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Mr. Giraldo - High School Spanish

SPANISH 1-2-4-5

Señor Giraldo

 

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TUTORING SCHEDULE :

Friday  3:00pm to 4 pm. 

 

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 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 fluent French 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.

 

Spanish 1 

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This is a beginners course that studies 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 setting when possible. The context focuses on the adolescents' lives, needs, and experiences and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Basic vocabulary includes numbers,  calendar, classes, activities, places,  food, sports and family and basic grammar such as  adjective agreement,  nouns gender and number, regular verb conjugations, some stem changing verbs and IR+ infinitive to express future tense.

Spanish 2

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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.

Spanish 4- 5 Honors

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This Spanish course allows students to use Spanish for communication in real life tasks at a high intermediate through advanced level  with a focus on developing  Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational skills. This course has a  rich cultural content based on a variety of authentic resources including but not limited to movie clips, songs, news, podcasts, literature and television.  Vocabulary and grammar are developed through contextualized study.

Class expectations:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.  
  1. 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 a 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.

 

Grading Policy:

All graded work will be posted on CANVAS. Follow the CANVAS calendar for dates and instructions.

70% Assessments 

Grammar/vocabulary quizzes

Skills assessments on speaking, writing, reading, listening.

Final tests

30 % Classwork /Projects
 
Online work
Worksheets
Completion work
 Students can retake any assessments with the exception of a final test. The grade will be the average of all retakes.   1 day late = 20 points off
 Assessments must be taken within the topic of study or it will lock your progress on the CANVAS course. 2 or more days late = 40 points off

 

Spanish department uses a  “Standards –Based” grading system for skills.  This means that students will be graded on how well they can perform a function of the language in a qualitative way (see rubric below). As we learn a new structures students will have repetitive practice and feedback in order to achieve the expected level of proficiency.  

The following chart/scale will be the rubric to determine the Skills assessment grade:

Numeric

Language Level

Description

90-100%

Advanced

Student performs at proficient level and always expands  with minor to no errors

Student masters the topic or concept.

80-89%

Proficient

Student uses required vocabulary, grammatical structures, and spelling/pronunciation correctly most of the time.

Student understands the topic or concept.

70-79%

Basic

Student demonstrates the skill, but errors are common. Inconsistent use of vocabulary, grammatical structures, and/or spelling/pronunciation impedes communication.

Student needs assistance to understand the topic or concept.

60-69%

Below Basic

Student shows low skills. Errors are common and shows lack of required vocabulary and/or grammatical structures.

Student struggles to understand the topic or concept.

< 59%

 

Student’s performance is unacceptable.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Supply List:

  • 1 pair of ear-buds- headphones
  • 1 notebook

 

Cordially,

Señor Giraldo