Kathleen Bulger-Barnett, Ph.D.

SP 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

Fall, 2011                   Profesora: Col. Bulger-Barnett

Oficina: Scott Shipp 428

Horas de oficina: MWF: 1100-1200, MF 1415-1500. Email for appointment 

Correo Electrónico: Bulger-BarnettKD@vmi.edu 

Teléfono: 464-7457


Course description from VMI Catalogue:  

A systematic review of grammar and the readings of texts of significant literary, cultural or historical value. Composition, aural and oral work continued. Prerequisite: SP 102.


Required Texts 

1)  Blanco, Jose.  Adelante Tres.  Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2009.

2)  501 Spanish verbs, Christopher Kendris, any edition.

3)  Any Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary.


Recommended Texts: 

Spinelli, Emily.  English Grammar for Students of Spanish. 


Grading scale: The grading scale will be as follows:

Grade Distribution 


Each student is expected to complete daily homework in full prior to the start of class.

Assigned pages will be viewable on the class calendar.  Cadets should complete all exercises on those pages. They should be either typed or written neatly, the date and page number should be included, and the cadet should be ready to hand them in at the start of each class. A grade of 100% will be assigned for completed work, and 0 for incomplete work. At times homework will be collected for a numerical/qualitative grade other than simply “completion”. While daily homework is not certified, if you have worked with another student, a tutor, or any other individual, it should be noted in writing. You may use dictionaries BUT NOT ONLINE TRANSLATORS OR ANY TYPE OF TRANSLATION DEVICE. You may be required to write a brief composition occasionally as a homework grade.


Cadets who are unprepared or without a textbook may be asked to leave the class and will take a 0 for that day's homework.  



Quizzes will comprise 15% of your final grade.  You may drop one quiz score at the end of the semester.  Quiz dates are noted on the class calendar. There will be 0 make ups, but cadets can take a quiz early by notifying the professor in advance via email.


Make up / late policy:
There will not be any make-ups given. If a cadet knows in advance that he/she will be absent the day of an exam or a quiz, he/she is expected to take the exam or quiz early. In cases of guard, most of the time you are able to come to class for the quiz. Otherwise, tell the professor  in advance by email and we will make arrangements for you to take it early.  In case of absence on vocabulary sentence due dates, those can be accepted early, but not late.

SCOLA ……………………………………5%   

In order to reinforce additional modes of exposure to language outside the traditional classroom, cadets will log onto SCOLA at http://www.scola.org/Scola/Default.aspx weekly and access any of the following resources for 30 minutes per week:  World TV Online, Insta-Class, On the Street Videos, People & Places, Foreign Text and International Radio and Spoken Word.  Each Wednesday marked on the course calendar,  the cadet will email the professor a brief summary written in English. This will be completed 10 times during the semester and will be worth  5% of the class grade. SCOLA can be accessed in the language lab and training will be provided at the beginning of the semester. This additional exposure is designed to be a gradual exposure over the duration of the semester. While “front loading” the assignments is not recommended, it is permitted. However, weekly SCOLAs will not be accepted late or on a post facto basis. 

Vocabulary sentences…………………………………20% 

Vocabulary growth is essential to language development. Twice per chapter cadets will compose their own sentences using vocabulary words of their choosing. The due dates and the required text pages are noted on the course calendar. For each submission, cadets should choose 20 words from the vocabulary lists and write one sentence with each. Do not duplicate words from the same chapter. Each sentence should include a subject and a verb, at a minimum. Online dictionaries, print dictionaries, the class text, and 501 Verbs are permitted. Online automatic translators are not permitted. Cadets are required to use MS word Spanish grammar and spell check in order to check for accuracy prior to submission. No other resources are permitted, including tutors. Cadets should use their Spanish to the best of their ability in order to encourage language development. Vocabulary sentences should be submitted electronically to Bulger-BarnettKD@VMI.edu. Cite all sources used.


One-hour tests............................................ 20%

There will be two one-hour exams, one covering chapters one and two, and another on chapters three and four.


Final Examination........................................30%

The final exam will be comprehensive, covering units one through six of the text, and any other materials we have covered in class.


