As teachers are always trying to improve on what we do so that we can best help (and challenge) students, the Hamilton world language department (including the HS teachers) will be including a speaking component in the final grade for each student.
We often have partner conversation time to start the class a few times per week. This conversation is completely in Spanish and is based on both past and current vocabulary items and topics.
During conversation time, I will walk around the room, and listen in on conversations. I might ask a student a question that we have been working on in Spanish. I might ask the partner group to talk about a certain topic. I will be listening to the speaking and conversation. Here are the specifics of what I will be listening for:
1. CONTENT: Did you give a complete answer? Did you fully respond to the question that was asked?
2. COMPREHENSION: Does your answer make sense after the question that was asked? Is the content of what you are saying fit in the context of the conversation? Did you respond appropriately to the question?
3. COMPREHENSIBILITY: Would a native speaker of Spanish be able to understand what you are saying? Are you communicating clearly in Spanish?
4. ACCURACY: Did you use the correct words? Did you use the correct verbs? Is your sentence order correct?
5. FLUENCY: Did you pronounce all of the words and sounds correctly? Does your speech flow naturally or is it broken up and choppy?
Final Grade breakdown by category and percent:
Please email if you have any questions or concerns. ¡Gracias!
The Grammar 1 quiz is Thursday, November 15.
Here are the learning targets that you should be able to do:
1) I can use the correct form of "ser" in a sentence.
2) I can change the endings of adjectives so that they agree in gender and number with the subject of the sentence.
3) I can correctly place the word "no" in a sentence to make it say the opposite.
4) I know what the question words are in Spanish and can use them in context.
1) Check out pages 48-53 in your textbook.
2) Finish/look over the worksheet on this information.
3) Study with the Quizlet flashcards.
4) Email if you have any questions!
The Chapter 2, Grammar 1 quiz will be on Thursday, November 15.
The Chapter 2, Vocabulary 1 quiz will be on Thursday, November 8. As always, please email if you have any questions!
Please make sure you can do the following things as you study:
1) I can describe myself in Spanish.
2) I can describe others in Spanish (and say what they are not like).
3) I can ask what others are like in Spanish.
4) I can tell my own age and birthday.
5) I can ask what other people's ages and birthdays are.
6) I can tell in Spanish what someone's age is or when their birthday is.
7) I can write the numbers 0-100.
Here are some study ideas:
1) Look over your notes and worksheet (see class documents if you need another copy)
2) Go over the introduction powerpoint again.
3) Study your own flashcards or the quizlet flashcards for Chapter 2, Vocabulary 1 (see the next post below).
4) Play these games to practice the description vocabulary.
5) Numbers 0-100 games
7) Another little quiz to practice using description adjectives. (Click on Vocabulary 1.)