• Syllabus

    Posted by Kelly Reed Heuer on 9/4/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Español 1 Sra. Reed

    Phone: 208-350-4340 Ext. 1511

    Email: reedheuer.kelly@westada.org

    Class Description:
    Spanish I A & B Course Number(s): 06101G1011, 06101G1012
    Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Credit: 2
    Prerequisite: None
    Content: This class introduces the student to basic Spanish conversation, vocabulary, grammar, history, and culture. Conversation in Spanish is encouraged. Frequent homework is required. This course is an approved NCAA course.

    General Course Learning Outcomes (these will be made more specific for each unit and will be described using ACTFL proficiency benchmarks and Can-Do statements):
    - Use unit vocabulary to create written or oral presentations in Spanish
    - Have non scripted conversations in Spanish
    - Determine meaning from written or spoken presentations in Spanish
    - Use Spanish to discuss everyday things

    In Spanish 1 we will learn basic concepts of how to communicate in Spanish cultures and language. To facilitate learning and create a more “real world” like environment we will do projects, presentations, and will speak in Spanish as much as possible. Textbooks will only be used on occasion, instead we will focus on the new curriculum provided by West Ada School District. For example:

    Chapter 1: It’s nice to meet you

     Grammar / Structures

    • Date, time, calendar and age structures.
    • Grammatical gender of nouns
    • Alphabet, accents, and punctuation


    Culture (& Cultural Comparisons)

    • I can tell you how…
      • people greet each other that they know and don’t know in the target cultures.
      • personal space is different in the target cultures.
      • there is a difference in telling time, dates and phone numbers in the target cultures.
      • a calendar is organized differently in the target cultures.
      • punctuation and written accents/umlauts differ between languages. (Indo-European languages) (Connections)
      • I can use different greetings at different times of the day.
    • I can use numbers to perform mathematical operations (Connections)


    There are 7 chapters total, and all follow the same pattern as Chapter 1. Each chapter includes culture, everyday language use (written/spoken), grammar, and presentational language use (written/spoken).

    Proficiency based grading:

    Proficiency levels are based on a series of “Can-Do” statements based on the ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) guidelines. Spanish 2 uses the guidelines for “Novice-low to Novice-Mid”. The Can-Do statements pertaining to each Unit will be given to students prior to beginning a new unit. Examples of Can-Do statements are:

    Grading policy:
    Categories and weight:

    • Homework: 10%
    • Quizzes: 20%
    • Projects/Presentations: 20%
    • Assessments: 50%

    Homework is worth 10% of the final grade. One retake is allowed per assessment. Retakes must be completed within one week after an assessment is graded and returned.

    Assessments are worth 50% of the final grade; each unit will have one assessment at the end. One retake is allowed per assessment. Retakes must be completed within one week after an assessment is graded and returned.

    Quizzes are worth 20% of the final grade. Quizzes will be given throughout each unit to assess student knowledge of the material. One retake is allowed per assessment. Retakes must be completed within one week after an assessment is graded and returned.

    Projects/presentations are worth 20% of the grade. These grades will be entered into PowerSchool as “projects” only although it encompasses both projects and presentations. One retake is allowed per assessment. Retakes must be completed within one week after an assessment is graded and returned.

    Grading expectations

    • Tests/Quizzes/Projects/Homework:
      • Marked as received when it is turned in on the due date and will be graded every Friday.
      • NOT turned in on the due date will receive an immediate grade of 0 and will be marked as “missing” and “late”.

    Communication with Sra. Reed

    • Emails:
      • Will not be read or responded to on weekends or after 4:00 pm on weekdays
      • Allow 24 hours for a response
    • Phone calls:
      • Calls will be returned after school

    Retakes, late work, and extra instruction:

    • Retakes:
      • Students may retake any assessment once for full points
      • Must be done no later than one week after the assignment has been graded and returned.
    • Late work:
      • Late work will be accepted for full credit until 1 week after the due date.
      • Late work not received within one week of the due date will not be accepted and will receive a 0 in the gradebook
    • Extra instruction:
      • I am available for extra instruction after school during Grizz
      • Grizz is not available on Wednesday
      • I am not available during lunch

     Red Expectations:

    • Log in on time to class
    • Turn off camera and microphone unless asked to do so by the teacher
    • Ask pertinent questions in chat, but do not fill it up with side conversations with your classmates
      • This is the equivalent of talking during class in the physical classroom
    • Be respectful
      • We all learn at different rates and in different ways
    • Be patient with yourself and others.
      • We are all learning a new skill in addition to learning a new language

    Yellow/Green Expectations:

    • All phones will be placed in the vault at the beginning of class.
      • 1st offense – warning
      • 2nd offense – lose phone for class period
      • 3rd offense – phone will be taken to office
      • 4th offense – teacher will call parents to pick up phone from office
    • Be on time. Students should be at their desks, phones in the vault, and ready to learn within 2 minutes of the tardy bell.
      • Ready to learn means that students have necessary materials at their desks and are not talking with their classmates.
    • Be respectful
      • Being respectful means that students will:
        • Follow instruction
        • Not talk over each other or the teacher
        • Acquiesce to classroom and school rules
        • Not bully in any way
        • Politely ask questions
      • 1st offense – warning
      • 2nd offense – referral written up, student sent to office
        • Disruptions to learning will not be tolerated
      • Use Spanish! Use Spanish, make mistakes, and laugh. Mistakes help us learn and sometimes they are funny; laughing at ourselves makes it easier.
      • Feel free to snack in class. However, the privilege of having food in class may be rescinded if:
        • Students share food with each other.
          • No risks will be taken with food allergies
        • Wrappers and food are left on the floor and/or desks
      • Clean up!
        • There are 2 garbage cans and a recycling bin in the classroom, use these instead of the floor.
        • Put materials away neatly
      • Do NOT begin packing up until given permission to do so. Permission to pack up will usually be given in the last 1-2 minutes of class, this is more than enough time.
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