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Bienvenido a la clase de Español de la Sra. Calvar!

Welcome to the wonderful world of Español!

SPanish I

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E-mail: carmenm.calvar@cms.k12.nc.us
Wiki: carmenm.calvar.cmswiki.wikispaces.net


Bienvenidos a Español I

The Providence Spanish team would like to welcome you to the new school year. Learning a foreign language opens up new horizons for students. It is also a valuable asset for students’ future business lives in the ever more global economy of the twenty-first century.
Spanish is the foundation for your child to be bilingual in the fourth most commonly used language in the world. It is a beautiful language, it is practical and it is attainable.
Classes will be conducted 90% of the time in the target language (Spanish). We want to encourage students to be positive, to practice, engage and explore this beautiful language with us.



I. Participation
Participation includes completing and bringing homework every day and coming to class prepared with all materials INCLUDING a red pen. Students should ask questions and volunteer to answer questions in class and have a positive attitude. It is important that students attempt to use the language as much as possible within the confines of their limited vocabulary. Membership in the Spanish Club is also part of participation.
2. Homework and Class Work
It is EXTREMELY important to reinforce and practice concepts learned in class in order to retain language. Homework will be assigned every night. Late homework will be accepted with a penalty of 10 points per night. In the case of absences, homework is due within the next five school days. The manner in which the class work and homework is presented is also key to success. An assignment that is done with pride has a higher possibility of being excellent since time was involved in studying and completing the required task.
3. Journals

In Spanish I, students will write short “essays” in class, using prompts and vocabulary pertinent to the chapter they are currently studying in the textbook. This activity will count as a class assignment. This will give ALL students practice in using the language in an original and creative form.
4. Workbooks

We require each student to purchase a workbook. The workbooks cost $20.00 due to the teacher no later than September 13. Please make checks payable to PHS.
5. Tests and Projects (Formal assessments)
Test and projects count as 70% of the total grade. All formal assessments will be determined by the teacher and this includes participation. There will be a test at the end of every chapter as well as quarter tests, a mid-term and a final. In Spanish One there is a system-wide EOC (end of course) test that is taken by ALL level one foreign language students in Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools. This final exam will count as 25% of the TOTAL grade for the year and includes an oral assessment. All quarter tests, including the final exam will include listening, reading and writing components. When a quarter or chapter test has been announced, the student is responsible for taking the test the day of his return if absent on the day of the actual test. Tests will be announced at least one week in advance. Scheduled tests and projects will be posted on the WIKI.
6. Extra Credit
In our classes, there will be no written extra credit nor will there be any projects given for that purpose. Extra credit opportunities involve participation in cultural activities within the community and within the Spanish Club that provide added insight and cultural awareness of the language and its people.
Each quarter students will have an extra opportunity to improve ONE formal grade in their foreign language class. Contingent upon attending tutoring, students receiving a test grade below 84% can improve the test grade up to 84% by retesting and demonstrating mastery of the material in which they were deficient. To retest, students must correct their answers on the original test, explain in writing why their answer was incorrect and include a detailed, written explanation of the grammar rules applied to correct the answer.
Students must attend tutoring to master the material to be given this opportunity.

7. Tutoring
Tutoring is ongoing in the foreign language department at Providence. The schedule is as follows:
Mondays and Thursdays from 2:20PM to 3:15PM:
Mon: All teachers and AP students
Thurs and every morning at 6:30 am Mrs. Torres. Tutoring is conducted by both the teachers and the AP students. If a student needs extra tutoring, Wednesday is also available with our AP students by appointment only.
We work together in order to be able to provide your child with consistent tutoring to what they are learning. The students will sign a sheet in the teacher’s class where they receive the tutoring.
If you need additional information you can reach our Spanish team on our emails listed below:
Carmenm.Calvar@cms.k12.nc.us;
Hilda.Torres@cms.k12.nc.us; Thelma.Uzeta@cms.k12.nc.us: Deborah.Monroy@cms.k12.nc.us
Materials
All students will need:
1 composition notebook
1 Spanish-English Dictionary
(not the thin 99cent Walmart special)
Paper
A RED PEN
Color Pencils
We are looking forward to an exciting year with your child. Adelante!


