Español 3 Pre-AP
Español 4 AP
1a Hora: Español 1
2a Hora: Español 1
3a Hora: Español 1
4a Hora: Español 3 Pre-AP
5a Hora: Español 3 Pre-AP
6a Hora: Español 4 AP Lengua y cultura
7a Hora: Conference
Phone # 830-629-8654
Conference: 7th Period
Welcome to the Spanish program at New Braunfels High School Ninth Grade Center. I anticipate a great year and hope you share our desire for academic excellence. Acquiring a foreign language will help you understand and appreciate cultural differences.
This will be a very exciting year, but it also requires hard work, patience and cooperation. Together, we can make it a productive and worthwhile year. I expect the school year to be a mutually rewarding experience. In order to achieve this goal, we must work together. Therefore, in addition to school policies described in the student handbook, I expect you to follow these rules and procedures:
I believe that all of my students can behave appropriately in my classroom. I will NOT tolerate student behavior that stops me from teaching and/or keeps other students from learning.
Do what is right; do the best you can to follow the Golden Rule.
I follow all school policies regarding food and drink, dress code, and use of cell phones and electronics. PLEASE spare yourself the hassle of having to send a parent to the office to pick up your cell phone – turn it off and keep it put away!
Practice everyday good manners and courtesies in the classroom.
RESPECT the rights and property of others.
Time in the classroom will be spent learning Spanish Language & Culture. This is not a study hall for other course homework. Only materials for THIS class will be allowed at students’ desks. All other materials will be confiscated.
Please pay attention and follow directions the first time I give them.
There will be NO food or drinks in the classroom (with the exception of water or cultural, curriculum-based activities).
Please maintain proper posture and keep feet off the furniture. Face the front so that you can fully participate in class.
The hall pass is to be used only in case of an emergency. Get a drink, and go to the bathroom between classes.
Do not be tardy! NBHS tardy policy will be strictly enforced.
A composition book for all your class notes/writing for Spanish only and loose leaf paper
Notes are to be taken ON PAPER during lectures and class discussions UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED BY INSTRUCTOR. Use of IPads and other electronic devices is NOT allowed unless teacher has built their use into the lesson.
Your CHARGED IPads
A great attitude and lots of energy!
It is important that you attend class every day. New concepts are difficult to grasp from the textbook alone. You need all possible exposure to the Spanish language.
Class begins when the bell rings. Be prepared to work the entire class time. I release you when class is over.
I follow NGC’s policy for make-up work after an absence. If you were aware of the assignment prior to your absence, it is due the day you return to class.
Mornings 8:05- 8:25 (except on day I have duty)
Afternoon tutorials can be arranged with advanced notice.
I. Major Grades(Chapter tests, projects/presentations) 50%
II. Daily Grades(Daily classroom activities, quizzes (pruebitas diarias), homework, participation) 50%
Test Retakes or Corrections
A student who failed a test may retake the test under normal testing conditions after reteach during tutorials. The grade will be 70% of their retest score.
A student may do test corrections after reteach while under teacher supervision during tutorials. If all corrections are completed successfully, a student who failed the test will earn half of the points up to a 70. For example: An original test grade of 50 on the test can be corrected to a 60 after doing test corrections.
In either instance it is up to the student to come to the teacher and complete either option within 5 school days. If not completed in a timely manner, the original grade will remain in the gradebook.
The preceding class rules and procedures will provide good time and energy management in the classroom. I ask students for their cooperation, and I pledge to do my best to provide well-prepared lessons and guidance for my students.
Español 3 Pre-AP
Necessary Items/Materials Essential for Success in the Class: Always BRING….
1. CHARGED Ipads
2. Pencil and Pen
3. A composition book for Spanish class only! Notes are to be taken ON PAPER during lectures and class discussions UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED BY INSTRUCTOR. Use of IPads and other electronic devices is NOT allowed unless teacher has built their use into the lesson.
4. Loose leaf paper/ plastic folder for handouts
5. Great Attitude and lots of energy!
General Course of Study IN the Target Language:
Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Grammatical Structures, Vocabulary and Culture
I. Major Grades(Chapter tests, projects/presentations) 60%
II. Daily Grades(Daily classroom activities, quizzes (pruebitas diarias), homework, participation) 40%
It is up to the student to come to the teacher and complete either option within 5 school days. If not completed in a timely manner, the original grade will remain in the gradebook.
