A Lonestar College

First Summer - 2014



INSTRUCTOR: Erich Polack
PHONE 281-618-5564 (office)
Web page:
E- mail:



None. (Note: Students with 2 years of high school within the last 3 years must take a placement exam)


MySpanishLab Access Code. To buy the Access Code please go to

Make sure you buy access to our book Arriba Comunicación Cultura. 6th Edition. Authors: Zayas-Bazán, Bacon and Nibert (Course ID# is provided in this syllabus).

This Access Code will give you access to the Ebook, eSAM (workbook exercises), quizzes and exams.
ISBN: 9781269432849


Understanding that some students prefer to study using a traditional book, below is the information of the book package which includes a paper copy of the textbook, and Access code for the class.


MPORTANT: To register in MySpanishLab you need to have an email
address, an access code, and the course ID#.

Spanish 1411 section 1281 your course ID# is: CRSKL5H-2037813





This course includes beginner’s pronunciation, oral, practice, conversation, use of multimedia, basic principles of grammar in context, simple exercises in composition, easy readings which include cultural materials.



This course is designed to enable students to understand, converse, read, and write, basic Spanish and to apply the skills in everyday usage.




NHMCCD is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. The college district promotes equity in academic access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations as required by The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which will enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational programs and activities.




1. Recognize the letters of the alphabet and produce the sounds associated with the letters.

2. Comprehend elementary Spanish phrases in context and respond accordingly

3. Show the application of subject pronouns in a sentence.

4. Distinguish "ser" and "estar", "saber" and "conocer" and use them appropriately.

5. Count from one to millions in Spanish.

6. Demonstrate the agreement of gender and number among articles, nouns, and adjectives (demonstrative, descriptive, possessive.)

7. Conjugate the present tense of regular ar, er, ir and irregular verbs.

8. Use idiomatic expressions with tener and other phrases.


9. Formulate questions and answers in situational dialogues on given topics.

10. Distinguish among adverbs and their proper use.

11. Apply basic Spanish grammar rules in writing simple paragraphs on a given topic and other exercises.

12. Read and respond to simple passages of cultural material.

13. Create constructions using reflexive verbs.

14. Complete both oral and written tests on grammatical structures and vocabulary throughout the semester.

15. Demonstrate everyday Spanish speaking ability as it applies to different real-life scenarios.




1. 48%- Chapter Exams (4 exams)

2. 22%- Comprehensive Final (will include material from the four chapters covered in the semester)

3. 15%- SAM exercises (listed in D2L- in the Content tab)

4. 15%- Quizzes (at least 8 quizzes)




There will be no make-up quizzes or late assignments. A student missing a quiz or not handing in an assignment on time will automatically have dropped said quiz or assignment.







Letter grades for the course will be assigned on the following percentage basis:

90 - 100% A

80 - 89% B

70 - 79% C

60 - 69% D

0 - 59% F

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism and other forms of cheating behavior as described in the College Catalog. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable at LSC- North Harris College and in this course. Students committing acts of academic dishonesty shall be penalized by the assignment of lowered or failing grades on assignments and/or for the entire course, depending upon the instructor’s evaluation of the severity of the dishonest act.



Netiquette is using good manners in cyberspace. Since most of the communication over the net is by way of text, be sure your written words are not offensive to the receiver. Remember email is a document, and can be read by someone other than the intended audience. "Flaming" (making personal attacks on a person) is also unacceptable, and will follow the severe discipline actions, including administrative withdrawal at the instructor's discretion. Whether you are in a chat room, writing an email or posting to a discussion area, remember to use proper etiquette in consideration

 About this Course The Arriba! Fifth Edition MySpanishlab includes the following resources for each chapter:


In-text Audio


Lab Manual

Video Resources

Web Resources


Practice Tests