•  Grading Policy

    Students will be given multiple assessments each quarter which will measure their skills in the various proficiencies:  reading, listening, writing and speaking. Each assessment will be worth a certain amount points but regardless of the assessment, every point has the same value (ie., points are not weighted).  A test will be given at the end of each theme or unit.

    There is no extra credit work but occasionally an extra-credit question or two might be included on a test or quiz. 

    Homework is checked daily and while no credit is given for homework, points are deducted from a student’s point total at the end of the quarter for missing work. 

      

    Class Expectations

    There are only a few guidelines to follow that will make our classroom a viable, friendly space for learning:

    • Be respectful to everyone in the classroom.  This simple deed will eliminate 99% of most unacceptable behaviors.  Learning a language involves taking risks and respect is essential to this process – remember, we don’t want to occupy the “cheap seats” in “the arena.”
    • Learn to listen carefully. Listening is one of the most important skills in language learning.   Learning a language requires active listening, which is really hard work.  It is impossible to listen carefully to others when you are speaking.  I won't talk while you are speaking, and I expect the same in return for me and for others in the class.
    • Be on time and be prepared. Arriving late is disruptive to me and to the other members of the class.  Excessive tardiness will result in a lunch-time or after-school detention.  Please be prepared and be ready to work with all materials out as soon as the bell rings.  Have OneNote and com open on your computer
    • Follow directions the first time they are given and don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
    • Adjust your voice level to suit the activity.
    • Observe all the rules in the school handbook including:
    1. No eating, drinking or gum chewing in class.
    2. Sign in and out according to school policy. If you forget to sign in there may be inaccuracies to your attendance record.
    3.  All cellphones must be in your backpack during class.

     

    Materials

    Most materials are posted on OneNote but I do hand out practice sheets which are best organized in a three-ring binder.  If you want a textbook to take home, you can sign out a copy and return it to me at the end of the year (failure to do so will result in a fine to replace the book which runs around $80.00).  Please make sure your laptop is charged and working prior to class and have a pen or pencil.