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Spanish 1 Syllabus

 

Welcome and bienvenidos to Sr. Leal’s Spanish class! The following information is for you to read and to understand what is expected of you this coming school year.

A a Spanish 1 student, I understand that you may have had some, or maybe no previous Spanish training.  This is okay, as we will be working hard to overcome this.  Rememberr that the Spanish II students were where you are now.

Here are some supplies you will need to get to be successful in this class:

  1.   one 3-ring binder – with a clear plastic pocket in front (1 ½ inches would be best)
  2.   Very Important, all work must be done in blue or black pen unless otherwise instructed.

 d.    loose-leaf paper (no paper with frayed edges or torn out paper will be accepted)

 e.    at least three packages of 3 x 5 inch index cards (for use as flashcards)

 f.     one package of construction paper.

 

Here is what I expect from you.

    1.  Be prompt:  I expect you to be in the classroom, ready to ge when the bell rings.

    2.  Be polite:     I expect you to treat each other and me with respect and dignity.

    3.  Be prepared:  Homework should be trune in completed and on the day it is due.

    

    Here is how you will be graded..

 

Daily grades, which are 40% of the average, include (but are not limited to):

  • Oral quizzes
  • Lesson quizzes (from book)
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Video quizzes
  • Materials checks - Occasionally, there will be a materials check that will count as a quiz grade. I will not give a warning as to when these will occur. I expect students to have all materials (book, binder, pen, and paper) everyday.
  • Participation average - Students should attempt to participate in class everyday by trying to answer questions, participating in class discussions, repeating words with the class, etc. Each student starts the three weeks with a 100 participation average, but loses five points for each day he/she does not attempt to participate. Just by attempting to participate each day, a student will receive a 100, even if the answers are incorrect. There are two participation averages per six weeks.

 

  • Homework averages - For each three weeks, students will receive an average for homework and class work grades. Because of the fact that Spanish is totally new for most students and that few have help available at home in this subject, I do not grade homework on correctness, rather on the valid attempt to do the homework as instructed and without cheating. For example, if 10 problems are assigned and the student completes seven properly, a grade of 70 would be given. I do expect students to do their own work. If I catch students cheating (and I do consider "sharing" work to be cheating), a grade of "0" will e given. I will average whatever number of homework grades I have for each three weeks and that will be the equivalent of one quiz grade. Just by completing all of his/her homework as instructed, a student can earn two quiz grades of 100.

 

E-DAYS - Any quizzes or tests given on an E-day must be taken prior to the E-day or before or after school on the day following the E-day. If a student has an assignment due on an E-day, they should turn this assignment in prior to leaving or upon returning that day, particularly if he/she misses only part of the day. The student is responsible for asking for assignments that will be missed while he or she is on the E-day prior to leaving and for making arrangements to make up quizzes and tests. This is particularly important for those students who will be missing several days in a row due to E-days, so that the student does not fall too far behind the rest of the class.

 

LATE WORK – Any student wishing to turn in late work must turn it in prior to first period on the next class day. This is so that I may have the work marked by class time. The highest grade a student will receive as a late grade will be a70, if the assignment is completed as instructed.

 

Test grades, which are 60% of the average, include (but are not limited to):

Unit Tests

Video Tests – We will take notes on some of the longer video tapes that we watch and be tested over those notes. These are tapes about Spanish speaking countries.

 

S             Special Projects – Various special projects will come up through the year. Some examples include:

  • A construction paper booklet during the first six weeks.
  • A poster presentation during the second six weeks. 

EXTRA CREDIT - Students may improve their homework averages by bringing in extra credit. In Spanish I, this consists of:

  • newspaper, magazine, or internet articles (no more than 3) in English or Spanish about Spanish-speaking countries
  • instructions in Spanish (from games, cell phones, cameras, appliances, etc.)
  • any empty bag, box or bottle that has Spanish on it
  • items made by the students such as flags, or posters
  • one book or newspaper or magazine in Spanish per six weeks
  • one CD or CD/ROM or DVD with Spanish material on it per six weeks. 

