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Español 1

En España, hoy es domingo el 23 de septiembre de 2018.
House in a Garden (House and Trees)
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
«House in a Garden (House and Trees)» 1908
oil on canvas

Información del curso:

We will be using extensively throughout the year for vocabulary and grammar review, graded practice, and quizzes.



FStudieslashcards: (formerly Mental Case)

Flashcards are available for all of the vocabulary we will learn this year. You will need to download the free iOS Studies app that we use for the flashcards. To download a stack of vocabulary, navigate to this page on your iOS device in Safari and click the link to download. iOS will offer to open the list in the Studies app.

Spanish 1 Syllabus, 2017-2018

Why learn Spanish? More than 20 million U.S. residents use Spanish as their primary language. Worldwide, more than 400 million people speak Spanish, making it the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. In the very near future you will embark upon careers, perhaps traveling internationally and living in new communities. Our goal in this course is to learn to communicate in Spanish so that you are better prepared to interact with your future community members, business associates, and political leaders.

Throughout each unit in Spanish 1, students can expect to engage in activities that support the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. The 5 “C’s” are:

  1. Communication: Our curriculum focuses on the use of Spanish for both interpersonal and one-way communication in everyday situations. Students will be asked to communicate in oral and written form, interpret oral and written messages, show cultural understanding when they communicate, and present oral and written information to audiences of listeners and readers for a variety of purposes.
  2. Cultures: Cultural understanding is a key component of language learning. Our curriculum is designed to help students become better able to understand other people’s points of view, ways of life, and contributions to the world. Students will also develop a better understanding and appreciation of the relationship between languages and other cultures.
  3. Connections: Content from other subject areas will be integrated with the Spanish language instruction through lessons that have common themes.
  4. Comparisons: Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast languages and cultures. They will discover patterns, make predictions, and analyze similarities and differences across languages and cultures. Students will come to understand their native language and culture better through such comparisons.
  5. Communities: Students will be provided with opportunities to extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom and into their homes and larger community.


All daily assignments for this course can be found on the Spanish department website. Please click on the homework dropdown on the navigation menu to the right of the web page.

Responsibility for learning:

You are responsible for you own learning. I am here to help and guide you. You can do this, you can succeed. You can learn to communicate and express yourself in Spanish. Arrange to see me after school any time you want some extra help.


I am available on a daily basis during the second half of the Inquiry period, 11:40 am – 12:10 pm, for any questions or assistance with classwork. Some students will occasionally be required to attend Inquiry for make-up work, extra practice, or to complete material not finished during the regular class period.

Student Materials Required Each Day of Class:

  • 2 Small, Composition-style notebooks, preferably medium or “college” ruled
  • Pencils, pens, and erasers
  • Your Chromebook computer

Student Comportment(behavior):

A classroom environment of mutual respect promotes learning opportunities for all students. Any student whose behavior consistently disrupts the learning of others will not be allowed to participate in group games/activities/trips and will have deductions taken from his/her participation grade


All assignments, whether written or oral, will count towards your grade in this course. Assignments will not be accepted late without prior permission and will receive a zero. (Exceptions will be made for absences due to illness.)

Grading ( in addition to Midterm and Final Exams):

We will use a variety of assessment tools to determine the extent to which you have achieved the targeted goals, objectives, and standards of the course. Each student will be evaluated in the following categories:

  • Speaking & Listening 25%
  • Assignments 25%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Projects & Tests 25%


Plagiarism, Machine Translation, and Academic Dishonesty:

The use of Google Translate or any one of the dozen or so other online translation tools is strictly prohibited in this course. It will be very obvious to me when you have used a translation tool, and you will receive a zero!

Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and will be punished by failure on the exam, assignment, or project; failure in the course; and/or other consequences per your Student Handbook.

This course is designed to target the following standards:

  • Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union Foreign Language Curriculum Goals
  • Vermont Standards
  • 5.19, Speaking and Listening in a non-native language.
  • 5.20, Reading in a non-native language.
  • 5.21, Writing in a non-native language.
  • 6.13, Students understand the concept of culture.
  • National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (ACTFL)
  • Communication: Communicate in Languages other than English
  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
  • Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied
  • Connections: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
  • Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language
  • Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures
  • Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
  • Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
  • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Communities: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World
  • Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting
  • Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.