Spanish 1 Syllabus

Spanish 1 2015-2016
Ms. Kelsey Beaman
Text: ¡Exprésate! 1
Everett High School
Voice Mail: (425) 385-4550
Room: C101
Office Hours: M-F 7-7:30, 2:00-2:30
Website: and
Course Description
¡Bienvenidos (Welcome) a su clase de español! This fast paced, interactive class will introduce you to Spanish. The
emphasis is on oral communication, enabling students to use their language immediately in school and the
community. You will develop conversational skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. During the
year, students will learn to talk about themselves, their families, homes, and personal experiences in the present
tense. Hispanic culture will be presented in order to help you better understand the language you are learning. I am
excited to have the opportunity to teach you this year. I look forward to a great year working with each one of you.
Please know I’m available for help and that I want to help you succeed in your studies. Let’s make it a terrific year!
Course Objectives: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
The standards indicate what students should know and be able to do as they study and learn to communicate in
Spanish. There are eleven standards in five goal areas, known as the 5 Cs.
Communication: Communicate in another language; Interpersonal, interpretive, presentational skills
Cultures: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
Communities: Participate in multilingual communities at home & around the world
Course Topics
Capítulo 1 Empecemos ABC, #s, introductions, time, dates
Capítulo 2 A conocernos descriptions, likes/dislikes, activities
Capítulo 3 ¿Qué te gusta hacer? places, invitations, weather, verbs & present tense verb conjugation
Capítulo 4 La vida escolar school, classes, school activities, present tense verb conjugation
Capítulo 5 En casa con la familia family, house, describing locations, stem-changing verbs
Capítulo 6 ¡A comer! food, restaurant, informal commands, direct object pronouns, ser vs. estar
Course Materials
Textbook ¡Exprésate! 1
Spiral notebook dedicated to Spanish
Three ring binder or folder for handouts
Notebook paper
Pencils and pens
Spanish/English dictionary (optional)
Classroom Expectations
We will live by the “Golden Rule” which states “Do unto others as you would have done to you.”
Be respectful to yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.
Do not interrupt. Raise your hand to be called upon. Pay attention, take notes, and participate. Listening helps
you learn the language! Follow instructions the first time they are given. Be kind and courteous. Keep your
cellphone and/or other electronics out of sight. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Work quietly. No
writing on the desks! If I see this happen, you will be responsible for cleaning the desks.
Participate in all activities because they are intended to help you learn. Contribute to class discussions in a
respectful manner. Have a good attitude.
Be responsible for your actions.
a. Be prepared and in your seat working when the bell rings. Be on time and attend class daily!!
b. Bring all required materials to class daily (textbook, notebook, paper, pencils).
c. Complete all assignments and projects on time. If you have a planned absence, make arrangements to
obtain make-up work prior to leaving.
No cheating or plagiarism. Using translation resources (human or electronic) instead of composing one’s
own work in Spanish is considered academic dishonesty. Copying constitutes cheating. Do your own
work. You will be given an alternative assignment to do if caught cheating.
Follow all school rules.
The attendance policy outlined in the EHS Student Handbook will be followed. Any student missing more than five
minutes of class time will be marked Absent Unexcused Late (AUL). Students are given as many days as they were
absent to make up missing assignments or tests. It is your responsibility to schedule time to make up the work. If
you miss the day before a previously scheduled test, you will still be expected to take the test on time. You are
considered tardy if you enter class after the bell rings or if you do not sit down upon hearing the bell. Learning a
language requires hearing and speaking it, which is done in class. This class is centered on daily participation, so
absences will affect a student’s overall learning.
Hall Passes
Hall passes are limited to independent work time. Do not ask to be out of class during a lecture. You will sign out
using the clipboard by the door and take a pass with you. Do not abuse this privilege.
Management Plan
The purpose of the Behavior Management Guidelines is to foster a safe, positive environment for learning by
teaching the practice of self-discipline, citizenship skills, and social skills. If there is a violation of school or
classroom policies, incidents will result in the following:
First incident:
Second incident:
Third and any further incidents:
Conference with student,
Parent contact, and/or
1-2 Detentions
*Any combination of the above
Conference with student,
Parent contact, and/or
2-3 Detentions
*Any combination of the above
Conference with student,
Parent contact, and
Administrator referral
Purpose of Grading
End of Semester Grades: To communicate information about student proficiency on content standards.
-- To provide information to students for self-evaluation
-- To provide classroom/program information for student evaluation and to guide instruction
--Common summative/formative assessments will be embedded in classroom practice to inform student progress
towards standards
Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose
of improving learning.
Summative Assessment: Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a
judgment about student competence or program effectiveness.
