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Syllabus for Spanish 1 Instructor: Seora Bahlinger

Course Code: 43877 Prerequisite: None Textbook: Donley Blanco. Vistas 2012 Materials Needed: Students will need to bring to class a three-ring binder, red pen, pencil, highlighter, and a Spanish-English dictionary. Course Description: Students develop the ability to communicate with one another in the target language by learning new vocabulary, grammar, and basic sentence structures. Students will practice four language skills-listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will explore themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, and Community Life. Goals: This courses primary goals are to: Communicate in Spanish Students function in a variety of practical settings using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as knowledge of the targets culture(s). Understand other cultures Students will explore topics such as traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and learn how these elements relate to language. Connect with other disciplines and acquire information Students connect information about the languages and culture they are learning with concepts studied in other subject areas. Develop insight into their own culture and language Students compare and contrast different themes and concepts in both the target language and their own. Take part in the community around them Students use the learned language and culture to effectively participate in the community that surrounds them.

Content to be covered in the first quarter: Introductory Unit: (week 1) Alphabet & Phonetics- 1a Classroom Expressions- 1b Unit Themes: Greetings and Introductions Unit 2 Personal and Family Life Unit 3 School and Community Life Unit 4 Physical Descriptions & Expressing Well-Being Unit 5

Family Relationships Unit 6 Activities & Pastimes Unit 7 Food Unit 8 Assessments: Students will be assessed through a variety of informal and formal activities such as test, quizzes, projects, and homework. These assessments will evaluate language performance through speaking, writing, listening, and reading. The district uses these assessments to provide an accurate evaluation of each student for each year. There will be a total of 4 tests. Two will be regular tests and there will be a midterm and a final exam. There will be a regular test before the midterm and another before the final exam. There will also be a total of 6 quizzes given throughout the year. Tardies: After two tardies, students will begin to lose points off of their class participation grade unless there is a valid excuse. Homework: Homework will be issued to test student comprehension. There will be an assignment due at the beginning of every class period. It is 5 points off if given to me after this point unless you are absent or excused. I will write the assignments on the board every day so that you will have a reminder. If you are absent, it is up to you to figure out what you missed. You will have three days from the day you missed to turn in your make-up work. Class Participation: Class participation in the target language is a key component in practicing your communicative skills, which are essential in language proficiency. Participation is more than just raising your hand and answering questions, it is taking risks to communicate fully regarding a variety of techniques that can be used to further the language skills. Student must be attentive and give their best effort. There will be a reward system. For every class that a student participates in, he or she will get a token. This means that he or she is activiely listening and engaging in the lesson. I will be observing and making note as to who all is participating. At the end of the week, the tokens can be cashed in for something in the treasure chest or for bonus points on any test grade. There is a chart below that shows the tokens worth: Number of Tokens 1 token 2 tokens 3 tokens 4 tokens 5 tokens Treasure Chest Items Erasers, wooden pencils, stickers Candy, rings, pencil sharpener Seeds for flowers packet, flashlight Sunglasses, mechanical pencil Free homework pass, nail polish, squeeze sport ball Bonus Points .5 points 1 point 1.5 points 2 points 3 points

Grading: Students grades are based on a percentage system. There will be one dropped quiz and two chances for extra credit. The following shows the grade breakdown.

Tests 30% Final Exam 15% Midterm 15% Quizzes 15% Class Participation 15% Homework 10% Extra help: I am available after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in my room. Please schedule in advance to stay after school with me if you need extra help. There are also students from the Honor Society who will be there to assist in case you prefer a peer tutor. My planning period is during fourth period: 11am-12:15pm. I will usually be in my room unless something has come up. If this is the case, then I will try to leave a note on my door.