will be three (3) closed-book chapter exams on the dates listed on the course schedule.  Students must bring an AccuScan scantron  for each of these.  The instructor may give unannounced quizzes.

Daily Evaluations

1. Daily Participation and Cultural Activities

   Classes may have both lecture and laboratory activities every day. Daily participation and cultural activity points are based on 1) the completion before class of assigned Student Activities Manual (SAM) assignments, including listening comprehension activities, and 2) participation in class. Students who arrive late or leave early will not receive these points and will be given a zero for the day. These points are a sizable portion of the final grade.  Students must be aware of how much the completion of daily work affects the final grade. Daily grades cannot be made up for any reason. 3) Students who miss class are responsible for finding out the assignments missed from other classmates. Please do not contact the instructor for assignments. It is necessary to get some email addresses and phone numbers from some of your classmates for this purpose.  There is no excuse for not having the daily work completed. 4) The teacher is under no obligation to re-teach what the student has missed.

2. Laboratory Practice

   Bryan Campus: This class will meet once a week in a language laboratory. Lab work is part of the grade; therefore, it is essential to attend labs. Students are responsible for completing the Student Activities Manual, which includes listening comprehension activities and other activities to be assigned by the instructor.  In addition to the scheduled classes in a Foreign Language Lab (G218 or G227), students will need to work outside of class in the Foreign Language Labs, the Open Computer Lab (H225), or the Learning Center (L258) in order to complete required activities, practice quizzes and tests. These labs have additional materials for individual student practice. Please sign in on the computer database if you use the Foreign Language Labs at any time other than during regularly scheduled class times.  Tutors for Spanish may be available in the Learning Center. Please refer to posted schedules.

3. MySpanishLab

-  MySpanishLab is the program the students will be using to complete their online lab work for Spanish 1411. There are two kinds of activities in MySpanishLab: “Additional Practice Activities" and “Practice Tests.” All Spanish 1411 students will be assigned and are responsible for completing all of the “Additional Practice Activities” and the “Practice Test” for each Chapter, 1 through 6.
-  The program is set to allow the student five attempts to complete each online “Additional Practice Activity."  Both opening the activity and saving it for later count as attempts. The  correct answers will  be provided on the fourth attempt.

-  The "Additional Practice Activities" and the "Practice Tests" are due at 11:59 PM on the date assigned. Note that 11:59:01 will be considered late.

-  The students will be given one hour to complete each chapter’s "Practice Test."

-  Mistakes in accent marks will result in one half of a credit being deducted from the item.

-  A grade of 80% or higher on an “Additional Practice Activity” is considered to be a passing grade.

-  The student must answer all of the items in an activity before submitting it to be graded.

-  The highest grade from all of the attempts will be “counted” in the electronic grade book.

-  All of the “Additional Practice Activities” and “Practice Tests” will be due on the following nights by 11:59 PM unless the student’s instructor assigns a different deadline: 

Capítulo 1 – 06/06 at 11:59pm (Thursday)

Capítulo 2 – 06/12 at 11:59pm (Wednesday)

Capítulo 3 – 06/18 at 11:59pm (Tuesday)

Capítulo 4 – 06/24 at 11:59pm (Monday)

Capítulo 5 – 06/28 at 11:59pm (Friday)                            


    There will be two (2) compositions for the student to write in class. Each composition will be at least 100-125 words long. Topics will be given in advance and are to be prepared outside of class. Students will write compositions in class without notes and without the use of a dictionary on the dates listed on the course schedule.

Oral Evaluation

    There will be an oral evaluation during the semester. This will be based upon a handout which the instructor will distribute to the students at the beginning of the semester. This required assignment demonstrates that the student has learned not only to understand and speak Spanish, but also to read and write it.  Students should see the instructor if they have any questions or problems in meeting this course requirement. There will not be any make ups for oral evaluations. If a student presents valid documentation for being absent for the oral evaluation, the final exam grade will replace the oral evaluation grade. The "validity" will be determined by the instructor. 


Grading System














Below 60%









Dropped for good cause or withdrew from college



% Possible


250 pts total


Final Exam (Comprehensive)



Exam I (Caps. 1&2)



Exam II (Caps. 3&4)



Exam III (Cap. 5)




80 pts total


Composition I



Composition II



Oral Exam

50 pts total


Student Activities Manual (SAM) Lab

60 pts total


Lab Practice Tests, Practice Class Activities, and Participation

60 pts total



500 points total



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes

The following distribution of grades is recommended:


Standardized Final Exam, including Post-Test (Course Inventory Test)


Three major exams (Chapter Exams)


Daily Evaluations




Oral Evaluation

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Humanities Division Policies

Academic Honesty. Academic integrity is taught and enforced in all division classes.  Plagiarism and other dishonesty will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.  Academic dishonesty includes:

  • submitting another person’s work as one’s own,
  • failing to credit research sources in one’s papers,
  • copying or sharing items on a test or exam,
  • colluding inappropriately on an assignment, and/or
  • submitting falsified documents such as doctor’s notes. 

