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    Course Syllabus: 

    course number and title

    Spanish 1

    course description 

    In Beginning Spanish 1, students learn basic vocabulary and begin to develop the four language skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The course concentrates on the use of everyday Spanish language.  Students converse in Spanish and have an opportunity to learn about Hispanic cultures.  Oral participation in class is essential, and assessments address all four-language skills.  Homework is assigned weekly. Assessments include oral and written activities, quizzes, tests, projects and presentations.  

    course materials 

    Lección booklets (one for each chapter)

    Students should keep additional handouts in a notebook. 

    units taught 

    Lección 1

    - identifying where one is from, courtesy expressions, greetings in the Spanish-speaking world, plaza principal, nouns and articles, numbers 0-30, present tense of ser, telling time, recognizing cognates, reading a telephone list, writing a telephone/address list in Spanish, listening for known vocabulary, a tv commercial for MasterCard, a video about plazas and greetings, demographic and cultural information about Hispanics in the U.S. and Canada

    Lección 2

    - classroom and school related words, names of school courses and fields of study, class schedules, days of the week, secondary school in Mexico, the INFRAMEN, present tense of regular -ar verbs, forming negative sentences, the verb gustar, forming questions, the present tense of estar, prepositions of location, numbers 31 and higher, using text formats to predict content, brainstorming and organizing ideas for writing, writing descriptions of themselves, listening for cognates, a television commercial for Jumbo (a Chilean superstore chain), a video about the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Méxuci

    Lección 3

    - terms for family relationships, names of various professions, surnames and families in the Spanish-speaking world, Spain’s Royal Family, descriptive adjectives, possessive adjectives, the present tense of common regular -er and -ir verbs, the present tense of tener and venir, context clues to unlock meaning of unfamiliar words, using idea maps when writing, how to write a friendly letter, strategies for asking clarification in oral communication, Pentel commercial, Ecuadorian families, geographical and cultural information about Ecuador

    Lección 4

    - names of sports and other pastimes, names of places in a city, soccer rivalries, baseball player Miguel Cabrera and diver Paola Espinosa, present tense of ir, the contraction al, ir a + infinitive, present tense of common stem-changing verbs, verbs with irregular yo forms, predicting content from visual elements, using a Spanish-English dictionary, writing an events pamphlet, listening for the gist, Totofútbol (an electronic lottery based on soccer match results), soccer in Spain, cultural, historical, economic and geographic information about Mexico

    Lección 5

    - terms for traveling and vacations, seasons and months of the year, weather expressions, ordinal numbers (1st -10th), las cataratas del Iguazú, Punta del Este, estar with conditions and emotions, adjectives for conditions and emotions, present progressive of regular and irregular verbs, comparison of the uses of ser and estar, direct object nouns and pronouns, personal a, scanning to find specific information, making an outline, writing a brochure for a hotel or resort, listening for key words, an ad for LANPASS (a Chilean airline loyalty program), Machu Picchu, cultural, geographic, and historical information about Puerto Rico

    Lección 6

    - terms for clothing and shopping, colors, Venezuelan clothing designer Carolina Herrera, the verbs saber and conocer, indirect object pronouns, preterite tense of regular verbs, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, skimming the text, how to report an interview, listening for linguistic cues, a tv commercial for Galerias (a Spanish department store), a video about open-air markets, cultural, geographic, and historical information about Cuba

    major assessments 

    There will be a quiz for each lección. Each unit will be assessed using an Integrated Performance Assessment (Interpretive Communication task, Interpersonal Communication task, & Presentational Communication task). 

    A cumulative final exam will be taken in 4 parts.  The writing portion and the speaking portion will be taken in class in the month of June.  The final portion will include multiple-choice questions on reading, vocabulary and grammar.  

    grading practice/policy

    Marking period grades are calculated using a total point score of the following:

    1. Homework
    2. In-class independent assignments 
    3. Quizzes
    4. Projects 
    5. Integrated Performance Assessments

    participation in class

    You are expected to be in the classroom and ready to begin as soon as class starts.  Students arriving late will be marked late on attendance records unless a pass is presented to the teacher. 

    Our classroom is a respectful, academically-focused, and active learning environment.  If you choose not to participate in these ways, you will be asked to leave the room. 

    Bring course materials, paper and other standard school needs to class with you everyday. 

    In order to learn Spanish, you must be willing to speak Spanish, even if that means making mistakes.  I will ensure that other students do not disrespect your turn to speak, and I expect that you will not disrespect others in the class. 

    You are expected to follow the school's statement on academic honesty and the World Language Department's policy on using online translation.  I am expected to follow through with consequences for violations of these policies.   

    Feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have about the class or language learning.  You may also email me if that works better for you.  I will always be happy to help you find solutions to concerns you may have about your own learning, or about your peers. 

    teacher contact information

    Maestra María Shroyer

    I am best reached by email:  mch17@scasd.org

    Mount Nittany Middle School (AM)

    High School (PM)







Last Modified on August 20, 2020