A. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Spanish 8 is the second year in your foreign language experience. We will be working this year to further develop your communication skills in Spanish. This means our concentration will be on speaking and listening, while also doing some reading and writing. We will also be preparing to take a Proficiency Exam that is given in June.
B. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will find the topics we study this year useful in every day situations:
personal identification house & home* family life
community & neighborhood earning a living food & drink
health & welfare education* shopping
physical environment leisure travel
current events culture
C. GOALS FOR THE YEAR
1. To participate regularly and use Spanish in class.
2. To practice Spanish outside of class
3. To demonstrate your Spanish skills on the Proficiency Exam in June.
4. To be aware of Hispanic happenings through the media.
The district has set guidelines for all teachers; therefore, each marking period the quarter grade will be based upon the following percentages:
80% Summative/Required Course Assessments which includes:
- *Speaking tasks
- *benchmark quizzes
- *Common unit assessments
20% Formative/Practice Assessments which includes:
- *Daily classwork
- *Common unit projects
Final Exam will be calculated into the final grade.
To keep updated on grades and assignment completions check the Parent Portal. If you have questions about what you see please do not hesitate to ask.
It is your responsibility to check me, the agenda in Goggle Classroom or with a classmate to see what you missed. Most work will be in your unit books.
F. MY WEBSITE
My website can be used in many different ways. It provides downloadable vocabulary as well as unit books (or pages) and also practice for past and present vocabulary.
G. EXTRA HELP
Please do not hesitate to stay after school if you are falling behind, do not understand something or just want extra practice! Other opportunities exist school-wide for help include during homeroom, study hall and SSW.
You are expected to bring your current unit book to class every day with a writing utensil and Chrome Book. At times we will be using supplies such as markers, colored pencils, scissors, and rulers, which you may want to bring from home. You may leave your binder in the classroom and it will need to be divided into 3 sections: activities, unit books and vocabulary.
I. PROFICIENCY EXAM
This exam will cover what you have learned after 2 years of Spanish. It will incorporate all four language skills -listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Passing this exam will award you one high school credit that you need for graduation.