Spanish 1

Español 1

—-Señora Cahill—-


Room A27

Classroom Goals

At Olympia High School, we hold high standards for our students.  Throughout the year, students will be expected to perform various tasks pertaining to the Spanish language.  The curriculum will follow the "Realidades" textbook series as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines.  These guidelines are an instrument for the evaluation of functional language ability.  Students will gradually progress each level by reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish.  As we advance through the book, students will be assessed several times in order to track progress.  Skills-based grading will be used.  


Materials Needed

Paper, pen/pencil

Binder or folder

Spanish-English dictionary


Practice packet

Word of the Day packet


Learning Targets

Projects and daily lessons are built around learning targets, which are stepping- stones towards meeting course standards. Learning targets are displayed in the classroom and are discussed with students, so they have a clear picture of what they are learning through doing the work.



With skills-based grading (SBG) being implemented at Olympia, I am changing my grading to be more reflective of this, which means that the grade a student receives in a class reflects the level of proficiency that a student demonstrates he/she has attained. Student progress will be measured by H.O.W.’s, formative and summative assessments.  


What does FORMATIVE and SUMMATIVE mean?

Formative assessments –provide an opportunity to check progress. Students are given feedback, but this feedback will not count towards the student’s grade. Formative assessments allow students to know whether or not they are on track with learning for a specific objective.

Summative assessments –act as the conclusive measure of the student’s work and are the majority of the measures that determine the student’s final grade. There may be more than one summative assessment for a specific learning target or skill. 


The following marks will be used to grade the assessments:

Assessment Grade

What does it mean?

4 – Mastery

Student exceeds expectations of mastery of the skill/standard/learning target.  This indicates not only evidence of application and analysis, but also includes synthesis and evaluation.

3 – Proficiency

 Student can demonstrate complex knowledge, skills, application, and analysis of the skill/standard/learning target.

2 – Basic

Student can demonstrate basic knowledge and comprehension of the skill/standard/learning target.

1 – Below Basic

Student can demonstrate some evidence of simple skills, but lacks continuity of knowledge and comprehension.

X – No Evidence

Student cannot provide evidence of learning (missing and/or incomplete work).

( - ) – Not Assessed

Student was not assessed on this skill/standard during this term.



Summative Assessments in Spanish 1

The following are examples of summative assessments for the semester: 

Reading – Students will read a variety of texts in Spanish and be assessed on their understanding of main ideas, supporting details, inference, and vocabulary.

Listening/Viewing – Students will listen to and/or view a variety of texts and be assessed on their understanding of main ideas, supporting details, inference, and vocabulary.

Language – Students will show mastery of basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

Writing Presentational – Students will write short narrative or informative pieces. 

Writing Interpersonal – Students will read an email and write a reply using the conventions of email format and the intercultural conventions of written Spanish.

Speaking Presentational – Students will present on a variety of topics, some of which will utilize multi-media.

Speaking Interpersonal – Students will take part in a dialogue using the intercultural conventions of spoken Spanish.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I receive a 1 or X on a summative assessment?

You can retake any summative assessment within five (5) school days of the return of the original assessment. Before being allowed to retake a summative assessment, you need to show evidence of continued learning and improved mastery by completing the ‘Request to Re-Take’ form.  Actual retakes can be completed during the school day, but must be scheduled in advance.

So what role does homework/classwork (formative assessments) play in our class?

Formative assessments are assigned on a regular basis. Like math, learning another language is sequential and requires daily practice. These assessments aid you and your teacher in determining your mastery of a subject before you complete a summative assessment. Although formative assessments may not count toward your final grade, they are vital stepping stones to ensure success on summative assessments and completion of the class. 

Is there a final exam in this course?

No.  There will not be a traditional comprehensive final exam in Spanish 1.  However, students will be asked to write a reflection on their experience in the class, which will also include an assessment of their own learning, prior to the end of the semester.  Students will also be asked to write a plan for learning for subsequent Spanish classes. Guidelines for the reflection will be distributed by the instructor prior to the end of the semester.

How is my overall course grade determined?

Your overall grade will be determined by the scores you receive in each of the strands, though these scores will NOT be averaged. 



Spanish is a subject that requires a great deal of practice.  You can expect homework on most days.  Homework also means spending time every day learning the vocabulary. To this end, we will be using the online vocabulary practice site Quizlet. Practice on homework and vocabulary will be considered formative and will not count in your final grade.  This does not mean that you don’t have to do it.  I will be keeping track of who completes homework as well as who completes it on time.  Homework  should help students, not just create busy work for all of us.  How well you understand your homework impacts daily decisions in class.  You are expected to have your homework completed when you arrive in class.  We will correct homework in class as a way to check for understanding.  You will mark your own work and make corrections.  I also view homework as a place for dialogue and I always give students time to ask questions.



At the end of Spanish I, you will be able to say the following statements:

· I can conjugate verbs correctly using a few verb tenses.

· I can use the vocabulary in the learned chapters while I speak, read, write and listen.

· I can discuss with my class, the teacher, and partners about several topics.

· I can identify specific grammar patterns.

· I can write and speak correct sentences and questions.

· I can ask and answer basic questions about myself, my interests and hobbies, my school day and family.