Spanish III
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Spanish III
Spanish Three is a high paced, immersed level of foreign language. It is an honors class with a 5 point-A. Therefore, it is expected that all communication take place in the target language. Active participation in class is key. In order to earn an A in participation, the student must make every effort to speak in Spanish at all times, both with the teacher as well as with class members. Also, participation includes having all materials at all times including a red pen for corrections. If there is down time at the end of a class, the students will converse with each other STRICTLY in Spanish. This is the key to proficiency and my highest yearly goal.
Homework is extremely important to reinforce concepts learned in class so there is homework every night of some sort. Class work is a part of this grade also. All translations count as a homework. If there is an issue or situation that the student has which involves not having his homework, he is to address me personally and in private. In the case of absences, arrangements must be made with the teacher within 5 school days for making up the work. Homework is key to success in the target language therefore it will be given much importance!
Journals are a formal assessment but are written at home on the evening of they day the student had class. The students can write about anything they like EXCEPT their daily routine. Writing about the daily routine will receive the grade of a zero. Journals should be a minimum of three-quarters of a page long. As the year progresses I will be asking for specific grammatical structures to be included in the journal entries. Also, when I return corrected journals, the students will have two class periods to make corrections for a better grade. When they cannot correct things on their own, they must come to tutoring to clarify their questions. This allows for individual help since most of those issues will involve gaps in the student’s learning that can quickly be resolved through a short tutoring session. If there are more than five errors on the CORRECTIONS, additional credit will NOT be awarded.
Formal Assessments count for 70 percent of the total grade. During the first 9 weeks of school, there is a test every class involving a verb synopsis (a verb at a glance) that will insure student mastery of verb tenses. It is with this tool that later we can make connections in tense sequencing and writing good essays. There will be tests in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. When a chapter or quarter test is announced, the student is responsible for taking the test on the day of his return to school if absent on the actual day of the test. Tests will be announced at least one week in advance. They will also be posted on my WIKI. No formal assessments will go home with the students. They will remain in class in each student’s folder. You are welcome to come and look through your child’s work and discuss his performance.
Informal Assessments count for 30 percent of the total grade. This may be comprised of a variety of assignments determined as needed.
Extra Credit is given in multiple opportunities and in a variety of ways. Extra credit is NEVER given for written assignments, essays or “projects” of any kind. Extra credit is given for attending and/or participating in community events that reflect the culture of the target language or for assisting in “Parent Night” of special schools who have high Hispanic populations and they can use the language. Also, extra credit is given for activities that will enhance the students’ knowledge of Spanish language and its culture. Through participation in Spanish Club, the students will receive many opportunities for extra credit. Therefore it is extremely important that the students participate in the Spanish Club and Spanish National Honor Society.
Other activities: This year, some students will be invited to participate in a National Competition called National Spanish Exam. Those invited must pay $5.00 for their exam which will be in mid-March. I will collect those fees in January. After scores are received the students will be invited to participate in the Foreign Language Extravaganza of the year, THE AWARDS BANQUET which will take place in May along with the other foreign languages taught at Providence. There we will have an opportunity to give them their award and celebrate their achievements. It is an honor to be invited to take the exam.
Though many students find Spanish III very threatening at the beginning, I would like to say that it is a temporary feeling. If a student is well equipped and follows all of the parameters, he will discover that he knows more than he thinks and that thinking in Spanish is not that big of an issue. Patience with themselves and with me is more an issue that anything else. As soon as they discover that they can do it, it is sometimes hard to keep them quiet!
All honors Spanish III students are expected to become active members of the Spanish Club. That way, they will immerse a bit more in language usage and culture. Speaking and practicing Spanish are the ONLY ways to “own” the language so a special effort must be made to make all those years of study worth it. Also this year they become eligible to become members of the Spanish National Honor Society with their Spanish credits.
The students will use the language in the creation of videos and presentations that create a situation involving the vocabulary with which we are working. They will have approximately two weeks to create the videos. These will count as a formal assessment.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email (CarmenM. Calvar@cms.k12.nc.us). This is the best way to get in touch with me. Tutoring will be held every Monday and Thursday afternoon. Wednesday afternoon will be open as well by appointment only. Ms. Torres will have tutoring every morning at 6:30 in her classroom. The tutoring sessions will be with the AP students as well as the teachers.
Activities will be posted on my WIKI Calendar. If there is any doubt about what needs to be done or when, you can access the information there.
I look forward to a great year with your child. ¡Adelante! Please sign the bottom of this letter and bring it back as your child’s first homework assignment. Keep this letter in your notebook so you can refer back to it when necessary.
Spanish IV

