Elementary Spanish 1 (009)- Fall 2017


Drawing from the Common European Framework of Reference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the main goals for Elementary Spanish II are to be able to: understand and produce very commonly used sentences to satisfy immediate needs. * To introduce yourself and others and to ask and answer questions about personal details such as the place where you live, people you know and things you have. * To be able to have basic interactions with people who speak clearly, slowly and are ready to cooperate. * To understand simple and brief written and audiovisual texts in Spanish.

EVALUACIÓN (Final Grade Breakdown) Preparación y participación: 20%

  • Interacción en grupos
  • Trabajos escritos y tareas:  20%
  • Proyecto: 10%


  • Examen Parcial:  15%
  • Examen Oral:  10%
  • Examen Final: 25%

Escala de notas

100 = A+          95-99 = A               90-94 = A-

87-89 = B+       83-86 = B                80-82 = B-

77-79 = C+       73-76 = C               70-72 = C-        60-69 = D

A+ (100), as the + indicates, is reserved for truly outstanding work. It not only excels on every single required aspect, but also shows depth, intuition and initiative, critical analysis and insightful comments, resourcefulness, effective application of learning tools and strategies, etc. for the level.


BE PROACTIVE ABOUT YOUR LEARNING: If you feel confused or simply need further guidance, make sure to sign up for office hours.

  • OFFICE HOURS are consultation hours for all students registered in the class, about issues pertaining to the current course. They are not to be used as individual tutoring sessions. If you need a tutor, your instructor can refer you to some of the options the University offers.

Café & Conversación Hours (C&C)

During the semester, every Thursday from 4pm-5pm in the lobby of the Casa Hispánica, advanced students of Spanish organize a conversation hour. Everyone in all levels is invited to attend, as it is an excellent opportunity to practice fluency in a relaxed environment outside of class.


Students need to keep up with any chapter assignments on the textbook, My Spanish Lab, the Student´s Basic Grammar and any other homework.

Homework is assigned on a daily basis. Even if an assignment is not to be collected, you must prepare it before class. All assignments are required as preparation for class.  You must use/bring your own materials, notes, answers, questions. etc.

*Additional materials to work in class will say “Imprimir (to print out)”.

*Assignments to be collected will indicate so.

Student´s Basic Grammar of Spanish: We will use it both in class and for self-study (see “Programación” below). For any activity assigned for self-study, you must compare your answers with the answer key at the end of the book and correct/highlight any mistakes.

Late assignments will not be accepted. HOWEVER, in order to keep up with what has been covered and be prepared for the class, you must do any assignments and go over any material you may have missed. Being absent from a session is not an excuse to show up unprepared for any subsequent class.

ASSIGNMENTS TO BE COLLECTED: Please leave them on the instructor´s desk as soon as you come in. Make sure you have written your name, due date, and the title for the assignment.

Written assignments

The instructor will assign several written assignments (from 50 to 200 words, on paper or online) throughout the semester. Some will be rewritten. It will be possible to bring the grade up in the second version but the main grade will be based on the first draft. THEY ARE INDIVIDUAL WORK, YOU MUST NOT RECEIVE HELP FROM ANYBODY OR USE ANY UNAUTHORIZED RESOURCES.


There will be short (5-10 min) periodic announced quizzes (weekly or bi-weekly) at the beginning of the class. The main purpose of these quizzes is to assess comprehension of specific topics as the course progresses.

Lateness and interruptions

*Attendance is taken at the beginning of the class.

This is a class where you are constantly collaborating in pair and group work. Therefore, arriving late or coming in and out of class is extremely disruptive to the instructor and to your peers. Three late arrivals or unreasonable/ systematic class interruptions will constitute one absence and affect your participation grade.

Departmental Policy on Absences

If you miss any session, you must do any assignment and classwork you may have missed. An absence is not an excuse to show up unprepared for any subsequent class.

You are expected to attend all classes throughout the semester.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has an across-the-board policy on class absences. Students enrolled in courses that meet three times a week who have four (4) unexcused absences or more will see their final grade reduced by one full letter grade. ALL ABSENCES, EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED, WILL REDUCE YOUR PARTICIPATION GRADE. 

An excused absence is an absence due to a religious holiday or one for which you can provide some form of written justification from a physician or dean.  A personal email or communication, though appreciated, is not an excused absence. You must provide the WRITTEN OFFICIAL notification as soon as you return to class.

You should not interpret this policy as entitling you to a given number of free absences from class.  You should see it as a hedge against illness and other unforeseen circumstances that may make it impossible for you to attend class.

Academic Integrity

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese fully supports and adheres to all Columbia University policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty (plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, etc.). The work you submit in this class is expected to be your own. If you submit work that has been copied from any published or unpublished source (including the Internet) without attribution, that has been prepared or REVIEWED by someone other than you, or that in any way misrepresents somebody else’s work as your own you will face disciplining by the university.

It is expected that all students abide by the university’s Code of Academic Integrity:


and that they refrain from any activity constitutive of academic dishonesty as defined therein. For additional information, visit the section on Academic Integrity in the College and University Policies:


or consult your instructor in the event of any uncertainty on your part about what may constitute academic dishonesty.

DISABILITY SERVICES (Oficina de discapacidades)

Columbia students must first be registered with Disability Services (DS) http://health.columbia.edu/disability-services . You must notify your instructor about your registered academic accommodations at the beginning of the semester and/or with ample time before an exam. The proctoring of extra time for exams will be done at the office of DS, not by the Instructor. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability are invited to contact DS for a confidential discussion at (212) 854-2388 (Voice/TTY) or by email at disability@columbia.edu . Barnard students should contact http://barnard.edu/disabilityservices .

BARNARD and COLUMBIA EMAIL ACCOUNTS (Cuentas de correo electrónico)

Barnard and Columbia have different computing and email account systems. However all students are responsible for checking Columbia’s LionMail regularly.

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SPAN W1101, or a score of 280-379 in the department's Placement Examination.


*Spanish ONLINE Placement Examination

*Required (unless you have passed the previous course at Columbia or Barnard.)

TEXTBOOKS (Bundled version @ Columbia Bookstore or Book Culture – valid for all four Spanish requirement levels: SPAN1101, 1102, 1201 and 1202)

ISBN 13: 9781323258576

1) Gente. Ernesto Martín Peris y Neus Sans Baulenas (2011, Customized Columbia/Barnard Edition)Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall


a) Access code for Myspanishlab

b) Gramática Básica del estudiante de español. Rosario Alonso Raya Alejandro Castañeda Castro, Pablo Martínez Gila, Lourdes Miquel López, Jenaro Ortega Olivares, José Plácido Ruiz Campillo. Difusión. 2015.

External Resources

FAQs about Registration and Placement in Spanish Language Classes

Department´s Placement Exam