Doña Gumersinda Goicoechea by Goya


En Breve by Resnick, Giulano, Golding Thomson and Heinle 2002 (5th edition)

El Cuento Hispánico by Mullen, Garganigo McGraw Hill 2004 (6th edition)


o Improve communicative skills in Spanish (listening, speaking, reading and writing), so as to be able to carry on a conversation with other speakers of the language
o Deepen an awareness of, and appreciation for, the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
o Begin to make connections between the study of Spanish and the study of other disciplines
o Develop an understanding of the particular benefit that knowledge of Spanish has for you, according to your personal circumstances, goals, and desires


1. The student will show an ability to carry on the following communicative and grammatical functions in both oral and written forms:
- narrate in the present and past tenses
- elicit and provide information by asking and answering questions appropriately
- express will and volition through the proper use of command forms and the subjunctive mood
- show understanding of the subjunctive mood in Spanish by being able to use it correctly in noun, adjective, and adverbial clauses
- make comparisons
- express negation
2. The student will show cohesiveness in discourse and an ability to formulate complex sentences through the proper use of prepositions and conjunctions.
3. The student will show an ability to read and understand short stories in Spanish and will be able to provide information regarding important authors of the Spanish-speaking world.
4. The student will show an awareness of cultural elements of Spanish-speaking peoples through participation in course discussions and demonstrated understanding of course readings.


1. Classwork
The course will be conducted in Spanish, but the grammar will be explained in English. Class activities are in Spanish and students are expected to participate very actively. Accuracy is essential in oral and written work. Students must come to class well prepared: the new vocabulary should be memorized, the grammar studied, the written assignments written and handed in on the stipulated day, and the readings read at least three times.

2. Absences
Attendance in class is required. Any absence will lower the weekly grade given for oral participation and performance, and a maximum of five absences is allowed before the final grade is lowered. Absences due to illness and/or emergency may be excused with appropriate documentation.

3. Speaking, listening and reading objectives will be assessed by in-class oral participation, dialogue between students (group work), and dialogue between students and teacher.

4. Writing, listening and reading objectives will be assessed by written homework, four or five class exams and the final exam.
An exam will be given at the end of each chapter studied in the grammar book. There will be plus and minus grades. For example, B+ will correspond to 87 to 90, B to 83 to 87, and B- to 80 to 83. There are no make-ups, except in emergencies. If sick (appropriate documentation is needed), students should call me the same day the exam is given so that an exam is rescheduled for them.
The final examination is comprehensive and will include a composition. It will be held on Wednesday May 11 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.


The final grade is made up as follows:
Oral participation and performance in class 20%
Written assignments 5%
Exams 50%
Final exam 25%


In coordination with the Academic Support Center (ASC), reasonable accommodations are provided for qualified students with disabilities. Please make every attempt to meet with me within the first week of class so that your accommodations can be provided in a timely manner.

Mrs. Goodisman
Office: Grewen Hall, 127
Tel.: 445-4222
Office hours: M.W.F. 12:30-1:20 P.M. and by appointment email:

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Created: 11/1/96 Updated: 1/17/05