Syllabus: Spanish I, 20015-2016
¡Bienvenido a la clase de español!
Profesora: Sheila Willette
Course Description and Goals:
This is a beginning level language course in which you will lay a foundation of knowledge in Spanish. You will learn strategies to communicate effectively and improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You will learn grammatical structures as well as the topics and themes being studied. You will gain an understanding of Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures. In order to help us meet these goals, we will conduct most of the class in Spanish. Come prepared to speak Spanish!
Spiral notebook for Spanish only (this will be collected periodically throughout the quarter)
Pocket folder or three ring binder for handouts and activities
Strongly recommended: Spanish-English dictionary
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 everyday.
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.
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
Homework and written activities 25%
Participation and class activities 25%
Quizzes and speaking activities 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:
High school is a time to develop independent skills and in Spanish I 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 must be 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 test
working with unauthorized assistance
representing the work of others as your own
turning in work from the internet as you own
Students who participate in any of these activities will receive a "0" for the assignment and will not be able 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.
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//policy.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/6415_Policy_2.pdf
Students and Parents/Guardians:
Please read all of the above information and sign below. Return this portion to Profe Willette by Friday, August 31st. Please save the rest of the syllabus for reference.
We have read the above syllabus for Spanish I and understand the information and guidelines included.
Student: I, _______________________________________(print name) agree to the terms included in this syllabus.
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