 

Each piece of extra credit material must be labeled with the student's Spanish name and his/her period. Also, if a student desires to have any of these materials returned, “Return, please” must be written on it. These materials should be picked up at the end of each six weeks. If they are not, they will be thrown out. I cannot keep all the extra credit that is brought to me. Various points are awarded depending on the amount of Spanish per item. Each student may earn up to 100 extra credit points per three weeks which will be averaged into the homework average of that three weeks.

 

3. EXTRA HELP

 

If a student needs extra help with Spanish, I am at school from 7:30 to 7:50 Monday through Wednesday and every other Friday.  I sponsor the Student Council and we have meetings on the 2nd and the 4th Fridays of the month. I am not available after school as I coach a volleyball and basketball team. Another option is for a student to obtain a study buddy or a tutor, which is arranged by the student or the parent/guardian. If you are having difficulties in Spanish and come in for extra help on your own time, it lets me know that you are interested in improving your grade.

 

4. INTERNET

 

I consider work that is done by internet translators or copied directly off the internet to be cheating. I can usually tell if a student has used a translator by the phrases that are used and the verb tenses that we have not learned yet. By using a translator, you are cheating yourself out of learning the language, and the work is not yours, but the translator's. If I believe you are using a translator, I will question you on the usage that you have apparently learned on your own. If you cannot accurately show this usage, I will assume that you have been using the internet to do your work for you. This applies for all written or computer work.

 

CONTACT ME

If you need to contact me, the easiest way is by e-mail. My e-mail address is: rleal@tarkingtonisd.net. Or you may call the school and leave a message for me to call you. My conference period is Third Period so that is when I will be returning calls and e-mails. Also, I am more than happy to have face to face meetings with parents who wish it at that time or after tutorials. It is usually easier to schedule conferences by e-mail.

Here is what we will be studying this year:

 

1st Six Weeks – Greetings

                        Alphabet

                        Classroom Objects

                        Numbers

                        Colors and Clothing (Project)

                        Body Parts

 

2nd Six Weeks - Countries and Capitals

                        Days and Months

                        Activities

                        Likes and Dislikes

                        Personality Traits (Descriptive Adjectives)

                        Day of the Dead

 

3rd Six Weeks - All About Me Project

                        Costa Rica

                        Classes and School Schedules

                        Christmas

 

4th Six Weeks - Locations

                        Plurals

                        Present Tense of Verbs

                        Foods and Beverages

 

5th Six Weeks -  More Foods and Beverages

                        Health and Exercise

                        Prepositions of Place

                        Tener Expressions

                        Family (Project)

 

 

6th Six Weeks - Reflexive Verbs

                        Past Tense of Verbs

                        Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

                        Activities and Events outside of School

                        Invitations

 

 

Syllabus for Spanish II

 

Welcome to Mr. Leal’s Spanish class! Let’s have a wonderful time this year continuing to learn Spanish!

 

1. Supplies needed for Spanish II

 

  1. one 3-ring binder – with a clear plastic pocket in front (1 ½ to 2 inches would be best)
  2. five dividers for the binder

c.    blue or black pens (all work must be done in ink, with the exception of scan-tron tests)

d.    loose-leaf paper (no paper with frayed edges will be accepted)

e.    two packages of 3 x 5 inch index cards (for use as flashcards)

f.     two poster boards (22x28) – no foam board type

 

2. Expectations:

 

Students should arrive on time and follow the class rules. They should respect their classmates and be prepared to learn every day. Students should also be sure to turn off any electronic devices prior to entering the room.

 

2. Grades in each class will consist of daily grades and test grades.

 

Daily grades, which are 40% of the average, include (but are not limited to):

  • Oral quizzes
  • Lesson quizzes (from book)
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Video quizzes
  • Materials checks - Occasionally, there will be a materials check that will count as a quiz grade. I will not give a warning as to when these will occur. I expect students to have all materials (book, binder, pen, and paper) every day.
  • Participation average - Students should attempt to participate in class everyday by trying to answer questions, participating in class discussions, repeating words with the class, etc. Each student starts the six weeks with a 100 participation average, but loses five points for each day he/she does not attempt to participate. Just by attempting to participate each day, a student will receive a 100, even if the answers are incorrect.

