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You are in an introductory Spanish class.
All material that will be covered in this class is beginner level materail-
as if you never studied Spanish before. For some of you, this is
the case. For others, it may not be. Regardless, the curriculum is
set and outlined below.
My expectations for my classes:
I expect that.....
students arrive on time- ready to get going with
the lesson for the day.
students will keep an organized notebook for this
class. This can be a separate notebook for this class, or a section
of a multi-subject notebook devoted solely to this class. There is
no text, so keeping an organized notebook is very important.
students will be prepared for class daily.
This means having materials ready such as pen and notebook, and also being
mentally prepared. Escape from the real world for a little while.
join el mundo español.
work is done when and how it is assigned.
students clean up after themselves in class.
students pay attention to me when IÕm talking, and
to each other during activities and presentations.
students actively engage themselves in all activities-
individual, partner, group, or entire class.
students act respectfully towards me, each other,
my belongings, the schoolÕs belongings and each otherÕs belongings.
students ask permission to leave when necessary in
Spanish. (Me permite ir....[may pear- ME- tay ear....])
students who arrive late do so with a pass or they
automatically receive detention. No notice needs to be given.
Once you arrive late without a pass, you have the detention.
students will raise their hands if they have a question
while I am talking- please do not interrupt me.
How your grade will be calculated...
Homework is very important.
The activities assigned to be completed outside of class either help you
to practice recently learned material, or they prepare you for the next
dayÕs activities. This portion of your grade- because it is so important-
will be approximately 30% of your grade. Homework will be assigned
on a regular basis- usually 20 minutes or so is all youÕll need.
Just a note- Students who regularly do their homework do not fail.
The homework helps them learn and failure becomes almost impossible.
On the other hand, students who never do their homework rarely pass because
they do not master the material well enough to earn all the other points
necessary to pass the class.
Class participation in activities.
(30%) Because the acquisition of a foreign language is skill based, not
just content based, we do a lot of activities to help you build and master
those skills. Most of your class time will revolve around doing things.
If you spend your class time doing the activities as I want you to, you
will do well. Like the homework note, those who do them will pass,
those who do not probably will not.
Projects, Evaluations & Assessments
(40%). We will do a few major projects in here- a school, a house,
and a family. These will reflect what you have learned in various
units and are mostly culminations of homework and class activities. At
some times I will need to check to see what you have learned by giving
you a test of some sort. These may be in surprise quiz form, or announced
tests or presentations. You will also keep a portfolio for this class
[works completed throughout the year] which will be included in this grade.
The curriculum ...
Introduction- greetings, etc.
Autobiography: personal information and descriptions
School: What do I do? What classes do
I take? What do I use? What are the rooms?
House: Description, rooms, furniture, location, activities.
Family: Who is who and what do they do?
Weather: WhatÕs it like and? What do
you do and where do you go?
My town: What are the different places to go
to in town and what can you do there? What will you drive or take
to get around?
Days, Months, Fiestas: Make a calendar, have
In case there is ever a question...
I can stay after school on Wednesdays
My directed study is in room 208
You can call my voice-mail: 356-3137 ext. 8-147
You can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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