Course Overview Spring 2016
Bienvenidos a Español II
Congratulations on continuing your studies in Spanish! Did you know…
- There are over 1.5 million Spanish speakers in Illinois.
- There are over 12.5 million Spanish speakers in California.
- In the New York City area, the newscast on the Spanish-language Noticias 41 and Noticiero Univision, often have higher ratings than news shows on CBS, NBC and ABC.
Whatever your future plans may be, odds are that your ability to speak Spanish will be a useful skill that you take with you from Olympia.
Spanish II is a fast-paced, demanding course. Anyone can learn to speak another language. You will learn to understand and speak Spanish quickly and earn a good to excellent grade if: (1) you are motivated to speak Spanish in class and to actively participate in conversations; (2) you are curious about other cultures; and (3) you are willing to “do your homework” outside of class. Vocabulary review, homework assignments, Word Champ and readings done BEFORE you come to class will ensure that you always understand what happens in class.
Class rules are simple and clear:
- Respect your teacher and classmates.
- Listen and pay attention during class time.
- Come to class prepared with all the required materials.
- Follow all rules in the student handbook.
Materials that you should bring every day:
- Notebook/paper to take notes
- Spanish text
- Spanish/English dictionary
- Binder/folder to keep your notes and homework
The Beginning of Class: Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings. Have your homework out and ready to be checked while completing your ‘Word of the Day’.
Partners: There will be assigned seats. Your partner is usually the person next to you. I will re-arrange seating, giving you a new partner. Your responsibility towards your partner involves:
- Reciting in Spanish to each other in class.
- Working together during class.
- Checking each other’s work in class.
- Providing notes/Word of the Day to copy after an absence.
- Helping each other to achieve outstanding RESULTS!
- Note: “Helping” each other does NOT mean copying answers.
Homework: Homework is practice, not a test. Even if you aren’t sure you’re doing it right...do it! You earn credit for having homework assignments done to the best of your ability and on time. Homework will be assigned three-four times a week. Homework should approximately take 10-20 minutes each night. You are NOT to use any translation website or translating tool to complete assignments (homework, papers, etc.).
Quizlet: Quizlet is an online language learning network that will enhance the learning and understanding of a foreign language. This is a helpful tool in preparation of comprehending grammar and vocabulary words. Quizlet is a great resource to study for upcoming quizzes, tests and classroom discussions as well. Students are expected to complete their review at their leisure outside of class. Students may use a computer here at school before/after school or during Advisory.
Tests and quizzes: You will be quizzed and tested on material as it is learned. The quizzes will mainly consist of new vocabulary words and verb conjugations. You may also expect to have a pop quiz. Test will be administered after each chapter. Study guides will be distributed to prepare for each test.
Projects: Expect to be involved in group, partner, and individual projects throughout the course. These projects will allow you to go more in-depth with a particular subject and to use your Spanish in a communicative and creative fashion. Some examples of projects could include a power point presentation, written activity, or an art project related to the Spanish-speaking world. Expect oral and written portions of each project.
Extra credit: Extra credit may be offered during tests, quizzes and certain games. There will be no exceptions to individuals who request to do extra credit at the end of the quarter to raise their grade.
Absentee Policy: IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO OBTAIN AND COMPLETE ALL MAKE-UP WORK.
• All class work and homework assignments which were missed due to an absence or tardiness must be completed and turned in.
• Students will receive two days for each missed day to make up work.
• If you are absent on a day a test or quiz is given, it will be ready for you on your first or second day back. You may arrange a time during Advisory or before or after school to take the test.
• If you miss only the review after a test has been announced and all material to be tested has been covered, you are NOT excused from taking the test.
• If you miss a class because of a field trip or a sporting event, you are responsible the assignments to be turned in prior to your absence. Schedules for field trips and sports are available well in advance.
Late Work: Late work will not be accepted. All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Work that is not turned in will receive a zero. There will be no exceptions for late work, unless you have been absent. Homework will also be counted as a zero if you are completing the assignment after the bell has rang.
Homework Pass: You are able to earn “Tarea Libre” passes. You will turn in your pass for any assignment to receive an automatic 100%. Passes may not be used to replace a grade on a test or quiz. If you do not use all of your “Tarea Libre” passes, you may redeem them for 1 point each on the final exam at the end of the semester.
A/B Jar: You will have the opportunity to put your name into a jar only if you receive an A or B on a quiz or test. I will draw one name and one student will win a “Tarea Libre”.
Boletos: Boletos, or tickets, are earned by you strictly by participating in class. Conversation and participation are very important aspects of learning a foreign language. Boletos are used instead of a participation grade. We will then have a drawing as a class and one student will receive a “Tarea Libre”.
At the end of Spanish II, you will be able to say the following statements:
- I can conjugate verbs correctly using the preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish.
- I can use the vocabulary in the learned chapters while I speak, read, write and listen in Spanish.
- I can discuss with my class, the teacher, and partners about several topics in Spanish.
- I can identify specific grammar patterns in Spanish.