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Spanish Class Syllabus 2021-2022


Spanish Class Syllabus 2021-2022

Teacher Information:

Maria Isabel Duarte


4th period Conference

Tutoring: Tuesdays 3:36-4:30 pm (subject to change)


Course Descriptions: Spanish 1 is an introductory language course in which students will learn to listen, read, write and speak in Spanish. Spanish 2 is a continuation of Spanish 1. Spanish 3 is a continuation of Spanish 2. The courses integrate the three modes of communication:

  1.  Interpersonal communication: speaking and writing.
  2. Interpretive communication: reading and listening.
  3. Presentational communication: speaking and writing.

Course Objectives: Communication is the overarching goal of world language instruction. The goal is for Spanish 1 students to demonstrate a novice high language proficiency level, Spanish 2 students to demonstrate an intermediate low language proficiency level and Spanish 3 students to demonstrate an intermediate low proficiency to intermediate mid proficiency level as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English and the American Council on the Teachers of Foreign Language.


Course Materials:


Textbook:  Avancemos Level 1, 2, or 3, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018

Supplemental resources:

  • Avancemos! Level 1, 2, or 3, Holt McDougal a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , Practice Workbook provides focus practice for new vocabulary and grammar. 
  • Avancemos! Level 1, 2, or 3, Holt McDougal a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , Writing, Audio and Video workbook provides video and audio activities, in addition to writing practice. (WAVA)
  • Composition book (provided to students)


Online resources:




Class Expectations (rules):


  1. ue to the nature of language acquisition and learning, this classroom is a “no phone zone”.

The Student Code of conduct, which can be found in the Student Handbook will be followed.


In order to be successful in Spanish class, students are expected to:

  1. Listen with the intent to understand.
  2. Read with the intent to understand.
  3. Don’t distract yourself or others, be respectful.
  4. Let the teacher know when you don’t understand.
  5. Attempt to communicate / speak in Spanish.





Grading Policy: (Student handbook)

Communication between a child's school and the home is essential so that the school and home may work together to provide the best instructional environment. Regular reports of academic status and scheduled parent/teacher conferences serve this purpose. Six-week grades shall reflect the averages of 1 to 2 grades per week with a minimum of 10 daily grades per six weeks and 2 major grades per six weeks. Daily grades are defined as guided and/or independent practice in class and may or may not, include independent practice done at home. Major grades are defined as six-week tests, unit tests, special projects, book reports, oral reports, etc. Six-week tests are to be given at the option of the teacher. If given, the grade will be considered as a major grade. At the Secondary Level the average of daily work shall count 50% and the average of major grades shall count 50% when calculating the six weeks’ grade. An example would be:


Daily average of 92 x 50% = 46.0

Test average of 84 x 50% = 42.0

Six-week grade = 88 (46 + 42) Grade on the report card = 88


In the Secondary Level, the semester grade will be determined by counting the semester test 20% and the three six week averages 80%.



 Make-Up Work for Absences

Students shall be expected to make up assignments and tests after absences. Students shall receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time, unless prior approval is given by the principal or designee. Students will be given one day to make up work for each day they are absent (excused or unexcused), with exceptions made due to severe or prolonged illness. Students will not receive a grade penalty for makeup work from an absence due to suspension. Students will not receive credit for makeup work when the absence is due to truancy, instead, students will receive a “missing” for the assignment

(EIAB Local).


Re-teaching / Re-testing / Failing Assignments

Re-testing is done at the option of the teacher. Re-testing should be done within a week and during tutoring.  


A note to parents/guardians: Please, complete and return the form below with the required information.

I will be happy to speak with you at any time regarding your child’s progress in our class. It is easiest to reach me by email; however, if telephone is more convenient for you, please call me at (830) 365-4005, Ext 205 after school.


Welcome to Spanish! I am looking forward to working with you!



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