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Spanish 1-3

 

Course Description

Rosetta Stone Software uses immersion to teach Spanish in the same way students learned their first language.  The student is immersed through images, instruction, and interactive exercises using intuition with no translation.  The course begins simply and builds systematically to the more complex.  Students will learn to match their voices to native speakers.  The absence of translation uses one’s natural learning skills. This year, we will also be learning about Hispanic culture, and discovering what makes each  Spanish speaking countries unique.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1.      Understand everyday language through proficiency-based listening and reading activities

2.      Pronounce words correctly after practicing with the proprietary speech recognition and analysis tool

3.      Speak without a script using cues in order to quickly recall words

4.      Spell and write accurately

5.      Engage in real-life conversations

6.      Retain learned material

7.      Have a general understanding of Hispanic Culture

 

 

Student Expectations

Students are expected to:

 

1.       Come to class with a positive attitude

2.       Arrive on time with textbook, assignments, pencils, erasers, notebook paper, and be ready to work

3.       Put fourth your best effort

4.       Actively participate in class discussions

5.       Complete and turn in  ALL assignments (including homework) on time within specified time restraints

6.       Respect your classmates and their abilities

7.       Arrive on time for class with computer, headset, and assignments.

8.       Maintain FULLY charged computer batteries (students will not have access to electrical outlets during class)

9.       Have clean white loose-leaf paper and 2 pens

10.   Meet weekly goals

11.   Work consistently on Spanish during the allotted class time

Grade Book

 

Homework

5%

 

 

Participation

10%

 

 

Weekly Goals

15%

 

 

Curriculum Proficiency Scores

 

20%

 

 

Written Exams

50% 

 

 

 

Total

100%


 

Grade Book

 

Total Points

Letter Grade

Percentage

990-1000

A+

99-100%

950-980

A

95-98%

930-940

A-

93-94%

910-920

B+

91-92%

870-900

B

87-90%

850-860

B-

85-86%

830-840

C+

83-84%

790-820

C

79-82%

770-780

C-

77-78%

750-760

D+

75-76%

710-740

D

71-74%

 690-700

D-

69-70%

 000-689

F

0-68%

 

 


 

Instructor’s Grading Criteria/Timetable: 

All course Tests and Quizzes will be graded and returned within one week of their taken date.  All Homework and Class Work will be graded and returned by the end of the week.

 

Extenuating Circumstances:  If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing homework, quizzes or participating in the class, please contact the instructor to make alternative arrangements.  The possibility of alternative arrangements is at the discretion of the instructor.  Active communication is the key to overcoming any hurdles you may encounter.

 

 

Late Work Policy

In order to move quickly and successfully, specific deadlines for all assignments are as follows:

 

1)      It is the STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY to obtain all missed assignments by checking the website, or with the instructor.

2)      Should a student be unable to meet a deadline, it is expected the student will make arrangements in advance with the instructor to turn work in late.

3)      For anticipated absences, you will have the opportunity to take quizzes, tests, and exams prior to your absence, as well as complete any class assignments and homework.

4)      For unexpected absences, all work must be completed by the first Friday after the absence. All quizzes, tests, and exams must be completed by the first Friday after the absence.

5)      If a student does not make prior arrangements with the instructor and fails to turn individual work in on time, the following penalties may be applied:

 

·         Work that is submitted 1 calendar day AFTER its due date may be graded down a maximum of one grade.

·         Work that is submitted 2 calendar days AFTER its due date may be graded down a maximum of two grades.

·         Works that is submitted 3 calendar days AFTER its due date may be graded down a maximum of three grades.

·         Work that is submitted more than 4 days AFTER its due date will receive an automatic zero.

  

 

Acknowledgement

 

Course: Spanish 1-3

DUE DATE:  September 1, 2009

 

 

 

Student Name: ___________________________________

 

 

 

 

I have read the syllabus for this course, and I agree to abide by the policies, procedures, and expectations listed in the syllabus.  I understand that failure to do so will negatively impact not only my grades in this course, but my overall academic standing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Student Signature                                                       Date

 

 

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Parent Signature                                                       Date