GREGORY – PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL
SYLLABUS SPANISH 1 2014-2015
INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Lucia Torres
ROOM: 127 Phone: (361)777 42 51 x 6230
PLANNING: 1:09– 1:35 pm EMAIL:
Tutoring: Available afterschool by appointment
TEXT: Realidades 2
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spanish 2 builds on the foundation of Spanish 1. Spanish 2 covers vocabulary and dialogue related to hobbies and activities, school and home life, and food and culture. Students continue to further develop and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on comprehension of Spanish, as well as, reading and writing practice in the target language using a variety of activities incorporating familiar vocabulary and structures. Supplementary materials are introducedtoenhance use of thelanguage.
Aspects of contemporarySpanish culture are introduced through the use of media, games, and adapted readings and in small or large group discussions. In addition to written/oral tests and quizzes, students are assessed using a variety of formats: oral dialogues, presentations, writtencompositions and participation, etc… Homework assignments are an integral part of this course as they not only reinforce concepts and skills that are introduced in class, but also enable students to participate in classdiscussions
COMPONENTS OF THE COURSE:
READING- At the beginning the students are expected to read and to understand short, simple dialogues. As process become apparent, it will reflect on the reading skills of the students.
SPEAKING-Communicate tasks will facilitate the new language acquisition. The tasks can be prepared, personalized or an extemporaneous activity can be utilized.
WRITING- The tasks at the beginning are structure and guided. As the students become more proficient, they will include brainstorming, drafts, and peer editing.
LISTENING- In this task the student receive information via CD, TV, etc. and they demonstrate effort in understanding and processing what is being said.
1 Composition book or spiral notebook, 1 pocket folder, pencils and pens
Highlighters, colored tissue paper,box of Kleenex,hand sanitizer and pipe cleaners
Colored pencils, construction paper, markers, glue and scissors
Reading from textbook
Online/ live Lectures and note taking
Class discussions relating to assigned topics
Power points, videos, movies, games and songs
Homework including assigned reading and written responses
Projects ( individual and group) and cultural celebrations
Small group activities and partner work
GRADING POLICY: Students that fails a quiz or test can make arrangements with teacher to retest (student must retest 3 day after your grade has been posted). Student must make arrangements for a tutoring session before a retest.
- Tests and Quizzes 30 %
2. Projects 30 %
- Labs/Participation 20 %
- Class work/Homework 20 %
**If you get caught cheating you will receive and automatic zero(academic dishonesty placed on record).
Participation: Each student is expected to attend classes and participate at all times. Participation is essential to language acquisition. Students will be asked to respond to questions in various ways. Students will be called on randomly to share their answers. Also, some class instruction may be given in Spanish. Therefore, it is important that your focus is on the teacher to pick up both verbal and physical clues to questions to help you understand what is being said. Students who choose not to participate will receive a phone call home, and their participation points will be lost. In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work and clear the absence with me. ** Do not be shy to make mistakes. Making mistakes is expected and part of the learning process when learning a language. We will all make mistakes in this class, so do not feel embarrassed! As long as you respond, give an effort, and participate in class, a wrong answer will not affect your participation grade.
CLASSROOM RULES AND EXPECTATIONS:
Come to class every day, on time.
Be respectful to everyone.
Follow directions and be prepared with required materials.
Complete all assigned work.
Be polite and use appropriate language.
Ask for help when you need it. Stay seated during class.
At the end of class, remain seated until I dismiss you – regardless of the bell.
Students are expected to be in their seats working or studying when the tardy bell rings. If you are standing or sitting without working when bell ring, you are tardy.
Absolutely no foods, drinks (except bottled water), or gum is allowed in classroom.
Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.
It is the student’s responsibility to get makeup work from group members.
Homework and projects are due on the assigned date. Late work will be penalized by a % of the original grade (unless you have an excused absence).
If you don’t know what a word means, use your dictionary. This is the only way you build your Spanish vocabulary.
Students are not allowed to lay their heads down or sleep during instruction.
If student chooses to break the rules, the following will be the CONSEQUENCES:
- Gregory-Portland ISD student code of conduct will be strictly observed and enforced.
- First offence: warning and teacher conference with the student.
- Second offence: Phone conference with parent and teacher will start an MIR(minor incident report) the student will write a change of behaviour plan stating the following things:
-What did I do that was wrong? _What was I supposed to be doing? -In what way was my behaviour rude or disrespectful? -What could I have done differently? – What will I do differently next time? My strategies to improve my behaviours are...
-Strategy 1: ___ and Strategy 1:___ Teacher Strategies:____
The student, parent and teacher will sign this behaviour plan.
- Third offence: Parent/teacher conference and Principal referral.
NOTE:Immediate classroom removal and Principal referral will occur for severe offenses.
I want students to be successful in high school and life. I expect them to become productive and self-directed. I would like to see and academically strong and enjoyable year for all students. Through student, parent, and teacher involvement, all students should succeed. I am looking forward to a productive and fun year!
Mrs. Lucia Torres, MS
COURSE OUTLINE FOR LEVEL 2: The proposed outline is very general. Occasionally there will be changed due to special projects assigned by individual instructors.
Tentative Time Line1st 9weeks / 2nd 9weeks / 3rd 9weeks / 4th 9weeks
Estar & Adjectives
Ser & Adjectives
Estar vs Ser
ir + activities + places
Tener & BodyParts
Present Tense of -arVerbs
Present Tense of -erVerbs
Present Tense of -ir Verbs
Time with "hace" / Yo...goVerbs
PossessiveAdjectives / PossessivePronouns
-dar, ver, ser, ir
-i to y group
meaning / "Hace" tom mean ago
meanings in the
Preterit vs Imperfect
CurrentEvents / THEMES:
La Virgen de G.
CurrentEvents / THEMES:
CurrentEvents / THEMES
Again, welcome to the classroom. Here is to a great year!
Lucia Torres, MS