Elementary Spanish-Heritage Speakers II (SPA 114)

Classroom practices

  • Attendance & Participation: This is not a lecture class. Students are expected to come prepared to class to be able to keep up with the discussion/debate class section. Much of the learning in this course occurs during class discussions and group assignments. Participation goes beyond reading/watching the assigned materials, participation is about generating questions, asking doubts, sharing your thoughts and ideas, and giving productive feedback. Therefore, regular attendance, puntuality and participation are required.Collaboration is encouraged. Say what you think, just be polite.

  • For these reasons, your presence and attendance in class is very important. As stated in the college catalog: “Attendance in class is a requirement and will be considered in the evaluation of student performance. Instructors are required to keep an official record of student attendance.” You are permitted three absences throughout the semester without penalty. However, each additional absence will diminish your overall final grade by 2%.
  • Late & missed homework/assignments: Late homework will not be accepted and no partial credit will be given (No exceptions). Makeup exams will be given only when prior notice of absence is received. THIS IS JUST ALLOWED FOR ABSENCES THAT HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED IN ADVANCED.

  • The use of technology is essentially baked into this course, which will likely lead to moments of both joy and frustration throughout the semester (you need to be patient!). I believe technology can be an incredible tool for educational growth and that it’s inextricably intertwined with most facets of contemporary life. Use your technology wisely – be thoughtful about when and how you use technology in class, especially with respect to what you broadcast to the people around you.
  • The academic dishonesty policy: As stated in the catalog: “Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties ranging from a grade of ‘F’ on a given test, research paper or assignment, to an ‘F’ in the course or suspension or expulsion from the College. Academic Dishonesty includes: Cheating, Plagiarism, Internet Plagiarism, Obtaining Unfair Advantages, Falsification of Records and Official Documents, Misconduct in Internships (117): Academic Dishonesty Committee If you are not sure what counts as plagarism, ASK!
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