Course Overview: 

 

  • This is a high school course in which students use the language authentically, communicating in real life situations from the beginning of the course. Mastery of concepts is demonstrated through a variety of performance-based assessments in four skill areas: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

 

  • Students will have access to the E-book “Que Chevere”. Directions on how to gain access are found in the Spanish class website.

 

  • Students who are absent are expected to check the class website if all possible in order to see any missed work information/class notes. It is their responsibility to collect any notes/papers that were passed in class as soon as they get back.

 

  • Assignments are to reflect the content knowledge of a level I Spanish language student. It is important students do their own work to maximize their learning. There will be no tolerance of cheating and plagiarism in any form, this includes an electronic translator, online application (such as Google translate) and/or virtual assistant (such as Alexa, Siri).

 

  • There is no SOL for World Language courses. Students will take a benchmark exam at the end of the first, second and third quarters. The final exam will be given at the end of the year and it is worth 10% of the total grade. Students who have an A for the year going into the final exam (an exact cut off date will be given) will be exempt from taking the final exam.

 

  • Students who do not demonstrate mastery of the material will be given an opportunity to retake an exam (not all exams qualify for retakes) as long as they do not have any NHI’s (not handed in). A list of requirements to retake a specific exam will be posted on the class page.

Class Expectations:

  • Come to class prepared with the following materials:
    • Binder with loose leaf paper
    • Blue or black pens, pencils, red pens and white out
    • Index Cards 
  • Write down and complete all your homework assignments 
  • Study and review your notes everyday for at least 20 minutes 
  • Keep an organized binder with your notes and handouts 
  • Attend all classes and don’t be tardy 
  • Give your best effort always 
  • Have a good and positive attitude 
  • HAVE FUN WHILE YOU LEARN

Discipline Policy:

Good Behavior:
Good behavior will be expected in the classroom at all times. However, it is important that the students get recognized for complying with the class rules and showing a positive attitude towards their teachers and classmates.  

Every class has the same opportunity to earn a “Certificado de Logro” (Certificate of Achievement) at any time. The certificate gets awarded once the class earns 20 points. They can earn points in 3 different ways: 

  1. Following all class rules and policies
  2. Demonstrating good citizenship
  3. Participating in class: answering and asking questions 

The Certificate of Achievement will be the ticket to a class party. 

Uncooperative Behavior:
Uncooperative behavior will not be tolerated in the classroom. It is important that the students and parents realize that I will not compromise when it comes to conduct. 

The uncooperative behavior policy takes after the game of baseball and because of it’s simplicity it is called “three strikes and you are out”. I believe the students will have no trouble understanding the policy and feeling that they are being given a fair chance to change the behavior and comply with the class rules before they have to face the consequences. 

Every time the student misbehaves, he or she gets a strike (red card). Once the student receives three strikes, he or she will get a technical foul or a referral. 

In addition, I will email or call home before the school day is over so the parents can be informed of what happened.


Homework Policy:

Homework is assigned after every class. Students are responsible for writing their homework assignments in their planner everyday and handing it in on time.

Students are responsible for writing down their name, date and period on each assignment. Papers without names will not be graded until the author of such has been identified.

Students who are absent must turn in any outstanding homework assignment and take any missed quizzes as soon as they get back to school. Students can request extra time to do so.

Homework must be completed neatly in pen or typed in the computer when instructed to do so. Work completed in pencil will not be graded until it is done in pen.

Students who fail to turn in a homework assignment will receive an infraction (student records the info on the missing assignment on his/her notecard). The student is encouraged to turn it in late the next day with an attached pink slip (form that must be signed by parents stating the reason why it is late). No late work will be received without a pink slip.

A parent- teacher conference will be scheduled, and detention might be assigned based on the number of infractions accumulated by a student.


Spanish Curriculum:

1st Quarter: Joining the Global Community

  • Greetings and farewells
  • Ask and tell how to say, spell and identify meanings of words
  • Introduce yourself and others and state origin, age & birthdate
  • Ask and give day, date, phone number, and e-mail
  • Ask and tell how you and others are doing/feeling
  • Request and provide contact information
  • Identify classroom objects
  • Identify Spanish speaking countries/capitals
  • Develop intercultural awareness 

2nd Quarter: My life at School

  • Ask for and give the time
  • Identify places around the school
  • Discuss school schedules
  • Express what you and others do (week)
  • Express what you and others have and need
  • Express where you or others go
  • Identify clothing
  • Talk about weather
  • Learn about Spanish-speaking countries in Central America 

3rd Quarter: My Life at Home

  • Talk about family and relationships
  • Describe people
  • State likes and dislikes
  • Express possession
  • Talk about leisure activities and where they take place
  • Talk about the future and make plans
  • Differentiate between what people have to do and want to do
  • Extend, accept, and decline an invitation
  •  Learn about Spanish-speaking countries in South America 

4th Quarter: My Life in the Community

  • Talk about places in the community/city
  • Discuss how to go/get somewhere
  • Use transportation schedules (24-hour clock)
  • Identify and describe food/drinks
  • Order food and beverages/bill
  • Describe the flavor of foods and beverages
  • Learn about Spanish-speaking countries in North America and Europe