Course Overview:  Advanced Topics in Spanish 2015-2016

Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful summer.  I am Sra. Gottmann and I would like to welcome you back to the LSM Spanish program.  I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you and am looking forward to an exciting and insightful school year.

Instructor:        Sra. Gottmann                                        url: 

Required Materials:

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

Spanish/English dictionary



Course Description:

This 6th year course is taught exclusively in Spanish and is designed to further expand the students’ knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through the viewing and discussion of Hispanic films with an emphasis on recent material by contemporary directors.  Students will identify and analyze historic, social, economic and political issues present in the films and continue to develop proficiency in Spanish in the four skills in the interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational modes.  Students are provided with an opportunity to continue to foster academic excellence, personal growth, and respect for diversity. They will be taught to understand and think critically about the socio-cultural context of the contemporary Hispanic world.

Course Goals:

Students will be able to…

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 via integrated tasks that demand the strategic integration of all four language skills in addition to the analytical skills practiced in class.


30% - Presentational Tasks

30% - Interpretive Tasks

30% - Interpersonal Tasks

10% - Homework/Class Participation

Students will be expected to take notes on each film and create a portfolio. They will demonstrate proficiency in Spanish through interpersonal speaking tasks, integrated presentational speaking & writing tasks; performance based projects. Assessment categories will include: participation in classroom discussion/activities, oral reports, quizzes, critical analyses, portfolio, film projects, informative and persuasive presentations.

Make up work for excused absences:        Make-up for class work missed because of an excused absence is the responsibility of the student. Except for extended illness or special emergencies as designated by the administration, a student will have three (3) days for each day absent to complete make-up work in order to receive credit for work missed (to a maximum of nine days). Work already assigned prior to the illness is due the day a student returns to class except under extreme circumstances.

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

Homework:         Homework is checked daily when assigned. 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  I also welcome appointments to meet in person.   Let’s work together to make this the best year possible!

Please sign and return this page and retain the other for your own reference.


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

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