Al Principio de Conversación 

Teacher: Jaclyn Hathaway-Rubé
Extra Help: Thursdays 3:00-4:00 in Room 246 or by appointment.

Objetivo: La meta de esta clase es hablar español.

In this course, beginners will continue to be introduced to Spanish vocabulary and begin to grow conversation and opinion. Students will be active in class and use play, movement and gesture to help them communicate in the classroom without English. Students will be learning to communicate basic facts about themselves and to interact with simple statements. The core of the class will focus on building comfort in the language and vocabulary.  

Requisito: El reto de esta clase es hablar español.

  • To use Spanish 100% of the time.

  • To  not be afraid of a Spanish environment.

  • To take risks and break down the filter (make mistakes!)

  • To be able to infer and circumlocute

  • To participate and be a part of the community.

Filosofía: A hablar se aprende hablando.

This class is designed to help you learn Spanish by speaking Spanish. The class will consist of students speaking about their lives and interests in Spanish — no more and no less. Readings, music and videos will be drawn from expressed student interests and hobbies. Vocabulary, studying and written work will all be drawn from class conversations.

Once in a great while we will have days in English. You will know this because I will speak English to you as we come in. This will typically be to address logistics that cannot be addressed in Spanish.

Assessment Strands:



Conversation- 35%

Class participation in the target language, graded conversations, interviews.

Presentation- 15%

Writing Prompts (3), Video Diaries (3), Presentation of self (1)

Interpretation- 15%

Reading assessments (2), Listening assessments (2)

Work Habits- 35%

Graded notebook checks, homework completion, completion of digital portfolio.

Recurring Assessments

VIDEO DIARIOS:  At 3 points during the semester, you will be asked to record yourself and post the recording to your Digital Portfolio. This will act as a record of your improving conversational abilities.

WRITING PROMPT:  At 3 points during the semester, you will be given an 80 minute class period to complete a writing prompt on a topic that we have covered in class. This will act as a record of your improving abilities in written Spanish.

CUADERNO: You will use their composition notebooks regularly in the class and to complete homework assignments. These will be graded for completion and effort at 3 points in the semester. From time to time particular assignments will be graded for level/communication and the teacher will let students know. It’s important to label each entry with the date, title, and number of the entry. Profe will write this on the board.

DIARIO: Students will also write brief, English (or Spanish if a student chooses) entries in their Diarios about the experience of acquiring a new language. Your teacher will give students prompts and sentence starters.


Please utilize x2 to follow your progress. If you or your parents would like to discuss your progress, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In order to justly assess all student work, please expect a two week window from the due date of an assignment before a grade is posted onto x2.


Honors students in Spanish must take on additional responsibilities in class and take on some additional outside work as well.

Responsibilities include:

Liderar: lead small-group discussion activities, committing to keeping students speaking in Spanish and constantly pushing the level of conversation higher.

- Hora de Café: Students will be required to attend 4 after school “Horas de Café” where additional conversation in the target language will occur.

Extra: Complete extra Honors level prompts on writing, video diaries, and projects.