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Spanish I is a thirty-six-week high school level course for 8th graders.  The course primarily focuses on the four basic skills of foreign language learning—listening, speaking, reading, writing, and language—in the three modes (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational).  In addition to its focus on oral and written language skills, the course also focuses on culture so that students can be more globally competent. 

The goal of the course is to have students who can perform at basic levels with Spanish communication.  On an ACTFL proficiency scale, students are expected to reach skills on a Novice Mid (B) to Intermediate Low range (A).  To see what the criteria for each level are please visit this website:  http://bitly.com/ACTFL_levels.  Students taking the course must earn a passing grade of an A or B (Intermediate Low or Novice Mid Level) by the end of the course in order to receive high school credit. 

Because this is a “zero-hour” or “zero-period” course—one that is offered before the start of the regular school day—and because it meets for the full school year, every day, the course does place extra demands on students.  It requires dedication and commitment which takes a special kind of student to make it through successfully.  The course also requires some technological applications, especially for “digital” days when class may not meet in person

  • IC Issues

    Due to issues with Infinite Campus Gradebook, assignments cannot be posted in IC.  An announcement was posted on Portal to let parents know about these issues.  Please bear with us as we wait for Infinite Campus to resolve this issue.

  • New Tools Available to Help Study & Practice

    Students have been introduced to a few new tools in class that can help them study their course content.  These are available as free apps for both Android and Apple products or students can access them through web browsers as well. 

    Quizlet is a great study tool that provides students with digital flashcards of the vocabulary and expressions students need to know for each unit.  Students can read and listen to the audio for each card to practice listening and reading skills.  Students can then test their knowledge after practicing the flashcards by completing the games and quizzes.  They can see how they compare to others who have completed the activities as well.  Because there is a competition factor built in, students can see where they rank on the list, and the top three students are placed on the winners podium.  Students can also create their own study sets for words and expressions that they may need to practice on their own.

    Duolingo is a language tool similar to Rosetta Stone that students can use to practice various languages and skills.  For our class, students have been enrolled in my Duolingo classroom, but parents can also monitor student progress of their child.  (Contact me for how to get notifications.)  Students will receive assignments on Duolingo, and they should work to complete these to reinforce skills learned in class; however, students can also work at their own pace and try out lessons of their own interest.  I check on progress and make comments on the students' activity feeds so they can have feedback on their progress.

    iTunes U is a classroom tool provided by Apple's iTunes product.  I have created an LCMS Spanish I course that has resources students can access to help them in the units.  I will also try to post some of these resources on this site since not all students use Apple products.

  • First Day of Classes

    Classes start Friday, Aug. 12 @ 7:00 A.M.  I look forward to seeing everyone!  Bring your notebooks/binders, pencils, paper, and a curious mind that is ready to learn.

  • Signed Forms

    Don't forget to turn in signed forms by Friday, Aug. 19.

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