Spanish 4 Pre-AP
Emphasis is placed on enlarging vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing. Grammar is reviewed functionally, and cultural topics include literary genres such as: humor, heroism, legends, the supernatural and the function of art as a medium of expression through the ages.
Quality of student writing: Standards in the course are rigorous. Students will be evaluated on clarity and sophistication of writing style as well as the quality of ideas.
Pace of work: The class moves fast and is designed to cover literature, grammar and culture. Course design assumes homework, both overnight and long range. Students are expected to watch Spanish speaking programs once a week and bring to class corresponding assignments.
Daily class preparation: The style of the class assumes that all students will arrive prepared to participate everyday and they will bring to class appropriate texts. Class participation in Spanish will be part of each quarterly grade.
Attendance: Both the work load and style of class demand that classes run from bell to bell. Lateness to class will be penalized.
Independent work habits: Students must take charge of their own learning to insure success in the course. Although everyone will receive constant instruction, the student will know his/her weakness better than anyone else, and once again are encouraged to seek help.
Deadlines: Work is due on date indicated. Late work is penalized by deducting 10 points for each day late; each weekend day or holiday day counts as one late day.
Conferences: I welcome frequent, individual conferences with students and expect that the students, will take the initiative to come during extra-help periods or make an appointment for a conference.
Final examination: All students are required to take the final test in June. The content of this course will further prepare students to succeed in Spanish AP test during their senior year.