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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2007

SPN 368L • Spanish Language Structure

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47925 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Course Description

The objective of this course is two-fold: a) To examine in depth how a sentence (simple and compound) is structured in Spanish; b) to provide students with opportunities to practice writing with a special attention to the four areas of Spanish grammar, as organized into four units: Unit ONE: Basic Sentence Structure - Parts of Speech, Phrasal Categories, and Constituent Structure - Different Types of Verbs (Intransitive, Transitive, Copulative, etc.) - Grammatical Functions (Subject, Direct Object, Indirect Object, etc.) Unit TWO: Agreement - Grammatical Categories (person, number and gender) - Domains of Agreement - Copulas (Ser, estar, and other linking verbs) that take predicate nominals Unit THREE: Tense and Aspect in Simple Sentences - Indicative Mood and Different Tenses (Present, Future, Conditional, Imperfect, and Preterite) Unit FOUR: Compound Sentences and Mood Selection - Different kinds of subordinate clauses (Nominal, Adjectival, and Adverbial) - Mood Selection in subordinate clauses: Indicative vs. Subjunctive

Policies/Rules 1. Missed tests can ONLY be made up when the instructor judges that the student has a legitimate reason for his absence. Two such reasons are: a) Critical illness or b) Emergency in your immediate family. However, you must present a statement (e.g. doctor's note) that would substantiate the above situations. For other reasons, consult the instructor. 2. No missed review quiz can be made up under any circumstance since two lowest grades (which include missed quizzes) will be dropped. 3. NEITHER the tests, the review quizzes, NOR the final can be given, as a general rule, before the designated dates and hours. For special circumstances consult the instructor. 4. NO homework assignment is accepted after the due date. The work must be handed in IN CLASS. In case you cannot attend class but would like to turn in your assignment, you must place the work in an envelope and leave it with the department receptionist by 10:00 AM on the due date. Another alternative is to ask one of your classmates to turn in the work for you in class. Any work turned in afterwards will not receive credit. 5. In case of extended illness or serious emergency, notify the instructor immediately to make arrangements for completing any missed work. 6. If you miss class, you must first contact someone from class and find out what was covered in class and what the assignment is for the next class. (Be sure to get the phone number/e-mail address from a couple of your classmates). Do not e-mail or call the instructor requesting such information. If necessary, borrow notes from someone and ask him to go over them with you, in particular, when there will be a review quiz. Also, do not expect the instructor to repeat the lecture you missed during the office hours. Office hours are to be used to ask specific questions and clarify doubts. Scholastic dishonesty: Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University of Texas. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For more information, visit Student Judicial services (SJS) at Note for students with a disability: I will make myself available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Before course accommodations will be made, students may be required to provide documentation to the Office of the Dean of Students - Services for Students with Disabilities.

Grading Policy

The final grade will be based on the following breakdown. a. In-class Tests (3) 15 b. Review Quizzes 10 c. Final 15 d. Essays: 4 originals 20 3 rewrites 30 e. Class Presentation (2) 5 f. Homework 5 Total 10 0 a. In-class Tests: There will be 3 in-class tests throughout the semester on the structural concepts covered in class. (Consult Calendar below for the approximate dates) b. Review Quizzes: A short quiz (5-7 minutes) may sometimes be given at the beginning of the class period on the material covered in the previous class. These quizzes may not always be announced. Two lowest grades will be dropped. c. Final: The final will be accumulative and given during the final exam week. d. Essays: Four essays will be assigned throughout the semester on the following general topics: a) Self Introduction (1 page), b) Description (2 pages), c) Narration (3 pages), and d) Exposition/Argumentation (3 pages). Specific instructions on the format and style will be given later in class. You will rewrite b)-d) following the instructions/comments by the instructor. The due dates for the rewrites will be indicated on the original essays as they are graded and handed back to you. You will choose either essay c) Narration or d) Exposition/ Argumentation to present to class orally (5-10 min) in addition to a) Self-introduction. You can use visual or audio aids for your presentations. e. Homework Assignment: Homework will be assigned from time to time. You will receive a check mark for each work you turn in. The answers to the homework will be discussed in class.


There is no required textbook for this course. Class lecture will primarily rely on the handouts prepared by the instructor.


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