SPAN-L113 week 1 — Spring 2020

This table shows what you should do for each classday; all work should be completed before the start of class on the date for which it’s listed. To put it another way, tests are listed on the day they will be given and assignments on the day they are due.

tarea para semana uno
lunes, 9 de marzo introduction to the class;
no assigned homework, just come to class!
martes, 10 de marzo leer y estudiar 384–390
preparar 387 A, 388 B
jueves, 12 de marzo leer y estudiar 392–396
preparar 395 C, 396 E
escribir Write three sentences about things you wish would happen, starting with the phrase Ojalá que followed by a verb in the present subjunctive. This is a little like 395 C, but your sentences should be about things you would like to see happen in the world, at RHIT, or in your life, etc.
viernes, 13 de marzo Today I will be participating in an academic conference out of town. Class will not meet today, but instead, use the class time on your own to do the following:
Download the Plotagon Studio animation software here:
Watch the tutorial called “Meet Plotagon Studio” found on this page
Install the animation software, open it, and log in with the password you have previously selected. You may be prompted to select additional voices. If you are, pick The Spanish Language Pack if there is one, or the Spanish or the Mexican Flags. Do not select any other language. If you have any problems with this or any other aspect of the software, do not contact Plotagon support before contacting me first.
Once the software has launched, it will have some tutorials built in. Watch the ones called: “Welcome to Plotagon Studio”, and “Expressions and Emotions.” (You can watch the others if you want, but be sure to look at those two.)
Now try the software out! Use the Character Creator and build a character or two. Then select "Create a New Plot" and look at all the different scenes you can use. Try making a short video and start getting the hang of it. Experiment. The Character Creator and the variety of Scenes available should give you lots of ideas. Bear in mind that if you give the character you created a Spanish voice they will not be able to correctly pronounce dialogue in English and vice versa.
You will notice there is one unfortunate bug: You cannot enter accents, such as /é/ for example. To do that you will need to use a word processing program and then cut and paste the accented letter you need. Hopefully this bug will get fixed soon; I know for a fact it is on their list.

All assignments are from the Puntos de partida book unless otherwise stated. The numbers indicate page numbers, the letters indicate the activity on that page. Remember that sometimes an activity starts on one page and continues onto the next page, but I will only indicate the page it starts on. Also, sometimes activities have names, like intercambios for example. And sometimes I only want you to do part of an activity, often labeled something like paso 1 or paso 2 in the book.

Leer y estudiar means to read and study the indicated pages. If there is vocabulary on those pages, read it, practice pronouncing it, and begin studying and learning it according to methods we will discuss in class. If the pages explain points of grammar or cultural information, read and think about them. Try to understand them and be ready to ask in class about things that are not clear.

Preparar means to prepare the activity. Read the directions and be ready to do the exercise or activity in class. You should think about how to answer the questions before class, so that in class you can do so without much hesitation.

Hacer means to do the activity. I’m not going to collect it, so you can do it in you book or on paper, as you wish.

Escribir means to write the assignment out, on a sheet of paper and bring it to class ready to turn in. Be sure to include your name, class and section or class hour, and an indication of what the assignment is (the page numbers and exercise letter or name.) Either write clearly or use a computer and print the assignment out.

Entregar means to turn in. I usually use this category for things you've been working on for a while, such as the workbook assignments. Make sure your name, class and section or class hour, and the name of the assignment are on all work turned in.