Spanish ~Señora Colbert
¡HOLA! Welcome to my Spanish class. This class requires your active participation in class as well as the completion of homework, projects, and learning the material outside of class. It is designed to include individual practice and group activities. In addition to standard forms of teaching such as lectures, note taking, and tests, there will be pair work, oral and listening activities, videos, songs, and cultural celebrations.
Students are required to haveearphones, a notebook, a folder or binder, and a pen (black or blue ink) or pencils. Bring your laptop charged and ready to go. Each student needs to bring all materials to class every day.
In this class we will be working from a variety of source and following the “BuenViaje” textbook series; however you will not be issued a textbook. When working from the text in class you will be assigned a book for the hour. For homework, there is an online textbook and workbook. (See class website for access information). If you do not have access to the internet, the school library is open before and after school (until 3:30). If you need to take a book home, please see me and I will sign one out to you for the night.
You will earn a grade in my class by participating, completing homework and daily work, finishing projects, and taking quizzes and tests. The various parts of your grade are not weighted. Grades are determined by straight point totals. The percentages below reflect an approximate break down of your grade. Actual percentages are determined as the year develops.
20%--Participation (using Spanish in class)
20%--Daily workand Homework
10%-- Final exams
The gradingscale for this class is listed in the student handbook.
Participation points are earned by speaking and using the language in class. Points are earned by answering questions in class, completing in-class activities and certain assignments and assessments, etc. You must be present in the class to earn these points. If you are absent, you may schedule a time to come in for a little Spanish chat in order to make up the points.
Homework: complete your assignments before class. Some designated assignments will be graded for accuracy. Some may be checked for completion.
Homework for other classes is to be done outside of my class. All non-Spanish homework being done in my class will be taken.
SHARING, COPYING, OR LETTING SOMEONE COPY YOUR HOMEWORK IS NOT ALLOWED!
Projects are required from time to time, which are to be completed both in class with a group and/or outside of class. You will be given a grading guide when you begin the project, which will give you a general idea how much credit you may receive for your efforts. Projects are due on the assigned day.
Assessments:Assessments include evaluations on abilities to speak, read, write, and understand Spanish, as well as standard quizzes and tests on vocabulary and grammar.Quizzes will be given periodically. Tests will be announced ahead of time, as well as their content and type (written, spoken, multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc.). Sloppy answers are always wrong. Cheating or the appearance of cheating during an assessment will result in disciplinary action and possible loss of points.
The Final exam is cumulative.
Please see the student handbook for attendance policies and grading policies for absences.
- Be IN your assigned seat, ready to work, when the bell rings.Remain in your assigned seat unless you have permission to get up
- Do not cause a distraction or disrupt instruction. This includes, but is not limited to, talking without permission and making noises.
- Participate in all class assignments and activities. Follow directions the first time given. Begin work immediately, stay on task, and continue working until completed or dismissed by the teacher.
- Keep body parts, objects, and inappropriate or negative comments to yourself.
- Bring required materials every day unless you are otherwise directed.
- Turn OFF all electric devices for the duration of the class period unless teacher assigns a task on the device. When in use, follow all of the technology guidelines and stay on task.
- Maintain respectful behavior towards the teacher, other students and do not misuse property. Follow our social contract.
If a student chooses to break THESE RULES or violates the social contract:
Consequences progress from verbal/hand signal warning, written warning, detention, to office referral.
At any time, consequences that are fair and logical may be enforced. Additional consequences vary but may include: Writing sentences/rules, Removal from the classroom, Confiscation of items (electronic devices, toys, etc.), Phone calls home.Severe Problem Clause: Sent directly to Assistant Principal (ex: fighting, refusal to hand over cell phones, insubordination, inappropriate conduct, etc.)
We are tech SAVVY!
You can find flash cards and other activities for each chapter on our class web page at
Other important stuff to know
There is a foreign language club open to anyone at RHS. Listen for announcements.
You must pass both semesters this year to go on to the next level of Spanish.
Please ask for help before it is too late. I am available after school for tutoring. My email address is Should you need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to do so.
Your first homework assignment is to read this through and sign below. Please have your parent or guardian read over this syllabus and sign below. Your signature does not indicate that you agree with what is outlined above, only that you are aware of how I run my class. It is my pleasure to be your teacher. I look forward to a wonderful year!
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Spanish 2Ms. Mendy Colbert
Spanish 2 is a yearlong elective course worth one credit. The purpose of this class is to continue helping students become well rounded, culturally aware members of a global community by deepening their understanding of a language and practices that are different from their own.
The first year of Spanish focuses on the fundamental elements of the language. Spanish II is a continuation of the first year. Students refine the skills they have acquired in Spanish I. They continue to expand their vocabulary and understanding of grammatical structures, as well as their cultural awareness.
Topics covered in Spanish 2 include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Unit 1:A review of Spanish 1
- Chapter 6: Family vocabulary, Describing your home, Asking/telling age, The irregular verb tener, Obligatory action and simple future tense with ir, Possessive adjectives, Hispanic view of family, Quinceaneras, Las Meninas, Connections to art vocab.Cinco de Mayo history
- Project: Quinceañera re-enactment
- Chapter 7: Describing a Soccer, Baseball, or Basketball game, Describing a sports event in general, Expressing likes and dislikes, Some body parts,Stem changing verbs e – ie, o –ue, Verbs like gustar
- Project: Me gusta video
- Chapter 8: Describing minor health problems, Speaking with the doctor, Some emotions, More body parts, Speaking with the pharmacist,Ser and estar, Object pronouns: me, te, nos
- Chapter 9: Describing the beach, beach gear, and activities, Summer weather and activities, Describing a tennis match, Ski resort and ski gear, Winter activities and weather, Present tense indicator words, Past tense indicator words, Preterite –ar verbs, Direct object pronouns lo,la, los las, Ir and ser in the preterite
- Chapter 10:Discussing a movie theater, Describing a museum visit, Describing a play, Describing cultural events and activities, Transportation, Preterite –er/ -ir verbs, Indirect object pronouns le and les
- Chapter 11:Airports – departures and arrivals, Airline personnel, Airport activities, Hacer, poner, traer, salir in the present tense, Present progressive, Saber and conocer in the present
This is an approximate list of topics. In addition to this, students will learn about culture, current events in the Spanish speaking world, presentation skills, and study tips.
Students will be evaluated with daily work, oral participation, homework, quizzes, and a chapter test. There are also special projects for some chapters. To be successful on assessments and at using the language, students must practice speaking Spanish in class, complete their own work and study outside of class. If there are no assignments expressly given, students are expected to study the vocabulary and grammar each night.