 

 

  • Homework averages - For each three weeks, students will receive an average for homework and class work grades. Because of the fact that Spanish is totally new for most students and that few have help available at home in this subject, I do not grade homework on correctness, rather on the attempt to do the homework as instructed and without cheating. For example, if 10 problems are assigned and the student completes seven properly, a grade of 70 would be given. I do expect students to do their own work. If I catch students cheating (and I do consider "sharing" work to be cheating), a grade of "0" will be given. I will average whatever number of homework grades I have for each three weeks and that will be the equivalent of one quiz grade. Just by completing all of his/her homework as instructed, a student can earn two quiz grades of 100.

 

E-DAYS - Any quizzes or tests given on an E-day must be taken prior to the E-day or before or after school on the day following the E-day. If a student has an assignment due on an E-day, they should turn this assignment in prior to leaving or upon returning, particularly if he/she misses only part of the day. The student is responsible for asking for assignments that will be missed while he or she is on the E-day prior to leaving and for making arrangements to make up quizzes and tests. This is particularly important for those students who will be missing several days in a row due to E-days, so that the student does not fall too far behind the rest of the class.

 

LATE WORK – Any student wishing to turn in late work must turn it in prior to first period on the next class day. This is so that I may have the work marked by class time. The highest grade a student will receive as a late grade will be a 70, if the assignment is completed as instructed.

 

Test grades, which are 60% of the average, include (but are not limited to):

 

Unit Tests

Video Tests – We will take notes on some of the longer video tapes that we watch and be tested over those notes. These are tapes about Spanish speaking countries and Columbus.

 

Compositions – These are done orally. Spanish II compositions will begin in the third six weeks and will begin at 75 words, These compositions will increase each six weeks that they are done.  A rough draft (which counts as a homework grade) is written first, then turned in to me to be checked. Then a final draft is written and turned in for a quiz grade. On the day the final drafts are turned in, the oral compositions are presented. All students turn their final drafts in at the same time, so that no studying may go on while compositions are being presented. Students will draw numbers to determine their order on the day compositions are said. They are graded on the correctness of the Spanish, as well as the correctness of the pronunciation. This satisfies the requirement for oral as well as, written grades in Spanish.

 

Special Projects – Various special projects will come up through the year. Some examples include:

  • A house plan and furniture booklet during one six weeks.

 

 

3. EXTRA HELP

 

If a student needs extra help with Spanish, I am at school from 7:30 to 7:55 Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings, and until at least 4:00 every afternoon, with the exception of Thursday s, when I have duty. Another option is for a student to obtain a study buddy or a tutor. This must be arranged by the student or the parent/guardian. If you are having difficulties in Spanish and come in for extra help on your own time, it lets me know that you are interested in improving your grade.

 

 

4. INTERNET

 

I consider work that is done by internet translators or copied directly off the internet to be cheating. I can usually tell if a student has used a translator by the phrases that are used and the verb tenses that we have not learned yet. By using a translator, you are cheating yourself out of learning the language, and the work is not yours, but the translator's. If I believe you are using a translator, I will question you on the usage that you have apparently learned on your own. If you cannot accurately show this usage, I will assume that you have been using the internet to do your work for you. This applies for all written or computer work.

 

 

CONTACT ME

If you need to contact me, my e-mail address is: rleal@tarkingtonisd.net or you may call the school and leave a message for me to call you. My conference period is from 9:45 to 10:30 most days, so that is when I will be returning calls. Also, I am more than happy to have face to face meetings with parents who wish it.

 Here’s what we will be studying this year: 

Family members – with a poster project

Columbus

Mexico

Costa Rica

Various verb tenses

The house and furnishings – with a project

Chapters 1-6 in your book

Cinco de Mayo – with a special project

 

 

 

 

After reading this, please cut off carefully, sign, and return the slip below

 

 

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Spanish name: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Birthdate:___________________________________   Grade in School______________________________________

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Please tell how alternate contact is related:______________________________________________________________

Information about your child that might be helpful in assisting them to succeed (optional): ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

We have read and understood the class requirements: 

 

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