Voces de España


Teacher:Ofelin Tortorelli
Extra Help:Fridays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm in Room 246 or by appointment.

 

Course Summary

This class is intended for students who are familiar with the Spanish language and the Spanish only environment of the class.

In this class, we will practice and improve language skills through adding more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary to the ones learned in previous Spanish classes. Therefore, students will be working on tasks and solving problems of everyday situations while being immersed into Spain´s culture: architecture, art, literature, fashion, everyday people/situations, nightlife, social aspects, history, etc.

 

Objective

The main objective of this class is to improve and strengthen communicative (oral and written) skills while learning cultural and social aspects of Spain, in order to broaden our horizons as well as making connections with other ways of living.

 

Language learners should advance

From (Novice High/Intermediate Low)

To (Intermediate – Mid)

Communicate and exchange information about familiar topics, phrases, simple sentences, and memorized language.

Short social interaction.

Ask and answer basic questions.

Write short messages or notes about familiar topics.

Understand words, phrases and simple sentences in oral and written language.

Converse using a series of connected sentences.

Ask and answer questions.

Express self and everyday life.

Write about a variety of topics using paragraphs and connected sentences.

Understand main idea of oral and written language.

Understand texts of medium complexity.

Source: ACTFL

Journal

A journal (notebook) is required to keep track of vocabulary.

Video journals are also required to keep track of improvement over time.

*Students will be given time to complete both journals in the classroom.

 

Class Rule

All students must communicate with other students and teacher in the target language (Spanish) at all times. This might be challenging at first, but a few days into the course, it will feel natural. If students feel the need of asking anything in English, they should wait until the end of the class to do so.

The use of Spanish during class will affect the conversation and work habits strands in X2.

 

Projects

Students will have a series of mini-projects, for which the necessary content will be provided in every class. Therefore, we will work step by step (building up vocabulary and grammatical structures) in order to achieve the final goal, which is: completing the task (mini/project).

 

Honors

Students taking this class for honors will be required to:

-       Do an extension of every mini-project.

-       Contribute to the Spanish only environment.

-       Use Duolingo – Spanish at home or after school for at least 10 minutes each day (5 times per week), and write down their findings/learning on their journals. They may also send a screen shot or show level improvement on their device to the teacher.

 

Homework

Use Duolingo – Spanish at home or after school for at least 10 minutes (3 times per week), and write down their findings/learning on their journals. They may also send a screen shot or show level improvement on their device to the teacher.

This may vary from taking a picture and upload it into Google classrooms, to writing down

 

Digital Portfolio

Mandatory: Students will have their video diaries uploaded on their DP.

Optional: Students will upload one or more mini/projects into their DP.

 

Monthly evaluation

Once monthly, students will be quizzed on their acquisition of a list of vocab words, grammatical structures, and information learned about culture.

 

Assessment strands

Conversation (25%)

  • Using Spanish in class (i.e. asking questions / addressing teachers or classmates)
  • Using vocabulary words and phrases presented in class.
  • Participating in class dialogues, interviews, surveys, and debates.

 

Interpretation (25%)

  • Answering questions and/or commenting about topics, videos, and music presented in class (oral and written)
  • Recognizing/applying vocabulary words or phrases presented in class.
  • Following written or oral directions leading to an activity.

 

Work habits (25%)

  • Participating in class activities.
  • Presenting work on time (homework, assignments, project reports)
  • Showing interest and effort in each class.

 

Presentation (25%)

  • Keeping journal up to date.
  • Completion of mini – projects.
  • Revision/reflection of quizzes, homework.

 

Google Classroom

Section 1, Block F (Room 246) - 1n196d (pink)

Section 2, Block B (Room 246) - wyxrymg (green)


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