Monday, June 02, 2014

General Information

Computer classes still require the use of textbooks. See online class orientation on the first week of class for further details. The orientation is located in Blackboard, not here.

Computer classes also require that the students complete weekly homework and unit exams during the semester/summer term. Plan you time wisely to be able to show your work within the guidelines given by the instructor. The only way to know that learning has happened is by showing that you can perform the tasks required in the homework and hands-on activities. This 5-unit course requires 5 hrs weekly of lecture, 1 hour weekly of lab, and 10 hours weekly for homework and study time. The expected total is 16 hours weekly during a regular semester. During the summer session, this time is doubled to 32 hrs weekly! Please plan your schedule accordingly.
Online Activity is part of your class grade. If you are considering an online SPAN 101, keep in mind that your grade will also include online activity on Blackboard. This activity is based on the assumption that students will be spending time on a weekly basis doing their online work and assigned tasks.
SPAN 101 has a one-hour lab component on top of the 5 hours per weekly lecture. This totals 16 hours for the term. During the summer, it will be 32 hours for the term [2 hours weekly]. Some students may need more time per week. Keep this is mind, and setup a consistent schedule to work on your online classes every week.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Videos To Help You Along


Blackboard Login and Course Orientation: http://youtu.be/DTT_j2S049Q
Some of the aspects of this video cover requirements for the 16-week version of this course, and are not applicable to the 8-week summer session. For the summer sessions, refer to the instructions posted in the course online orientation.

Using Connect Spanish Plus: http://youtu.be/88oVHbGR58c

How Could I Add This Course?

Starting Tuesday, June 16, 2014:
1. The instructor will add students from the Waiting List FIRST.
2. Students will be added in the order in which they appear in the Waiting List.
3. Students not in the Waiting List will be added ONLY when there is an open spot, or if a spot opens up.
4. Once an instructor provides a student with an ADD Code VIA EMAIL, that student has 24 hours in which to enroll and pay all related fees. [Check your MyHancock email frequently].

All students have reasonable arguments for adding a course, from transfer and graduation, to better income potential. In order to maintain an impartial and fair approach to adding students, refer to #1 above.

Computer Competency

Distance Learning courses [DL] at Hancock are offered using Blackboard. It is important for students to be able to navigate Blackboard and all its tools efficiently, and to posses general computer skills: 
  • familiarity with all Blackboard Learn tools
  • upload and download files, 
  • install plug-ins, 
  • use email adequately, and to check it frequently. 
Please check with your instructor to find out if there are any specific skills needed in order to be successful in a DL course.

What is done in the Spanish DL classes?

SPAN 101/102/103/104/105 Distance Leaning courses are designed for students who already have experience with online courses. Students who are new to online courses are discouraged from enrolling in these courses.

Online Spanish courses consist of:
  • Grammar and vocabulary activities and exercises located both in Blackboard and external websites [i.e. an electronic workbook]. The exercises include listening, reading, and writing activities as well.
  • Listening comprehension exercises located in Blackboard. These activities use audio and video.
  • Reading comprehension exercises located in Blackboard.
  • Oral Proficiency assessments to measure sentence mastery, vocabulary, fluency, and pronunciation. These activities require students to listen and record specific or open-ended responses, as well as oral interviews with the instructor or via Skype video calls.
  • Writing Skills exercises located in Blackboard.
  • Cultural activities and exercises.
  • Games and other activities located in or outside Blackboard to enhance or improve language learning.
All homework and testing is done online via Blackboard and/or email. All homework assignments are completed online trough Blackboard or the electronic workbook. Online attendance and participation are REQUIRED and charted via Blackboard. Students are encouraged to form study groups to practice/review the material.

What books are needed?

What books are needed?


When in doubt, DO NOT buy your textbooks right away. Always consult with your instructor first to avoid costly expenses.

If you are enrolled in SPAN 101DL, the following books are needed:
  • Puntos de partida, 9th edition: An Invitation to Spanish, by Dorwick, Pérez-Gironés et al. New York: McGraw Hill)
  • The Electronic workbook, which is now called Connect Spanish Plus. Students will actually purchase an Access Code.
  • The textbook can be bought used. The electronic workbook can only be bought NEW.
  • SPAN 101 covers Chapter 1 to Chapter 8.
If you are enrolled in SPAN 102DL, the following textbooks will be used:
  • Puntos de partida, 9th edition: An Invitation to Spanish, by Dorwick, Pérez-Gironés et al. New York: McGraw Hill)
  • The Electronic workbook, which is now called Connect Spanish Plus. Students will actually purchase an Access Code.
  • The textbook can be bought used. The electronic workbook can only be bought NEW.
  • SPAN 102 covers Chapter 8 to Chapter 18.
Students enrolled in SPAN 103/104 will need the following textbooks:
  • IMAGINA: Español sin barreras [textbook], 3rd edition, by Blanco and Tocaimaza-Hatch. Vista Higher Learning Publishing: Boston. 2007. [ISBN: 1-59334-940-8].
  • IMAGINA: Español sin barreras [Web Student Activities Manual or WebSAM], by Blanco and Tocaimaza-Hatch. Vista Higher Learning Publishing: Boston.
  • Cajas de cartón, by Francisco Jiménez.
  • SPAN 103 covers chapters 1-5.
  • SPAN 104 covers chapters 6-10.
Students enrolled in SPAN 105DL will use: TBA

Students interested in SPAN 110 [Elementary Conversation] will use ¡Apúntate!, ¿Qué Tal? or Puntos de Partida textbook as reference. No other books required.

Students interested in SPAN 111 [Intermediate Conversation] will use the ¡Apúntate!, ¿Qué Tal? or Puntos de Partida textbook as reference. No other books required.

Students interested in SPAN 112 [Advanced Conversation] will use Cinema for Spanish Conversation, 3rd Edition by Gill, Smalley, and Haro.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

ENGL Advisory for SPAN 103 & 104

SPAN 103/104 has an ENGL 514 Advisory. This means that students are not required to take ENGL 514 first, but that they enroll in SPAN 103/104 with the skills already in place. This advisory course teaches the following essay-writing skills: 

1. write coherent essays and paragraphs about course readings and/or other subjects. 
2. summarize, analyze, and make a simple synthesis between two readings or ideas. 
3. complete in-class writings that illustrate some organizing, composing, revising, editing,and time-management skills. 
4. read and summarize short expository texts for the purpose of writing and discussion. 
5. distinguish between fact and opinion, and identify author's purpose and tone. 
6. direct writings to a specific audience with an appropriate voice. 
7. construct writings with a central idea and supporting paragraphs. 
8. write paragraphs with supporting sentences that relate to the topic sentence.
9. recognize and begin to apply sentence variety and appropriate word choice. 
10. use vocabulary strategies. 
11. proofread and edit essays for public presentation. 
12. use outside sources and begin to use direct quotations from those sources.
13. differentiate between one's own ideas, and those of others [use bibliography].

Please note that as a result of the advisory, I have an expectation that students enroll in this course with these skills already in place.