Course Overview and Syllabus
3 Simple Steps to Success
I do my best to make the class an environment that is well-organized, challenging, and conducive to success for all students. I ask that students take the following three steps to meet me in the effort to succeed.
- Show up to class prepared
- Have a good attitude
- Do the work
Students who can honestly say that they do these three things, and ask for help when they find difficulty in doing the work, will succeed in my class.
I am available for help before school, after school, and during my planning period as necessary. I will be glad to answer any questions and provide any help as long as my time is requested and scheduled beforehand. Both parents and students may request extra help outside of class time, as long as it is scheduled in advance for a time I’m available.
Respect is the Rule
My rules boil down to Respect. Students in my classes must:
Know you can succeed and value yourself enough to ask for help.
Respect classmates and teacher by being kind and courteous and by listening attentively when they are speaking. Do what the teacher asks you to do the first time she asks.
Respect the classroom
Treat the classroom objects kindly (desks, markers, tables, etc.), and leave the classroom cleaner than you found it.
Get an introduction to the many cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
Learn and practice methods to decipher unknown language in communication
Learn and practice some fascinating cultural activities, festivals, artwork, and music
Begin communication the Spanish language
Students should learn the following throughout the year:
How to give your name, age, phone number, and address to a new friend
How to order at a restaurant and then give your opinions on your order
How to write dates and decipher a calendar
How to describe your friends: appearance, likes/dislikes, activities, etc.
How to request items needed for school and tell your school schedule
How to find out and discuss the weather around the world
How to read a map and describe locations of places on the map
And much more!
Grading is done using a points-based system, and includes homework, in-class work, class participation, projects, presentations, and quizzes. Bonus opportunities are rare, if they exist.
Students do NOT need to purchase any dictionaries or books. I will supply these materials when necessary. Textbooks will be assigned to each student during the first few days of the term. Unless I have specified otherwise, the textbook must be brought to class for use during each class session. All students are expected to have their book in class every day.
To be prepared for classroom demands, each student is required to bring the following items to class every day:
Paper (loose-leaf or in a notebook)
Folder for handouts (a folder with pockets or a 3-ring binder)
Pencil (preferred over pens because we all make mistakes)
Occasionally students will be required to bring note cards, so I recommend keeping a pack in a locker or backpack instead of waiting until I request them for the next day. Please do not put yourself in the position of needing an emergency run to the store for a supply you know you will need from day one.
Homework and Handouts
The purpose of homework is to provide extra practice for students. Often, the homework assignment will become part of the next day’s lesson or activity, so completing homework is necessary to fully participate and learn from classroom instruction. Some points will be awarded for completion of homework, but the main benefit of homework on a student’s grade will be the mastery gained from the practice of concepts learned in class. I expect all students to complete homework assignments. Students will find that their participation in classroom activities will be more rewarding if they have completed the practice homework that has been assigned.
The course will generally follow the sequence found in the textbook, but will quite often be supplemented by handouts. Each student will receive one, and only one, copy of each handout. I expect my students to keep a notebook containing all handouts and class notes.
It is each student’s responsibility to collect handouts and assignments from any absence, whether the absence is excused or not.
Tests and Quizzes
If present, students must take all tests and quizzes on the date it is scheduled if they were in class when the test or quiz was announced.
If a student has an excused absence for the day of a test or quiz, they will complete the quiz the day they return to class.
It is each student’s responsibility to know when a quiz has been announced, and request to make up the quiz when they return from an absence. Therefore, it is very important to write it down when a quiz is announced.