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Course  Syllabus

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Español I

 Señor Giraldo




Course Description:

This Spanish 1 course is an introduction to the study of the target language and its culture. It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with special attention given to the listening and speaking skills first within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible. The context focuses on the adolescents' lives, needs, and experiences and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout and is selected according to the language needs (functions). This middle school program is sequential and expanded upon grades 7th  and  8th.

**Taken from North Carolina standard course of study.



Grading Policy:           


Homework/ class work  33%

Binder check, notes and handouts. Daily work  and homework is  checked during class; it will be graded weekly.  

Oral participation           33%

Use of Spanish in class, self assessment rubric, weekly participation assessment. oral quizzes.


Assessment                     33%

Chapter test, written test.


Class expectations:


1. llegar a tiempo y tener materiales  (Come to class on time and prepared to learn)

2. Escuchar a los demás  (Listen to instructions and respect each other in turn or opinion)

3. Pedir permiso (Students will use Spanish to ask for permission and participate in the class) 

4. Hacer tareas (Students will bring their assignments on time)


If students choose not  to follow these expectations  the consequences  below will be applied:


 1st time–      Verbal warning, relocation and 1 participation point deducted.

 2nd time–      Phone call home or e-mail, and 2 participation points. deducted.

            3rd time–      Lunch detention, phone call or e-mail, and 2 participation points deducted.

            4th time–      Referral to the deans, phone call home or e-mail, and 4 participation points deducted.


Course Content:


Unit: Chapters 1A and 1B – Mis amigos y yo


Text Alignment


Pages 24 – 71





* Talk about activities you like and don’t like to do

* Ask others what they like to do


* Understand cultural perspectives on favorite activities


* Talk about personality traits


* Ask and tell what people are like




* Use adjectives to describe people 

Unit: Chapters 2A and 2B – La escuela


Text Alignment

Pages 72 – 121





* Talk about School schedules and subjects

* Discuss what students do during the day


* Ask and tell who is doing an action


* Compare your school with that of a student in a Spanish-speaking country


* Describe a classroom


* Indicate where things are located and use culture appropriate gestures


* Talk about more than one object or person


* Understand cultural perspectives on school


* Compare the subject pronouns and present tense verb conjugation to English


* Compare the formation of nouns and articles in Spanish



Unit: Chapters 3A and 3B – La comida


Text Alignment

Pages 122 – 169





* Talk about foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch and dinner

* Talk about likes and dislikes


* Express how often something is done


* Understand cultural perspectives on meals


* Describe what people or things are like


* Discuss food, health, and exercise choices


* Understand cultural perspectives on diet and health


Unit: Chapters 4A and 4B – Los pasatiempos 

Text Alignment                                                                                                    Pages 170 - 219


        • Talk about locations in your community
        • Discuss leisure activities
        • Talk about where you go and with whom
        • Learn how to ask questions
        • Understand cultural perspectives on leisure activities
        • Talk about activities outside of school
        • Extend, accept, and decline invitations
        • Tell when an event happens 


 Unit: Chapters 5A and 5B – Fiesta en familia

Text Alignment                           Pages 220-269


        • Describe families
        • Talk about celebrations and parties
        • Ask and tell ages
        • Express possession
        • Understand cultural perspectives on family and celebrations
        • Talk about family celebrations
        • Describe family members and friends
        • Ask politely to have something brought to you
        • Order a meal in a restaurant
        • Understand cultural perspectives on family celebrations 





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