Course Syllabus

                   Welcome to German 2馃尭

 

I am very pleased to have you in German this year, and looking forward to having a great year.

Teacher Information:

Aurelie Nkam             Contact: nkama@wellesleyps.org     room 239

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Course description: In German 2, emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through exposure to authentic material such as newspaper articles, short recordings or videos. In order to help you expand your knowledge of the German language and culture, we will mostly be working with thematic units, short stories and movies.

Class objectives:

  • To strengthen and expand vocabulary and grammar concepts from German 1
  • To build vocabulary and increase your reading, writing and listening skills in German.
  • To improve your oral communication skills through meaningful contexts.
  • To expose students to the German language and culture.

Material required for class:

You will need:

1.     A three ring binder and 3 dividers: Please section your binder as follows:

路       1st divider for grammar packet

路       2nd divider for additional handouts and course packets

路       3rd divider for quizzes and tests

2.     Lined paper for notes or a notebook for in class notes

Classroom Rules During In-Person Class:

1.     RESPECT your teacher, your peers and yourself!

2.     RAISE YOUR HAND for permission to speak, and speak only if you have been granted permission to do so.

3.     BE IN YOUR ASSIGNED SEAT AND READY when the bell rings and remain seated during class unless you have permission to get up. Once you are seated, start completing

4.     FOOD AND DRINK (except bottled water) are not allowed in class. This includes gums and candies.

5.     CLASS MATERIAL: If you borrow any class material from me or from the classroom , please make sure to return it back to me or to neatly put it back where you go it from.

 

 Teacher's Expectations during Remote Learning

a) During Remote Learning:

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b) During In-Person Class Time:

SEATING:To ensure our success, everyone will be assigned a specific seat. Note that those seats will   rotate at the teacher鈥檚 discretion.

PARTICIPATION: you are expected to:

  • Raise your hand.
  • be an active observer/participant in all activities
  • be on task all the time.
  • Use only German during class once the bell rings or starts. You are required to use German once you get into the classroom.  Failure to do so, will result in Extra Homework that will count towards your Homework grade
  • BATHROOM POLOCY: 
    • You will need to ask for permission before going to the restroom.
    • Only one student at the time can go to the bathroom.
  • HOMEWORK: I rarely assign homework, but if I do it must be completed and turned in on time since it helps the teacher determine if you master the concepts that were taught in class or not.  You must submit your homework on Canvas. The only format accepted is JPEG.
  • Cellphones:  Your cellphone must be in the cellphone holder all the time.
  • TESTING:In general, a鈥済raded activity鈥will be scheduled once a week. Quizzes dates will be announced at least 2 days in advance and test dates will be announced five days in advance. You will also write a composition at the end of each unit. All quizzes and test dates will be posted in you course packet or on my website.
  • MAKE-UP POLICY: The make-up work is always the student's responsibility; if you have been absent you have 2 days upon your return to make-up your class work, quizzes, tests, compositions and other assignments. To find out what you missed while you were absent, please refer to my Google website. If you are going to be absent, email me your project by the day it is due.

Note: If you arrange an appointment to make up a quiz, a test or a composition outside of class time

GRADING:

90% - Communication (Performance Assessments and 10% Achievement (Grammar, vocabulary + homework).

  • Performance Assessments are tasks where you actually use the language.) such as:
  • Interpretive Reading/Listening (reading an article/watching a video and answering questions)
  • Interpersonal Speaking (a conversation in pairs or with a small group of four)
  • Presentational Writing/Speaking (writing a composition or making a short oral presentation)

On the performance and Achievement assessments students will earn one of the grades below:

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Every Task is weighted as follows:

Interpersonal Speaking: 33%

Interpretive Reading and Listening: 23%

Presentational Writing and Speaking: 36% 

 

Note: Grades at the World Languages department are weighted differently each term. The percentages are as follows: 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Final Assessment 

12%

19%

26%

31%

12%

EXTRA HELP:  Please stay in touch. Do not hesitate to come and see me as soon as you are uncertain about something. If I know where there are problems, I can address them and put them in perspective in order to help you reach your full potential. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where do I find the Quizzes Tests and Dates?
    • Click on the "Important dates" button on the homepage to get the information you need.
  • How to I prepare for a test/Where do I find what to study for a test?
    • Go over the Can-Do-Statements for that lesson or unit that you can also find listed out right below the test and quizzes dates. 
  • How will my Performance grade be determined? 
    • You grade will be determine by what you score on each category of the rubric for that assessment.
  • How Can I improve my grade after having a grade below what I was expecting?
      • Go over your score on the rubric, and make an error analysis
      • Check with the teacher if you do not understand your mistakes
      • Seek extra help from the language lab, before the next assessment.
  • Do I get credit for completing homework?
    • No,  because  it only helps the teacher determine if you master the concepts that were taught in class or not.
  • Can I have extra credit or complete some extra work to boost up my grade?
    • Sorry, but no extra credit is offered in this class. However, I strongly encourage anyone who struggles to reach out for extra help before any test.

Course Summary:

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