Approved by Faculty Senate.                                                                                              

                              Course Syllabus
                          College of Liberal Arts
                          Winona State University

Department: Foreign Languages Date of
Revision: March 2002

Course number: 301 Course Title:
Composition and Conversation

Number of Credits: 4 Frequency
of Offering: Every 2 yrs

Prerequisites: Spanish 202 or equivalent

Spanish 301 satisfies the Writing Flag

This class will promote the student's ability to

       a.              Practice the processes and procedures for creating
       and completing successful writing in their fields

       b.             Understand the main features and uses of writing in
       their fields

       c.              Adapt writing to the general expectations of readers
       in their fields

       d.             Make use of the technologies commonly used for
       research and writing in their fields

       e.              Learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage,
       and documentation in their fields

Texts: Aprendizaje: tecnicas de composicion, Kimberly A. Hance e Isidro J.
Rivera. D.C. Health and Company, Lexington, Massachusetts. 1996.

Hablando seriamente, Ruben Denitez y Paul C. Smith, Prentice Hall,
Englewood, Cliffs, New Jersey, 1995.

A good Spanish ? English dictionary

501 Spanish verbs by Kendris

Course Description:

    1.      Catalog Description

    The emphasis is on class discussion and the development of
    critical thinking. Readings to be included are short stories by modern
    and classical authors. Overview of semantis and stylistics.

    2.      Statement of major focus and objectives of the course
     This course is intended to improve and perfect the students
     writing and speaking abilities through the reading, translation, and
     discussion of short stories. The writing of poems, essays and
     articles in Spanish is practiced in order to reinforce and refine
     writing skills.

    This course will be taught in Spanish.

Objectives: Students will develop the skills to:

          a.      analyze words and ideas in Spanish

          b.      write compositions, poems, essays and articles in Spanish

          c.      use the correct expressions while speaking and writing

          d.      use Spanish grammar and syntax correctly

    3.      Basic instructional plan and teaching methods utilized

    A variety of instructional methods will be used including:

              a.      classroom discussion of reading and writing

              b.      media presentations

              c.      lecture / questioning

              d.      collaborative learning activities

              e.      writing compositions; rewriting compositions

    4.      Course Requirements:

          a.      assigned readings

          b.      active participation in classroom discussions

          c.      writing compositions; rewriting compositions

          d.      one oral report

          e.      midterm and Oral Examinations

5. Attendance and Grading

Active involvement and punctual attendance at every class session
is essential to successful course completion and daily preparation of
assigned work is expected. Students are expected to attend every class
session. Absence does not excuse you from work missed. It is your
responsibility to inform yourself of work assigned. If you miss more than
three (3) classes your grade for attendance/participation will be zero (0),
unless you have an excused absence. Excused absences consist of
university-sponsored functions, illnesses and emergencies and proper
notification must be made in those events. Late assignments will not be
accepted except when proper notification of an excused absence has been

The final grade will be comprised of the following elements:

          Attendance and preparedness for class participation

          Conversation and Discussion

Compositions (8)

        Grading: Final letter grade

          100-90% A

          89-80% B

          79-70% C

          69-60% D