Course Syllabus


Welcome to Beginning Spanish B!  ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español "Beginning Spanish B"!


Instructor:  Maria DiPietro, room 331

Contact Information:

Libro de Información: Libro de Información


Materials required for class every day:

• your class workbook (on paper, though the digital copy is a back-up)

• a pen or pencil

• a folder or binder 

• computer with a full charge

• headphones


How can I get help in Spanish?

• Ask a question! :-)

• Email your teacher ( or speak with her to make an appointment for help. You may meet with her, with the Spanish Help Lab team, or peer tutors. So much support is available! 

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• Follow through with teacher recommendations. 

•••••Please note: At this time, Señora DiPietro's office hours are by appointment. Just email me!! Flexibility will be offered in multiple windows of time.•••••


What do I do if I am not in class?  

• Email or speak with your teacher to schedule a make up assessment (if you missed one).  You have two school days to make up assessments that you miss due to an excused absence. An unexcused absence on an assessment day may result in a zero. 


How is my grade computed?

See the Libro de Información.


Keep a portfolio

You should save your assessments and rubrics (essays, letters, audio recordings, video recordings, projects -> anything that is assessed and graded).  In January and in June you will have a portfolio reflection which will be your mid year and end of year assessments.  You are responsible for being able to show your progress over the year with evidence.  You will show this through written reflections and an interview with your teacher.  You may make an electronic (Google Drive) portfolio or keep papers at home and recorded items on your desktop.


What is Proficiency?  How will I learn Spanish in this class?

We will spend the year working towards proficiency.  Proficiency is the degree to which you can communicate in Spanish if you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you have to speak or understand Spanish, and have had no preparation for this interaction.  For example, you don't know what the topic of conversation will be.  We will use authentic resources (videos, articles, web sites, etc.) that were created for native Spanish speakers, not for the classroom. This will help you to be ready to go out into the world and to use your Spanish.


Course Themes: 

• What does family mean to me?  

I can express what a family is and who I consider to be part of mine.  I can explain my family traditions and compare them to the traditions of others.

How do my choices shape who I am?

I can explain what I choose to do when I have free time.  I can explain what people eat and why.  I can talk about how clothing reflects who people are.


Course Summary:

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