Spanish 3-4 Syllabus Updated

La Jolla High School
Spanish 3-4
Textbook: ¡Avancemos! (dos) textbook and workbook
Spanish-English dictionary
School phone: (858) 454-3081
Course Description:
Spanish 3-4 is intended to extend the communicative approach to learning as a
means to further develop the student’s acquisition of Spanish. In adherence to
the California State Framework and the National Standards for Foreign
Language Learning, the course uses a communicative approach to learning and
emphasizes the mastery of all four basic language skills: listening, speaking,
reading, and writing. The course is based on the ACTFL National Standards,
which stress: Communication, Connections, Communities, Comparisons, and
Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of Spanish 3-4, students will be able to meet
National Standards and the Expected Student Learning Results (ESLR’s) of La
Jolla High School. Each student who has completed Spanish 3-4 successfully
should be able to perform the following language functions with an appropriate
level of accuracy:
Pronounce, with fair accuracy, all the sounds of the Spanish language.
Learn to understand simple conversations, dialogues, and questions
related to realistic practical topics including; classroom objects, colors,
clothing, family members, numbers, telling time, days of the week,
months, dates, weather, greetings, and description of people and actions.
Read and comprehend articles and short stories on familiar topics.
Speak in complete sentences, on topics mentioned above, with sufficient
accuracy in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.
Write a coherent paragraph on a familiar topic with logical organization
and sufficient accuracy in grammar and vocabulary.
Understand sufficient cultural traits of the Spanish-speaking world and be
able to function appropriately in certain social situations.
Discuss likes and dislikes
Talk about possessions
Give commands
Express emotions
Analyze and describe weather conditions
Recount past activities by using the imperfect and preterite tenses
Make plans for, speculate and make predictions about the future by using
the conditional and future tenses.
Make connections and distinctions between Hispanic cultures and their
own community.
Understand and appreciate cultural influences of Spanish-speaking
Be familiar with Spanish-speaking countries and their contributions to the
Hispanic culture.
Course Requirements and Policies:
It is imperative that students attend class because attendance affects
participation points. Missing class will negatively impact a student’s academic
grade. Students will be responsible for making up all the work missed. Make up
work or late work will only be accepted for excused absences. For excused
absences, all make up work will be due depending on the number of days absent
with a maximum limit of 5 days to make up the work (For example, 2 days
absent= two days allowed to make up work). Students absent on the day of an
exam, quiz or presentation are required to make up work the next day during
class or at another time arranged by teacher and student in advance. Students
with 11 or more absences (excused/unexcused including contract independent
study) per semester may be in danger of having their grade lowered or failing the
course. Students found truant will receive an automatic “U” in citizenship
for that grading period.
It is the student’s responsibility to be seated before the bell rings. Students not
seated in their assigned seat when the bell rings will be marked tardy. Students
who arrive tardy to class will be subject to detention and lowered citizenship
grades. Three tardies within a grading period will result in a drop of one letter
grade in citizenship (example: A student with a “ Good” citizenship grade will
drop to “Satisfactory”). Five or more tardies will result in an automatic “U” for that
grading period. There are no make-ups for tardies.
Homework will be assigned daily, with the exception of most weekends. Make
up work or late work will only be permitted for excused absences. In order
to receive full credit, all homework must be completed in full and on time.
Partially completed work will not receive credit. Students who choose not to
do assigned work will receive ZERO points for the given assignment. Students
are responsible for studying their vocabulary words on an ongoing basis in order
to prepare for exams and to reinforce the class lessons. In order to become
fluent in any language, it is important to practice speaking the target language.
Since we only meet for 55 minutes during each class period, I highly recommend
that students expose themselves to the language outside of class, by watching
television in Spanish or by listening to Spanish-speaking radio stations.
*Introductory Unit
Review concepts from Spanish 1/2
*Lección Preliminar
greetings and introductions.
Introducing yourself, describe yourself and other and how you feel
say where you are from.
Describe likes and dislikes.
Where do you and your friends go?
Say what you and your friends do and are going to do.
Comparisons and personalities, attitudes and appearance (7.2)
*U 1.1
Discuss travel plans.
Talk about things you do in an airport.
Ask how to get around town.
*U 1.2
Say where you went and what you did on vacation.
Ask information questions.
Talk about buying gifts and souvenirs.
*U 2.1 Retelling events in the past.
Discuss ways to stay healthy.
Point out people and things.
Talk about sports.
*U 2.2
Talking about daily routine.
Talk about what other people are doing.
Sequencing of events.
*U 3.1
Shopping for clothing.
Expessing possession and opinions.
U 3.2
Ask for and talk about items at a market.
Express yourself courteously.
Describe past activities and events.
Una leyenda mexicana.
Narrating in the past.
Describing people places and things.
Describing continuing activities in the past.
Mexico antiguo y moderno.
Describe early civilizations.
Describe the layout of a modern city.
Ask for and give directions.
Grading Scale:
A= 100%-90%
B= 89%-80%
C= 69%-70%
D= 69%-60%
F= 59% or lower
Grading Policy:
Academic grades are based on exams, quizzes, oral and written projects,
homework, and daily participation. Oral participation in discussions and in
answering questions, as well as the student’s willingness to use Spanish will
have a direct impact on academic grades. The grading policy is as follows:
Oral Presentations/projects
Final Exam
*Please note: There are no retakes on exams or quizzes. Study and be
prepared the first time.
Access to Grades:
Although there is a nine-week progress report each semester, I like to make
grades available to you. You will be able to see all grades and monitor progress.
All students will be given a user name and a password to access their grades
online. You may check their progress by going to or Power
School and access their account.
Each student is responsible for his or her own work, so any student caught
cheating will receive an “F” for that assignment and a “U” in citizenship for
that grading period. The second offense will result in an F/U for the
semester. The cheating policy (in the LJHS handbook) applies to all
assignments and tests.