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SPAN 202-08_MWF_Dr. Aiello

Department of Hispanic Studies

College of Charleston

Spring 2014

Course: Spanish 202: Intermediate Spanish

CRN: 20824

SEC: 08

Credits: 3 undergraduate credit hours, meeting 3 times a week for 50 minutes

Date Range: January 8, 2014 – May 2, 2014

Days/Time: MWF/ 11:00-11:50 am.

Place: J. C. Long Building Room 336

Instructor: Antonio J. Aiello, Ph.D.

Office: Bellsouth Room 203-A

Office hours: M (12:00-12:50 pm), W (3:00-4:00 pm), F (12:00-12:50 pm), and by appointment

Phone: (845) 953-7303

E-mail: [email protected]



Welcome to SPAN 202! Intermediate Spanish is the final course in the Department of Hispanic Studies’ 3-semester and 4-semester basic language course sequences. In this course you will continue to develop communicative skills in Spanish and use those skills to expand your knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world.

Why study another language? Part of the purpose of a general education requirement at the College of Charleston is for students to challenge their own preconceived personal and cultural frameworks, as well as to further their intellectual development and personal growth. To this end, the study of a language beyond one’s native tongue pushes one to communicate through different sounds, words, and structures, and it provides an opportunity to gain deeper insight into the practices of one’s own and other cultures. Furthermore, empirical research in recent years suggests that language learning is related to improved cognitive abilities such as attentional control, memory, problem solving, and verbal and spatial abilities.

Why study Spanish? In addition to the academic, cognitive, and social benefits to learning another language, there are unique benefits to learning Spanish. For example, consider the following facts:

· Spanish is the official language of 21 countries, and there are more than 400 million native speakers of Spanish, more than any other language in the world except for Mandarin Chinese.

· Spanish has not been a “foreign language” in the United States for almost 500 years. In 1521, the Spanish formed the Viceroyalty of New Spain, which included Florida and much of the land west of the Mississippi River. Florida became part of the United States in 1845; 57 years after South Carolina had become a state. Texas formed part of Mexico until 1836, and the present day states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, as well as parts of present day Utah and Wyoming, formed part of Mexico until 1848.

· The United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. Only Mexico has more native speakers of Spanish.


By the end of the semester you will have increased your Spanish language vocabulary in topics related to travel, multiculturalism, the environment, and human rights. You will also be better able to comprehend, and produce more accurately, grammatical forms and structures such as the present indicative, the preterite, the imperfect, and the present subjunctive.


This course is part of the General Education requirement for the College. In this course you will do the following:

1. Students read, write, and understand languages other than English.

2. Students use their knowledge of languages other than English to analyze the

perspectives of historical and/or modern cultures that can be obtained only

through reading and/or listening to that language.

Parts of the final exam will assess your ability to read, write, and understand this language, as well as to analyze cultural perspectives of the culture.


The format of this class is based on the premise that the best way to learn a foreign language is through repeated, meaningful exposure, as well as opportunities to interact with others, even at the beginning levels. Professors follow the policy of no English in class for themselves. It is up to you to seek clarification and raise your hand if you don’t understand something. Within about one week, you should be familiar with the class format and daily expectations. You are expected to arrive to class on time and actively participate. Furthermore, you are expected to be respectful of your peers and assist in the establishment and maintenance of a positive learning environment.


Course Pack for SPAN 202, which contains the following:

1. Atando cabos: Curso intermedio de español. Custom Edition for the College of Charleston

2. MySpanishLab (Online Workbook/Manual to Accompany Atando cabos)

The Course Pack is available through the College of Charleston Bookstore (Barnes and Noble) and the King Street Bookstore.

NOTE: The Custom Edition of Atando cabos includes chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 of the 4th Edition. Should you choose to purchase Atando cabos and MySpanishLab access codes separately (e.g., online), make sure that you purchase the 4th edition of each.


This course meets either 2- or 3-days a week. However, you will do a substantial portion of work outside of class through MySpanishLab, which supports the online workbook. Practicing with target vocabulary and grammatical forms /structures by means of a computer-enhanced course will provide the following advantages:

Self-pacing. You can take the time you need to do the online portion of the course as long as you complete the assignments before the deadlines.

Preparedness. Learning a language successfully requires consistent work and effort (not last minute cramming before an exam). Having to complete assignments in My Spanish Lab on a regular basis will help you to keep up with the course material, to come to class better prepared, and will improve your chances of success in learning Spanish.

Easy access. You can do your homework from any computer. First, you must create a user account. To do so, you will need the book key, which may be purchased from the College Bookstore.


After being introduced to and engaged in focused practice with target vocabulary and grammar in class, you will complete several homework assignments in MySpanishLab (MSL). All MSL activities are due by 11:59pm on the dates specified on the Course Calendar (located at the end of this syllabus). The homework will be most effective if you first read again the recommended pages (i.e., those covered during class) and then do the assignments. There are also a number of resources that you may use in MSL, including tutorials for each chapter, a glossary, and interactive verb charts (located at the top right-hand part of the homepage for your course.

Grading in MySpanishLab. For each MSL activity, you will have 1 attempt, 2 attempts, or 3 attempts to complete the assignment before the due date /time. You will have 1 attempt when there are only two answers from which to choose, 2 attempts when there are 3 answers from which to choose, and 3 attempts when there are 4+ answers from which to choose, or when you must write an answer (e.g., conjugate a verb). If the activity allows multiple attempts, MSL will automatically provide you with feedback after your first try (click on the “dialogue” /“word bubble” icon). In other words, MSL is programmed to give you “hints” along the way. If the activity permits 2 or 3 attempts, and you do not earn a perfect score the first time, you may click “Try Again” and re-attempt the activity. The correct answer will be revealed to you after your final attempt.

When you are finished with the assignment, click “Finish: Submit for Grading”. You will then be prompted to click on “Finish” one more time. If you wish to stop and resume the activity later (but before the deadline), click “Save for later”. Please note, however, that this option is only available for activities that allow more than 1 attempt (see Course Calendar).

Please note that number of MSL activities include audio or video files. Therefore, you should plan accordingly.

Creating an account.

STEP 1: Before You Register

1. Complete the Browser Tune-Up.

Go to and click Browser Tune-up. This will confirm that you have met the System Requirements and have the necessary free plug-ins on your computer.

If you do NOT use a supported browser, you will NOT be able to sign in to your MyLanguageLabs.

Select Support then System Requirements (

to see the most up-to-date information on supported browsers.  Pearson tests each supported browser thoroughly for use with a MyLab. 

2. Enable Pop-Up Blockers

Are you clicking on an activity or link inside the course and nothing happens? Some browsers will block all pop-ups—even those you want! To allow pop-ups in your MyLanguageLab course, open your browser and do the following (there may be some variations with each browser):


1. Click Tools ( Pop-up Blocker ( Pop-up Blocker Settings.

2. When prompted for “Address of Website to allow”, enter:*

(If you have downloaded a third-party (Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc.) pop-up blocker/toolbar make sure you turn the pop-up blocker off on that toolbar in addition to your browser pop-up blocker.)


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