Monthly Archives: May 2018

I appreciate the appreciation!!

Thank you to all the parents and students who helped make this a wonderful Teacher Appreciation week for me!  Kind words are always welcomed, as are the lovely snacks and such provided by some, a hand-written note, or just a smile!

Be a Participant!!

Yes!  Be a participant in your life!!  That means, join choir, play lacrosse, volunteer in your community! 

Participation is 30% of your class grade, in Spanish 1 as well as Spanish 3.  Please see the syllabus for each class (Spanish-1b-Syllabus(1); Spanish 3b Syllabus).  It also means, especially for College NOW students in Spanish 3, that you need to adhere to a (slightly) more rigorous standard for class participation.  Please reference your Español 3 – Participación grid sheet to see how most of your points can be earned (the sheet I passed out at the beginning of Spanish 3a last term).  Also, Participation is determined by my adaptation of the following Lane Community College class requirements (focusing on the speaking requirements):

SPAN 103 – Spanish, First-Year
Associated Term: Spring 2018 
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Learn and comprehend the topics and themes of the course through the use of the target language (Spanish) itself. 2. Recognize cues in the language and extrapolate meaning from them and the context in which they are encountered, rather than relying on looking up words in a bilingual dictionary or requesting a translation. 3. Practice the interrelatedness of language and culture. 4. Apply learning strategies, goals and skills of organization appropriate to second language acquisition. 5. Hear and read basic-plus to intermediary levels of the language with understanding 6. Speak and write the language at a basic-plus to intermediate levels with accuracy. 7. Pronounce Spanish so that it is intelligible to a native speaker accustomed to dealing with non-Spanish speakers. 8. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures. 9. Demonstrate through both oral and written expression in Spanish the ability to: • Participate in basic-plus question and answer dialogues, • Form and use ten (10) different indicative mode tense, • Form and use four (4) different subjunctive mode tenses, • Form, give and receive affirmative and negative direct commands in both formal and informal social context, • Contrast and express hypothetical actions with routine ones, • Talk about what one will do versus what one might do, • Talk about the rooms, furniture, appliances, exterior and interior of a house, • Request desired actions of others and receive the same from others, • Talk about some (limited) professions, • Demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary related to the body and express body aches and pains, • Extend and receive invitations as well as accept or reject one, • Demonstrate appropriate use and placement of pronouns, • Use basic vocabulary typical of the actions and objects of a hotel setting, • Be polite and speculate using the conditional tense, • Practice error management by utilizing: a. Spanish class techniques and learning strategies in oral situations, b. Arden Woods Correct-Aid in written expression 

So, as you can see, the expectations are high!  Remember, come in to and leave Spanish class speaking Spanish; participate in class, using Spanish as often as possible; and, when you are working independently, chit chat in … Spanish!!

This will ensure an awesome Participation score for the next 6 weeks!!

 

¡¡Buena Suerte!!

May the Fourth be with you!!

So, now that we’ve all had a chuckle …

Mid-Term Grades are out!!  Please check out your Mid-Term grade.  If you are not happy with the grade that you are currently earning in class, COME SEE ME DURING OFFICE HOURS!!  We only have 6 SHORT weeks to get your grade in shape.  It CAN be done in most cases, but we need to work together.  As Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try.”  I am here to help you DO this!!  Ya just gotta ask!!

 

So, now that we’ve all had a chuckle …

Mid-Term Grades are out!!  Please check out your Mid-Term grade.  If you are not happy with the grade that you are currently earning in class, COME SEE ME DURING OFFICE HOURS!!  We only have 6 SHORT weeks (actually 4 full weeks, 1 week with short classes due to SMARTER (?) BALANCE testing, and the last week of 3 days!!) to get your grade in shape.  It CAN be done in most cases, but we need to work together.  As Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try.”  I am here to help you DO this!!  Ya just gotta ask!!