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Mr. Jorge Giraldo
Welcome Back to UA. I hope you have had a restful summer and you feel energized to begin this academic year. I look forward to be your Spanish teacher and have fun learning while being challenged. I understand the challenges ahead of us as we learn online but together we are stronger. We are UA!
I come from Colombia and I have taught Languages (Spanish, English, French) since 2004 . I have been working at UA since 2010. I have been coaching sports since 2000. I speak and write fluent French, English and Spanish and I worked a couple of years for a French chef in Colombia. I am passionate about cooking, sports and outdoor activities. I love tennis, biking, camping and soccer. I enjoy helping people and spending quality time with my family and friends. I have a beautiful family and my oldest son Thomas attends UA. My youngest son is Juan Miguel and my wife is Elizabeth.
This Spanish course is a continuation to the study of the target language and its culture. It allows students to perform some novice high functions of the language. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with special attention given to speaking skills. The context focuses on the adolescents' lives, needs, and experiences and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout and is selected according to the language needs. Some topics include: Irregular and stem changing present tense, regular and irregular preterite, imperfect, reflexive verbs and all type of pronouns. Vocabulary topics such as routines, clothes, bedroom, habits, childhood, places, tourism among others.
In Class expectations:
- llegar a tiempo y tener materiales. (Come to class on time and prepared to learn)
The first 5 minutes are crucial in my class. You will have a conversational warm up that will help your Spanish skills grow and solidify the grammar structures. No bathroom breaks or locker is allowed in the first 20 minutes.
- Escuchar y respetar a las personas. (Listen to instructions and respect each other in turn and opinion)
Our class is conversational, enjoy speaking spanish but please listen to others as well, you will be surprised to see how much you learn from your peers repetition.
- Usar Español (Students are expected to use Spanish and participate in class)
My classroom will be the only place where most of you will listen to and speak spanish daily for 1 hour. Let’s make this time valuable and engage in all activities.
I anticipate having a wonderful year and maintain a respectful relationship with you. If I need you to improve something, I will do the following:
1st time - Verbal warning
2nd time - Relocation if needed and/or an individual agreement
3rd time - Parent contact
4th time - Written Referral
Spanish department uses the following categories for grades. All graded work will be posted on CANVAS.
Skills assessments on speaking, writing, reading, listening.
Projects that measure writing or speaking skills