SPANISH THREE, HONORS -MR. VAN SLOOTEN
COURSE RATIONALE- Spanish is now spoken by approximately thirty million people in the United States, primarily in the southwest, but also in other parts of this nation. The study and mastery of Spanish has a number of possible uses that can help you both professionally and educationally. This mastery will vastly improve your chances of success in any job where you have to deal with large numbers of people, and will also help you to get into a number of colleges, many of which require at least two years of a foreign language for admission.
COURSE OBJECTIVES-this course will build upon some of the reading, writing, and speaking basics taught in Spanish one and two, with new grammar and new vocabulary, as well as some culture of the Spanish language. A number of different means will be used to reach these objectives, such as written drills, note-taking, review games, speaking activities, listening activities, and video assignments, to name the most common. In addition, you should watch some Spanish language news for at least several minutes two to three times per week to help develop comprehension and vocabulary.
SUPPLIES- you should bring your notebook, text, workbook, paper, writing instruments, and Spanish-English dictionary daily. Please obtain a good dictionary ASAP; a thick paperback or electronic dictionary of at least 20,000-25,000 entries should work. The text is En Español, and the workbook is now available for $20.00. There is a website at www.mcdougallittell.com which has a number of activities which accompany the text; go to the Class Zone for En Español, level three. In addition, there is a CD for the text that may be purchased.
NOTEBOOK-your Spanish notebook will be a three ring binder, one inch in width.
It will be divided into two sections:
Note-taking section- In this section, you will have most of your notes on grammar, although other topics will be covered as well. At the front of this section you will have a table of contents, which will have the assignment title and the assignment number for each assignment. Likewise, on the top page(s) of the assignment, you will also have the title (center) and number (on the right). You may use more than one page for an assignment if necessary- very likely if you write with large letters- but use the same assignment number for each. You may use the front and back of each page as well. When you reach the end of an assignment, even if it is at the middle of the page, please begin the next assignment at the top of a fresh page.
Warm-up section-This section should be in the second part of the notebook, set off by a divider. At the beginning of class each day, there will be a brief activity on the overhead, generally involving a pair of sentences. Copy down the date for the exercise, and then copy
the sentences. These should then be translated into Spanish. Always get missed warm-ups when absent.
BONUS POINTS-Certain activities will provide bonus points, which are put into your grade only at the end of each semester. These may provide a boost of up to 3-4% max, but if you are on the border between grades, this may make the difference between two letter grades
MAKE-UPS- if you are absent, homework will be due the no later than the day after you return from and absence. It is your responsibility to see me or e-mail me within one calendar week of missing quizzes or tests to set up a make-up date . Check the calendar each day for upcoming assignments, and call classmates for missing work when absent.
1)FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS; if you have any objection to something you are asked to do,
please discuss it with me later
2) Keep cell phones, i-pods and other such items tucked away.
3) Stay in assigned seat.
4) No shoving, running, hitting, or back talk.
5) Keep area around desk clean.
6) No food or drinks are to be consumed in class.
7) Speak only when called on or during activities that require speaking.
8) Please try to take care of bathroom needs and phone calls before and after class.
9) Be in class when the bell rings, ready to work.
10) Stick to the dress code! If you are in violation, you may be asked to go the office to change. change.
CONSEQUENCES- if you follow the rules and do the work, your grades and your self-esteem will be enhanced, needless to say! If you break rules and are cited on my "guest list," you will be facing a warning the first time, after which detentions follow, and ultimately, parental contact or Saturday school may even result.
I, _______________________________________, have reviewed and understand the policies and rules explained on this handout, and will abide by them. In addition, my parent(s) have seen this handout as well.
Parent or guardian:________________________________________