W. H. S. SPANISH CLASSROOM CURRICULUM, 2011-2012
Spanish 1 Beginning high school level
Spanish 2 Intermediate high school level; need C or better in 1
Spanish 3 Advanced high school level; need C or better in 2
Spanish 4AP Intermediate university level; need B or better in 3; A.P. exam prep
Spanish 5AP Upper intermediate university level; A. P. exam prep
Spanish 3 for
Spanish speakers Admittance by teacher approval only
Spanish 6 Admittance by teacher approval only; Spanish film based class
At every level, four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) are developed in order
to increase language proficiency with emphasis on listening/speaking at the beginning level, and more reading/writing at the higher levels. Instruction is largely communicative-based, and is supported by the teaching of grammatical concepts as necessary.
*Listening skills are developed by means of tapes, CD’s, videos, DVD’s, conversations and instruction which will be given largely in the target language at the lower levels, and entirely in the target language at the upper levels.
*Speaking skills are developed with oral presentations, open conversations in the classroom, and guided and open-ended oral exercises. Students are expected to use Spanish.
*Reading skills are developed through the use of readings in the textbooks, as well as supplementary materials, short stories, tales, legends, essays, short plays, realia and Internet sites.
*Writing skills are developed through the assigning and review of nightly homework, writing of essays, compositions, journals and short stories (higher levels), and the taking of notes and keeping of a folder/binder required by all students.
Additionally, cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world will be studied at all levels via holiday celebrations, the study of customs, traditions, beliefs and practices, various assorted readings and films, the use of realia, the study of the histories, modern and ancient, of the regions in the Spanish-speaking world, and the discussions of events, past and present, in the Spanish-speaking world.
TEXTS AND MATERIALS:
Spanish 1: En Español 1 Text, Workbook ($15.00-20.00)
Spanish 2: En Español 2 Text, Workbook ($15.00-20.00)
Spanish 3: En Español 3 Text, Workbook ($15.00-20.00)
Spanish 4AP: A Toda Vela Text, School Workbook
Abriendo Puertas 2 Texts (Volumes 1 & 2) Other AP materials
Spanish 5AP: Abriendo Puertas 2 Texts (Volumes 1 & 2) Other AP materials
A.P. Selected literary works
*A.P. exam (if passed) gives students college credits or upper placement. Please see instructor for details.
Spanish 3 SP: Selected readings from a variety of texts
Spanish 6: Cinema for Spanish Conversation Text
Individual teachers will have differing policies how assignments, tests, projects and participation are weighted, but Spanish teachers may adhere to the following general grade scale for the assignment of letter grades:
A+ = 97% - 100%
A = 93% - 96.9%
A- = 90% - 92.9%
B+ = 87% - 89.9% (Note: Some teachers may opt to round grades to the
B = 83% - 86.9% nearest integer; e.g. an 89.7 % might round up to 90%,
B- = 80% - 82.9% and thus be an A-, not a B+. Also, some teachers may
C+ = 77% - 79.9% weight their grades.)
C = 73% - 76.9%
C- = 70% - 72.9%
D = 60% - 69.9% (With a D, course credit is given, but the student may not
continue to the next level in the sequence.)
F = 0.0% - 59.9% (With an F, no course credit is given.)
Each student has the right to a comfortable, safe classroom environment in which he or she can grow intellectually and personally. This can only be accomplished if everyone RESPECTS each other in this classroom. In addition, academic dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism, is completely unacceptable and shows a lack of integrity. Plagiarism is representing the work of someone else as your own and submitting it to fulfill academic requirements. The consequences of academic dishonesty may include failure of the assignment, parent notification and referral to your administrator.
Last Modified on August 26, 2011