Señor Schweitzer
Profesor de español
Valley View School
curso escolar 2013-2014
Reglas y expectativas para la clase de español
(Rules and Expectations)
Bienvenidos a la clase de espãnol! Welcome to Spanish class! During this course you will be
learning basic conversational Spanish. The focus of this class will be on immersion in the common
everyday conversational language that Spanish-speaking people use in their daily lives. The
emphasis will be on language acquisition through contextualized comprehensible input (CCI) and
speaking. Instruction will be conducted primarily in the target language with a minimum of
English. We will concentrate on practical Spanish. You will learn to express in Spanish the
equivalents of the daily phrases and expressions that you use in English. We will focus on high
frequency structures (the most frequently used words, constructions, and expressions that Spanish
speakers use in everyday speech). We will stress the four basic skills needed in language
acquisition, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In addition to basic grammar and vocabulary, we will cover cultural aspects of Spanish and
Spanish-speaking people of the world. One of the purposes of the course will be to show why
learning a second language in today’s global marketplace is not only essential but also interesting
and can be a lot of fun. As a former international business executive I know from first-hand
experience the importance and benefits of learning another language.
Student Performance
You will be graded on class participation and behavior, quizzes, tests, research papers, graded
homework, lab work and essays. I place a great deal of importance on proper manners and courtesy
in the classroom both among the students and toward the teacher. If you have a good attitude and
try to learn, you will succeed!
Students are required to maintain a folder or binder to keep handouts, notes and homework.
Students must bring a pen or pencil and notebook for taking notes. Binders and notebooks will
be checked periodically and students will be graded on the content of the binders and notebooks.
When entering the class, students should go to their assigned seats, be quiet! Take out their
notebooks, a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil, and be ready to work. There will
normally be a to-do-now assignment on the board. Students should begin work on the
assignment as soon as they sit down.
Raise your hand to ask or answer a question or to make a comment during class discussion time
and wait to be called on. Calling out in class is not appropriate.
Raise your hand and ask the teacher’s permission to leave the room. Fill out the sign-out sheet
clearly and completely.
Be courteous and considerate to the teacher and fellow students. Talking is not allowed during
class instruction time. Quiet conversation is allowed while working on group projects.
Grading Scale:
1. Tests & Projects – 30%
2. Participation – 30%
Behavior and attitude
Class work
Class participation
Use of the target language
Being prepared for class
3. Homework – 15%
Homework will be assigned several times a week. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to
make up the homework and class work assigned. You will have the same amount of days to make
up the work as excused absences.
NOTE: If the homework is not on your desk at the beginning of class when I check it, you have a
“0” for that homework assignment.
4. Quizzes – 25%
Expect on average a quiz weekly.
Folder and notebook checks will be graded on the same scale as quizzes.
Discipline Plan
My discipline plan is sequential. This allows students to understand what is to be expected in the
classroom. This plan also creates an environment of respect and rapport with the teacher and
among students.
First Time
Second Time:
Time away from the group
Third Time:
Points given and possible detention
Fourth Time:
Call to parents and detention
Sever clause:
Send immediately to administrator