UTA campus viewHola estudiantes,

The student blog has now been completely updated with syllabi, calendars and other necessary adjustments for the following summer courses:

CAMPUS CLASSES – The Summer II – 2nd Five-Week Session is now posted.

WEB CLASSES – Summer 2014 – 11-Week Session

If you have any questions about the syllabus and/or course materials, please contact your instructor.

¡Buena suerte con los cursos de verano!

Saludos,

Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor, Lower Level Spanish Program
cortiz@uta.edu

Spanish Study Abroad GameHola estudiantes,

The publisher of your textbook Puntos de partida, McGraw-Hill, is introducing a 3-D language game called Practice Spanish: Study Abroad, where you can practice Spanish in a virtual trip to a fictional city in Colombia to problem-solve, communicate, and navigate through various scenarios and adventures.   The developers would like your input, so they are inviting students to contribute to the game’s development.  Click on the links below for more information:

Start with the Student Survey:  Click here.

YouTube Video:  Click here.

Student Information Flyer:  SPANISH_GAME_STUDENT_FLYER

Demo Game:  Click here

For further questions and/or information, email: 
Leslie Briggs  = leslie.briggs@mheducation.com

Saludos,

Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor – Lower Level Spanish Program

SmartBookHola estudiantes,

The online platform CONNECT now has a feature called SmartBook incorportated into the program. This is very useful in guiding you through the e-book as you progress through individual chapter topics related to vocabulary & grammar.

You can access SmartBook through any LearnSmart page.  To find out how to do this, as well as navigate back and forth between both features, we have created a help file with screen captures. You can find this help file on each individual blog page for each level for both campus and web classes (scroll down to the section titled “Help with Connect”.)  This file is also cross-referenced on the main blog tab for Connect: “CONNECT Online Info.”

We hope that you find SmartBook useful to you, especially if you are studying in a web course.  This feature, along with our Workbook/Lab Manual Study Guides, should help you organize your study sessions and stay on track with topics as you progress through each chapter.

Saludos,

Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor – Lower Level Spanish Program
cortiz@uta.edu

Hola estudiantes,

WBLM Study Guide Screen Capture  -2For those of you who use Connect as your online course component (Span 1441, 1442, and 2313), we are preparing files with specific content of the exercises in the Workbook/ Lab Manual portion of your online work. These files contain a detailed list which divides the numbered list of exercises into categories (vocabulary, grammar, etc.) along with indications of exercise type (matching, true-false, fill in, listening, etc.), accompanied by indications of page numbers to reference in your textbook where appropriate.  The WORKBOOK-LAB MANUAL STUDY GUIDES for the first few chapters are NOW posted on the page for each of these levels on this blog, and will continue to be updated throughout the semester.

CAMPUS STUDENTS:
Use these guides to pace your work in the Workbook-Lab Manual so that you can complete work little by little as you progress through each chapter and do the exercises that correspond to what you have learned in class each day. This way, when you reach the end of a chapter, you will only have to do a few exercises to complete the chapter on the night that it is due.  Your instructor may also recommend doing very specific exercises as you progress through the chapter.

WBLM Study Guide Screen Capture 1WEB STUDENTS:
As you do not attend class, these guides can be even more useful to you in terms of pacing yourselves with the chapter work.  Suggestion:  After completing the LearnSmart Vocabulary, do the corresponding vocabulary exercises listed in the WBLM Study Guide.  After doing the LearnSmart Grammar, complete the grammar exercises in the WBLM Study Guide. Stick to one grammar topic at a time, and don’t forget that your e-book on Connect has Video Grammar Tutorials (see syllabus).

For any other questions about this, please consult with your instructor.

Saludos,

Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor, Lower Level Spanish Program
cortiz@uta.edu

UTSI logoHola estudiantes,

UTSI (University Tutorial & Supplemental Instruction) is once again offering FREE tutoring to students of Lower Level Spanish courses.  Be sure to take advantage if you need extra help— don’t wait until just before a test or exam!

