Spanish IV Honors

 

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Spanish IV Honors


Spanish IV Honors is an elective, high-level language class that will further prepare the student for real-life interactions in Spanish language. This class will also function as a Pre-AP class, and activities done in this class will be geared toward preparing and encouraging students to continue on to AP Spanish next year, as well as preparing students for college classes and life experiences.  Activities will consist of higher-level listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises as well as dealing with advanced grammatical structures and high-level vocabulary lists. Many of the activities will be design to make the students more comfortable with the tasks required in AP Spanish. Students are strongly encouraged to speak Spanish in the classroom as much as possible when dealing with each other or with me. This class will be challenging, but hopefully fun as well. Students need to be aware that reasonable out-of-class time will have to be devoted to this subject in order to be successful in this class.


Expectations &  Discipline Plan

Please remember that to be successful in honors level classes, you must focus not only on the grades you would like to earn, but also on other factors such as attitude and willingness to participate. This is an elective class; I expect you to present yourself as pleasant, eager to learn and to participate in class activities, and to work well with others. This is a high-level class that I hope will be tight-knit and united. To that end, please be respectful of your classmates, your teacher, and yourself in all your actions. You should be disciplining yourself in class; I should not have to discipline you and will not be pleased if I have to spend our valuable time correcting your behavior or your attitude in class.


If I must take action, the steps will be to conference with the student first, then involve a guidance officer and/or make a call to the parent, then write a referral.  Outlandish behavior or cursing will be punished by an immediate referral. I hope and expect never to have to take these actions in this class.


Treat everyone like you want to be treated. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated, whether toward the teacher or toward your classmates.


RULES:

Follow all Arlington High School rules!  (no hats, radios, CD’s, gum, cards, etc.)

1. Follow directions.

2. No profanity or teasing.

3. No talking when the teacher is talking.

4. Be on time and prepared for class with notebook, textbook, paper, and

        pencil/pen (black or blue ink only).                                          

  1. 5. Stay in your assigned seat during class.

  2. 6.Phones should be out of sight and silenced during class unless I direct you otherwise. Absolutely no texting in class.


Class Materials 

For this class, you will need a 3-ring binder, whether soft cover or hard (it is fine iwth me if this is a shared notebook with another class; just keep it organized and have it in class).  You should have dividers for the following:  

1) Vocabulary  (for lists and practice exercises);

2)  Grammar (for notes & worksheets handed out); 

3) Writing (for journals & other writing assignments); and  

  1. 4) Listening (for listening sheets & any Destinos sheets given)


All students will be expected to have all books and workbooks, notebook, paper, and pens/pencils every day.

***Students should have this book already from last year and should bring it to class: SPANISH THREE YEARS WORKBOOK NASSI/LEVY (SECOND EDITION)  ISNB #: 9781567658064. Cost is $16.00.  If you do not have this book, it can be purchased by going to http://www.amscopub.com/ . In the Search box to the left, change “Title” to “ISBN / Item #) and type in the ISNB number given above or by the item # 13444 . Make sure you are buying the yellow book, not the blue book, and make sure it says “Three Years, Second Edition.”


Class Fees

Class fees will be $10 for this level. $5 will for the National Spanish Exam, which will be taken in the spring. Awards and possible travel scholarships are available to very high winners on the NSE, so ask me for more info!  The remainder of the fee will be for class readers.

   

Grading

Grading scale:   A= 93-100 / B = 85-92/ C = 75-84 / D = 70- 74 / F = 69

Grading will be done on a total points system.  Major tests are worth 100 pts; quizzes can be anywhere from 10 pts. to 80 pts.  Homework can be 10 pts. to 20 pts for an acceptably completed on-time assignment, with points taken off for partially done, late, or poorly done work, and a 0 for work not done or unacceptable work. Essays and Oral Presentations might sometimes be taken as grades, as might journal entries, at differing values as per the discretion of the teacher.  


Make Up Procedures/Late Work

It is the student's responsibility to make up all missing assignments. You should always check with me any time you are absent to see what assignment, quiz, or test you may have missed and to schedule a time to make it up.  If you are here the day of a test/ quiz that was previously announced, you must take the test, no matter if you missed the day before. If you miss an episode of Destinos, you must view the missed episode online (www.learner.org) and make up any follow-up assignment BEFORE the next viewed class episode, or you will receive a “0” on that assignment.


Class Time

All students should be in their seats when the tardy bell rings.  Once the tardy bell rings, you should immediately start on the bell work.  You should go to the bathroom, sharpen pencils, and obtain necessary materials between classes or before the bell rings. Class will usually begin with some type of bell work: vocabulary words, sentence creations, some type of listening assignment, a journal entry, etc.  Make sure you check the screen or chalkboard as soon as you come into class. 


My goal with this class is to make it as enjoyable as possible.  Learning a foreign language is an exciting and fun prospect, as is learning about other cultures and peoples. I hope to prepare you to use your language in real-life situations and perhaps even to encourage you to consider international travel as an additional way to extend your knowledge of this language.

I am looking forward to the year with you; I hope you are excited about this class as well!

  


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