Instructor: Ronda Hall- Ramirez
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 1201A
Course title: Spanish 1-2
Subject: Foreign Language and Literature
Grade level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1
Course description:
This course is designed to develop basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish. This will be achieved through the instructor’s use of the target language whenever possible. Through music, art, games, poetry, cultural awareness activities, dialogues, role plays of real life conversations and other interactive activities students will become familiar with cultures of the Spanish speaking world and learn to communicate on a basic level. In addition to written assignments, students will be completing several projects throughout the year, given frequent speaking tests, and will take written and oral exams at the end of each semester in order to evaluate their progress in the course. Spanish 1-2 is a fun and interactive course in which students will make great advances in understanding and speaking Spanish. Upon completion of Spanish 1-2, students will be able to speak, understand, read and write Spanish at a level that is consistent with Benchmarks one and two from the Oregon State Content Standards.
Prerequisites:
This is a basic Spanish course. Therefore, no prerequisites are required.
Priority standards:
Upon completion of Spanish 1-2, students will be able to speak, understand, read and write Spanish at a level that is consistent with Benchmarks one and two from the Oregon State Content Standards.
Schedule of topics/units covered:
First quarter will focus on greetings, introductions and the basics of Spanish including the alphabet, numbers, colors, days of the week, months and learning the countries and their capitals that speak Spanish. Second quarter, students will begin speaking about themselves, such as giving their age and preferences. Third quarter, students will be introduced to present tense verb conjugation and begin speaking about what is happening in the present. Fourth quarter students will learn about family, professions, and how to talk about plans in the future.
Academic vocabulary:
District adopted materials:
Dime Uno
Supplemental resources:
All other supplementary activities, games and written assignments will be provided in class.
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
Differentiation will be provided by the instructor as needed per IEP. The instructor is available for extra help as directed. TAG materials, including graded readers, are available for students who want to supplement the whole class instruction.
Final proficiencies:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to have short conversations. These will include greetings, introductions, giving directions, counting, talk about dates, talk about their preferences, their age and origin, their family, what they are doing or going to do, describe themselves and others, and eliciting this information from others. They will have a solid if basic understanding of the structure of the Spanish language and towards the end, will be able to create their own simple sentences.
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Guest speakers
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Global Literacy
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
Students will be evaluated in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. 40% of a student’s grade is in-class participation, 30% is oral and written tests, 20% is projects and 10% is all other written assignments. As participation weighs very heavy, students are expected to be on time to class and make-up any missed days. Grade scales is as follows: A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%, F 59% and below. Instructor DOES NOT round up when grading, so do not ask. No extra credit is provided as students are expected to complete assigned work successfully. If a student desires a higher grade, they make retake an exam (excluding a semester exam) on their own time or redo an assignment for a higher grade.
Behavioral expectations:
Upon completion of Spanish 1-2, students will be able to speak, understand, read and write Spanish at a level that is consistent with Benchmarks one and two from the Oregon State Content Standards
Safety issues and requirements:

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/15/2008.