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Spanish I

Course Description

Spanish I is designed for students in grades 9-12. This course provides students with a more formal introduction to the Spanish language and a development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students learn basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, and gain culture knowledge that will enhance a deeper understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. Students will use Spanish in dialogues/skits. As a native Spanish speaker, I will occassional supplement the vocabulary with extra words (slang) that are relevent. Students leave Spanish I using the target language to get and give information and to communicate needs or wishes.
Mastery of these Spanish I basics is a necessary foundation for Spanish II, thus students must pass Spanish I as a prerequisite for Spanish II.
Materials: Paso a Paso 1 (Prentice Hall, 2000) and Juntos (Prentice-Hall, 1997) textbooks; teacher-made materials; online and other pertinent resources.

The Humanities course standards focus on:
  • person-to-person communication
  • listening and reading for understanding
  • oral and written presentations
  • cultural perspectives, practices, and products
  • making connections through language
  • cultural and linguistic comparisons
  • communications across communities

Teacher Expectations

Students are expected to:
  • have proper school materials for note taking, etc.
  • be respectful
  • participate in all activities
  • complete all assignments and prepare for all assessments
  • have fun

Required Materials

  • English/Spanish dictionary
  • Spiral notebook or 3-ring binder


Many of the grades in Spanish I will come from work done in class. Because of this, participation is very important in all activities. There will be written assignments (quizzes/test) and some product assessments (skits/performances and group/individual projects). Students are expected to go over notes when no homework is assigned. Grading is based on points for:
  • Participation in class
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes/Tests
  • Projects
Letter grades will be assigned to final percentages according to the Power School scale, as follows:
  • A: 90-100
  • B: 80-89
  • C: 70-79
  • D: 60-69
  • F: 59 and below

Absent day(s)

It is the responsibility of the student to see Sra. Schuman to promptly make up work when returning after an absence.
Caution: It is very difficult to catch up after being absent in Spanish class.