El primer nivel de español

  Spanish one syllabus, 2009-10   ¡Viva español!  Hola  alumno,a  Welcome to Spanish class.  We are going to have a great time learning about Spanish and how to use it.  After this semester you will be able to: have a simple conversation in Spanish; write a letter to an e-pal and write a mini- composition; read some stories and listen to native speakers converse and understand what is being said.  You will also learn about the twenty-one countries that have Spanish as the official language.  Read the following very carefully so you will know what is expected of you, how you will be graded, what you will learn, and what you need to do to receive a good grade in Spanish class.
What you can expect to learn in Spanish One:    First six weeks:·     Greetings and good-byes, introductions (formal and informal), days of the week, months of the year, telling time, the irregular verb SER, numbers 0-100, colors, alphabet, pledge of allegiance, noun/adjective agreement, capitals and countries of the Hispanic world, subject pronouns, how to say what you like and don’t like using objects, question words (who, what, when, from where)    Second six weeks:·      How to say what you like and don’t like to do, frecuency words (always, sometimes, never, from time to time), the irregular verbs querer (Yo quiero Taco Bell),  ir and jugar, the regular –ar verb conjugations, weather expressions, say what you have and what you need, classroom objects, how to use mucho and poco, the irregular verb tener and tener expressions, the irregular verb venir, al or a la, ir a + the infinitive, regular –er & -ir verb conjugations and yo problem verbs, more question words           Third six weeks·    Family vocabulary, where you and others live, possessive adjectives, stem-changing verbs (all 4 kinds), estar with prepositions and estar expressions, negative words, tocar and parecer (similar format to gustar), some food vocabulary and the table setting, ser vs. estar,  numbers 100-1,000,000 WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU
  • Daily homework (tarea) assignment:  every night EVEN Fridays
  • GRADES ARE: 60% tests/quizzes; 40% homework, class work, etc.
  • Notebook (cuaderno): you need a HUGE notebook JUST for this class to hold ALL the thousands of worksheets, puzzles, test, etc.
  • Spanish dictionary:  a good thing for you to have (Vox, Larousse and Harper-Collins)
  •  Participation points: You will need to earn 50 (50 = 100%) participation points EACH SIX WEEKS. Answering daily in class is a GREAT way to earn these points. Stay awake in class: How can you take good notes and participate if you are asleep?
  •  Be prepared: Bring all essential materials to class everyday!!! 
  •  Chewing gum, food & drinks: JUST SAY NO!!!
  •  Be courteous: Let’s be nice to each other. We are here to learn. 
  • Six weeks test:  each six weeks you will have a comprehensive exam

    Tutoring/Make up Test Schedule: Late work: Bonus points
  •  Students in need of tutoring or taking a make up exam may schedule a time with me for AFTER school on Tuesdays or Thursdays. We will follow the school policy on getting make up work completed on time.
  •  This is very simple: I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK. Your assignments MUST be turned in on time (that means when you come to class).  Put your assignment in the basket marked TAREA BEFORE the tardy bell rings.
  •  It is possible to earn bonus points. How? Go to the websites listed in the next section. Do the exercises, take a test. This could help you GREATLY (especially if you forgot to do a homework assignment and received a ZERO). You only have ONE WEEK to make up a missing homework grade.  The online test scores will replace up to FOUR bad grades per SIX weeks.
  •  Also, bring in newspaper/magazine articles about anything to do with SPANISH or watch a TV show about the Hispanic world. (Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel, PBS, Telemundo, Univisión, Galavisión, etc)
Important Web sites for you ·           www.quia.com       www.funbrain.com     www.studyspanish.com   EXCELLENT!!!!