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    ¡BIENVENIDOS A LA CLASE DE ESPAÑOL 1, 2

    CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

    1. Required Materials = Bring these materials to class EVERY day!!
    • # 2 pencils (unos lápices)
    • An eraser (un borrador)
    • Blue or black pens (unos bolígrafos azules o negros)
    • A 3 subject notebook (un cuaderno)
    • 3x5 note cards (unas tarjetas)
    1. La Palabra del Día – Upon entering the classroom and being seated silently, begin working on “The Word of the Day” that will be posted on the board. Follow the instructions given to complete it in the appropriate place in your cuaderno.
    2. C. Las Mochilas - Put your backpack underneath the table, so that no one will trip over or step on it.
    3. Cortesía – Since we will be sharing this small classroom for the entire year, please be courteous and considerate of the person seated next to and across from you. Keep your hands, feet, and other belongings to yourself.
    4. Make up work & Attendance Policy
    • Credit for makeup work will only be given for an EXCUSED absence.
    • If you are absent, you have three (3) days to make up work. Make up work is YOUR responsibility alone.
    • Missed tests or quizzes in class must be scheduled with me outside of class time.
    • If you are tardy, you will not be admitted to my class without a pass.
    • Due dates: Ms. Biondo will not accept late work, test, quizzes, homework, classroom work, presentations without a valid EXCUSED absence.

    Frases:

    1. Bathroom – “¿Puedo ir al _____, por favor?” You should visit the bathroom, get water, or go to your locker, before school or in between classes so as not to interrupt the learning environment by asking me for permission to go. If an emergency arises, raise your hand and wait for me to call on you. It remains my discretion whether to grant or deny you permission to go.
    2. Place trash in the trash can – All garbage is to be kept at your desk until the end of class. At the end of class, take your trash as well as any scraps on the ground near your desk and place them in the trashcan. “Pon la basura en el basurero, por favor.”
    3. Levanta la mano, por favor – In order to address the class and Sra. Biondo, please raise your hand and wait for me to call on you.
    4. End of class dismissal – Sra. Biondo, not the sound of the bell, will tell the class when it is time to get ready to go. When I say “Ya terminamos,” that means “We are finished”, so all students should silently pack up their belongings, push their chair under the table and wait patiently to be dismissed.
    5. Don’t be a tramposo – Cheating cheats you out of your own education. Cheating doesn’t help you learn, and we are here to learn. The minimum punishment for cheating will be a zero (0) on that assignment, homework detention, a phone call home and go to the administration.
    6. Visitor policy – At times we will have guests to visitar our class. Please remember that you represent Ramsay High School, the Birmingham City District, as well as your families. Be on your best behavior.
    7. No Food inside the classroom – You will be cleaning the whole classroom if you are eating any kind of food inside the classroom without Ms. Biondo permission.
    8. No cell phone inside the classroom without teacher authorization. 

    CALIFICACIONES – Grades are based on points. Sra. Biondo has the sole discretion to determine or change the exact point value for grades.

    • Cuaderno: class preparation, homework, classwork (BRING THESE DAILY!)
    • Quizzes
    • Cuaderno Checks, Tests, Projects
    • Grading: Your grade will be based on the following categories:
      • Final grades will be calculated via the INOW grading system based on the following:
        • Quizzes: 40%
        • Homework/Participation: 10%
        • Classwork: 50%  

    Note: All activities, homework, classwork. quizzes, conversations and exam have a due date. ALL WORK DUE ON THURSDAY's in class/online by 4pm. After this time any assignment will be consider LATE. Students will get a "0" as grade if she/he do not submit within three days after the due date.

    • Due dates: Ms. Biondo will not accept late work, test, quizzes, homework, classroom work, presentations without a valid EXCUSED absence. Students have three days after due date to submit.  Students will get “0” if student will not submit.
    • E-learning days assignments must be submitted on the same date. 
    • Any Schoology quiz have a due date and time (teacher will let student know if the quiz needs to be completed in class)

    EXTRA POINTS: Students will have an opportunity to earn extra credits point at the end of the nine weeks. Sra. Biondo will tell students how to obtain extra credit to improve grades. This is (optional) if the student want to improve grade with extra credit.

    CONSECUENCIAS – Steps may be omitted or varied as deemed necessary by Sra. Biondo.

    1) Verbal warning

    2) Phone call home

    3) Office referral

    LIBRO DE TEXTO = ¡Auténtico!, level 1, 2  Pearson, Peggy Boyles, Myriam Met and Richard S. Sayers, 2018, and other resources.

    CATEGORÍAS-ESPAÑOL I, 2 = Exact order of categories may be adjusted as deemed appropriate and as time allows by Sra. Biondo.