While deliberate intellectual theft signals a lack of respect for oneself and others, careless or accidental plagiarism shows the student has not understood and followed guidelines for academic writing.

As part of the grading process, students in this division submit all major papers through a similarity detection service. An instructor who suspects academic dishonesty will call a conference with the student to clarify the issue. If a student has been found in violation of the Scholastic Integrity Policy, the student’s name will be forwarded to the Blinn College Student Conduct Database. If the student has previously been cited for plagiarism at the College, a grade of F in the course will be assigned, even if the student decides to drop the course.

If it is the student’s first offense, the instructor will decide whether to allow the student to rewrite the paper for a reduced grade or to assign a grade of zero.

If you are having difficulty with an assignment, please get legitimate help from your instructor, the Writing Center, your handbook, or a classmate rather than resorting to plagiarism.  The short- and long-term consequences are simply not worth it.  Please see College Catalog for current policy and appeal statements

Attendance, Absenteeism, Tardy Arrival, and Makeup Work. To succeed in college, students are expected to attend all lecture and laboratory periods in traditional, blended, and online classes at the prescribed time. The division does not condone class cutting by students or walks given by instructors. Instructors will keep accurate records of student attendance, and students are responsible for contacting instructors promptly regarding necessary absences.

Attendance in online classes is determined by the stated instructor policy. To be counted present, students must log in AND complete the minimum specified work.

The stated instructor policy in conjunction with stated College policy will determine whether a given absence is excused and whether a student is allowed to make up missed work.

Please see the College policy addressing civility aspects of tardy arrivals to class.

Papers. Major papers must be submitted on time according to the mode of course delivery and instructor requirements for that course.  Students in all classes will submit their major papers to; students in online or blended classes will follow additional requirements specified by their instructors. Also see Online Course Integrity section above.

Textbook. The assigned textbooks are essential for learning, especially in classes focusing on the study of the written word. Students need the books from the very beginning of the semester and are required to bring the textbook to each face-to-face class unless otherwise instructed. Students registered for online classes or classes using electronic textbooks are also expected to acquire and use the textbook assigned by the course instructor.

Student e-mail accounts. Blinn College assigns every student an email account to facilitate official College correspondence.  Students need to check their Blinn accounts regularly for important communications, including excessive absence reports and emergency announcements.

The Writing Center, Brenham Campus, ACD 9, is a writing lab where students can meet one-on-one with trained writing consultants. ACD 14 is a computer lab available to all current Blinn College students, a quiet place where students can think and study.  For more information, please stop in or telephone (979) 830-4699.

The Writing Center, Bryan Campus, A 118, provides free professional tutoring for individual students in all courses at Blinn College. The Bryan Writing Center is nationally accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Tutors help students correct specific writing weaknesses so they can feel confident in their writing, succeed in all their classes, and work toward educational and career goals.  The Writing Center and the English Department jointly conduct regular workshops for students writing college transfer applications.

While the Writing Center is not an editing service, tutors will work with student writers at any stage of the writing process:

  • understanding an assignment,
  • choosing a topic,
  • brainstorming,
  • planning,
  • revising,
  • editing, and
  • documenting sources.

In short, the mission of the Writing Center is to help all students become better writers. 

Visit  call (979)-209-7591, or stop by Room A 118 to learn more about the online tutoring option for Distance Ed students, to locate a wide variety of helpful handouts, and to make appointments for tutoring.

Online and Off-Campus Writing Center tutors provide feedback within 24 hours to online, blended, or off-campus students in all courses at Blinn College. To access this service, use your Blinn email account to submit a Word document as a file attachment to [email protected]. For more information, call (979) 830-4699.

Medical Excuses--Bryan Campus.  Students must inform their doctors' offices or clinics that their instructor might call to verify a medical excuse.  If the appointment cannot be verified, the excuse will not be accepted.  Falsifying such documents is prohibited under the Blinn College Discipline Code.  Penalties for violating this code can include measures such as suspension or permanent expulsion from the College.  Students who do not see a doctor may also see the Blinn College nurse at the Health Clinic (Science Building, 209-7269) who can write notes for them to verify their illness. 

No pets or small children are allowed in Blinn College classrooms.


