San Diego City College
Instructor: Jaime Estrada-Olalde.
Phone: 388-3785
Spanish 201 (00119) Fall 2018 MW 9:35-12:05 pm

Office hours: M & W 12:10- 1:30 pm (AH 518-d) Phone: 388-3785

First of all, this is San Diego City College. Don’t get confuse with the school across from us, San Diego High School.

Classroom Conduct

All students have the right to learn without interference from others. Faculty members have the authority to protect this right by creating and maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning. Students should be in class, in their seats, and ready to participate at the scheduled class start time.  Acts of classroom misconduct will not be tolerated, and students guilty of such misconduct may be subject to classroom and institutional disciplinary actions.

What is classroom misconduct?

Classroom misconduct is any behavior which disrupts or interferes with the learning experience. Students are required and expected to conduct themselves as mature, considerate adults. Students should conduct and express themselves in a way that is respectful to all persons. This includes respecting the rights of others to comment and participate fully in class.

Classroom misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Engaging in behavior disrupts or interferes with the learning experience. Behavior such as but not limited to talking in class while the faculty member or other students are speaking, using offensive language, creating distractions or disturbances, sleeping, and reading unrelated materials is, in many situations, considered disruptive behavior to the learning process.

  • Using cell phones, or other electronic devices that disrupt the learning process or teaching environment is not allowed under most circumstances. The use of personal laptop computers is acceptable; however, laptop computers must be used only for note-taking or activities in direct support of the course objectives. Faculty members reserve the right to ask students to shut down any electronic devices.

  • Leaving the classroom prior to the end of class is considered a disruption to the learning process and should be avoided unless exceptional circumstances arise.

Consequences of Classroom Misconduct

Students who commit acts of classroom misconduct are subject to classroom and College sanctions where the instructor may summarily suspend the student for the class meeting when the infraction occurred as well as the following class meeting; extreme cases can result in the extended suspension or expulsion as stipulated by the STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUE PROCESS. ( Withdrawal from a course does not exempt a student from any pending charges of classroom misconduct. Any of the following sanctions may be imposed by the faculty member for any violation of classroom misconduct:

  • Giving a warning – an oral explanation by a College official of violation and possible consequences if misconduct continues;

  • Dismissal from the remaining class time during which the infraction occurs;

  • Dismissal from the remaining class time during which the infraction occurs, with required meeting with designated college employee (faculty member, Department Head, Associate Dean or Conduct officer) prior to returning to class;

    Assignment of a reduced or failing grade on an assignment, paper, project or exam;

  • Reduction in the final grade for the course;

  • Assignment of a failing grade for the course;

  • Required meeting with the faculty member and/or a college official if necessary;

  • Referral to the conduct office.

  • If removed from class for a second offense, or if the first offense is egregious and/or involves threatening behavior, the student will be on temporary suspension from that class pending investigation by the STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUE PROCESS. (

    Course Description:

  2. This course is an interactive study of Spanish at the intermediate level with increased emphasis on reading and writing while listening and speaking skills continue to develop. The course material emphasizes formal study of the language structure and further development of vocabulary and functional competence.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent; or three years of high school Spanish.

Course Objectives (SLOS's)

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

1. review and expand his/her vocabulary for effective communication
2. pronounce Spanish with accuracy at an intermediate/advance level (pronunciation and stress, grammar, syntax, word order, and vocabulary).
3. write compositions and do oral presentations about current events, cultural materials, and a variety of literary selections.
4. compare and contrast general cultural aspects of the Hispanic world with those of the student.
5. Demonstrate increased understanding of Spanish values, customs, and social traditions.

NOTES: No drink beverages allowed, other than bottled water, no food.

Required text and materials: These are your working tools. Have your own copy! Sharing your books prevents you from using them in class and lowers your participation grade. Vistas: chapts 1-18 (lsleaf) w/supersite plus code (good for all 3 semesters) / vista higher learning  ISBN 978-1-68004-310- Edition 5 If you want to buy the book directly from the Vista Higher Learning store, go here ( or buy complete packages at the school bookstore.”

Plan carefully: the online workbook along represents 15% of the whole semester grade.

