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1 Bienvenidos a la Clase de Espanol
Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s), Welcome to the new school year! I am looking forward to working with you and your child. My name is Elizabeth Reyes Viands. I am from Veracruz, Mexico. I am married, and have two beautiful children & a Chihuahua named Taco. I have been living in Winston-Salem, NC since I have a BS in Administration Education. I taught Spanish for two years at Sherwood Forest Elementary, this is my second year at TJMS. My strongest ability as a Spanish Teacher comes from the fact that I grew up speaking the language, and living the culture. Every day, I am excited to share my language and culture with my students. I am continually designing stimulating lesson plans that give a love for learning, and an appreciation of the language. My lesson plans incorporate hands on activities music, artwork, and games to address students’ different learning styles.

2 Syllabus The program is an introduction to the study of the target language and its culture. It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with special attention given to the listening and speaking skills within a given context extending outside of the classroom when possible. The context focuses on adolescents’ lives, needs, and experiences, and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language needs (functions). The students would be working in The Textbook Realidades “A” 6th & 7th Grade. Realidades “B” 8th Grade.( For more practice at home go to my website links) At the beginning of each chapter I’ll provide a vocabulary list, The students must study everyday in order to be ready for the class.

3 Realidades “A” 6th Grade Para empezar to chapter 2 B.
7th Grade Continuing chapter 2B to 4B, 7th Advance 3A to 5A

4 Realidades “B” 8th Grade We are going to review preview chapters, then we are going to work on chapter 5A to chapter 7B

5 Expectations & Tutoring
It is expected that each student stay focused on each lesson even though s/he may not be acting out the vocabulary. Spanish used in class is often highly interesting, sometimes funny. Using common sense, and interpretation of “body language” and other visual cues is the student’s task in every class. Taking risks is important; volunteering to act out vocabulary is considered an important part of participation. It is equally important to be actively paying attention when someone else is doing the action. Tutorials are offered to all Spanish level Students on Tuesdays after school with the exception of meetings that may take place. Students can use this time to make up assignments or to further their understanding of a topic. Student must be on time with his/her material to work. if students are five or more minutes late then the tutoring session may be cancelled. MAKE-UP Tests and quizzes can be made up only in the case of an absence. Retakes are not given under any circumstances. You may make up tests and quizzes on Tuesday after school from 2:10-3:00. Make-up sessions start on time, and if you are five or more minutes late then your session may be cancelled.

6 Rules & consequences 1) teacher/student discussion “warning”
1. Levanta tu mano antes de hablar/Raise your hand when you wish to speak. Wait to be recognized. 2. Sigue los procedimientos de la clase/Follow all classroom procedures 3. Manten limpio tu pupitre y alrededor de tu area/ Keep your desk clean & around your area. 1) teacher/student discussion “warning” 2) teacher/parent discussion, “call home or ” 3)teacher/administrator discussion. “ASD(after school Detention) OR D-1”

7 Homework Policy: Students can expect homework most school nights
Homework Policy: Students can expect homework most school nights. Homework is expected to be completed to the best of one’s ability and turned in by the designated due date.  Homework may consist of activities from the workbook accompanied with the textbook, research assignments, and projects. Unless instructed otherwise, students are to do homework individually. Mini-Quizzes/Projects/Oral Exams: Mini-quizzes will be given every week. Quizzes are relatively simple and cover the material discussed within a two week period (Vocabulary recognition & Vocabulary production). Projects are also given in order for students to further investigate topics discussed in class. In most cases, students are asked to share their findings with their peers in some creative form (i.e. poster, PowerPoint, video, etc.) Check your project’s rubric.

8 Grades: Because this is a comprehension based Spanish class, participation (50 points) is especially important, so: be actively paying attention or volunteer. Responsible student behavior supports good grades (For more information for participation rubrics go to my website) No cooperative behavior can negatively impact the overall grade. Grades will be calculated based on the point system. More information will follow. I won’t provide extra credit work at all for students. Students must work every class in order to bring their grade up. Make-up work: If you are absent from class, it is YOUR responsibility to find out the homework assignment due for the next class. You may see your teacher after school to receive the missed assignments, or ask a classmate to fill you in. Getting Organized In addition to using your planner every day, all students are required to keep a 1inch binder and a notebook to do their textbook writing activities, dry erase markers blue & red. Tissues & hand sanitizer. Optional: Candies for students rewards. Best Regards, Señora Viands (If contacting me about your child, please put your child’s full name in the subject box.) School Phone:


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