Spanish 1 and 2

Course:  Spanish 1 and 2 

Instructor:  Dr. Amy Bennett Banner

Text:  No text will be distributed to students in these courses.

I.  Course Objectives (As presented in the Tennessee Modern Languages Goals and Objectives--

•1.   Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

•2.   Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

•3.   Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

•4.   Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of daily life, traditional ideas and perspectives, institutions, literary and artistic expressions, and other components and aspects of the cultures being studied.

•5.   Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive view points that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

•6.   Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

•7.   Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparison of language studied and their own.

•8.   Students demonstrate understanding of concept of culture through comparison of cultures studied and their own.

•9.   Students will use the language both within and beyond the school setting with representatives of the target cultures in a variety of ways.

•10.  Students use the language for leisure and personal enrichment.

II. Course Methodology

The methodology for teaching the Spanish language used in this course is Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling, which was invented by Blaine Ray.  It provides a language-rich environment that promotes foreign language learning by what sounds right.  TPRStorytelling provides natural language acquisition in humorous, non-stressful situations.  It does not stress grammatical instruction, but rather encourages grammatical correctness by modeling correct grammar in stories.  It teaches students to relate language to actual objects and actions.  It does not promote simple regurgitation.  TPRStorytelling promotes long-term memory retention because it is visual, physical, acoustical and contextual and mimics the way in which the first language was acquired.

III. Course Outline

This course is designed to expand the development of proficiency in the four skills of language learning:  listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The focus is communication in Spanish, incorporating understanding of Hispanic cultures, connecting with other disciplines, comparing native language to Spanish and participating in multicultural communities.

IV.  Evaluation

A.  HHS Grading Scale  93-100%=A  85-92%=B 75-84%=C   70-74%=D  Below 70%=F

  Spanish Class Grading Scale  90-100 A 80-89 B  70-79 C  60-69 D 

B.  Assessment

1.  Grades will be based on homework, in-class assignments, projects, quizzes and tests.  Assignments will be both in oral and written forms.  With the exception of in depth exams, all quizzes and tests are unannounced in this class.  This is done in order to adequately assess what students have in actuality learned, not just what they have studied for.

2.  Late work will receive a reduction in grade, unless the student has an excused absence. 

V.   Tardies , Class Participation, Attendance, and Make-up Work

1.  All students should be in class on time. 

2.  Class participation grades are based on student behavior and participation in class.  Students who pay attention, are prepared for class, on time and cause no major disruptions will receive no reduction in the Class Participation grade.  Each student begins the grading period with a 100 in Class Participation.  For any offense, the student must "Págame" (pay me) five points.  Students may complete an assignment to regain these points.  If a student looses 10 points in any one class period, he or she will receive consequences from the office.  Class disruptions will also cause the entire class to lose an equal amount of time from any Preferred Activity Time for the week.

3.  Regular attendance is essential to success in the study of a foreign language.   Comprehensible input must be heard on a regular basis in order to fully gain the skills in this class.

4.  It is the responsibility of the student to acquire any missed assignments.  The student has 3 days from his/her return to make up any work missed.  If the student is present on a day an assignment is given and absent on the day it is due, he/she will be expected to turn in that work on the day of his/her return. 

5.  Student work may be corrected in-class by other students.  This is done to give immediate feedback to students regarding their work.

6.  Students will be assigned a partner at the beginning of the semester.  It is each student's responsibility to make sure that his or her partner receives the best grade possible.  Partners will be respoinsible for making sure that the other has notes when a class is missed, receives handouts on their partner's behaf, and will also help each other learn and practice the language.

It is your RESPONSIBILITY to behave in a way that shows RESPECT for:


*be intellectually honest

*do quality work

*speak up if you have concerns or needs

*set appropriate boundaries


*honor diversity

*honor space


*honor yours, mine, and ours


*take care of things (whether they belong to you , to your neighbor, to me or to our school)


*know the rules for both our school and our Spanish class

The Environment

*keep your desk, the area around your desk clean.

*help keep our school clean by picking up after yourself

It is your RESPONSIBILITY to behave in a way that encourages positive RESULTS by:

*participating in class work, discussions, etc.

*doing all assigned work

*managing your time

*working with assigned or chosen partners/groups