New Braunfels Ninth Grade Center
Spanish IV Advanced Placement
Instructor: Nancy Barajas
The Advanced Placement Program in Spanish Language is intended for those who have chosen to develop their proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Students who enroll should already have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples and should have attained a reasonable proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
The AP Spanish Language course covers the equivalent of a third year college course in advanced Spanish writing and conversation. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar and composition. Such a course, emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication, has the following objectives:
1. the ability to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish;
2. the acquisition of vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as modern literature in Spanish;
3. the ability to compose expository passages; and
4. the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency.
Course content will strive to reflect intellectual interests shared by the students and the teacher (the arts, history, current events, literature, culture, sports, etc.). Materials might well include recordings, films, newspapers, and magazines. The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines rather than to the mastery of any specific subject matter. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions will be an integral part of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Course.
The Advanced Placement Language Examination is not based on specific course content but instead attempts to evaluate levels of performance in the use of the language, both in understanding written and spoken Spanish and in writing and speaking with ease in correct and idiomatic Spanish.
The examination consists of two sections. Section I, a multiple-choice section, tests listening and reading comprehension and mastery of grammatical structure and vocabulary. Section II, a free-response section, tests the productive skills of speaking and writing.
The portion of the examination devoted to each skill contributes toward the final AP grade as follows: Listening 20%, Reading 30%, Writing 30%, Speaking 20%. This allocation corresponds to colleges’ emphasis on reading and writing in their advanced courses.
The exam is administered early-May and costs $93 (financial aid is available through the counselors for those who qualify.) The student is not required to take the exam at the end of this course, however, no one who has not completed the AP Language course with a passing grade will be allowed to take the exam.
Grading Policy: This class will follow the District policy concerning grade distribution and late work. Please see the District Website for current Grading Policies. Major Grades: 70%, Daily Grades: 30%.
*********All AP classes are “Level 4” and do NOT allow re-takes of exams or extra credit
1. Abriendo Paso/ Lectura: Prentice Hall (Digital).
2. Abriendo Paso/ Gramåtica: Prentice Hall (Digital).
3. Supplementary texts from foreign language library and supporting websites
4. Short stories and plays selected by the teacher.
5. Additional videos pertinent to the coursework, as well as other sources selected by the teacher.
Bienvenidos! Es un placer tenerlos en clase (it is a pleasure having you in class). I sincerely hope that this year will be one of learning and enrichment for the students in my Spanish classes. I want to take this opportunity to inform you about my classes and classroom procedures.
We will be studying the basic skills of Listening, Reading, Writing, Grammatical Structures, Vocabulary and Culture. In class we will practice these skills in a variety of ways: dialogues, listening activities, individual/group exercises, etc. I also plan to present the students with authentic material (such as music, newspaper/magazine articles, literature, etc.) Our goal in this class will be to acquire Spanish and will focus on communication. "Acquiring" a language is very different than "learning" a language. Acquisition is something that happens to you instead of something that you make happen. When you learned how to speak your first language, you "acquired" it naturally by listening to other people speak it around you for a long time, not by studying it. Therefore, almost all of our class time will be spent using comprehensible input in Spanish and the focus will be listening and practicing.
Even though there may not be any written homework at times, students should always be practicing and reviewing class material. I encourage you to ask your child what was covered in class. Each lesson has a very important vocabulary list that is a great resource to review at home each day. The materials in the student notebooks are also great resources. Please encourage your child to practice every day. Regular, consistent practice is the KEY!
I have given each student a copy of my classroom rules and procedures. Please read them together to help you and your child understand what is expected for student success. This information is to be kept in each student's folder.
I invite all of my students to come for extra help during morning/afternoon tutorials. It is important that all homework is done the night it is assigned (allowing tutorials to be used for questions and additional clarification.)
Report cards are sent home at the end of every grading period. In addition, please feel free to contact me regarding student progress by emailing me directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will return your email as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please sign the attached portion and return it during first week of school.
Sra. Nancy Barajas
Student Name: __________________________________
I ________________________ understand that my failure to do any assignments can cause me to fail this class.
I understand that there is a late work policy in place (unless due to an excused absence) that reduces the maximum possible points for each homework assignment. I also understand that if I am absent, I have 5 school days to make up any missed assignments that I did not know about prior to my absence. I know that it is my responsibility to take notes in class, write down my assignments and keep record of my grades. I know that if I am absent, it is my responsibility to find out what my assignments were for the class missed.
I understand that tutorials are from 8:05 a.m-8:20 a.m. (with exception of Sra. Barajas duty day). I must make arrangements to make up any quiz or test. I understand that major test must be made up before or after school because of time availability.
We have read the class rules and procedures for Sra. Barajas's Spanish class.
Student signature: _______________________
Student email: ____________________________
Parent signature: ___________________________
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