Course Syllabus


  Beginning Spanish A  ~ Señora O’Neill

                    Aula (room) 242  



  • Course Description and Objectives: The goal for this year is that students will be able to speak, read, write and listen to Spanish at the Novice High Level according to the ACTFL Global Bench Marks. Students will be able communicate about general topics such as family, school, activities, clothing and friends, as well as utilizing the present tense. Students will also learn about Hispanic Culture through, music, movies, etc…

    ACTFL Global Can-do Bench marks – This is our YEAR END GOAL!


B)Successful students:

I) Have a good attitude about learning, meaning you want to learn and make an effort to get better.

II) Be organized with your materials (3 ring binder for all handouts)

III) Exercise good study skills – constantly review what we do in class not just for tests/quizzes but daily!

IV) Always speak in Spanish!!! 

V) Tell me when you need help, feel confused, need something repeated, etc… I want to help you understand, improve and reach your full potential!

C) Expectativas (Expectations)

I.  Show respect and be kind. Have a positive attitude about learning Spanish!

II. Electronic devices must be off and out of sight at all times

We will play online games to review material. Students must respect the limited use of the phones/computers and put them away promptly to move onto the next activity. 

III. You need to keep your materials - study packet, quizzes, and tests in a 2 inch Spanish binder and you must bring it to every class. Don’t throw anything away!!! This course is cumulative! 

IV. There is homework every time that there is Spanish class.(written and/or reviewing/studying)  As a rule, you should spend a minimum of 15-20 minutes per day reviewing what was covered that day in addition to what has previously been presented. Homework is EFFORT BASED! This means that if it is completed you will received full credit. If it is partially completed or not completed at all you will receive a ZERO!

V. Regular attendance, being on time, participation and speaking in Spanish: completing all assignments on time, voluntarily answering questions, gesturing, acting in stories, helping others to learn, doing student re-tells of stories, and contributing new ideas will positively impact your grade in this class.

VI. Absences, tardiness, not speaking in Spanish, incomplete assignments, failure to make up work within 48 hours, not paying attention or not being on task, talking when inappropriate, distracting others, showing disrespect, sleeping, not bringing materials to class, not following directions, being passive and/or showing a lack of effort or interest will negatively impact your grade in this class.


D) Ausencias (Absences)

In the event of an absence, it is your responsibility to find out what was covered in class from your fellow classmates or Señora O’Neill and make up what you missed within 48 hours of your return to WHS.  Make up work will not be accepted after 48 hours.  Please write down the contact information for two other students in the class.



E) Calificaciones (Grading) : You may check on your progress in the class on POWERSCHOOL. Grades are constantly changing during the term, so please be wise in the frequency of checking your grades on Powerschool.

Quizzes/Tests/ Projects All quizzes and tests include current and past material. 

Participation=classwork, oral participation, homework This grade is based on five rules:

    a. No English may be spoken in this classroom without first raising your hand.

    b. You must actively participate in every class.

    c. You must bring your materials, ie;  study packets, binder, pen/pencil to every class.

    d. You must complete all assignments in a timely manner.

        e. You must always park your cellphone in the cellphone parking in class


Important Grading Information 

      Classical and Modern Language Grading Policy 2019-2020





-Vocabulary and grammar evaluations.

-Memorized learned material.(forms,rules, vocabulary)

-Completion of homework.

-Readiness for class.(on time with needed materials)




-Presentational evaluations: One-way communication using productive skills of speaking or writing. (for example: monologues or presentations)

-Interpersonal evaluations: Two-way communication between individuals using receptive skills (listening or reading) and productive skills (speaking or writing). Meaning is negotiated between two or more individuals. (conversations or  written exchanges)

-Interpretive evaluations: One way communication using receptive skills (listening to audios or reading stories or articles)

Powerschool Grade Scale


F) Política de Inmersión: (Immersion Policy)  This  can be a lot of fun!!!!

This class is conducted in Spanish. You are required to use Spanish at all times. In order to help you maintain that expectation I have “scaffolding” in place. 

I) “Survival Expressions” that can help you get by if you draw a blank. 

II)  “Agendas” – I will have these everyday so you can always follow the lesson – what page we are on, what activity, etc…

III) “Wall dictionary”  - When you ask ¿Cómo se dice…en español? I will always try to write that word or expression on a large wall paper so that it is there for easy reference. You also need to write these words down in your notebook



We understand the expectations, absence and grading policies in this class.

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Metas en esta clase: (goals in this class) Write what it is you are looking to achieve this year with Spanish! This helps me get to know what you are looking for in this class!






Language Laboratory Rules

  1. You will always follow Señora O’Neill´s instructions in the Laboratory.


  1. When entering the Laboratory, leave the backpacks and cell phones by the door. You are only allowed to keep a PENCIL and an ERASER. Pens are not allowed.


  1. If you need to “ir a los servicios” you must log in your computer first.


  1. Neither food, nor drinks, nor gum is allowed in the Laboratory.


  1. Sit in the seat you are assigned on the first day.


  1. You will treat with respect the equipment you are using in the Laboratory. Inform Señora O’Neill if there is any writing on your desk.


  1. Before you leave the Laboratory you will make sure there is no trash around your seat.


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Remind: This is a website that all students in my class NEED to join and which allows me to TEXT you all reminders about homework and evaluations.  Students have really appreciated this element of my class and homework completion has been much higher than in past years! It also allows you to text me! This gives us better communication!!! 

Bloque naranja(=orange block)


1)Please take out your cell-phone.

2) The number you are texting to is  81010.

3) The message is  @h3k2dh

Bloque amarillo (=yellow block)


1)Please take out your cell-phone.

2) The number you are texting to is  81010.

3) The message is  @7399979

“Second language acquisition is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Be patient with yourself and be diligent with this beautiful language.

Señora O’Neill

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