   Make-up Work for Assignments

  1. If a test or composition is missed, the student will need an original, authorized excused absence when he or she returns to class. Leaving a recorded telephone message or sending an email to the instructor does not constitute an excused absence. It is necessary to speak directly with the instructor, preferably during his or her office hours.

  2. An authorized excused absence consists of a Blinn College sponsored event (requires an official letter), or a letter from a doctor or funeral home stating a) reason for absence, b) date of absence, c) length of absence, d) signature of doctor, etc., and e) a phone number or email address of the doctor’s office or of the funeral home. Students who miss class because of religious holy days should notify the instructor prior to the occasion. This request should be accompanied by a letter from a religious leader or organization.

  3. The instructor reserves the right to evaluate each excuse. If an excuse is refused, the student will receive a grade of “zero” for any assignment due that day. For each excused absence requested, the instructor will have the student fill out a petition with the appropriate documentation attached, i.e., a doctor’s excuse.

Students who miss more than 2 major assignments will receive zeros for these even if they present a valid excuse.

The final grade will be the result of the student’s performance during the whole semester. There will be no extra credit assignmentsnor a curve given on assignments or tests to raise the final grade at the end of the semester.

Summer Attendance. In summer classes, the student may be administratively withdrawn after three unexcused absences.

Grading Scale

450 — 500 = A (90% –100%)

400 — 449 = B (80% – 89%)

350 — 399 = C (70% – 79%)

300 — 349 = D (60% – 69%)

0 — 299 = F  (Below 60%    





Assignments Due

Lunes 06/03

Capítulo 1:

1.1 Saludos y despedidas

1.2 Talk about yourself and others



Martes 06/04

1.3 Discuss the advantages of being bilingual, and learn about an alternative hip-hop group from Puerto Rico

1.4 Describe your classroom, and respond to classroom instructions



Miércoles 06/05

1.5 Identify and describe people, places, and things, including dates

1.6 Use visuals to aid comprehension



Jueves 06/06

 1.7 Recognize the expanse of the Hispanic world

1.8 Identify cognates to understand text

1.9 Move from phrases to sentences


Cap 1 SAM due by 11:59pm.

Viernes 06/07

Capítulo 2:

2.1 Describe yourself and others

2.2 Ask and respond to questions about people, places, and things







Lunes 06/10

2.3 Identify how names reflect a person’s heritage, and learn about an alternative rock musician from Spain

2.4 Discuss activities you do and like to do



Martes 06/11

2.5 Talk about your activities and obligations

2.6 Anticipate content



Miércoles 06/12

2.7 Identify and research some important cultural aspects of Spain

2.8 Identify opinions

2.9 Plan for an interview


Cap 2 SAM due by 11:59pm.

Jueves 06/13

Exam 1 (1-2)

Capítulo 3:

3.1 Exchange information about classes and schedules

3.2 Talk about dates, possessions, obligations, and physical and mental states



Viernes 06/14

3.3 Compare and contrast the UNAM with your school, and learn about an alternative rock band from Mexico

3.4 Talk about places and give directions on your university campus







Lunes 06/17

3.5 Make plans to do something, and describe traits and states of being

3.6 Compile information from several sources



Martes 06/18

3.7 Identify and research some important cultural aspects of Mexico

3.8 Scan text for information

3.9 Outline your thoughts before writing

Composition 1 done in class.


Cap 3 SAM due by 11:59.

Miércoles 06/19

Capítulo 4:

4.1 Talk about family

4.2 Express preferences and plan family activities



Jueves 06/20

4.3 Compare families, and learn about a pop fusion musician from Honduras

4.4 Extend and respond to invitations



Viernes 06/21

4.5 Point out people and things, make plans, and discuss what and whom you know

4.6 Watch for the main idea







Lunes 06/24

4.7 Identify and research some important cultural aspects of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras

4.8 Skim for the main idea

4.9 Use appropriate conventions in informal writing

Composition 2 done in class


Cap 4 SAM due by 11:59pm.

Martes 06/25

Exam II (3-4)

Capítulo 5:

5.1 Talk about personal care items and routines

5.2 Describe your daily routine and feelings, and make comparisons



Miércoles 06/26

5.3 Compare opinions about ecotourism, and learn about a ska-rock fusion band from Panama

5.4 Talk about the home and household chores

*Oral Exam done in class



Jueves 06/27

5.5 Describe superlative qualities and actions in progress

5.6 Ask and answer questions to clarify information


Cap 5 SAM due by 11:59pm.

Viernes 06/28

5.7 Identify and research some important cultural aspects of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama

5.8 Trigger background knowledge to understand text

5.9 Know your audience




FINAL EXAM: The final exam will take place on July 1st during our normal class time and in the same classroom.