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Cypress Bay High School


Course:   Spanish III / Spring 2011

Instructor:  Ms. Sheffield


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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to enable students to continue to acquire proficiency in Spanish through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and on grasping the fundamentals of applied grammar. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course.

Course Goals and Objectives

At the end of the course, the students are expected to:

v  Engage in conversations in Spanish (express feelings/ideas and to exchange opinions).

v  Demonstrate understanding of spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.

v  Present information and ideas to an audience through speaking and writing in Spanish.

v  Demonstrate understanding of social interaction patterns within Spanish and Hispanic cultures through participation in various activities.

v  Apply knowledge of Spanish language and cultures to further knowledge of other disciplines.

v  Analyze and use different patterns of communication and social interaction appropriate to setting.

v  Demonstrate knowledge of use of Spanish language within and beyond the school setting.

v  Recognize the relationship between the verbal and nonverbal signals in communication while listening to a live speaker of the Spanish language or while viewing and listening to a mass-media product.

v  Provide information in spoken and written form on a variety of topics of personal, academic, and cultural interest.

v  Effectively communicate orally in Spanish regarding a past, present, and future event.

v  Use films or tests produced in Spanish to gain knowledge and understanding of various aspects of the arts, music, literature, history, economics, etc. , of the Spanish-speaking world.

v  Understand how idiomatic expressions have an impact on communication and reflect culture by using it correctly in both oral and written form.

v  Understand cultural traditions and celebrations in Spain and Latin America.

v  Understand that knowing more than one language allows people to function effectively in multilingual communities.

Supplements: Spanish Textbooks ¡Exprésate! Level 2 (Chapters 6-10) and ¡Exprésate! Level 3 (Chapters 1-2) along with accompanying workbooks.

The lessons in each chapter contain the following sections:

1.     Cultura                  

The Geocultura feature that precedes each chapter, realia-based readings and activities, and culture notes in each chapter offer high-interest cultural information and a change to learn about the products, practices, and perspectives of the target cultures.

2.     Vocabulario         

Unique image-based Vocabulario presentations introduce a thematic context and provide a reason and motivation for using the language.

3.     Gramática                 

This section presents a grammar topic in functional, how-to terms. The focus is on what linguistic structure is needed in order to immediately practice the grammatical structures by relating them to tasks that students are asked to perform in a variety of formats: alone, with one classmate, in a group, with the entire class.

4.     Novela                 

The Novela en video is a continuing story in which each episode includes a strategy for learning and a series of scenes. These scenes are followed by comprehension questions that students will review together. Each episode will feature some of the vocabulary and grammar studied in the corresponding lessons.

5.     Leamos y escribamos

Students will learn and practice different strategies to help them improve their listening, reading and writing skills.

6.     Prepárate para el examen

This section organizes the chapter for a complete review of the vocabulary and grammar topics and prepares the students for the chapter test.

7.     Integración
The activities in Integracion target the four skills and culture and review concepts presented in the previous chapter.


Required Materials:

1      3-ring binder (1” to 1 ½ “)

1      Package of dividers with tabs

1      Package of notebook paper

M   Multiple black or blue pens

       Multiple #2 pencils


 R   Requested Materials: (not required but highly appreciated)

 C  Copy/printer paper

      Boxes of tissues

       Hand Sanitizer 



       Grading Policy:  Grades will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

                  Exams: up to 200 points

                  Quizzes: 50 to 100 points

                  Projects: up to 100 points

                   Class work: 25 points

                  Homework: 25 points

Grading Scale:

                  A = 90-100
                  B+= 87-89
                  B= 80-86
                  C+ = 77-79
                  C= 70-76
                  D+ = 67-69
                  D= 60-66
                  F= Below 60
                  I= Incomplete

*There will be a one-letter grade deduction (10 points) for late assignments. All assignments are due at the beginning of class.

Code of Conduct: Students agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Broward County Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct.


Classroom Rules:

1.     Respect yourselves and others.

2.     Remain in your assigned seat unless you are given permission to move.

3.     Keep all electronic devices out of sight and keep them turned off.

4.     Raise your hand if you want to speak.

Classroom Procedures:

1.     Be on time to class. (We will follow the school tardy policy).

2.    All students are expected to actively participate in class every day.

3.     If you are absent, you have two days to turn in any missing work.

4.    If you are absent on the day of a quiz or exam, you can only make it up after school on the following Tuesday or Thursday. No exceptions. 

5.     Talking during a quiz or exam without permission will result in a grade of zero without the possibility of make-up.



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