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¡Bienvenidos !

 

CLASS DESRIPTION AND OVERVIEW

 

SPANISH 1 AND SPANISH 2


 

       In these levels students begin to create with the language by combining and re-combining learned elements while initiating and sustaining to a degree basic communicative tasks.  Communicative proficiency with increasing accuracy is a goal.  Students are required to write well-developed compositions, and read and discuss stories in the target language. Culture and civilization are also an important component of instruction at these levels and in our Academy.


       All advanced Spanish classes will be consistently conducted in the target language with minimal use of English.

      There will be a balance among the basic goals of culture, subject content, and language in use. An appreciation of Hispanic culture and geography is presented, as well as appropriate readings.  These classes are designed to improve the fluency of speakers

and concentrate on the active expansion of vocabulary, as well as listening and speaking skills in general. Students will be also introduced to Spanish dialect variations of both American and Peninsular Spanish.

      In STEM Academy students will learn Spanish in exciting new ways, using technology and focusing on communication. They will be exposed significantly to speaking, auditory, reading and writing skills at an advanced level. they will perfect their speaking skills by

intensive oral practice and discussion in class.  We will expect them to express their opinions in Spanish on a number of topics in oral presentations and in major written essays in the target language. they will also be required to prepare dialogues with partners for presentation in class and to comment on magazine articles in Spanish. We will attempt to balance a relaxed atmosphere, where they will be willing to use the Spanish language without fear of criticism, with a need for academic excellence. However, they must not try to get as comfortable with the class so as to not study; some anxiety about academic performance is always helpful. On the other hand, they must avoid getting so tense that they “freeze up”. Students must learn to avoid monopolizing the class or otherwise creating an uncomfortable atmosphere for their classmates. Remember that we are available forextra help after school.

 

Assessment of learning will be frequent, regular, and ongoing.


THE BASICS

 

 Do not be late for class! No food or beverages ! No electronic devices, including cellphones ! Dress code will be strictly enforced as well as the school policies in the student Handbook. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for

others;  Responsibility for all your actions ! There will be ZERO tolerance shown for signs of disrespect in the classroom.

 

CLASS PARTICIPATION

 

Students, class participation is part of your grade and is defined as being a positive factor in our classroom. Aside from being an active participant, this also means that you are present, in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings. It also means

that  you are respectful to others and are never a distraction to the learning process.  You must bring your covered textbook, Spanish- English Dictionary, notebook, folder, and pen to class every day.

 

HOMEWORK

 

All homework assigned must be completed. We  will either collect homework or come around and check that you have done it.  Make sure you walk into class with your homework. No Excuses !  It is your responsibility to have the telephone numbers of

at least 2 classmates in case you need to ask about an assignment. Late homework will not be accepted. Homework strongly affects your grade and will be given periodically during each marking period.  You are allowed to miss two homework assignments each

marking period. Each additional missed homework assignment will be one point off your final average at the end of the marking period. Students can get very disappointed at the end of the quarter when their grade is lowered due to missing homework.

Don’t let this be you !

 

STUDENT ABSENCE

 

Students who are absent on any given day are responsible for making up the assignments that they have missed . You must see mus as soon as you arrive to school on the next day so that a make-up may be scheduled. It must be made up within one week .

After that you risk receiving a 0% for the assignment, test, etc.

 

EXTRA HELP

 

Extra help is always available !  We expect most students to attend extra help to strengthen their understanding of class material. We expect you to always try your hardest and be proud of the work you do. Remember we are all here to learn !

 

EVALUATION AND GRADING

 

34 %- tests,  projects , oral assessments

Projects will be assigned and graded according to length, complexity and content.

 

33% - quizzes -quizzes will be given periodically to check student understanding of chapter sections and content. There might be an occasional "pop" quiz during the marking period as well.

 

33%- Classwork- Class work and class participation play an important part in learning a second language. You will be graded on participation, as well as on a variety of prepared assignments. Positive attitude and mature classroom behavior are expected at

all times and will be factored into your class participation grade.

 

Best luck for a rewarding year !

 

Buena Suerte !  Campeones !

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