• Spanish I Syllabus

    Profesora Martínez

    Fall 2017

    Textbook: ¡Exprésate! 1


    Course Objectives:

    In Spanish I, students will develop a basic pronunciation of the Spanish Language.  They will learn vocabulary words and how to use them.  They will also learn the correct usage of grammar in the Spanish Language and also the culture of the Spanish Speaking countries around the world.


    Course Content:

    Chapter 1- España: Greetings and goodbyes; subject and verbs in sentences.

    Chapter 2- Puerto Rico: Describing friends and learning numbers; Verb Ser with adjectives, gender and adjective agreement.

    Chapter 3- Texas: Sports and leisure; Verb Gustar with infinitives, pronouns after prepositions and the present tense of gustar.

    Chapter 4- Costa Rica: School supplies and items needed for school classes; Indefinite articles, present tense of tener, and tener idioms, venir and a + time.

    Chapter 5- Chile: Family members, describing people; Possessive adjectives, stem changing verbs.

    Chapter 6- México: Describing food; Ser and estar, pedir and servir.

    Chapter 7- Argentina: Daily Routines, personal items, parts of the body; Verbs with reflexive pronouns, using infinitives and stem changing verbs.

    Chapter 8- Florida: Clothing and colors; costar and numbers to 1 million, demonstrative adjectives and comparisons, verb quedar.

    Chapter 9- La República Dominicana: Holidays, Holiday activities; Preterite of -ER verbs, review the preterite of pensar que, and pensar with infinitives.

    Chapter 10- Perú: Airport and travel items; review of the preterite, preterite of -car, -gar, -zar verbs, preterite of hacer.


    Projects:   2 main projects will be made throughout the school year


    Due Dates on the Major Projects are the following:

    November- The Most Influential Hispanics in the American Culture

    April- Spanish Speaking Country Project 


    Grading policy:

    -Classwork, individual and /or small group activities, & homework counts 10% of your grade.

    -Quizzes count 12% of your grade.

    -Projects count 18% of your grade.

    - Unit Tests or Vocabulary tests counts 60% of your grade.


    Class Materials:

    • Textbook
    • Pen/pencil
    • 3 subject notebook for Spanish Only. Divide them into: Voc./ Grammar/Classwork-Homework

    Class Rules: Be a   G.O.L.D.E.N.T.I.G.E.R

    Gifted                               Tenacious

    Obedient                          Inspired

    Loyal                                Generous

    Determined                     Enthusiastic

    Extraordinary                 Responsible



    Teacher’s expectations

    • I expect you to arrive on time with all necessary class materials.
    • I expect you to follow directions the first time you hear them.
    • I expect you to keep your mouth free from abusive language.
    • I expect you to show respect for the teacher, fellow students and classroom items.
    • I expect you to be responsible for your own learning and actions.
    • I expect you to make every effort to complete any work missed due to an absence. Be responsible to ask the teacher about any missing work or tests. (Tests and classwork needs to be taking care of within three days after the day of the absence).
    • I expect you to use a cellular device and/or technology device for class purposes only and when told by the teacher. Any other times, your cellphone must be facing down on the upper right corner of your desk, or inside your backpack, purse or pocket.


    Consequences for disruptive behavior       

    • 1st Violation: Warning           
    • 2nd Violation: Parental contact.          
    • 3rd Violation: Office referral. 

     Incentives for a great behavior

        ҉  Game Day

        ҉  Movie Day

        ҉  Earn Extra Points for tests by saving passes  



    The best way to contact me is via e-mail.  My e-mail address is alma.martinez@rcs.k12.al.us which is also listed on the school website.  You may also contact me through the school phone at 256-331-2110 ext. 1017.  I will try to reply to all my messages within 24 hours. 



    Sincerely yours,





    Alma P. Martínez

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