     COURSE DESCRIPTION

    The first objective of the course is to prepare the students to interact with Spanish-speaking patrons from various countries and communities, and, for this purpose, the course content and activities will emphasize communication for a professional and socio-cultural setting. Secondly, by taking this course, the students will increase their proficiency in the use of information and communication technologies by being able to find information and resources in Spanish. Thirdly, through repeated exposure to the language, the students will practice applying the Spanish language and will be better prepared to build professional relationships with Spanish-speaking people.

    This beginning (first-semester) Spanish class is for students who have no or little experience with the Spanish language. Students who are advanced or near-native speakers may take this class, but are requested to pay particular attention to typical mistakes. Students with some knowledge in Spanish are allow to help other students on in-class and homework oral assignments. (Teacher approval first)

    Instruction in the beginning of the semester will be mostly in Spanish/English, and will progressively add more basic Spanish as the course advances. Most detailed definitions or language structure (grammar) explanations/discussions will be in English base on teacher criteria.

    Note: Students with IEP or any special accommodation will need to check Schoology classroom as well.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

    Prerequisites: There are no Spanish language requirements for this beginning class.

    Mandatory Initial Class (August): mandatory class meetings will be held in this first week, as part of the introduction to the class and its requirements. Students should attend these mandatory class. 

    My Classroom Rules- In order for me to accomplish the task of learning Spanish, there are a number of basic rules that students must follow.

    • Show Respect to Yourself, Others, and the School You Represent
    • Be On Time and Be Prepared to Learn
    • Give Your Best Effort
    • Follow my directions the First Time Spoken
    • NO cell phones allow in classroom without teacher authorization

    Rules: 

    • C - Conversation: Level 0
    • H - Help: Raise Hand
    • A - Activity: Lesson / Testing
    • M - Movement: Remain Seated
    • P - Participation: Writing/raise hand
    • S - Score: Participation

    QUIZZES/EXAMS:

    All exams (called “Quizzes” in Schoology/in class) are timed (in classroom) and taken online weekly in Schoology. There will be a homework/quiz each week and a cumulative final exam once a month. Each exam, including the final, will include (1) a written, objective grammar and vocabulary part, (2) a very brief cultural part, and (3) an extensive special-purpose/library-specific vocabulary and written part (usually in the format of dialogs or short paragraphs).. Although studying for the exam ahead of time is essential, students may, during the exam, very quickly consult the book, or other quick references.

    Speaking Practice:

    For oral or spoken assessment, students will have oral homework assignments where they will record brief content in Schoology/in person (e.g. record a self-introduction, orally act out dialogs in groups of two/three). These oral assignments will be detailed in the Schoology section and will count as homework. For any additional class-related or language-related consultation, students can contact the instructor via email or set up an afternoon appointment to meet for a brief Zoom session.

    Grading: Your grade will be based on the following categories:

    • Final grades will be calculated via the PowerSchool grading system based on the following:
      • Quizzes: 40%
      • Homework/Participation: 10%
      • Classwork: 50%  

    Due dates: Ms. Biondo will not accept late work, homework, quizzes, test, classroom work, presentations without a valid EXCUSED absence. If you are absent, you have three (3) days to make up work. Make up work is YOUR responsibility alone.

    Students are expected to complete the required class on time. If a student is absent, he/she is responsible for making up time lost and/or incomplete assignments. It is not the responsibility of the instructor to contact the student and keep him/her up to speed.

    • E-learning days assignments must be submitted on the same day.
    • Any Schoology quiz have a due date and time (teacher will let student know if the quiz needs to be completed in class)

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Use proper Spanish expressions by following correct grammar agreement in articles, nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
    2. Recognize and use (a) basic, general vocabulary, (b) basic terminology and phrases in common areas such as greeting, colors, numbers, verbs, animals, time, weather, etc.
    3. Understand basic Spanish conversational language and interact with Spanish-speaking patrons in the library context
    4. Use conversational Spanish at a level required.
    5. Better understand Spanish-speaking cultures and peoples
    6. Overall, be able to communicate about most general and most library-related topics or be able to ask for and understand clarifications, using the basic present tenses.

    Gracias,

     AP SPANISH LANGUAGE

    Course Overview:

    AP Spanish Language is equivalent to a level college course in Spanish. Students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.

    The AP Spanish Language course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language & Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts.

    Assessment Overview:

    The AP Spanish Exam assesses student understanding of the skills and learning objectives outlined in the course framework. All skill categories from the course framework are assessed on every AP Exam. All questions, directions, and texts on the exam are presented in Spanish. The exam will include multiple-choice questions and free-response questions.

     

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