If you took Spanish 102 in the summer 2017 or fall 2017 using Vistas book,
you already have the text for this class

E-mail account: As a way to have better communication and to help you with your questions, you need to have an e-mail account. We’ll discuss this during the first class meeting. Students with disabilities: A student with a verified disability may be entitled to appropriate academic accommodations.  Please Contact the Disabled Students Programs & Services Office: Program Coordinator, Brianne Kennedy: ( (619) 388-3513| (619) 388-3313 (TTY), for further information. Also you can visit their website:


I) Attendance and participation

If you accumulate 4 absents you grade automatically becomes an “F” no matter how well you do with quizzes and exams.

Participation in class is essential and it is directly tied to attendance. Not being in class is not an excuse for failing to turn in assignments and/or homework. You are expected to be present on time and for the duration of the class. Be aware that your grade for class participation means your regular active oral participation in Spanish. You may have up to 2 justified absents. Still you lose 10 points for each of these absents. The "justified" word means that you can turn in any class work you missed the day you were absent. Students will lose 50 points for each unjustified absent. You are responsible for all material covered in class whether you are present or not.

II) Throughout the course the student is expected to:

  • read the assigned work before coming to class.

  • complete the corresponding assignments and turn them in to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

  • arrive and attend class punctually.

  • be ready to participate in all class activities.

  • take all the examinations on the scheduled dates.

  • pronounce Spanish with accuracy.

  • write paragraphs

  • speak Spanish at an intermediate/advance level with regards in pronunciation and stress, grammar, syntax, word order, and vocabulary.

  • compare and contrast English and Spanish structure reflecting on the culture and society of the peoples who speak each language.

  • evaluate, compare, contrast, and analyze Spanish literary works.

III) Evaluation

During the semester we’ll have 5 chapter exams as well as several quizzes. There is not make-up exam.The time allocated for chapter exams is 60 minutes.  No additional time is allocated to students arriving late for the test. If you know some Spanish, don’t assume that you know everything. Everyone, not exceptions, must complete all assignments in order to pass this class.

Quizzes: No make-ups.

IV) Homework:

Homework is due on the dates indicated in the tentative scheduled. It is expected that all students, regardless of the entrance proficiency level, complete the workbook. Failure to do so indicates lack of a serious intent to study for the class and the student may be dropped. Please staple loose papers. Pages that are not stapled together will not be accepted. No late homework will be accepted.

V) Oral Practice:

There will be daily speaking activities.

VI) Cellular phones: As a courtesy to the class and the instructor, you must turn off all cellular phones before entering the class.

Grading & evaluation:

Your semester grade will be based on the following grading policy:


Evaluation part


5 Chapter Exams (25%)


6 online workbook chapters (15%)


12 Quizzes (15%)


 6 lab visits (15%) You won’t be able to make up any of these if you miss them.


Participation - In class Activities


Final Exam (7.5%)

You should always know the grade you're getting in this class by keeping a record of points you will be accumulating.

Academic Integrity: (you are not allowed to use any electronic devices while taking examinations)
Cheating and plagiarism can result in any one of a variety of sanctions. Such penalties may range from an adjusted grade on the particular exam, paper, project or assignment to a failing grade in the course at the discretion of the instructor subject to certain conditions. The instructor may also summarily suspend the student for the class meeting when the infraction occurred as well as the following class meeting; extreme cases can result in the extended suspension or expulsion as stipulated by the STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUE PROCESS. Excessive absences, disruptive behavior, or deliberate falsification on information are bases for dismissal from class and/or from the college for the duration of the semester.

  • Make a note: The dates for the scheduled exams cannot be changed. You must take all examinations as scheduled. Plan carefully. If you already have some plans for these days, I recommend that you postpone taking this class for when you can be present for all examinations and attendance.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: It is mandatory that every student be presented until last day of classes. If you fail to be present during any of these days from the last 2 weeks of the semester, your semester grade will be dropped one letter grade (regardless of points accumulated during the whole semester). This policy will be strictly enforced.
    "A" becomes a "B" "B" becomes a "C"...etc

  • If you stop attending classes, it is YOUR responsibility to do proper adjustments to your schedule and drop the class.

  • If you accumulate more than 4 absents you grade automatically becomes an “F” no matter how well you do with quizzes and exams.

  • No drink beverages allowed other than bottled water. NO food allowed in the classroom.

    1. OFFICE: AH-518 (d) 619) 388-3785


Reach Prof. Estrada-Olalde Office:   AH-518 (d)
Telephone:   (619) 388-3785