Below are the hours for free tutoring offered by UTSI during the Spring 2014 semester.   Tutoring is given in the room opposite the LAC (Language Acquisition Center – Trimble Hall – 3rd Floor.)

Here is the schedule of hours offered:

MWF  10-11      Tutor:  Kirby Buchanan / Benjamin Honea

MWF  11-12     Tutor: Benjamin Honea

MWF  12- 1      Tutor:  Melissa Muir

MWF  1-2        Tutor: Nicola Ravizzi

MW*   2-3        Tutor:  Lía Suárez

*Note: On Fridays, there is no tutoring from 2-3 p.m. as the LAC is closed.

Saludos,

Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor – Lower Level Spanish Program
cortiz@uta.edu

Hola estudiantes,

If you are a heritage speaker of Spanish and are currently enrolled in SPAN 2314 (Intermediate II), there is another Intermediate II course, SPAN 2315, which you should be enrolled in as it is specially designed for students who already have knowledge of Spanish and require a different focus on grammar and writing skills. 

This course fulfills the same credit in terms of course requirements.  There are 2 sections of SPAN 2315 which are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Here are sections that you can enroll in:

DAYTIME:
SPAN 2315-001   T-Th   11-12:20

EVENING:
SPAN 2315-002   T-Th    5:30-6:50 

If you require assistance with this, please contact the Department of Modern Languages at:  817.272.3161 or email:  modladvisor@uta.edu

Saludos,
Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor – Lower Level Spanish Program

End of Semester Notes

Posted: 24 December 2013 in General Info

snowflakeHola estudiantes,

We hope that you have had a successful semester in your Spanish studies and look forward to working with you in the spring if you are continuing on.

Below is an update on information posted on this blog:

1.)  All syllabuses and course calendars for SPRING 2014 have been moved to each individual course level. Be sure to check under the appropriate tab:
—CAMPUS CLASSES
—WEB CLASSES
If you download a syllabus or course calendar for CAMPUS classes, be certain, also, that you choose the correct version: DAYTIME or EVENING.

2.)   For students of SPAN 1441, 1442, & 2313:  
—Web classes:  Your online work is done on CONNECT, which will be “paired” with Blackboard so that you can always access it there.  Please wait for confirmation from your instructor as to when your courses have  been paired with Blackboard;  this should be done no later than one week before classes begin. You should receive information about this from your instructor by email, but if you have not heard anything and have any questions, please email me (see below). Once your courses have been paired, you can follow the instructions in the files found on this blog under your level for WEB courses.  NOTE: For students of 1441, you will need your access code that comes with the purchase of your textbook for this level. For students of 1442 and 2313, if you studied previously online, you only need to purchase the textbook for your level and you can access your coursework using the username & password you previously created, since your access code is good for all three levels.

—Campus classes (Daytime or Evening): Please wait for confirmation from your instructor as to when your online work has been “paired” with Blackboard. This should be done no later than a day or two before the start of classes, but your instructor can give you more specific information. NOTE: For students of 1441, you will need your access code that comes with the purchase of your textbook for this level. For students of 1442 and 2313, if you studied previously at UTA and used Connect, you only need to purchase the textbook for your level and you can access your coursework using the username & password you previously created, since your access code is good for all three levels.

3.)  For students of SPAN 2314:

—Web classes:  Your coursework is done on MySpanishLab, which is NOT paired with Blackboard. Instructions for registering and beginning pre-course assignments are now posted on this blog under your course level tab.  You should receive information from your instructor by email, but if you have not heard anything and have any questions, please email me (see below).

—Campus classes (Daytime):  The online portion of your coursework (SAM = Student Activities Manual) is done on MySpanishLab, which is NOT paired with Blackboard. Instructions for registering are now posted on this blog under your course level tab.  You should receive information from your instructor by email, but if you have not heard anything and have any questions, please email me (see below).

The Department of Modern Languages wishes you a wonderful holiday break, and all the best for the coming semester!

Saludos,

Catherine Ortiz
Supervisor, Lower Level Spanish Program
E-mail:  cortiz@uta.edu