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BENVENUTI IN ITALIANO 4 CP!

Insegnante: Signor Michael Santoro
(973) 535-8000
msantoro@livingston.org

Desk in Room A111
http://www.livingston.org/michael_santoro

Course Description (LHS Course Guide 2015-2016, page 101): The goals of Level 4 courses
are for students to be able to communicate and produce the target language by using strings of
sentences and simple paragraphs, to ask and answer questions, offer opinions, summarize,
compare and contrast and perform oral or written simple analysis on a given topic. The fourth
level of language study is based on activities that develop proficiency in the four communicative
skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There is extensive study of culture and the
development of literacy skills (reading and writing) at this level. Communicative competence and
extensive cultural knowledge are developed through the sequential building of the interpretive,
interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication. At the completion of a Level 4 course,
the majority of students are expected to perform in the Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid
range of language proficiency. Students enrolled in these courses are expected to communicate
primarily in the target language in class. (Level 3 CP required Intermediate-Low.)
Emphasis of Intermediate-Mid Expectations: “…the majority of students are expected to
perform in the… Intermediate-Mid range of language proficiency” (LHS Course Guide 20152016, page 101). Please note that emerging Intermediate-Mid speakers are expected to
“understand and communicate at the sentence level and can use strings of sentences
independently.” The appropriate standards can be found on the Department of Education’s web
site: http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/2014/wl. We will review these together within the first
week of school.
Course Materials: a notebook with folder or binder to be used only for Italian, multi-color pens,
highlighters, required readings and supplemental materials, index cards for vocabulary acquisition,
and an Italian dictionary.
**NOTA BENE** ~ You are in high school. I understand you have different ways to stay
organized, so it is my belief that as young adults you should have the freedom to do so. IF
HOWEVER, you would like suggestions or would like me to help you, PLEASE SEE ME
AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU! 
Philosophy of the Policies to Follow: Because you are in high school and entering young
adulthood, my policies reflect the maturity and high expectations of such an environment.
Grading Guidelines:
• Grades will be determined by total points earned divided by total points possible x 100.
• Grades may include, but are not limited to:
-Homework Completion: I do not accept late homework and do not give credit for
incomplete homework.
-Professionalism: You will be graded on your professionalism twice during the
marking period. You will reflect on your behavior and participation in writing and will
receive a grade based on a rubric, which we will discuss the first week of school.




-Classwork, Quizzes, Pop Quizzes, Tests, Writing Assignments, Presentations, etc.
Letter grades will correspond with the school’s universal grading scale.
Missed in-class assessments are to be made up in accordance with the school’s policy
related to your absence. Pop assessments may be excused at my discretion.
Grades will be updated on the Parent Portal to be viewed in real-time.
Final grades will be determined based on school policy.

Homework: You are in high school and are expected to use homework as a TOOL to enhance
YOUR learning. Quite simply, you will get out of this course what you put into it and your
assessment grades will reflect the degree of scholarship you exert.
Extra Help / Tutoring: If you ever feel you are falling behind or simply do not understand
something, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last
minute. I am flexible and can meet with you by appointment before or after school. If you would
like a peer tutor, please let me know.
Electronic Devices: You will complete a survey within the first week of school regarding
technology you have available to you. Based on each class, technology will be integrated
accordingly into instruction. Inappropriate use of technology will result in consequences as per
school policy. (KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE AWAY!)
Academic Integrity: Chances are if you found it online so can I. Do not plagiarize, which
includes copying from a translator like Google! Plagiarism will result in the consequences on
page 42 of the LHS Student Handbook. The same policy applies for all integrity infractions. We
will be reviewing page 42 together since this is an issue I take very seriously.
Tardiness (Student Handbook, page 17): Students will receive detention hours for unexcused
tardies to the same class. The consequences for accumulated unexcused tardies to the same class
are outlined on page 17 and begin with three (3) tardies.
Leaving Class: You will sign out, as per LHS policy. One person may use the restroom at a time.
Missed Work: Please see me as soon as possible for instructions and modified deadlines, if
applicable. Please check my web site for materials and homework assignments. Please also
exchange telephone numbers with someone in class to serve as your homework buddy.
Policy Access: This document can always be found on the class web site.

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