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.
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:
- No eating, drinking or gum chewing in class.
- Sign in and out according to school policy. If you forget to sign in there may be inaccuracies to your attendance record.
- All cellphones must be in your backpack during class.
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.