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SPANISH 2

Fall 2015 Syllabus
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“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the
way.” ‒Frank Smith
“To know two languages is to possess a second soul.”
-Charlemagne
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to
him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
-Nelson Mandela
Read more at
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/language.html#tobrkCFdllpT8Kch.99
CONTACT INFORMATION
Instructor: Barrett Dunn
Email: bdunn@hightechhigh.org
Phone: 760-759-2700 ext. 56209
Office: 215
Office hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 or by appointment
Website: barrettsd@weebly.com

ESSENTIAL QUESTION
How does learning a second language give us access to new cultures and ultimately
allow us to express and learn about ourselves?

COURSE DESCRIPTION
We use language not only to express our experience but also to create it. We can use
different languages to learn about others and therefore, ourselves. In this course we
will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while exploring the many
diverse cultures where Spanish is spoken, including our own here in San Diego. In
order to learn Spanish in an authentic context, we will create as many opportunities
possible to interact with native-speakers in the community.

CLASSROOM NORMS AND EXPECTATIONS

90% of instruction in Spanish
Students speaking at least 50% of class time
Students do in class what cannot be done at home - practice processing and producing
Spanish.
Maintain an atmosphere of acceptance and patience.
Ask questions.
We learn languages at different rates and come into this class with different levels of
Spanish. It is crucial for our class to create and maintain an atmosphere of acceptance
where students feel safe and supported to practice speaking, make mistakes, and learn
from them in a constructive way. Treat others the way you would like to be treated, with
respect and compassion. We’re all in this together.
MATERIALS
Composition book
Pencil
Folder for handouts
The Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to
you free of charge. Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education
means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies,
equipment or uniforms for any school activity. If you prefer, you may get the materials
from the instructor. Please email me at: bdunn@hightechhigh.org
EXTRA HELP
My number one goal is that you succeed in this class so please don’t hesitate to ask
questions in class and schedule office hours for my help. If you have a question, it’s
very likely others are wondering the same thing. Asking it in class or in office hours will
ultimately help yourself and others.
POLICIES FOR LATE WORK / MAKE-UP WORK
Late work will not receive full credit. Make-up work due to an absence must be turned
in within three days of absence. Quizzes can be retaken within two weeks only if
student schedules office hours to get extra help first.

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADES
Composition Book / Homework
Daily Warm-ups
Class work

25%

Homework
Projects
Drafts/reflection
Product
Presentations
Student Expert Lessons

25%

Tests and Quizzes
Quizzes
Midterm
Final

25%

Class Participation
Speaking practice
Group/pair discussion
Proper use of class time

25%

Power Grade is used to track assignments with points. Parents, guardians, and
students can access PG with a username and password at
http://powerschool.hightechhigh.org/public/ Contact your advisor for parent and student
usernames and passwords.
CHALLENGE OPTIONS
Students will be given the option to challenge themselves with an alternative or modified
version of any major assignment / project. These must be discussed and approved by
the teacher when they are first assigned.