Syllabus Spanish 1 & 2

Teacher:Benjamin Johnson


Classroom Goals

1.     Students will be familiar with the structure and form of theSpanish Language

2.     Students will  understandbasic conversations in the present tense

3.     Students will be able to converse in simple Spanish about theirpersonal lives, interests, school and daily activities.


Guidelines for Success

1.     Lazaro Loro says: “Repita”

2.     Tomas Tucan says: “Participe”

3.     Gregorio Garza says: “Practique”

4.     Senor Johnson says: “The brain is connected to the body.  If you cannot pronounce a word, there is noway you can remember it.”


Classroom Rules

1.     Be ladies and gentlemen at all times- (This means be courteous,speak kindly, be patient, treat others with respect that you want)- Forgentlemen…ladies go first, open doors etc…

2.     Students do not chew gum or bring food to class.

3.     Students will actively participate in learning.

4.     Students will follow all other school rules including dress-code,behavior and attendance rules.

5.     Do your own work- ok to get help so you can understand but don’tjust copy answers.

6.     Be prepared to learn- i.e. bring materials and do your homework.


Behavior Expectations During Learning Activities

1.     During direct instruction: Students are to turn their chairs toface Senor Johnson and track him with their eyes at all times unless they arewriting notes. No talking, no requests, save all questions until afterinstruction. Students do not leave their seats.

2.     During table work: Students review task rubric, make groupassignments, and collectively and collaboratively work on completing the task.Students may speak at conversation level one (whisper and low voice) with theirtable mates only.  Students must askpermission to leave chairs.  Students whohave questions place their book on the end standing up.

3.     During pair dialogue and vocabulary work:  Students read outloud, in conversation leveltwo (regular indoor voice),  thedialogue/vocabulary sections and commit them to memory.  Students take turns practicing/quizzing witheach other until they reach fluency. Students must ask permission to leavechairs.  Students who have questionsplace their book on the end standing up.


Grading scale:

100-92% is an A-  Superior performance

85-91% is a B- Acceptableperformance

77-84% is a C- Belowaverage performance

70-76% is a D- Poorperformance

69% or lower is failing


Relative value:

Studentsare graded in two categories:

1.      Summative50%-  Exams, quizzes, projects

(Avispas may be used onquizzes and tests- limit five per test or quiz.)


2.      Formative50%-  Homework, classwork

(A zero will kill agrade-  some points are better thannone.)


Classroom Procedures

Entering the classroom

1)    Greet Señor Johnson at the door

2)    Quietly sit in your assigned seat

3)    Sharpen pencils, take out or obtain necessary materials

4)    Write the daily “Dicho” and the warm up question


Tardy to class

1)    Do not interrupt the teacher

2)    Simply fill out the tardy paper. Attach any note you might have.

3)    After three tardies you must write a letter to Señor Johnsonexplaining why you were late and what you will do to make sure it does nothappen again.


Lacking Paper or pencil

1)    Get a pencil or paper before class from the student assigned withmaterials.  Fill out the request form. 

2)    After three requests for materials write a letter to Señor Johnsonwhy you are not prepared for class today and what you will do to be preparedtomorrow.


How to find out what the daily assignments are

1)    Daily assignments are listed on the white board and on the monthlyassignments log. 

2)    If you are absent, worksheets can be found in the stacking shelvesunder “Que Hicimos”(What we did).

3)    Ask a table mate.


Turning in assignments

1)    Classroom assignments are collected by table and one person pertable will turn the work in to Señor Johnson.

2)    Homework is turned on the due date directly to Señor Johnson. 

3)    Late work is accepted but, except for excused absences, is onlyworth 90% of the original grade.


Returning assignments to students

Assignments will be returned the day after beingreceived.

Students are to keep their assignments in afolder and in their Spanish notebook.


Finding out grade status

Students will receive agrade report twice each term.

Students may ask abouttheir grade at any time.


Student responsibilities after an absence

1)    If a student is absent it is his or her responsibility to make upthe assigned work. 

2)    If you are absent, worksheets can be found in the stacking shelvesunder “Que Hicimos”(What we did).

3)    Late work is accepted but is due the following day for excusedabsences. If turned in later, it is only worth 90% of the original grade.


Late, missing, or incomplete assignments

1)    Late assignments are 90% of the original grade possible

2)    Missing assignments are given a grade of 0

3)    Partial grades are given for incomplete assignments.  If the assignment is completed at a laterdate, then the total possible grade is 90%


Communication procedures with parents andfamilies

Parents or guardians cancontact Señor Johnson at his conference time 9:15 to 10:00 by phone or throughemail at any time. To have a conference with Señor Johnson or to visit your sonor daugher’s classroom, please make an appointment through the front office.


Ending class

1)    Students put away materials, clean-up work area and prepare forclosing question

2)    Students answer closing question

3)    Students push in their chairs and quietly leave as Señor Johnsondismisses them


Consequences for Classroom Rule Violations

Students unwilling to followclassroom rules may receive the following consequences:

1)     Verbalwarning

2)     Write aletter of apology

3)     Parentsnotified and Classroom discipline assigned (restriction from classroomactivities)

4)     Parentsnotified and Classroom detention assigned


Consequences for Code of ConductViolations

Parents notified andadministrative discipline referral submitted