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Welcome to Spanish IV honors!
This is an exciting year for the Spanish IV students! The literature is fantastic, the stories are NOT watered down any more and the articles, information and artifacts are AUTHENTIC!
Spanish Four is a high paced, totally immersed level Spanish. It is an honors class with a 5 point A. Therefore, ALL communication that takes place in class will be in the target language at all times. Grades are divided into two categories this year, formal (70 % of total grade) and informal assessments (30% 0f total grade). Anything that is seen as a test (like journals and class participation in the target language) will count as a formal assessment).
ACTIVE Participation (formal assessment) is the key ingredient to performing well in this class. In order to earn an A in participation, the student must conduct ALL business in Spanish with the teacher AND his peers. Also active participation includes having all materials at all times, including the famous red pen for corrections. If there is down time at the end of a class, the students will use that time to practice speaking to each other in Spanish. This is the key to advanced proficiency in the language which is the main goal of the year. Again, if the students don’t speak in the target language at all times, they cannot expect an A in participation. Also, this year they will be performing certain tasks that are only attainable though speaking. Thus, the child must be ready to use the language at any point! Some students will be invited to attend interpretation and translation sessions at Devonshire Elementary, where they will serve as interpreters and translators to parents of young children who do NOT speak English!
Homework. It is extremely important to reinforce concepts learned in class so there is homework of some sort every night. Class work is a part of this grade also. Late homework will carry a penalty of 15 point per night. After 5 nights, it will not be accepted. If there is an issue or situation that the student has which involves not having his homework, he is to address me personally and in private. In the case of absences, the homework is due within the next five school days (not the next five Spanish class days).
Journals are written at home as a daily homework assignment. The students can write about anything they like EXCEPT their daily routine. Journal entries should be three-quarters of a page in length. I will ask for specific grammatical concepts throughout the journals. If the student does not use the grammatical concepts that are asked for, the entry will be graded with a zero. The same applies if the English language is used in the journal. Also when the journal is corrected and graded, the students will have two class periods to make corrections and resubmit the journal for a better grade. If they do not know how to correct their errors on their own, they must come to tutoring to clarify their questions. This allows for individual help since most of the problem issues will involve gaps in the student’s learning that can be quickly resolved through a short tutoring session. It is up to the student if he wants a better grade in the journal. I will not ask for it; he must resubmit it on his own. Tutoring is upon request any afternoon of the week except Fridays.
Tests - Tests will include reading, writing, vocabulary, listening and speaking. There will be tests in literature, comprehension, and overall grammar points. Some tests will be impromptu, where the student must answer in the target language at the spur of the moment showing mastery of the language. Some tests will be oral where the student must create a new product from the vocabulary and prompt given. The students will also create videos that deal with cultural and linguistic issues. During the year, the students will have two projects that concentrate on culture of Spain and Latin America. The projects will comprise ALL of the aspects of language acquisition. (Reading, writing, listening and speaking.)Those projects will have an oral focus, where the heaviest part of the grade lies in speaking.
Workbook - Our text book/workbook is the AMSCO level IV book. Please have the students bring $20 payable to PHS for the purchase of this book asap.
Extra credit – will never be a written assignment or a project. When extra credit is available, it will consist of the active participation or attendance at some cultural event within the community that will allow the student to grow in knowledge of the target culture/language. (Depending on the pertinence of the event, they will sometimes be required). Quizzlets will be allowed for extra credit as well when announced.
All extra credit and test activities will be posted on my WIKI. You can regularly access that information as needed. My address is at the top of this letter.
I STRONGLY suggest purchasing two resources as soon as possible (if your child doesn’t have them already). One is a GOOD Spanish-English Dictionary (not the 99 cent Walmart special) and the other is 501 or 601 Spanish Verbs, which you can purchase at Barnes and Noble. (Note, your student should be the proud owner of these since Spanish II).
At this level, the students have already found their voice and their comfort zone in the target language. It is a pleasure to hear them talk and carry on with a wonderful level of proficiency! Yet, much of the work this year will involve doubling their vocabulary. Timid students have to make that extra effort to LET THE LANGUAGE IN, but the results are wonderful. Speaking and practicing Spanish is the ONLY way to own any language so special effort must be made to make all those years of study worth it. Grading will be both technical and holistic. You should expect to see PALS rubrics to both attached to some student work (where applicable).
The upper level students must all become members of the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. It is through these school organizations that cultural events will be announced for the acquisition of extra credit. It is very important that all upper level students immerse as much as possible in the target language and culture and these organizations are a wonderful venue in which to do it.
This year some students will be INVITED to take the National Spanish Exam. This is a NATIONAL COMPETITION that will take place sometime in March. The honor of being invited will culminate in a wonderful evening of celebration in our AWARD BANQUET, where we will have the opportunity to honor each student that wins in the competition. The banquet will be in May. I look forward to many students participating! Participating in the test costs $5.00 that I’ll ask for in January.
I want to make a point to reiterate that this level DEMANDS the continuous use of the language. I cannot stress enough that the growth each student needs to make depends on every effort of speak in the target language at all times!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. My email is Carmenm.calvar@cms.k12.nc.us.





