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Spanish 1


Español 1 – Señor Sampson

This is a beginning Spanish course that includes instruction in reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking.

Course Content

We will begin by reviewing some simple greetings and phrases as well as the alphabet, numbers, and the calendar.  Then we will learn to make some simple sentences that will allow us to write and produce conversations, essays and projects.  Knowing parts of speech in English will be particularly useful, as they are similar in Spanish.  Units are built around themes that include classroom, food and dining, the family and house, sports, health and nutrition, seasonal and cultural activities, and travel.

We will refer to our textbook, “Auténtico,” for some assignments, though I will not necessarily follow the order of chapters.  

Your grade will be based on earning points for homework, tests, and conversations.  If you complete this course with a grade of B or better you will likely be recommended for Spanish 2 at Scotts Valley High School.

Cuaderno - You should have a standard sized notebook (8½ by 11) that is bound so that pages stay in place. It should contain about seventy pages. You may use a section of your binder, but I recommend a separate notebook.  The cuaderno will contain all class notes and you should bring it to class every day. Keep it neat, organized, and current.

Tarea - Expect written homework one or two nights a week. Also expect non-written homework such as reading or studying for a test or conversation. Tarea is due the day after it is assigned, at the beginning of the period. Some assignments will remain part of your cuaderno. (I will let you know which assignments they are.)  I post homework regularly on SchoolLoop.

Examenes - The class will take written tests regularly. Some will be fill-in or multiple choice, and others will be essays. You will always have advance notice before each examen.

Conversación – Several times throughout the year I will grade your verbal performance in Spanish.  We will prepare by practicing short questions and answers from the chapter. Then we will spend a session speaking entirely in Spanish.  Toward the end of the year, you will present a two-minute speech about home and family.

If you miss a test or conversation you must make it up or you will earn no points at all.

Participación – Speak in Spanish during informal class discussion whenever possible.  Speaking in front of your peers can be difficult and, quite frankly, scary.  But it’s the best way to learn to speak a new language. Be patient with your classmates.  Support them and don’t ridicule them for their pronunciation or lack of accent.