WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Course Overview:  Spanish II   2015-2016

Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful summer.  My name is Sra. Gottmann and I would like to welcome those students who are returning to our LSM Spanish program and those who are starting this year.  I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you and am looking forward to a happy and productive school year.

Instructor:        Mrs. Gottmann

Instructional Materials:  Realidades II , appropriate websites

On-line Text: phschool.com 

Required Materials:

3 ring binder, college- ruled white lined paper (to take notes during class)

Spanish/English dictionary

Book cover

Pen/pencil

headphones

Course Description:

Spanish II is a continuation for students who have successfully completed Spanish I. Students continue to develop proficiency in the target language through further study of vocabulary, conversation, oral themes, dialogues, tape recordings, videos and selected readings.  In this advanced course, a variety of authentic materials including Latino music, short stories, and Hispanic websites are used to engage the students in meaningful experiences in the language while constantly strengthening their language skills.  Classes are conducted in Spanish and students are expected to participate verbally every day.  Use of technology enhances student progress throughout the year, including PowerPoint presentations of cultural units’ information.  

Course Goals:

        Students will be able to…

                communicate in the target language during class time

communicate in the present and past tenses

                participate in discussions among vocabulary themes

                differentiate between the use of regular and reflexive actions

                formulate comparisons and opinions

Student Expectations:  In this course, students are expected to…

Midterm and Final Exams:  On the midterm exam, the student will demonstrate progress towards the above-stated course goals.  On the final exam, the student will demonstrate proficiency in the above-stated course goals.  The student will demonstrate his/her level of proficiency of the Course Expectations:

Grading:

30% - Presentational Tasks

30% - Interpretive Tasks

30% - Interpersonal Tasks

10% - Academic Responsibility (homework, participation, preparedness, avoidance of English)

CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONICS (iPod, head phones, etc.)

The use of these gadgets is prohibited in the classroom, unless directed by the teacher.  Phones will be placed in the designated space for the duration of the class. Failure to follow this policy will result in disciplinary action, no warnings will be given.

Lavatory/Hall Pass: You must have your student handbook with you to leave the classroom.

Homework

Homework is checked daily when assigned and is generally valued at 10pts. Late or incomplete homework receives a zero.  At the end of the week a homework grades will be posted in Power School.

General classroom rules:

Be Honest: Failure to do this will result in an automatic zero on the assignment and immediate involvement of the teacher, your parents and the school administration.  Cheating is not tolerated. This includes the use of on-line or phone application translators by the student or anyone else involved.

Be Polite, Respectful & Attentive-Treat others as you would like to be treated, with respect and courtesy.  Use appropriate language and actions.  No name-calling or harassment will be tolerated.  Raise your hand and wait to be called upon to ask/answer a question.  Do not talk while someone else is talking.

Be Neat: Keep the classroom neat and tidy.  Pick up after yourself and return borrowed supplies.  Be respectful of the property, it is not yours.

Be Responsible-Check and record the daily objective and homework assignment.  Turn in homework/projects on time.  In case of absence, be sure to make up all missed work.

Be Open- Keep your mind open to all that can be learned from making mistakes. Hear the slips that others make and see it as an opportunity for your own growth as a speaker of Spanish and as a life-long learner.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by e-mail gottmannj@region10ct.org.  I also welcome appointments to meet in person.   Let’s work together to make this the best year possible!

Please sign and return just the bottom portion; retain the top for your own reference.

                               

I have read Sra. Gottmann’s course information letter and understand the classroom policies

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