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Spanish I 2017-2018 2nd SemesterGeorge Megenney

 ¡Bienvenidos! (That means welcome in case you were wondering.) During the course of the school year students will practice reading, writing and speaking in Spanish at an introductory level. Since this is a basic Spanish course meant to expose students to the basic grammar and construction of the Spanish language, students should not be ashamed or shy about making mistakes. Everyone makes them, and it’s a part of the learning experience.

In Spanish “uno” students learn to communicate basic practical ideas and concepts, such as learning greetings (¡Hola!), the names of common household and classroom items (Do you have a lápiz in your mochila?), articles of clothing, numbers, days of the week (Today is miércoles by the way), and many more such examples of day-to-day language. Students will also be learning basic Spanish grammar structures so that by the end of the year they will be putting together simple sentences and forming individualized expressions so that they can begin to communicate in Spanish. ¡Qué bueno! ¡Me gusta!

Given how many Spanish speakers live in the United States and how many Spanish speaking countries lie outside our borders, 21st century students have an important incentive to acquire this skill: it will make you more marketable.

Here’s a short list of jobs where a student could apply those skills if they have acquired them:

  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Airline Industry
  • Law Enforcement
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Gaming
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Construction
  • Agriculture

Grading & Behavior

Your grades will be based on a point system. Homework assignments, quizzes and tests, and participation in class will all be added together to complete final grades.

The total number of points earned will be added together and then divided by the total possible in order to calculate your semester grade. I encourage all students to do their best to complete all assignments. Effort on a student’s part will be noted and rewarded.

Percentage of total points earned Grade
100% A+
94 – 99% A
90 – 93% A-
87 – 89% B+
84 – 86% B
80 – 83% B-
77 – 79% C+
74 – 76% C
70 – 73% C-
67 – 69% D+
64 – 66% D
60 – 63% D-
59% and below F

The Seven Keys to Success

  1. First, always focus on and try to understand the learning objectives for each lesson and each chapter (they will always be on the white board)
  2. Familiarize yourself with new vocabulary terms
  3. Analyze grammar rules and practice using new vocabulary with those rules through reading, writing, listening and speaking
  4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
  5. Ask questions when you don’t understand something and learn from your mistakes
  6. Demonstrate that you understand vocabulary and grammar concepts by answering questions
  7. Celebrate your successes and continue moving forward

Behavior Expectations & Class Rules

  1. Be on time to class and ready to begin when the bell rings. School rules will be enforced.
  2. Bring an open mind, your textbooks and school supplies.
  3. Participate in all class activities and do your best to stay on task.
  4. Be respectful. Raise your hand if you have a question or need assistance.
  5. When you hear me say “Damas y caballeros” it’s time to quiet down and listen for instructions or information.
  6. Snacks will be permitted as long as students are responsible with trash.
  7. All backpacks, purses, bags, etc. must be placed under your seat or on the floor next to your desk. Cell phones should be put away unless I have asked you to use them, or you have first asked permission. (If you feel ill and need to go home, you must go to the main office and check out. Do not call your parent from your cell phone before going to the office.)
  8. Sign out (and back in) when exiting the class. Always ask for permission before doing so.

Assignments, Tests & Other Stuff

  • Class work and homework assignments are an important way of practicing your Spanish, so you should make an effort to complete all assignments. Test questions will often come from class and homework assignments. (Hint, hint…)
  • Assignments will be posted in Aeries no more than two weeks after being collected for correction. Please note that all EHS instructors must first create assignments within Aeries before scores can be input. This means that students should not immediately “freak out” if they (or parents) see an assignment that looks incomplete or that has no score. Please give Mr. Megenney adequate time to input scores for all assignments.
  • Quizzes (both with and without warning) will be given in order to check for understanding and in order to review new vocabulary, sentence writing, verb conjugations and translations. Listening skills quizzes will be given in which you’ll be expected to listen and then answer questions about what you heard. Oral quizzes will test your ability to read out loud, repeat or ask and answer questions in Spanish.
  • The final exam given in December will cover all the material presented in class during the fall semester. The final exam given in May will be cumulative and represent all concepts taught during the school year.
  • If a student misses class (excused absences only), make-up work will be made available. However, there is a time limit for make-ups. All class work must be made up within a day of the absence unless other arrangements have been made in advance as appropriate. All exams and quizzes should be made up within 2 days of the absence unless other arrangements have been made in advance as appropriate.
  • Late work will be accepted for ½ credit no more than 5 working days after originally assigned. Any assignments submitted more than 5 days late will receive no credit. That’s fair, isn’t it?
  • Textbooks must be covered and brought to class daily. Treat all books with respect. Books that are returned damaged will result in fees of $20.00 or more. Lost books will automatically result in a $85.00 fee until they are returned.