Instructor: Ronda Hall- Ramirez
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 1201C
Course title: Spanish 5-6
Subject: Foreign Language and Literature
Grade level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1
Course description:
This course is designed to develop intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish. This will be achieved through the instructor’s use of the target language throughout the course. Through music, art, games, poetry, short stories, news items and other authentic written materials, cultural awareness activities, dialogues, role plays of real life conversations and interactive activities students will gain a more in depth knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish speaking world and learn to communicate at a more advanced level. In addition to written assignments, students will be completing several projects throughout the year, given frequent speaking, reading and writing tests, and will take written and oral exams at the end of each semester in order to evaluate their progress in the course. Spanish 5-6 is designed to take the students’ knowledge and application of Spanish to a solid intermediate level through vocabulary expansion and more advanced grammar. Students will be expected to speak Spanish in class.
Prerequisites:
Spanish 3-4 or instructor permission.
Priority standards:
Schedule of topics/units covered:
first quarter will focus on a thorough review of the previous two years, particularly the two past tenses. This will include the reading of a traditional Mexican legend. Second quarter, students will begin learning Spanish sayings, indirect and direct object pronouns and read a Guatemalan legend. Third quarter, students will be introduced to the simple future tense verb conjugation and begin speaking and writing about what will happen. They will also begin a poetry unit. Fourth quarter students will learn how to speak and write using the conditional and subjunctive tenses in order to communicate what could or might occur.
Academic vocabulary:
District adopted materials:
Dime Dos
Supplemental resources:
All other supplementary activities, stories, poetry, 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 needed. TAG materials, including more advanced readings for TAG and/or native speakers, are available for students who want to supplement the whole class instruction.
Final proficiencies:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate at a more advanced and refined level. They will further develop reading skills and expand their vocabulary considerably through in class discussions about both assigned readings and current events. They will be able to discuss and write about what is going on in the world today as well as become familiar with both modern poetry, prose and traditional stories and legends from the Spanish speaking world. Cultural awareness will be activated through the learning of idioms and traditional sayings.
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Global Literacy
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Global Literacy
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:
As participation weighs heavy, behavior can impact a student’s grade. Students are expected to speak Spanish as much as possible as well as listen and allow others to listen to the sounds of the language. Electronics are not permitted in class nor is completing work from another course during class time. Foul or hateful language, in English or Spanish, is forbidden.
Safety issues and requirements:

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/15/2008.