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Syllabus Spanish One 2016-2017

COURSE 

DESCRIPTION
This is a course for students with little or no experience learning Spanish. Intensive listening, oral and reading work will be involved. The four communicative skills necessary to be competent in language will be improved everyday. In addition, each day of the week will be devoted in bigger quantity to a single communicative skill, as follows:
Mondays is for listening (audio, video).   LUNES: ESCUCHA
Tuesdays is for grammar ( pop-up grammar, mechanization). MARTES: GRAMÁTICA
Wednesdays is for reading ( short stories, readers, adapted articles). MIÉRCOLES: LECTURA
Thursdays is for writing ( short stories,  letters ). JUEVES: ESCRITURA
Fridays is for conversation (as a whole class, small groups, pairs). VIERNES: CONVERSACIÓN.
 
COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of the course, through class activities, class participation, a variety of assessments, students will be able to meet the following language competences at a novice level. 
Listening Identify the main idea of an audio clip and/or obtain specific information from a conversation.
Reading Identify the main idea of a text, the gist of a story and specific details to support secondary ideas.
Speaking Narrate and describe people (including self), events, and objects with supporting events, examples. 
Writing Communicate by writing a variety of narratives, correspondence and descriptions.
Culture Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and respect about the products and practices of the Spanish-speaking world.
 
REQUIRED TEXTS AND SUPPLIES:
A folder for Spanish only, to keep handouts, notes and homework assignments. Students need to bring their folder to class everyday. Pencil, pens ( 3 different colors). ORGANIZATION IS CLUE!
Readers: Provided by school for classroom use only. 
1. Las Aventura de Isabela:  1st. quarter
2. El mural de Picasso y los Agentes secretos: 2nd quarter 
3. Los piratas del Caribe: 3rd quarter
4. Esperanza: 4th quarter
 
Texbook:
Realidades 1. Prentice Hall (Provided for classroom use only.). We’ll refer to some parts of the books. The folder containing notes is our primary textbook . Also, www.senorwooly.com  &  Señor Jordan videos in you tube, www.quizlet and some others.
Bilingual dictionary (check out from media on your own, or buy your own one- a good one-)
Other supplemental resources will be provided by instructor.
 
ASSIGNMENTS
a. Daily warm-ups  called in Spanish “Para hacer ya” ( to review topics, vocabulary or to introduce new information). 
b. Announced quizzes every two/three weeks.
c. Pop-up quizzes from time to time.
d. Accumulative test at the end of each quarter
e. Reading comprehension questionnaires
f. Story packets
g. Projects.
 
COURSE CALENDAR
1st. Quarter  08/29 to 11/02. Greetings/introductions, alphabet, useful expressions, numbers one to one million, time, dates, Spanish speaking countries and their capital cities, weather expressions, expressing likes and dislikes, classroom items, prepositions for location, 10 most common regular verbs, pronombres personales.  Movie: Selena
 
2nd. Quarter 11/07 to 01/26.  Verbs “estar” & “ser”, personality/physical descriptions, more  high-frequency  regular and irregular verbs. Foods and beverages, maintaining a healthy life style, present continuous tense, leisure activities, question words, negative sentences, including stem-changing verbs. Movie: Cinco amigas
 
3rd. Quarter 01/31 to 03/30.  Expressing feelings and emotions, describing what is going to happen using the form “going to” in Spanish. Commands.  Vocabulary on family members, housing, careers and technology. Movie: Zootopia.
 
4th Quarter 04/10 to 06/14.  Review for previous quarters. Clothing items, places to shop, buying and selling items, vacation and travel, difference between saber Vs.  Conocer. Movie: Kung Fu Panda 3
 
 STUDENTS MUST STUDY THE VOCABULARY/STRUCTURES INTRODUCED IN CLASS AND REVIEW NOTES AT HOME, EVERYDAY FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES!
 STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN CLASS AND BE ENGAGED EVERYDAY. 
 
Personal electronic devices must be off and away (not on your desk!) as soon as you enter the room.