Spanish V-AP

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Welcome to Spanish V-AP!
This is an exciting NEW AND DIFFERENT year for the Spanish V-AP students! The course is an intensive language/culture course that prepares the students for the new AP exam that was redone THIS year!
Spanish Five is a high paced, totally immersed level Spanish. It is an honors class with a 6 point A. Therefore, ALL communication that takes place in class will be in the target language at all times. The expectation is that the students will attain the skills of a third year college native for the exam. It is a wonderful challenge for the students and if they have registered or been invited into the class, it is because they are ready for the experience!
Participation (formal assessment 70%). In order to earn an A in participation, the student must conduct ALL business in Spanish with the teacher AND his peers. If there is down time at the end of a class, the students will use that time to practice speaking to each other in Spanish about current events, general topics of conversation or play trivia for the culture section of the exam. This is the key to advanced proficiency in the language which is the main goal of the year.
In Spanish V-AP the students have various activities outside the classroom that count as active required participation. They travel to different Elementary schools during parent/teacher conferences and during their curriculum nights to serve as translators and interpreters for parents that do not speak English. The schools they will attend this year are Rama Road Elementary, Sterling Elementary and Devonshire Elementary school. The students attend these events every quarter. This is NOT optional. The students have a speaking component in the exam; therefore they need opportunities to use the language in an extemporaneous setting.
Homework (informal assessment 30%). It is extremely important to reinforce concepts learned in class so there is homework of some sort every night. Class work is a part of this grade also. Late homework will carry a penalty of 10 point per night. After 5 nights, it will not be accepted. If there is an issue or situation that the student has which involves not having his homework, he is to address me personally and in private. In the case of absences, the homework is due within the next five school days (not the next five Spanish class days).
Journals – count as a test grade (formal assessment) but are written at home as a daily homework assignment. The students can write about anything they like EXCEPT their daily routine. Journal entries should be three-quarters of a page in length. Also when the journal is corrected and graded, the students will have two class periods to make corrections and resubmit the journal for a better grade. If they do not know how to correct their errors on their own, they must come to tutoring to clarify their questions. This allows for individual help since most of the problem issues will involve gaps in the student’s learning that can be quickly resolved through a short tutoring session. It is up to the student if he wants a better grade in the journal. I will not ask for it; he must resubmit it on his own. Tutoring is upon request any afternoon of the week except Fridays. Journals should take on a different quality this year. They should reflect current events in the Latin world, comparisons and contrasts to things “at home,” reflections of new ideas that reflect to exposure to the world.
Workbooks/textbook – Students will have to pay for their own workbook. Workbooks (Triángulo Aprobado) are $47.00. Please make CHECKS payable to PHS for these workbooks no later than September 11. The workbook is the best resource to meet the year’s expectations. It allows the students to experience the way the exam will be presented. We will practice with it all year. It covers the six topics the exam tests.
Tests – (formal assessments) count for 70% of the total grade. Tests will include reading, writing, vocabulary, listening and speaking. There will be tests in literature, language, listening comprehension, speaking and overall grammar points. The mid-term exam is a practice of the AP test.