Grading Policy
Summative Assessments (70%)
You will be evaluated upon completion of each chapter through either oral or written tests, as well as occasional
projects or presentations. Regardless of absences of group members, a project must be turned in on the due date. If
you are absent the class immediately prior to the test, you will take it anyway. If a student refuses to test on the
scheduled day or if a student cheats, he/she will receive a zero until an alternative assessment is completed. In order
to do a reassessment, students must complete all assignments for the unit being assessed and have a study session
with me. The reassessment must be completed within two weeks of the original test date. Students can expect a unit
test about every month.
Formative Assessments (30%)
Expect homework and learn to enjoy it! Homework prepares you for upcoming quizzes and tests. Unless otherwise
noted, homework is due the following class period. If you do not have a formal assignment, it is expected that you
spend at least 10 minutes practicing your vocabulary. Assignments will be due at the beginning of class each day –
finished, organized and legible. If it is not complete when the bell rings, it is late. Assignments will be graded in
class and based on completion. Complete assignments receive 3 points and incomplete or late assignments will
receive at most 2 points. No late assignments will be accepted after the test day for that current chapter.
Throughout each chapter, you will have a variety of quizzes as formative assessment. You are able to retake them if
you have completed all of the assignments for the unit, have a study session with me and complete the reassessment
before the current unit test. If you are absent on a pop quiz day, you will make up the quiz the day you return. If you
are absent the class immediately prior to the quiz, you will take it anyway. If a student refuses to quiz on the
scheduled day or if a student cheats, he/she will receive a score of zero until an alternative assessment is completed.
Speak as much Spanish as you can! We learn from using the language. Errors are okay. Daily oral participation
points are tracked with a stamp or tally system. Earn 1 point for speaking Spanish with your partner, group, as a
volunteer, using only Spanish in class, etc. Earn 10 points a week for 100%.
TIPS: When you enter class, turn on the “Spanish part” of your brain by greeting people in Spanish and doing your
warm-up. Listen to others. Look at the speaker for visual cues and gestures. Sing along, play along, and talk with
your group in Spanish during group time. Raise your hand to volunteer.
Grading Scale
(93 -- 100%)
A- (90 – 92.9%)
(87 – 89.9%)
(83 – 86.9%)
(80 – 82.9%)
(77 – 79.0%)
(73 – 76.9%)
(70 – 72.9%)
(67 – 69.9%)
(60 – 66.9%)
(59% and below)
Academic Honesty
Produces markedly superior work,
consistently demonstrates a high
understanding of the course objectives.
Masters skills thoroughly,
demonstrates a good understanding of
the objectives of the course.
Demonstrates satisfactory achievement
of the course objectives.
Does not demonstrate achievement of
the course objectives, but does receive
credit. Do not recommend continuing
to Spanish 2.
No credit.
At Everett HS we value honesty and integrity
of work. Cheating on tests and homework by
copying other people's work is not acceptable.
Making copies of someone's computer disk is
also considered cheating. When you cheat,
you will receive a failing grade for that
learning activity. Cheating includes the aiding
and abetting of cheating by others. Plagiarism,
the act of borrowing another author’s work
without crediting that author and thereby
implying that it is one’s own, is academically
dishonest and a form of cheating. Students
found cheating or plagiarizing will be referred
to school administration.
Grades are updated regularly and you can access grades on the LMS system from
Absence/Missing/Late Work Policies
All assignments and projects are considered late if they are not completed when the starting bell rings.
With an excused absence, students will have one school day per absence to make up assignments.
All tests/quizzes must be taken when given unless absent for two or more days prior to the test/quiz. It is
your responsibility to arrange a time outside of class to make up the test/quiz.
Homework is late if it is not completed when the bell rings. Students can receive 2/3 credit for a late
assignment. All late assignments must be turned in before the test day for that chapter.
Projects drop one letter grade every day it is late. Group projects are due on the due date regardless of
absences of group members.
If you are absent for a school sponsored activity, you must discuss your assignment options with the
teacher prior to missing class.
Reassessment Policy
Only scores less than 90% may reassess on formative assessments. All summative assessments may be
All homework assignments must be completed.
Have a study session with me.
Complete a review on your own.
Tests must be reassessed within two weeks from its return. Quizzes must be reassessed before the unit test.
The most recent grade will be the one recorded in the grade book.
Guardian Responsibilities
Encourage and support your high school student.
Help your student obtain work when absent. Information is available on my website.
Provide the necessary materials to aid student learning.
Come to Parent/Teacher conferences.
Contact teacher with questions or concerns.
If you have any questions or comments, I would appreciate receiving them. I can be contacted at Everett
High School between 7:00 am and 7:25 am and after 2:00 on most days or by e-mail at I am looking forward to a great year!
Spanish 1
Srta. Beaman
Room # C101
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