El Syllabus de Español I
- Be respectful to classmates and teacher
- No eating, chewing gum or candy. Clear water is allowed.
- Class starts on time
- Students will be issued a hall pass at each progress report and report card. It will have 8 spaces and any space that is not used will count as extra credit on the final exam. Do not lose them because they will not be replaced!
- Late: sign in with a pass
- No pass: three times means you get to spend time with me after school.
- Be prepared for class
- Come to class with your binder, Chromebooks (fully charged), pencils, etc.
- Be open - We are all here to learn. Come to class each day ready to learn! We will have activities for each class period and all students are expected to participate. Respect is essential in all classes, but especially in a World Language class. No one should be discourteous by laughing or joking about their fellow classmate’s Spanish speaking ability. It is tough to learn a new language, which makes it important for all to re-frame from making negative comments. Any contrary action will result in a referral. I want everyone to enjoy learning the language and culture of others!
¡Qué chévere! Level 1
Our entire book series is online, so be ready! Other print/online material will be included throughout the year.
Each assignment will have its own point value. For example, a homework assignment may be worth 10 points and a quiz maybe worth 40. Grades will be distributed as the following:
- 50% Major Assessments (Summative)
- Tests & Projects
- 40% Minor Assessments (Formative)
- Quizzes & Major Conversations
- 10% Practice/Participation
- Worksheets & Minor Conversations
Binders should be divided into 4 sections in Spanish: Notes, Class-work, Bingo Boards and Culture. I will, without notice, come and check notebooks as a quiz grade. Students can feel free to come to me before or after school to get an update on their grade or ask any questions. Each student is responsible for keeping track of his/her work. It is therefore, important for everyone to keep assignments in their notebooks.
Late homework will not be accepted. All assignments should be turned in on the due date. If there are any factors that may contribute to work being turned in late, such as a death in the family, an illness or other circumstances, students should come in and speak with me individually.
I will announce homework assignments each day at the end of each class period. Students can also expect to see homework assignments written on the whiteboard. I will also give the students assignment sheets to put in the front of their notebooks.
We will do a number of in class activities. These may include, but are not limited to: group conversations, worksheets, audio exercises, games and more. Each activity will be assigned its own point value.
In order to learn a new language, we have to use it! Be prepared for TONS of conversations, presentations and other activities that may be performed in front of the class and/or recorded.
Quizzes will be frequent - this allows the student, and I, to have a good idea of how well everyone comprehends the material.
Being actively engaged is important in order to learn a new language, so I take class participation very seriously. If you are absent, you will need to work hard on the days that you are present in order to make up for speaking/practice opportunities that were missed. Participation includes, but is not limited to the following:
Speaking Spanish ( I expect that you'll use what you are learning), being prepared, actively engaging in activities, working well in groups or with partners, following directions.
TEST & PROJECTS:
There will be a test with each unit of study, as well as a project. The projects are very interactive and will have clear directions. Be sure to follow them! We will also often work on groups. We will always do a variety of in-class reviewing.
Wilson has its own honor code and everyone is expected to abide by it. In a World language class, there are other issues. No one is permitted to use a translator for their assignments. The only way to learn is by doing it yourself, messing up and then learning how to fix those mistakes. Any assignment done in this manner will not be counted.
Just about each week, students will be given an online assignment that will be due the following week. Each one will be worth a certain amount of points, depending on the particular assignment. If access to a computer/internet at home is an issue, please let me know right away. We will have computers in class two days out of the week and students are always welcomed to access the computers in the library during lunch periods, before school, after school and during return blocks.
Whenever you are not present for class, it is your responsibility to go to the make-up work binder. This can be before school, after school, or during a free period. Everyone has a total of three days from the day they return, to get all of the work in. After that time period, it will no longer be accepted and will count as zeros.