Country Project - This project is a year long project that accounts for 25% of the total grade of the year! Each student will pick a country and study it in depth for the cross cultural section of the AP exam. The country will be assigned on the first day of school! The project will have 24 to 30 essays divided into the six topics that will be studied in the AP curriculum. It will have a speaking component, a visual component and an audio component. It is wonderfully thorough!
Extra credit – will never be a written assignment or a project. When extra credit is available, it will consist of the active participation or attendance at some cultural event within the community that will allow the student to grow in knowledge of the target culture/language.
At this level, the students have already found their voice and their comfort zone in the target language. It is a pleasure to hear them talk and carry on with a wonderful level of proficiency! Yet, much of the work this year will involve expanding their vocabulary and their comprehension. Timid students have to make that extra effort to USE THE LANGUAGE, but the results are wonderful. Speaking and practicing Spanish is the ONLY way to own any language so special effort must be made to make all those years of study worth it.
During second semester the students will watch a Soap Opera in Spanish. “Niña Amada Mia” (Child that I love) serves the purpose of expanding comprehension as well as listening to a multitude of accents and voices in the target language. It also immerses the students in the culture of Latin America.
The upper level students must all become members of the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. It is through these school organizations that cultural events will be announced for the acquisition of extra credit. It is very important that all upper level students immerse as much as possible in the target language and culture and these organizations are a wonderful venue in which to do it.
The students will also be INVITED to take the National Spanish Exam again this year. The exam costs $4.00 and I will collect that during second semester. We will celebrate the success of the exam in May in a wonderful AWARD BANQUET. There will be more information to come in the near future.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. My email is Carmenm.calvar@cms.k12.nc.us. (It is the fastest and easiest way to reach me!) I am very excited to work with your children. The class promises to be challenging, fun and very USEFUL in becoming BILINGUAL! Your children should begin in an advanced proficient level but if they take the class seriously they’ll be bilingual at the end! I look forward to having you in my classroom on Curriculum Night as well. See you then!


We will be very busy in Mrs. Calvar's class learning a language and its culture; allowing it to become a part of us in this 21st century where our world is small and communication is key!




www.drlemon.netwww.conjuguemos.com
http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/index.php
http://www.spaleon.com/index.php (Spanish Verb Conjugation Trainer)http://spanishflashcards.tripod.com/ (Spanish Flashcards and Practice Quizzes)www.discoveryeducation.com

• Aitken: (basic level, sound and images)http://www.trentu.ca/academic/modernlanguages/spanish/masarriba/
• Arana: http://mld.ursinus.edu/~jarana/Ejercicios/ (mostly advanced)• Aula Virtual Español: http://cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/actividades_ave/aveteca.htm (levels 1-2)• BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/ (all levels)


TUTORING

Tutoring will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. All students are welcome. The Wednesday tutoring sessions will be by appointment, so that the students can make sure to have a peer working with them. This should enable asking and answering questions that have presented issues and problems in Spanish!