¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to 8th grade Spanish Class. Our goal this year is to improve our communication skills as we speak, listen, write and read in Spanish. This class meets every day. We will continue the Spanish 1 high school level course that began in 7th grade. We will continue to use the textbook series, Mundo Real, in class.
Materials needed for class: I will provide students with a folder and a journal for writing exercises in the target language. Most days, this folder will remain in the classroom. Students will need to bring to class:
One notebook/binder/folder with at least 2 pocket dividers used to transport papers home and back to class.
Writing instruments, paper, erasers, highlighter
Materials helpful for home IF desired”
An electronic translator device
A Spanish-English dictionary (Vox or Cassell’s for example)
Be prepared to work in class. Have a pencil, paper, and materials when you arrive to class. Review material from the previous class each evening so you are ready to participate, using Spanish as you enter the classroom.
Be courteous to one another. Be polite and raise your hand when you want to speak. Listen carefully when others are trying to speak. Help each other with pronunciation and spelling as we complete group work and paired activities together in class.
Be respectful to your teacher, your classmates and yourself! Everyone makes mistakes…it’s okay to mispronounce a word! Please don’t laugh or make fun of a classmate if they make an error.
Interpretive (Classwork and Homework) - 20% - reading in the target language, engaging in class discussions, respectful involvement in class activities, answering questions in the target language, working in groups or pairs, completing written text assignments and work done in class and at home. Unfinished work from class needs to be done at home and completed as homework.
Individual Performance Assessment - 30% - includes answering questions in the target language, casually conversing with peers and your teacher, conversing with a partner or group…all in Spanish.
Language Assessment- 30% - assessing student language proficiency, recognition and use of proper language construction and interpretation of the Spanish language.
Presentational (Projects) - 20% - may be individual or in groups. Projects will occur according to the material covered in class and may not be appropriate for every marking period. Projects will be in the form of visual presentations such as posters as well as skits and other oral presentations.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My classroom is up the stairs on Main Street, to the right and on the right hand side (in the 6th grade pod). Extra help is available after school by appointment.