State University of New York at Buffalo

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Fall 2000

Instructor: Ellen Connell Office Hours: MWF 9-9:50am
E-mail: Office: 934 Clemens Hall


Spanish 102 is the continuation of 101 which is designed for true beginners, those with no previous knowledge of Spanish. The goal of this course is to enable students to acquire a basic mastery of the following four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will emphasize practice of both oral and written communication skills in the classroom.

TEXT: Dicho y Hecho 5th edition Dawson & Dawson

WORKBOOK/LAB: Dicho y Hecho 5th edition Dawson & Dawson

*Cassette tapes to accompany the Workbook may be duplicated in Clemens 20 (basement). There will be cassettes already dubbed for $2.00 (cash/check) or $1.00 SUNY Card.



Prepare for class each day by looking ahead at the grammar, vocabulary, activities, readings and cultural notes in the chapter.

Homework is centered on the Workbook and Laboratory Manual. The Lab sections are designed to be used in conjunction with the student tapes. Whenever the workbook asks for a written paragraph/composition, you will write 6-8 sentences (coherent and original). Students must self-correct in a different colored ink those exercises for which there are answers in the back of the workbook.

Homework will be turned in to the instructor at the beginning of class on the due date. Late homework will be accepted one day late for a reduced grade. Assignments will be graded on evident effort, legibility, self-correction, and over-all quality of written work.

Instructors will assign additional homework such as compositions , grammar exercises or web related work.

NO ‘extra credit’ work will be given to improve grades.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is required. You are allowed 3 absences for the course without being penalized. For each absence beyond the 3 allowed your final grade will drop one letter grade. Only documented excuses will be accepted in order to remove an absence mark. The documentation is due no later than one week after the absence.

After 10 undocumented absences you will receive an automatic F in the course.

Attendance means attentiveness, cooperation, and active participation in class.

Students are responsible for the material covered and the homework assigned on the day/s they are absent.

Tardiness will be penalized. Once class has started, late comers are not welcomed into the classroom.

Do NOT call the Department office to report that you will not be in class. In case students need to contact their instructor, they have offices in Clemens Hall and mailboxes in 910 Clemens or you can send them an e-mail.


Grades are computed as follows:

Exams: 40%
Oral Presentations: 15%
Homework: 15%

Quizzes (Written and Oral):


Participation/ Attendance:


There will be 4 unit tests as indicated on the syllabus. They will include listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing.

Students will be tested on the oral production of vocabulary, phrases, dialogues as well as appropriateness of use of forms in a given context in the form of oral quizzes.

Students will make oral presentations at the end of the semester. These will be approximately 8 minute long with a 2 minute question and answer section. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the instructor. Presentations cannot be read. Students absent during the day of presentation will receive a zero.

Absolutely NO make-ups for missed quizzes or exams!

Final Exam:

There will be a cumulative final exam (200 points) that will be held during the Final Exam Week (December 11-18). If you are making travel plans take this into account.

The deadline to notify instructors of final exam scheduling conflicts will be November 6, 2000.

Students with a total average of A (see grading scale below) will be exempt from the final exam. Students will be notified of exemption on December 5, 2000.

Students must present their student identification card before taking the final exam. Students who fail to bring their ID to the exam will not receive an examination.

No make-up final exam will be given due to travel plans.


Grading Scale:

94-100% A

77-79% C+

90-93% A-

73-76% C

87-89% B+

70-72% C-

83-86% B

69-65% D

80-82% B-

64 and lower F

The grade of incomplete will be given only to students who for some documented reason have been unable to complete the course requirements and have at least a passing grade up to the point where they could not complete the requirements.

No incomplete will be given to substitute for a poor or failing grade.

IMPORTANT: If you begin to experience inordinate difficulty with the class, or have issues regarding the class that you want to discuss, please let the instructor know as soon as possible. If notifying the instructor does not seem appropriate, seek assistance promptly from the Spanish Language Program Director. If you wait until the end of the semester the possibilities of being helped are less promising.

Note: Dates indicated on the syllabus are subject to change.




State University of New York at Buffalo

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Fall 2000

Course Syllabus

Dicho y Hecho 5th ed.


Repaso Pretérito

Aug 28

Capítulo 8

Aug 29-Sept 8

Pronunciation/Reading Practice pp. 279-280

Sept 11

Capítulo 9

Sept 12-20

Pronunciation/Reading Practice pp. 312-313

Sept 21

Examen 1

Sept 22

Capítulo 10

Sept 25-Oct 4

Pronunciation/Reading Practice pp. 350-351

Oct 5

Capítulo 11

Oct 6-18

Pronunciation/Reading Practice pp. 384-385

Oct 19

Examen 2

Oct 20

Capítulo 12

Oct 23-31

Pronunciation/Reading Practice pp. 417-418

Nov 1

Capítulo 13

Nov 2-10

Pronunciation/Reading Practice pp. 448-449

Nov 13

Examen 3

Nov 14

Capítulo 14

Nov 15-30

Examen 4

Dec 1

Presentaciones Orales

Dec 4-7

Listening Comprehension Final/Repaso

Dec 8

Examen Final

Dec 11-18