Online Lecture Requirement

Language Laboratory requirement

Online workbook & textbook homework requirements

Grading & homework Policies

Attendance and Participation

Handy Phrases for those first few days!

How to make Spanish letters and accents

Helpful reference books

The Grammar Notes page

Spanish 101B homepage

The drlemon homepage

Ohlone College

Email me!

Please note:

This beginning Spanish course is designed for students with very little previous Spanish experience other than Spanish 101A or a few years of High School Spanish.

Do not enroll in this course if you are a Native and/or Heritage Spanish speaker. You need to enroll in the Spanish 102A & B series.

I will be evaluating laboratory attendance, the lab activities and workbook chapters, other homework and class assignments, performance on tests and quizzes, partner and group tasks, attendance (incl. arriving and leaving on time), being prepared for class and active use of Spanish in class.
A = 100 - 90% B = 89 - 80% C = 79 - 70% D = 69 - 60% F = 59.9 - 0%

More than of your grade is based on active (participatory) attendance, presentations & projects as well as being prepared for class (homework: workbook & laboratory work, web readings).  Doing well on these parts of your grades will help you to do well on the tests. Also, 101B Projects will count as Participation and/or may count as an exam.

However, if your in-class participation is poor, scoring high on the tests will still result in an F. This is not a high school test-based course. Language is skill-based, like a sport or dance.

Note: Cell phones, pagers, iPods, laptops must be turned off in the classroom during class.
Just like on airplanes, the use of electronic devices is not permitted unless la profe instructs students it is ok.
Computers in the classroom are to be used for class activities as directed by the instructor. Inappropriate use of computers, including Instant Messaging, chatrooms, games, unrelated web-pages etc., will result in a zero for class participation and possible reports filed with department deans.

You are responsible for reading the assigned pages of the text, reviewing the Horario, reading the assigned Grammar Notes pages, writing out the related exercises from the online materials & logging into activities. It is helpful to read the dialogues and articles out loud.

The textbook and the website provide detailed explanations of the grammar, so I will not be teaching grammar in the classroom:

Rather, I will review the grammar points with all of you, pointing out anything extra not included in the text. Then you will practice using the grammar in class activities. The homework and studying prepares you to participate fully in class activities. If you aren't prepared, I have nothing to grade you on for class participation, pronunciation and group contributions.

  • Late and/or incomplete homework is not accepted.

  • Do not enroll in this class if you do not plan to take an active participatory roll.
    • Rudeness and/or disrespectful behavior especially toward another student or to the class or to the instructor will result in being dropped from the course.
  • You will be dropped or receive an F as a final grade if you cheat. Some examples of cheating are:
Copying from the Answer Key prompts of the any computer exercises or any written exercises, ANY copied or plagarized work, work submitted that is not your own, clicking "I have completed this exercise" when the computer tracking shows you have not done this exercise, and/or any other form of Academic Dishonesty will result in a zero on the copied or plagiarized work as well as any work submitted prior to this work. The student will receive an F for the Class Participation grade. The student also may be dropped from the course, receive an F for a final grade and will be reported to the appropriate Deans.

DO NOT click on "Submit" for any exercise unless you have genuinely attempted the exercise. If you have not finished an exercise or decide you don't want to do it, click on "Previous", "Next", or "Back". Submitting exercises without doing the exercise or typing quick incomplete answers in order to get the answers will result in a zero on all work to date, a zero (F) on the class participation grade, and a report to the appropriate deans with copies of your computer transcript. You may be dropped by your instructor.

Students cheating on Exams (copying, soliciting answers, cheatsheets of any form, etc.) will be dropped from the course with a formal report to the Dean of Students.

Submitting previously done or submitted work or work done by another person will result in the student being dropped from the course with a formal report to the Dean of Students.

Having a native or heritage speaker do your homework or help with your homework will result in an F for the course. It doesn't help you with the listening/speaking elements of the course (60%).

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to go to the Spanish 101B webpage and check the Horario [class scedule] as well as the Quia Homework website.  Otherwise, contact a classmate and find out what we did and what, if any, assignments are due and bring them with you the first day you return to class.

Make-up Policy

Only 1 (one) chapter exam may be made up.

You must make-up the exam prior to the next class meeting. For example: if our class meets MW 9am-11:15pm and you miss the exam on Monday, you must had made it up prior to 9am on Wednesday. If the exam is on Wednesday, you are responsible to contact me to arrange a make-up by Friday. However, once exams have been returned to a class, a make-up for that exam is not permitted.

It is your responsibility to contact me to make arrangements for the make-up exam.

Quizzes are generally unannounced and may not be made up.