Office: Gooch 125D
As always the views expressed herein are never
those of the University of Tennessee at Martin, but solely those of
Sr. Fackler who must live them and bear full responsibility. Please
contact him concerning errors or issues concerning this page. The
copyright to any graphic image is exclusively owned by Ken Fackler
unless otherwise noted.
This course is intended for students who have studied Spanish in
high school and/or who have completed the course Spanish 200, or with
the approval of the Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages. Students who
have a basic knowledge of Spanish will benefit most from Spanish 211
which targets the early intermediate level. While Spanish 211 assumes
a basic knowledge of Spanish vocablulary, reading and listening
comprehension, grammar and writing, as a foreign language course it
focuses on skills development in the classroom which may not be
readily available outside.
The skills of listening comprehension and speaking in particular
can only be developed through practice, thus you will be expected to
listen to and speak Spanish in the classroom about 95% of the time.
There are many ways of communicating meaning without the use of
translation such as pictures, mime, etc. I use these and others to
make meanings clear. Now, you know and I know that I can and do speak
and understand English. However, the course is Spanish and I will and
do expect you to use Spanish in the classroom. This does not mean you
can never speak English. But, I prefer that you try to use Spanish
and make many mistakes than speak only English perfectly. Making
mistakes, by the way, even gross errors, and then noticing them is
one of the principal ways in which we develop competence in a foreign
language. Have you ever made a mistake when speaking, or writing
English? Well, it is likely you will hear or see me make a mistake,
so please point it out discretely and I intend to do the same for
you. Of course, if you must broadcast it on WLJT, I can't stop you,
but doing so is not very becoming of you, is it?
On a brighter note, Spanish 211 will be an opportunity to develop
an awareness of Hispanic culture through its people and the arts.
Music and people themselves are a powerful medium of cultural
expression, and I intend to bring both into the classroom. Don't be
surprised if native speakers appear in class or suddenly you MUST use
Spanish instead of English. Or, you may see someone behaving quite
differently from what you would expect amidst an English speaking
culture. Please show respect for customs and people that appear
different from what you are used to... It is a course requirement.
The syllabus which is determined by the Department of Modern
Foreign Languages is distributed in the classroom. See me if for any
reason you didn't receive a copy.
Treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Please pay
attention. Pizza is not permitted and crunchy potato chips interfere
with listening comprehension. Baseball caps may not be worn during
tests. Respectful and polite behavior are expected. Attendence is
mandatory for success.
There will be a test at the end of each chapter completed in
class. Ideally, we are going to finish six chapters. There will be a
vocabulary quiz about the mid-point of each chapter. After the first
week of each chapter there will be a vocabulary quiz. Each chapter
will be completed in two weeks after which there will be a chapter
Each chapter of the textbook assumes that you have studied the
previous chapters. So, the chapters incorporate previously studied
vocabulary, grammar, etc. Similarly, the tests for each chapter may
include knowledge you have gained previously. However, each test will
focus on the chapter you just studied. Both the mid-term and final
tests will be chapter tests.
I will announce specific test and quiz dates in class, but as a
reminder here is the University Calendar...
Fall Semester, 1999
Aug. 16, M
Sept. 6, M
Oct. 8, F
Mid-term Progress Reports Due
Oct. 11-12, M-T
Nov. 25-26, Th-F
Dec. 2, Th
Dec. 3, F
Dec. 6-10, M-F
Use this bulletin board to write and discuss in Spanish only. I
will give you a topic and credit for each posting of each discussion.
I will announce the topics in class and we will spend at least one
class session in the computer lab to review the process together.
You may post at any time (even if it's off the topic) if you do
it in Spanish. If a Spanish speaking friend helps you (I will likely
recognize this), be sure you do the typing and you understand what
you are posting. I may quiz you on your own message.
Please do not post graphics, midi files, or anything other than
text. You will be wasting your time if you attempt to do so.
I really enjoy using computers in language instruction for a
number of reasons. Computers make no humanlike judgements of you, so
you can feel at ease. There are not enough opportunities for you, the
foreign language student, to be exposed to the real human experiences
which create the impressions necessary for quick and vibrant language
acquisition. (For that, you'll need to travel to a Spanish speaking
country. I highly recommend that you live in one for a while as I
did.) In my opinion, certain aspects of grammar and mechanics like
spelling, punctuation and so on are better practiced with a computer
than a teacher because it is easier for a computer to give you its
full attention in the lab than it is for a teacher in a classroom
with many students.
So, here are some links you can use...
I'll be adding links here...
a granel del 'horreo' hispano... My page of Spanish related links
(Please be patient. I am an adjunt for M.F.L. and the University
has never paid me for writing a web page.)
Email Señor Fackler - Read this first:
If you are a Spanish 211 student, you may use electronic mail to
communicate your questions about the course material which is
Spanish. I will be happy to answer your questions about Spanish via
e-mail. But, you must see me in person regarding absences, illnesses,
late assignments, missing tests, and anything related to excuses. I
will disregard any e-mail which is an excuse. You must see me in
person to deliver any excuses. In addition, homework must be
completed and turned in on time.
I have a real question and I want to ask Sr. Fackler about
Spanish or Spanish 211 class, so I am going to
send him email.
HELP ME, I'M GOING CRAZY!!
Do you feel like everyone must be nuts to run around at this pace
with a cell phone in each hand while studying for a test and
swallowing coffee all in the same breath? Well, don't get me started
on this one... remember, you are responsible for each course and job
BUT, if you have a problem and you need to talk, please come to my
office. I usually help international students with their English
questions. But, we often talk about culture shock or how strange some
things in U.S. are (of course we speak only English). If you want to
talk about Spanish, world travel, or any other topic that is
important, I encourage you to contact me.
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