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Spanish IV Syllabus


                                                Syllabus: Spanish IV, 2015-2016

                                                ¡Bienvenido a la clase de español!

Profesora: Sheila Willette

Voicemail: 692-1867



Texts and Materials:

Zayas-Bazán, Bacon, García. Conexiones Fourth Edition

El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho

Recommended: Spanish-English dictionary

Year- long portfolio (to be kept in a plastic binder)


Course Objectives:

  1. To promote a systematic review of themes, structures, vocabulary and skills in the Spanish language at the intermediate level.
  2. To promote awareness and appreciation of cultural similarities and variation throughout the Spanish speaking world.
  3. To develop reading skills through the study of authentic texts, both cultural and literary.
  4. To continue the development of speaking, listening and writing skills through a variety of assignments and class discussions in Spanish.  These activities are designed to encourage students to reflect upon, interpret and react to social and economic issues and current events.


Course Requirements

  1. You are expected to attend class everyday and do all of the oral and written assignments, including homework.  Successful progress demands active and consistent participation.
  2. If you have an excused absence, you may make up the work you missed for full credit.  The work missed, including tests and quizzes, must be made up before school within ONE day plus  the number of excused absences.  NO WORK, TESTS, QUIZZES OR PARTICIPATION POINTS MAY BE MADE UP IF THE ABSENCE IS UNEXCUSED
  3. Late work will receive half credit and will not be accepted after three days.
  4. All work must have a proper heading (name, date, period) to receive credit.
  5. All work should be produced by you, including daily assignments, projects, quizzes and exams.  Any work copied will result in no credit.


Participation Grade:

Daily participation in a world language class, including listening and speaking, is essential to learning the language.  Therefore, you will receive 5 participation points each day for being on time, prepared and with materials, on task, and participating fully in all class activities.  Two points will be deducted for tardiness and not bringing materials.  You may also lose participation points if you are off task or speaking English during Spanish-only times.  Many class activities may not be made up so it is important to attend class every day.




Attendance and Tardies:

Attendance is one of the most important factors for your success in a language class.  Attending class, participating in class activities and making a real effort to speak Spanish will enable you to improve your language skills.  It is your responsibility to attend class and take advantage of these opportunities.

  1. Attendance policy:  If you have two or more unexcused absences in this class you will be in danger of failing.
  2. Tardy policy:  For each unexcused tardy, you will lose two participation points.  These points may not be made up.
  3. Attendance incentive:  If you have no more than two excused absences, no more than two tardies, and no unexcused absences per quarter you may drop your lowest quiz score for that quarter.


Grade Distribution

94%-100%      A                                             72%-77%        C

90%-93%        A-                                            70%-71%        C-

88%-89%        B+                                           68%-69%        D+

82%-87%        B                                             62%-67%        D

80%-81%        B-                                            60%-61%        D-

78%-79%        C+                                           0%-59%          F


Grading Policy

Daily participation and homework     25%                                        

Compositions (“Borradores”)             25%

Quizzes                                               25%                            

Tests and projects                               25%                            


Be Prepared to Question Yourself

Language is most effectively acquired when you understand or comprehend it (comprehensible input).  You are more likely to gain comprehension when you guide your learning with the following questions:

  • What am I learning?  Why do I need to know this?  Where can I go for help when I need it?
  • How do I judge the quality of my work and how can I make my work better?


Class Expectations:

  1. Come to class on-time, prepared and ready to learn (this includes bringing the appropriate materials daily and remember, se habla español. Use as much Spanish in class as possible.
  2. Put forth your best effort
  3. Bring only water into the classroom – no food, beverages or gum
  4. Passes will be used on a need only basis
  5. Be respectful of yourself and others
  6. No cell phones, portable music devices or other electronic equipment.  If any of these are visible or audible to me, they will be confiscated and your parent or guardian will need to pick them up.

Academic Honesty

High school is a time for students to develop independent skills and in Spanish IV you will be expected to develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  In order to achieve these goals it is imperative that all work produced for this class is completed by you.  The South High policy defines cheating as including but not limited to

            copying someone else's work

            allowing your work to be copied

            talking during a quiz or a test

            working with unauthorized assistance

            representing the work of others as your own

            turning in work generated from the Internet as your own

Students who participate in any of these activities will receive a "0" for the assignment and will not be allowed to make up that work.  Repeated offenses may lead to failing the course and/or an administrative referral.  In order to avoid these problems you need to behave honestly.


Internet Policy:

Students will have the opportunity to work with Web 2.0 this year.  Please consult the MPS website that highlights the use and restriction of Web 2.0 tools: http//






Students and Parents/Guardians:

Please read all of the above information and sign below.  Return this portion to Profe Willette by Friday, August 28th.  Please save the rest of the syllabus for reference.


We have read the above syllabus for and understand the information and guidelines included for Spanish IV.


Student: I, _______________________________________(print name) agree to the terms included in this syllabus.




Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________________