Spanish 1 Syllabus
Course Name: Spanish 1
Textbook name: Realidades 1
Publisher: Prentice Hall/Pearson
I. Introduction:.Spanish 1 provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills in the Spanish language and its diverse culture. Speaking, reading, listening, and writing are developed through constant practice. Students will be able to communicate in a variety of topics, gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connect with other disciplines, and use the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment. These objectives will be met through class presentations, textbook activities, selected readings, TPR (total physical response), games, songs, guest speakers, videos and technology.
II. Materials: Textbook, workbook, spanish/english pocket dictionary, pencil and pen (black or blue only), red correction pens, and a 3-ring Binder and notebook paper is required. To organize your notebook, you will need the following 4 dividers: (1. Esponjas (opening activities) 2. Diarios (journals) 3. Apuntes/Hojas de Práctica (notes/worksheets) 4. Actividades de la clase (class activities)
Student is expected to come to class prepared with all necessary materials.
III. Grading Policy:
Interpretive (Reading and listening) 20%
Interpersonal (Speaking, writing, engagement) 25%
Presentational (writing and speaking) 20 %
IPAs/ Common Assessments 35 %
IV: Homework Information:
- Purpose: Extended practice is an integral part of the learning process. Study after study has concluded that only through repetition of concept review and extended practice does the human mind actually absorb essential information and learn.
- Type of homework: Workbook exercises, worksheets, textbook exercises, listening comprehension activities, reading comprehension activities, assessment preparation, short constructed response writings, creative activities.
- Expected time for completion This depends upon the complexity of the practice assigned. Suggested guidelines 10-20 minutes of focused work.
- Homework protocol: mandatory credited assignments will be given no more than twice per week, with optional suggested extended practice given on a daily basis. Late work will be accepted for 50% credit provided it is submitted prior to the end of the current chapter/unit.
- Where is homework listed: on classroom whiteboard and on teacher website in “agendas y tarea” dropdown page.
VI. Dublin High School Code of Conduct: It is assumed that all students will adhere to academic honesty in this course. If a student is found to be presenting work not their own as original and/or without source citation, the administration will be so informed, and the student’s grade will reflect the appropriate consequences of the student’s choice. In addition, the student will adhere to the published DHS Code of Conduct as regards classroom behaviour.
VII: Classroom Rules and Expectations:
As a member of this class you are expected to do the following:
1) Be in your seat and working on the warm up “Esponja”.
2) Be prepared to learn by having the appropriate materials, electronic devices will be placed in the phone holder at the beginning of class (please silence your devices before entering the class).
3) Treat everyone and personal and school property with respect and courtesy.
4) Have a good attitude! Be helpful and encouraging.
5) Do your best work, participate, follow directions and stay on task. ¡Habla español lo más que puedas!
VIII: Classroom Honor System
I expect students to be honest about the work that they do for this course. This means that students should think about assignments beyond just filling in blanks and reading words off a page. This also means that work that is presented to me should be one’s own; it should reflect your thinking and understanding. Importantly, students should understand three things:
- Though online dictionaries are acceptable, online translators are not. If you are unclear on the difference, only use wordreference.com.
- Getting help from friends to understand class material is great, but letting friends help you to finish work without understanding the material is not acceptable.
- Work that requires research should cite sources, including Internet sources.
IX: IPA Exams
Towards the end of each unit, the student’s ability to use and understand the target language in a real-life situation will be assessed. An IPA, or Integrated Performance Assessment, is a type of assessment that uses an authentic resource as the basis. The IPA consists of three parts, which each reflect the three modes of communication, Interpretive (comprehension), Interpersonal (conversational) and Presentational. The students work is assessed through the use of a rubric, which will be given to the student ahead of time. The IPAs are meant to be comprehensive, reflecting the way that language builds upon itself. They are also meant to be similar to a situation that the student may encounter in the real-world, where they must negotiate meaning using vocabulary and concepts gone over in class. Students are expected to only use the target language to the best of their ability during the IPA.
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