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Spanish 3 Course Syllabus (Y319)*
¡Bienvenidos! This is a course for students interested in building upon their knowledge of Spanish, learning about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, and improving their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. I look forward to sharing my language and culture with you!
Name and Pronunciation:
Names are an important part of who we are, our identity, and you have the right to be referred to the name that you are most comfortable with. Let me know if the name listed on my roster is not the name you would like to be called. In addition, you also have the right to be referred to with the pronouns you are most comfortable with. In order to have a safe and respectful class environment, you should refer to your classmates by the name and pronouns they prefer.
This year we will rely heavily on technology. Please do your best to charge your device (Chromebook/ personal laptop, etc.). Also, make sure to have earbuds in your backpack or at home. We will use them almost every day.
Student Mental Health:
SCASD and I are committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of its students. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and/or in need of support, services are available. Additional resources include:
- Safe2Say: threats, behaviors, actions and harassment. Examples include bullying or intimidation, threats of self-harm or bragging about planning an attack, violence, depression and social isolation, reckless behavior and substance abuse.
- SAP: any non-urgent concern related to something that is a barrier to learning, or is preventing a student from being successful in school (substance use, mental health, or other)
- REACT: to help any State high community member who feels that she or he is a victim of an act of bias or discriminatory behavior. REACT is not a punitive entity. The mission of this initiative is to promote education and dialogue around issues of diversity and inclusion.
If you have concerns that you/ a peer, or someone else is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, please call Center for Community Resources
- 1-800-643-5432 (open 24/7)
- Centre County Crisis/ Emergency Services
For help with scheduling, post-high school questions, and other academic needs, contact your school counselor:
- Mrs. Anderson (9th grade - last names A-K): TLA12@SCASD.ORG
- Mrs. Zorger (9th grade -last names L-Z): JRZ16@SCASD.ORG
- Ms. Parkes (last names A-Cq): KRP16@SCASD.ORG
- Mr. Guthoff (last names Cr- G): SXG12@SCASD.ORG
- Mr. Brigman (last names H-K): PGB14@SCASD.ORG
- Mrs. Chamberlain (last names L-N): BMK18@SCASD.ORG
- Mr. Eckberg (last names O-Si): DKE11@SCASD.ORG
- Mrs. Lyke (last names Sj-Z): SMJ11@SCASD.ORG
Inclusive Excellence is the understanding that working, living, and learning environments benefit when diversity is recognized and utilized. Inclusive Excellence helps us to engage in civil conversation with those who hold views that differ from our own; and to socialize with persons who have had different life experiences. SCASD does not tolerate racism, violence or bullying by any individual or group. Just as importantly, we are actively working toward a more inclusive and caring environment to provide every student with a respectful, safe and positive experience on a daily basis.
How Inclusive Excellence Matters in Spanish:
In our class, we will explore different topics, read and listen to diverse perspectives within the Spanish-speaking cultures, and learn how to express our opinions in Spanish. It is important to know that sharing your opinion is encouraged, but not if it dehumanizes another person or group(s) of people. We will practice writing to help you get your thoughts focused and developed. Even though speaking is a very important part of learning a language, if you’re ever nervous about sharing, please let me know.
Units for this semester:
- ¿Cuál es mi rol en el mundo? (What’s my niche?): A study of who we are, our interests, and responsibilities. Review of tenses, Por/Para
- Explorando las artes (Exploring the arts): An exploration of music, art, literature in the Spanish-speaking world. Review of tenses, superlatives, present perfect, verbs like gustar
- Cómo vemos el mundo (How we view the world): An analysis of mass media and stereotypes. Present subjunctive
- Conectados (Plugged): An inquiry into social media, digital citizenship, and technology. Present subjunctive, future, and conditional tenses
- Desconectados (Unplugged): An introduction to environmental responsibility, conservation. Nuances of Spanish, review.
Materials needed for class each day:
- Chromebook + Earbuds
- A notebook (DO NOT keep a collection of loose papers)
- Pens, colored pencils, highlighter
- An open mind and willing attitude
- Respect for self and others
SCASD World Languages Translator Policy:
- When completing an assignment/project for Spanish class, it is ACCEPTABLE to look up a single word in the dictionary (online or printed.) It is NOT ACCEPTABLE to use an online translator (or another person) to write complete thoughts, sentences, or paragraphs. If this policy is violated, we will follow the SCASD Academic Integrity Policy. It can also be found in the SCHS Handbook. If you need help citing a source, or developing your thoughts, reach out. I am happy to help you.
- Grades are calculated based on the total points for the marking period. Assignments include discussion forums, group and independent classwork, and short homework practices. At the end of each unit, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through interpretive, presentational, and/or interpersonal tasks.
- You can find grades on HAC/Canvas
- You have an open invitation to meet with me to revise work and resubmit
Show up to class (in person or remotely) prepared to collaborate with your classmates verbally or in writing. We will participate in discussion forums, Zoom/Google Meet chats, breakout rooms, etc. Build on each other’s ideas, make connections to your experiences and the world, take notes, ask questions, and support each other. Learning a new language is challenging. Let’s make it fun!
I believe behavior is a representation of how your needs are being met. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsafe, please know you can come to me and I will help you find resources. In class, I will work to create a routine of our daily block to help you anticipate what the day will look like. Also, the daily agenda is always available on Canvas. If you are struggling at any point, reach out to me. You are a person first and a Spanish student second-- it is okay to get frustrated. Remember, above all else, I want you to leave our class feeling like you matter because you do!
Communicating with Your Teacher:
If you feel you need more guidance in class or with assignments, tell me. I am always willing to make time to help you get the most out of this class. I understand that Spanish class can be challenging. Because of this, I will try and make our class environment as positive as possible. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org . I will respond within 24 hours. This is the BEST way to contact me.
Strategies to help you learn Spanish:
- Read through your notes or rewatch the instructional video(s). As you do this, write down exactly where you’re confused. Write a specific question and share it with me
- Write down your own sentences or phrases to help you practice that concept
- Practice vocabulary through Quizlet and its different activities
- Write out flashcards by hand. Sometimes color-coding them is helpful
- Draw a picture dictionary for words you’re struggling to remember
- Categorize the vocabulary into small groups, or into groups that have meaning to you
- Put the words into context and make connections. (Ex: librería / libros)
Listening and Reading Comprehension
- Do not focus on understanding each word. Try to guess the meaning of the text by the context clues and other words that you already know
- Look for cognates. Spanish has many words that are similar to English
- Try to answer the what, when, who, and why
- Use graphic organizers to help you develop your writing
- Go to www.wordreference.com (my preferred dictionary) to look for words and synonyms
- The same strategies that you would use in English apply to Spanish as well
- Do not be afraid to make mistakes!
- It’s okay if you are not ready to speak, I will not push you. Speaking is one of the last skills to develop when learning a new language - just let me know so that I can give you an alternative to speaking tasks (we will do a lot of recordings)
* Adapted from Mrs. Danielle Ambrosia with additional information from Mrs. Clarisa Capone.