Bienvenidos a la clase de español I. 2011-2012
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR SPANISH I - SRA. DUNNIGAN – 2011 - 2012
Bienvenidos a la clase de español I. In this class, students will memorize vocabulary and learn many verb tenses in preparation for Spanish II.
The learning of a language involves four functions: 1) speaking, 2) listening / comprehending, 3) reading, and 4) writing.
Foreign language learning is a cumulative process; each step builds upon another. If you allow yourself to fall behind, it becomes difficult to catch up. Bring daily to class (unless otherwise directed) the following:
- a pencil or an erasable ink pen - 2 or 3 packages of 3” x 5” cards
- a notebook with pockets & your textbook - colored pencils or colored markers and a highlighter
Your quarter grade with be calculated as follows:
- 45% tests/projects
- 25% quizzes
- 10% homework
- 20% class work/participation
Students should make vocabulary flash cards to study vocabulary words. The flash cards may be turned in the day of the quiz for extra quiz grade points. Extra grade point flash cards will not be accepted late. There are usually opportunities to earn extra grade points on the vocabulary quizzes. If a student is absent the day of the vocabulary quiz, he will take a quiz without the extra grade point opportunities. We will make verb and grammar study guides in class to help students master the verb tenses we will study. Opportunities to earn extra points are limited and will be announced in class.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT HOMEWORK POLICY
Students enrolled in a foreign language class should expect to have homework in the target language on a regular basis. When there is no written assignment, it is expected that students will study vocabulary and grammar concepts.
• Homework will count a maximum of 10% of the total grade.
• Students with excused absences can make up homework for full credit provided the assignment is completed within the time frame established by the teacher, after which the late policy applies: students may have up to five days to make up work capped at a 10% maximum deduction.
• www.quia.com/pages/jdunnigan/page2 to get assignments while you are out.
STUDENT SUCCESS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE – ACTION PLAN
• Teacher will make contact with parents of students with academic difficulties within the first three weeks of the semester.
• A student may request a re-test from the teacher. The retest will be a different version from the original.
• A student must complete teacher requirements in order to re-take a test within a specific time limit.
• The higher of the two grades will be recorded.
• Teacher will recommend students to SMART Lunch tutorials as needed.
There are not many rules in this class. Students are expected to be present, punctual, prepared and pleasant. This means they are to bring a positive attitude into class daily and come ready to work. Students need to be in their seat when the tardy bell rings. Students will not be allowed to disrupt the class.
CRITERIA FOR REMEDIATION
A student enrolled in any level of a foreign language must show at least 80% proficiency in all areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Assessments for these skills include teacher assessments, blue diamond assessments and common assessments devised by the teacher and his/her colleagues (PLT groups).
In case a student performs below that 80% mark in any of the skills mentioned above, the student may be assigned to Smart Lunch.
During Smart Lunch sessions on Fridays, the student will reinforce those concepts necessary to achieve 80% proficiency on any kind of formal assessment.
The Foreign Language Smart Lunch sessions on Tuesday are reserved for make-up work and enrichment activities (see Homework Policy).
The goal of remediation is to get all students to at least 80% proficiency before a chapter test is taken.
Have homework assignments completed before class and ready to be checked. Every homework assignment grade is checked. If you are absent, you must obtain a Class Admit Slip to enter class, and it is your responsibility to see that I sign it. If I do not receive a slip indicating that your absence was excused by the second day after an absence, I will have to conclude that you were skipping. You must remain in your seat until the dismissal bell rings.
Interim reports to parents will be issued according to the school calendar to each student. Interim reports are to be signed by the student’s parent or guardian.
My parents/guardians and I have read these rules and policies and understand the expectations for the class.
Student Signature ________________________________ Date___________________
Parent/Guardian Signature ________________________________________________
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Policies and Procedures for Spanish I Block 2011-2012
Classroom Wish List:
Packs of colored copy paper
Spanish I Course Objectives:
Intro to everyday Spanish expressions
The verb gustarse
The verb ser
The verb estar
The conjugation of regular verbs
Food and beverages vocabulary
The verb ir and it different uses
Celebration and restaurant vocabulary
The verb venir
Stem changing verbs
Shopping and clothing vocabulary
STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BUY THEIR OWN COPY OF THE WORKBOOK WE WILL USE IN CLASS. THE COST IS $15.00. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO SHS.
STUDENTS WERE TOLD AND IT IS ON THE BOARD IN ROOM 112E THAT ALL WORK AND RETAKES MUST BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY, 1/09/12. NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE.