The course is designed to increase students'
control of Spanish grammar so they can more accurately and correctly express
themselves in written and spoken Spanish. A secondary goal is to develop
students' understanding of the terminology and rules of grammar so they can
better understand how the language functions and be better prepared for the
possibility of teaching it in the future. To achieve these goals and to increase
student's reading and listening abilities in Spanish, students will be required
Read all assigned grammar explanations in the textbook and learn the principal
grammatical rules for each section. The book is written in Spanish. Students
are encouraged to consult other reference materials including ones in English,
but must read our textbook and learn the terminology it uses.
Do all the assigned grammar exercises from the exercise book and any
handouts prepared by the instructor. Students are to prepare several
exercises for a typical class period. In view of the large number of students
enrolled in this year's course, the professor will not be able to grade most
assignments, but they will be covered in class at least in part and/or daily
quizzes might be based on the assignments.
Do all the exercises in the workbook. These will not be graded by
the professor since this work is generally self-correcting; that is, students
should do the exercises, then compare their answers to those appearing in
the back of the book. The workbooks will collected and spot-checked during
the regularly scheduled tests.
Write occasional compositions in Spanish incorporating as far as possible
the grammatical structures being studied.
Attend all classes, participate in class discussions and exercises, and
use Spanish in the classroom.
Show mastery of the material in the five scheduled tests and any quizes.
The content of each test, including to some extent the final exam, will focus
primarily on the material covered since the previous test; however, language
is a cumulative process, and material covered in earlier chapters must
necessarily reappear in subsequent tests. [A project of some type may also
be required, but a final decision has not been made.]
Note: Work handed in late will be given
a reduced grade and no make-up tests will be given, except in cases of emergency
or where the student makes arrangement with the professor in advance.
The students' final grade in the course will
be based on: class participation (25%), written assignments (25%), and exams
and quizes (50%).
Both of the following texts are required:
Avanzando: Gramática española y lectura, 4th edition,
by Sara Lequerica de la Vega and Carmen Salazar. John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
Workbook to accompany the above text, either Cuaderno A: Ejercicios para
los estudiantes de habla inglesa for those whose native language is not
Spanish, or Cuaderno B: Ejercicios para estudiantes de habla hispana
for native speakers of Spanish.
Indiana U.-Purdue U. Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Last updated: Aug. 17, 2001