Planned Course Statement Español 1-2


    Señor Goss


    Voice Mail: 602-467-6823                                                              E-mail: robert.goss@dvusd.org

    Tutoring: SET, 4th lunch & by appointment     Website: Deer Valley High School


    Textbook: Así se dice


    Course Description:

    This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Students learn vocabulary and basic language structures through conversation and written expression.

    This course is aligned with the Arizona State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards.


    Course Goals & Objectives:

    In this course students will:

    ·         Ask simple questions for information and clarification of meaning      

    ·         Have conversations with other students in Spanish

    ·         Read short selections on general topics for understanding and answer questions

    ·         Write sentences or compositions using several verb tenses

    ·         Identify Spanish speaking countries and capitals

    ·         Compare and contrast cultures which are being studied with U.S. culture

    ·         Students will participate in the 5 C’s of the National Spanish Standards- Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities


    Course Materials:

    Internet access is ESSENTIAL at home, school or library.

    ·         School I-Pad (charged)

    ·         Pencil & Pen

    ·         Highlighter

    ·         Notebook / Paper

    (Additional materials may be needed throughout the school year)


    Grading Policy: academic integrity and strict honesty is expected

    Grading Policy: academic integrity and strict honesty is expected

    A =   90-100%             B =   80-90%         C =   70-79%         D =   60-69%       F =   below 60%


    World Language Department (80% of total grade)

    o Exams/quizzes/projects                               50%

    o Oral, written & general participation 25%

    o Homework                                                   25%


    District Final exams (20% of total grade)

    o Written          25%

    o Speaking      25%

    o Objective      50% 


    Test and Quizzes:

    There are frequent tests and quizzes. Students are allowed to retake quizzes during tutoring hours to make up missed points once additional review has been completed. Students are not allowed to retake exams (including common assessments) or finals.




    Homework is worth 25% of the 18 week grade and is assigned on a regular basis. Students are also expected to study their vocabulary and verb tenses daily and to practice speaking Spanish outside of the classroom as much as possible.



    Because it is impossible to participate in class if you are not in class or not prepared for class, points are awarded for contributing, bringing necessary materials/work, and not chewing gum. If you are not in class and have been excused you may make up the points, but if you are unprepared or unexcused you lose the points.

    This class requires active oral participation! Students will participate in class and small group activities such as games, interviews, conversations, and skits. Students will also be expected to do written work, which may include map work, grammar and vocabulary exercises, reports, and extended writing. Other activities may include watching videos, listening to guest speakers, and participating in cultural events on campus.


    Listed below are several good websites for students:






    Make-up Policy:

    According to the student handbook, students may make up work for credit if an absence is excused. If the absence is unexcused, no credit will be awarded for work that was done in class or due on that day.  Students may make an appointment with the teacher for S.E.T. or after school to make up a missed test or quiz or to get help with missed assignments.  Coursework and assessments assigned prior to the absence(s) will still be due on the date assigned.

    Students sent to sweep will be accountable for that days classwork on the same day.



    Daily attendance is a critical part of learning a foreign language. If you must be absent, it is your responsibility to check the assignment calendar and/or call a buddy student in class to make up the work missed. Handouts for the day missed are the responsibility of the student. Please speak with teacher before or after class.


    Since no credit is awarded for work done in class or for assignments that are due on the date of an unexcused absence, it is very important for parents to call in when students are absent.  Please call

    602-467-6899 to report an absence. Upon reaching any combination of 9 excused or unexcused absences, a student may lose credit in this class.


    PowerSchool Access:

    The PowerSchools site allows parents/guardians and students to access the student’s grades, attendance, and other information.  If you need your access information, please stop by the front desk during business hours.


    Classroom Behavior Expectations and Consequences:



    Classroom Expectations:

    1. Spanish spoken in the classroom will be emphasized

    2. Be prompt

    3. Be prepared daily

    4. Be in Dress Code/No hats

    5. Be technology-savvy: cell phones or any other electronic device may be used with teacher permission for educational purposes only.  Any other use will result in immediate confiscation.

    6. Students must comply with teacher’s requests

    7. Act with Accountability, Integrity, and Respect


    ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!



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