Kathleen Bulger-Barnett, Ph.D.

SP102 - Elementary Spanish

Spring 2014
Professor: Col. K. Bulger-Barnett
Office hours: By appointment. Email me and we will schedule a time.
Email: Bulger-Barnettkd@vmi.edu 
Office: 428 Scott Shipp Hall
Telephone: 464-7457
Course description:
The goal of Spanish 102 is to continue to provide the student with an elementary, yet functional knowledge of the Spanish language. By continuing to practice the tenses covered in SP 101, the student will strengthen utilization of the present and preterit tenses, and will be introduced to the imperfect, and present and past perfect tenses. In addition to these tenses students will be introduced to the subjunctive mood. Students will acquire basic skills in vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, composition and introductory readings. The student will incorporate the learned skills and culture  through spoken and written Spanish in the classroom, homework assignments, and laboratory work. 

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  1. Blanco, José A. Adelante (DOS) An invitation to Spanish. Vista Higher Learning, 2009. 
  2. Student isbn: 978-1-60007-611-4 
  3. Any Spanish-English dictionary 
  4. English Grammar for Students of Spanish, Emily Spinelli** 

 Grading Scale: The grading scale will be as follows: 


Grade distribution:   

 Written work: 25%
Daily Homework: 25%
3 one-hour examinations: 50%

Written work..............................................25%   

Your written work done during the semester will comprise 25% of your final grade. This will include all quizzes. You may drop two quiz scores at the end of the semester. Quizzes are noted on the class calendar and cadets are responsible for knowing when they are scheduled.  

Make up / late policy:   

Since two quizzes are dropped at the end of the semester, 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. Otherwise, tell me in advance and I will make arrangements for you to take it early.  

Guard duty and absences: Cadets "standing guard" are authorized to miss class. Those cadets who are simply "on guard" must attend class. In either case, if an exam or other graded work is scheduled, cadets are expected to arrange a swap of guard duty.  

Daily Homework and Workbook Exercises………………………25%   


Each cadet 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 class and will take a 0 for that day's homework.  

One-hour tests.......................................50%   

There will be three one-hour exams, noted on the class calendar.   Each is comprehensive. 

Help received clarification:   


Unless the assigned work is certified and specifically for a formal grade, cadets are encouraged to work together. However, FOR YOUR PROTECTION it should be noted in writing at the end of the assignment if help was received, and from whom. Online computer drills are not certified and you have permission to work with others. Since computer drills are of a tutorial nature only and for supplemental practice purposes only and not for a numerical grade per exercise, students may help one another, get tutorial help, or even access the answers. However, note in writing or an email that you have done this.  


For helpful documentation regarding  any writing in this course, please see the VMI Official Handbook, Andrea Lunsford’s The Everyday Writer (5th ed.)  


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 are provided for all 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 the Office of Disabilities Services, the designated office on Post to provide services for cadets with disabilities. The office is located on the 2nd floor of the VMI Health Center. Please call or stop by the office of LTC Jones, Director of Disabilities Services, for more information, 464-7667 or jonessl10@vmi.edu.”  

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Link to VMI's Spanish drills
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