Statement on disabilities:

“VMI abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for cadets with documented disabilities. If you have a registered disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with LTC Anna Crockett in the Office of Disabilities Services, the designated office on campus to provide services for cadets with disabilities. The office is located in 203 Carroll Hall.  You may call LTC Crockett at 540-464-7769 or stop by the office for more information.”

VMI WORK FOR GRADE POLICY, quoted from pp 24-26 of Academic Regulations 

Development of the spirit as well as the skills of academic inquiry is central to the mission of VMI's Academic Program.  As a community of scholars, posing questions and seeking answers, we invariably consult and build upon the ideas, discoveries, and products of others who have wrestled with related issues and problems before us.  We are obligated ethically and in many instances legally to acknowledge the sources of all borrowed material that we use in our own work.  This is the case whether we find that material in conventional resources, such as the library or cyberspace, or discover it in other places like conversations with our peers.  

Academic integrity requires the full and proper documentation of any material that is not original with us.  It is therefore a matter of honor.  To misrepresent someone else's words, ideas, images, data, or other intellectual property as one's own is stealing, lying, and cheating all at once.  

 Because the offense of improper or incomplete documentation is so serious, and the consequences so potentially grave, the following policies regarding work for grade have been adopted as a guide to cadets and faculty in upholding the Honor Code under which all VMI cadets live:  

1)         Cadets' responsibilities 

"Work for grade" is defined as any work presented to an instructor for a formal grade or undertaken in satisfaction of a requirement for successful completion of a course or degree requirement.  All work submitted for grade is considered the cadet's own work.  "Cadet's own work" means that he or she has composed the work from his or her general accumulation of knowledge and skill except as clearly and fully documented and that it has been composed especially for the current assignment.  No work previously submitted in any course at VMI or elsewhere will be resubmitted or reformatted for submission in a current course without the specific approval of the instructor.  

In all work for grade, failure to distinguish between the cadet's own work and ideas and the work and ideas of others is known as plagiarism.  Proper documentation clearly and fully identifies the sources of all borrowed ideas, quotations, or other assistance. The cadet is referred to the VMI-authorized handbook for rules concerning quotations, paraphrases, and documentation.  

Cadets are prohibited from discussing the contents of a quiz/exam until it is returned to them or final course grades are posted.  This enjoinder does not imply that any inadvertent expression or behavior that might indicate one's feeling about the test should be considered a breach of honor.  The real issue is whether cadets received information, not available to everyone else in the class, which would give them an unfair advantage.  If a cadet inadvertently gives or receives information, the incident must be reported to the professor and the Honor Court.  

Each cadet bears the responsibility for familiarizing himself or herself thoroughly with the policies stated in this section, with any supplementary statement regarding work for grade expressed by the academic department in which he or she is taking a course, and with any special conditions provided in writing by the professor for a given assignment.  If there is any doubt or uncertainty about the correct interpretation of a policy, the cadet should consult the instructor of the course. There should be no confusion, however, on the basic principle that it is never acceptable to submit someone else's work, written or otherwise, formally graded or not, as one's own.  

The violation by a cadet of any of these policies will, if he or she is found guilty by the Honor Court, result in his or her being dismissed from VMI.  Neither ignorance nor professed confusion about the correct interpretation of these policies is an excuse.  



Department of Modern Languages and Cultures: Departmental Statement Concerning VMI's Policies Regarding Work for Grade

The policies of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures concerning “Work for Grade” conform to the Institute policy as stated in the Academic Regulations. It is restated here for the information of all cadets and faculty concerned.

 Policy Concerning “Help Received” Statement  

In all written work for grade the cadet must include the words “Help Received” conspicuously on the document, and he or she must then do one of two things: (1) state “none”; or (2) explain in detail the nature of the help received. In oral work for grade, the cadet must make the same declaration before beginning the presentation. Admission of help received may result in a lower grade but will not result in prosecution for an honor violation.  

