[Spanish Syllabus and Expectations]
Welcome to Spanish class! This will be a great year for you as you begin to expand and refine your knowledge of the Spanish language. Your goal in this class is to work to become like a native speaker. The Spanish language is frequently used in our own surrounding community, and you may have several opportunities to put your Spanish acquisition to use outside of class. Language study is an active process and requires regular and frequent preparation. We learn better by hearing, speaking, and seeing, rather than by any one of those alone. Therefore, your daily attendance and active class participation will have a positive impact on your progress.
The five focus areas for Spanish are: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. These focus areas will be covered by having students demonstrate their language skills through listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Topics covered in this course include vocabulary, grammar, broken into 6 relevant themes. Additionally, students will learn cultural perspectives that are relevant to each unit covered. They will make connections to the real world (i.e. our surrounding community) and the importance of knowing Spanish (or another language) in the world of work outside of high school. Comparisons will also be made between the daily lives of students in the United States and students in Spanish-speaking countries.
Guidelines for a Successful year
1. YOU are responsible for your learning! Each day on the agenda we will go through the day's LT (Learning Target) and SC (Success Criteria) so that you are able to track your learning and assess if you are meeting the learning targets. If not, see me and we can work together on a plan for success!
2. All rules in the student handbook will be adhered to.
3. Bring ALL materials to class EVERY DAY! This includes:
4. In case of an absence, it is your responsibility to get missed work and turn it in. Normally you will be given two days for every one day absent to turn in work. No late work will be accepted after a chapter is completed. See “homework” section for further information on late homework.
5. Due to the increased use of the Internet, it is important to note that using an online translator to complete ANY written work for this class is prohibited by the school and department. If a student chooses to disregard this rule, the assignment will result in a grade of zero.
Classroom Procedures and Expectations
1. I will treat you with respect so you will know how to treat others and me.
2. Feel free to do anything that does not cause a problem for you or anyone else.
3. If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it.
4. If you can’t solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something.
5. What I do will depend on the unique person and situation.
6. If you feel my actions are not fair, let me know and we will talk.
Regarding tardies: "On time" in Spanish class means that you are in your seat with your materials out and ready by the bell. Anything else without a pass will be considered tardy.
Regarding cell phone use: Spanish class requires active engagement, therefore unless explicitly stated, cellphone use is prohibited and if your cellphone is out, it will be confiscated.
A point system is used to calculate your grade for Spanish class. Listed below are the different ways you will be assessed throughout each semester. The final exam, along with major tests, projects, and quizzes, make up 80% of the final grade. Point values for tests, quizzes and projects will be communicated prior to the due date.
Homework Assignments – Homework can be expected all weekdays. Most homework will come from the homework packet, but keep in mind there is ALWAYS studying you can do for Friday’s expressions of knowledge. Homework is checked daily for completion, and half credit is given just for doing an assignment. The other half of credit comes from correctness. For example, a homework assignment is worth 10 points. If Juan has his homework completed before class begins, he has earned the first 5 points. We will grade 5 questions in class, and if Juan gets all 5 correct, he earns a 10/10. If Juan is in class and doesn’t have his homework done on time, and brings it the next day, the highest grade he can earn is 5/10. Homework must be completed before class begins or it will be considered late.
Participation – Participation grades will be taken frequently in the form of Spanish tongue-twisters, various in-class activities, practicing Hispanic songs and dances, partner activities, etc.
Lesson Evaluations – “Expressions of Knowledge” will be given every Friday and they are a great chance for students to show what they have learned that week. These will look a lot like quizzes and it will be clear to each student exactly what each week’s EOK will contain. Corrections are available for every EOK to earn credit back. Speak with Srta. Solis for more information on this.
Chapter Evaluations – Tests will be given at the end of each chapter Tests include reading, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Chapter Projects including written and oral presentation are also given for each chapter, and students are generally given time to complete these in class.
Final Grade is composed as follows:
Semester = 80%
Final Exam = 20%
Homework = 15%
Participation = 10%
Lesson Evaluations = 35%
Chapter Evaluations = 40%