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 Cultures. 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 countries. Be familiar with Spanish-speaking countries and their contributions to the Hispanic culture. Course Requirements and Policies: Attendance: 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. Tardies: 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: 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. PACING *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. 4.1 Una leyenda mexicana. Narrating in the past. Describing people places and things. Describing continuing activities in the past. 4.2 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: Exams Quizzes Oral Presentations/projects Homework Final Exam Participation Notebook 25% 20% 20% 15% 10% 5% 5% *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 eclassinfo.com or Power School and access their account. Cheating: 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.