I teach 2 Spanish 1-2 classes.  For information about assignments please go to Canvas.

    Spanish 1-2, Spanish 

    Robert Goss

    Room 207



    Tutoring or help: Before or after school, SET, 5th hour lunch by appointment 



    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:

    Learning Spanish will benefit the students by providing them with a communicative skill needed in the Southwest. In this course students will:

    ·         listen to short passages and respond to comprehensive checks

    ·         ask simple questions for information and clarification of meaning   

    ·         relay information to a third person

    ·         perform simple dialogs

    ·         speak in the present and simple past tenses

    ·         read short selections on general topics for understanding and specific information

    ·         write sentences or paragraphs on specific topics

    ·         identify Spanish-speaking countries and locate them on a world map

    ·         identify differences in everyday culture (such as foods and schooling)


    Course Materials:

    In class students will be use the textbook ¡Así se dice!. Students may check out a textbook from the bookstore or access the book online at home. Students should always have notebook paper, a pen or a pencil, and a three-ring binder. A Spanish/English - English/Spanish dictionary is recommended.


    Classroom/Course Expectations:

    Students will participate in class and small-group activities such as games, interviews, conversations, and skits. They 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. In addition, basic rules of courtesy apply at all times as well as all rules in the student handbook; no hats, food or drink are permitted in the classroom.


    Electronic Devices:  Many students want to have the privilege of carrying electronic devices on campus. With that privilege comes the responsibility of ensuring that those items are not used on campus during class or on a bus. If students are found listening to music or texting in class or otherwise not fully engaged in learning, the device will be confiscated.  Misuse of electronic devices may result in disciplinary procedures in addition to the confiscation of the device.


    ID Card:  Student must visibly wear I.D. card at all times while on campus or at any school activity for the safety and security of all students.



    Final course grades are computed as 80% equaling the coursework done throughout the semester and 20% equaling the final exam portion of the grade.



    40% of the 18 week grade is based on assessments, 40% on homework and class work, 20% of the final grade is based on the semester exam.


    ·         Assessments may be traditional tests or non-traditional oral or written evaluations in class and may include projects.

    ·         Assignments may include homework, class work and group projects as well as participation. Participation points are awarded for answering questions, interacting with partners or groups, volunteering to answer or write on the board, being actively engaged in the lesson, and being prepared. Because of the importance of participation in class, daily attendance is extremely important.


    Grading Scale

    A 90-100%

    B 80-89%

    C 70-79%

    D 60-69%

    F 0-59%


    Test Retakes

    Students may retake quizzes and tests under the following circumstances:

    Students may retake a test or quiz only if additional work and review are done. This may include supplemental worksheets, which must be returned a day before the retake for the teacher to review, or a review session with the teacher.


    This retake policy does not apply to District or teacher created semester exams.



    Daily attendance is critical to success in Spanish. District policy states that students may lose credit for the class if 9 absences are reached, excused or unexcused. Since no credit is awarded for work done in class or due on the date of an unexcused absence, it is very important for parents to call in when students should be excused. Please call 602-467-6707 to report an absence.


    Make-up Policy:


    Students who have an absence which is excused have one day for each day absent to turn in missed work.  Students who are marked unexcused will not receive credit for worked missed but will still receive feedback.  See the student handbook for more information regarding excused and unexcused absences.


    An assignment which is considered a long-term project is due on the due date and time as stated when the long-term project was assigned.  Long-term projects may be turned in prior to the due date as well as parent/guardian may turn in at the front desk.



    Students may make up quizzes or tests after school or during SET. Please see the teacher ahead of time to make an appointment for this work.




    Special Note:

    Spanish is both a skill and an academic class. Learning to communicate in Spanish is like learning to play basketball or the piano. Only by communicating do you improve, and improvement depends on effort. It is also an academic class in which rules of grammar and usage, information about Spanish-speaking countries and other topics, which require study are introduced. Grades reflect both level of skill and academic mastery.