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Mr. Auseré
Room 205
Email: aausere@oldenburgacademy.org
Tel: (812) 934 4440 Ext. *254


SPANISH AP SYLLABUS

Course Description:
All the students participating in this course must have a high level of the Spanish language. They must be outstanding in the four categories (reading, speaking, listening, and writing). This class will be in Spanish 100% most of the time.
A grammar review from the last three years will be executed throughout the year. We will not spend much time with grammar because the aim of this course is to approach our students to the Spanish language by using Spanish in all different contexts. Obtaining a great fluency is expected in the current course.
We will learn history, geography, and specific cultural concepts from the 20th and 21st century by reading press articles and books, watching Spanish movies and documentaries. Making oral and written presentations and completing a final project will be required.
Finally, we will prepare for the AP and college placement exams.

Objectives for the course:
1. Review and build upon previous grammar and vocabulary.
2. Improve listening and speaking skills through class dialogues and activities.
3. Be able to write long and complex compositions about different topics.
4. Develop strategies for improved reading comprehension.
5. Be prepared to success in the Ap exam.

TEXTBOOKS
¡Avancemos! 4 (Mc Dougal Littell, 2007) Textbook.
¡Avancemos! 4 Cuaderno (Mc Dougal Littell, 2007) Workbook.

DICTIONARY
Spanish-English Dictionary. It is essential to have a good Spanish-English dictionary and every student needs to have one. I will recommend you the following dictionary, which is the one that we will be using in class for all the Spanish groups.
Oxford Spanish Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2005) ISBN 978-0-19-860733-5

NOTEBOOK
What are my expectations about your notebooks?
I expect you to work properly on your binders or notebooks. Even if I will not collect your notebooks for a grade I expect to see clean notes with different sections for grammar, vocabulary, etc. Everything that I write on the chalkboard should be in your notebooks as it can be used in exams.


GRADES
Your semester grade is comprised of the following:
Quarter 1 Grade 40%
Quarter 2 Grade 40%
Semester 1 Exam 20%


Your Quarter grade is comprised of the following:
Tests 25%
Writings 25%
Homework 5%
Quizzes 15%
Participation/orals 25%
Cultural projects 5%

TESTS represent 25% of the final grade. We will take a test at the end of every Unit (Unidad), what it means every two chapters (Lecciones).
QUIZZES represent 15% of the final grade. We will take a quiz at the end of every chapter (Leccion).
WRITINGS, represent 25% of the final grade. Writings will be done at home or in class. At the beginning of the year we just expect students to write simple sentences, but they should be able to write simple essays for the end of the year. Students will be allowed to use their dictionaries to help them in most of these papers. Cheating by using computer translators will be punished by getting zeros.
HOMEWORK, represents 5% of the final grade. Homework has to be turned in on time. If it is one day late you will lose one letter grade on your assignment. With two days of delay I won’t collect them (unless you have a paper signed by parents explaining the delay reason).
PARTICIPATION/ORALS represents 25% of the final grade. I expect students to participate in class by volunteering in correcting exercises on the chalkboard, reading, but above all trying to speak in Spanish as much as possible since the first day of class. They will have a participation grade almost every Friday.

PARTICIPATION RUBRIC
This will be the rubric that I will follow to grade your oral level. As I understand that speaking a foreign language can be difficult, 15/20 (75%) will be the lowest grade that you might get in an oral exam. You will gave to add or subtract the points (positive/negative)that you got in the class because of participating.

20 PERFECTO
19 EXCELENTE
18 MUY BIEN
17 BIEN
16 SUFICIENTE
15 FLOJO

CLASS POLICIES:
1. Be in your seat and ready to begin class when the bell rings.
2. Bring your textbook, workbook and Spanish notebook to class every day.
3. Turn in your homework on time.
4. Show respect for other students and the teacher.
5. Follow all other guidelines as set out in the student’s handbook.
6. Take care of the materials in the classroom.
7. Be respectful of prayer time in class.

TUTORING
I am available to assist students before or after school. I arrive by 7:30 and stay until 3:30. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you think that you need some extra