Policy Concerning the Use of Tutors  

 A professor may have narrower parameters than those stated above. In order to minimize problems and confusion, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures expects every cadet enrolled in its classes to ALWAYS seek the authorization and follow the instructions given by his or her individual professor BEFORE SEEKING TUTORIAL HELP (Academic Center tutor, Athletic (NCAA) tutor, privately contracted tutor, native speaker—in short, anyone who serves in a tutorial capacity). All tutorial help MUST be limited to helping the cadet by offering critical comments. Critical comments must be limited to giving general advice on such matters as organization, thesis development, support for assertions, and patterns of errors: i.e., all help from a tutor must be limited to identifying errors rather than to correcting errors. Tutorial help may not include proofreading or editing.

 Policy Concerning Peer Collaboration  

When a fellow cadet acts in a tutorial capacity, the same guidelines apply as do those for tutors as outlined above. In group projects “help received” needs to be explained only in those instances where the group seeks outside help.  


Policy Concerning the Appropriate Use of Electronic Technology  

In an age of rapidly expanding technologies, the student of modern languages and cultures may need guidance from his or her professor in the appropriate use of electronic devices. Therefore, in any work for grade context, the Department of Modern Languages and cultures designates as UNAUTHORIZED the use of hand-held computers, electronic translators, internet translation sites, and any service, fee or non-fee, electronic or otherwise that substitutes for the cadet’s own efforts in the completion of assigned work for grade. The student MUST ALWAYS CONSULT with the course instructor regarding authorized uses of such media and services.  

Bulger-Barnett’s help received clarification: Unless the work assigned is certified and specifically for a grade, you are encouraged to work together. For example, please read together, share dictionary work and any grammar review exercises assigned. At the end of the assignment, please cite the name(s) of cadets with whom you are working. No help from another person whatsoever is permitted on anything else. Cite all items used. 

Modern Language Department policy stipulates that a cadet may leave the classroom during class ONLY in cases of emergency.  It is disruptive to classroom rhythm if students leave and return for water, restroom breaks, etc.   


SP 201 Academic Calendar Fall 2011 



M/29 Registration

T/30 Classes begin

W/31  Introduction; repaso

R/1 Sept. 

F/2 review 2-10



M/5  review 11-17

T/6  last day to add a course

W/7  review and introduction to language lab


F/9 Lesson 1 22-28. Lesson 1 (p.  22-24)Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/12  29-35


W/14  36-39. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/16  lab day.  Lesson 1 (p. 50 )Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/19  40-45


W/21  46-51    Quiz on lesson 1. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/23  Lesson 2  72-81. Lesson 2 (p. 72-73 )Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/26  82-85


W/28  86-88, 94-97. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/30  89-93; Lesson 2 (p. 98 )Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.



M/3  review lessons 1 and 2, Quiz on lesson 2


W/5  Exam I on lessons 1 and 2


F/7  Lesson 3 120-125. Lesson 3 (p. 120-122)Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/10  130-133


W/12  134-136; 144-145. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/14  lab day.   Lesson 3 (p. 146) Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.

Oct 14-16 Parents’ weekend


M/17 137-141, review


W/19 Quiz on lesson 3. Lesson 4, 168-174. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/21  lab day.  Lesson 4 (p. 169-170)Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/24  176-181


W/26  182-183; 192-195. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/28  184-187  Lesson 4 (p. 196)Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/31  188-189, review lessons 3 and 4



W/2  Exam II, lessons 3 and 4


F/4  Lesson 5, 220-226. Lesson 5 (p. 220-222) Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/7  230-233


W/9  234-236; 244-245. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/11   No classes. Founders’ Day


M/14  237-239. Lesson 5 (p.  248) Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


W/16  Quiz lesson 5. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/18   Lesson 6  272-278. Lesson 6 (p. 272-273) Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.   (2nd classmen are excused from afternoon classes for  Ring Presentation ceremony, Cameron Hall)                  


M/21  280-285

T/22 Friday classes meet today. Review in lab.

W/23-Sun/27—Thanksgiving furlough


M/28  282-285 review


W/30 286-289. SCOLA due by 10pm.



F/2   290-297  Lesson 6 (p.  298) Vocabulary sentences due electronically by 1500.


M/5  review 53-58; 101-103


W/7   review 149-151. 153. 199-202. SCOLA due by 10pm.


F/9  review 301-305

M/12 Last day of classes

T/13  reading day

W/14-W/21 Final exams

R/33-10 January  Winter Furlough