• 2020-2021  school year Class: Spanish 1/2

    Maestra Loáisiga/ ydloaisiga@kyrene.org/ Room: G:200


    Course description:

    Dear students welcome to Spanish 1-2. Spanish 1-2 is a Novice mid/high course of the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures.  This course is designed for students to be able to communicate in Spanish. Students will develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while acquiring cultural knowledge and understanding.  The textbook is Qué cheveré 1.

    Communication You will develop all modes and skills of language -​ listening, reading, speaking and writing​ - at the specified proficiency level. It’s all about communication, not perfection!

    Culture   ​There’s a lot going on out there in the world! Knowing more about the products, practices and perspectives from different Spanish-speaking cultures will help you to understand and connect with others. Also you will make ​Comparisons​ and reflect on your own culture. 

     Communities ​Spanish is being used all around us. Part of your out-of-class work will include getting into the community, and experiencing the language and culture in action. Also you will make ​Connections ​to the world, other content and careers.

    The nine strands are not intended to be taught separately, so they, in conjunction with our internationally-minded IB focus and MYP Phase 1 and Phase 2 Language Acquisition Criterion for comprehending and communicating in response to spoken and written texts, will be interconnected during instruction and assessments.  WITH PRACTICE, these skills can be functionally applied at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) “Novice Low, Mid, High” to “Intermediate Low” levels of communication in Spanish language/cultural situations: 


    Related to this are the IB Phase-specific language acquisition objectives that students will:

    • Objective A: Comprehend spoken and visual text
    • Objective B: Comprehend written and visual text
    • Objective C: Communicate in response to spoken and/or written and/or visual text
    • Objective D: Use language in spoken and/or written form

    An overarching aim of teaching and learning languages is to enable the student to become a critical and competent communicator. The aims of the teaching and learning of MYP language acquisition are to:

    • gain proficiency in an additional language while supporting maintenance of their mother tongue and cultural heritage
    • develop a respect for, and understanding of, diverse linguistic and cultural heritages
    • develop the student’s communication skills necessary for further language learning, and for study, work and leisure in a range of authentic contexts and for a variety of audiences and purposes
    • enable the student to develop multiliteracy skills through the use of a range of learning tools, such as multimedia, in the various modes of communication
    • enable the student to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts and to develop critical and creative techniques for comprehension and construction of meaning
    • enable the student to recognize and use language as a vehicle of thought, reflection, self-expression and learning in other subjects, and as a tool for enhancing literacy
    • enable the student to understand the nature of language and the process of language learning, which comprises the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components
    • offer insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where the language is spoken
    • encourage an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from own and other cultures, leading to involvement and action in own and other communities
    • foster curiosity, inquiry and a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, language learning.


    Demonstrating proficiency

    • Midterm at the end of Spanish 1
    • Final at the end of Spanish 2
    • To earn the TUHSD Spanish 1-2 credit, students must minimally demonstrate a Novice High Proficiency Level on the final exam 

    (Midterm & Final exams are modeled after the ACTFL [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] AAPPL [Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages)  


    Standard Grading: Your grades are weighted and will be based on the following: 

    80% = Assessments & Projects (you must earn at least a 70% to be successful in this course)

    10% = Class Participation (Participation Rubric is explained in class)

    10% = Homework (including at least 20 mins/week of “Outside Learning Experiences”-“O.L.E’s”)


    • Please note: As an IB candidacy school, IB MYP progress reports will also be generated


    Expectations: Proteger nuestro NIDO

    1. No chicle (Refer to Sr. Wooley’s video if you are unclear on this one!)
    2. Insistir en hablar en español (Persist in & out of class with as much Spanish as possible.) 
    3. Demostrar respeto (for yourself, others, & materials)
    4. Obedecer las normas de KMS (Including celebrations!) 


    MAKE-UP WORK If you are absent, it is your responsibility to e-mail me, check my on-line homework calendar, call me and/or ask someone in your class for information about what you missed. If we are taking a test on the day that you return, you will also take the test unless you have already made arrangements with me to take it during tutoring.  If you are absent the day of a test, you will take the test the following class, until you initiate other arrangements.

    NOTE​: Unexcused absences will result in a 1/2 on all work completed in class and any assignment collected on the day of the absence


    You are expected to be in your seat when the tardy bell rings. If not, you are considered late and must sign the tardy log.  The 3rd tardy will result in lunch detention.  The 4th tardy will result in parent contact and a referral to the administrator for excessive tardies, and so on.  If you are late, please enter quietly.



    Students are expected to remain in the classroom during the entire class period.  If it is an emergency and you must leave to use the restroom, 1) ask for permission, 2) sign out and take the pass, 3) sign back in when you return.  You have a maximum of 10 minutes.  This must be used responsibly or will result in loss of the privilege.  (For example, if you leave without permission, don’t sign out/in, take longer than 10 minutes, ask to leave excessively, etc.)


    If you choose not to meet the behavior expectations of our classroom, this will result in the following consequences. Steps may be skipped and/or combined depending upon the severity of the incident.

    Materials: You minimally need a SPANISH-ONLY composition notebook, folder, loose leaf paper, sharpened pencils, white board marker, and a red ballpoint pen. You have an on-line textbook entitled ¡Qué Chévere 1! You can access it anywhere with an internet connection via the following path:


    1. On the Kyrene Home Page, Click on “STUDENTS” & then click “EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES”
    2. Scroll down to the “PASSPORT” icon at the bottom
    3. Follow the directions provided to open your textbook. You may need to click “ACTIVATE”

    *home logon: ksd\student#
    Student User Guide
    At Home Directions


    Homework: We will complete cooperative learning activities in class almost every day.  It is your homework after every class to take home whatever skill/paperwork was to be completed, turn the material into a study aid, and to memorize and/or practice the skill in order to be prepared for an assessment of the material.  Learning another language takes A LOT of practice and reinforcement. Since we are covering a high school curriculum, you are expected to study daily. One of your assignments will be an O.L.É. (Outside Learning Experience). This assignment will be done weekly and involves using Spanish outside of the classroom (for 20 minutes each week). As part of the OLÉ, you will reflect on how the activity is helping you to achieve your learning goals. Your OLÉ must be signed by your parent/guardian once a week to receive credit. O.L.E.s will be further explained in class.


    Teacher availability:

    I will always be available for tutoring before or after school. Please schedule in advance. Also after school tutoring is available with maestra Berlage.

    Dear parents/guardians,

    I would like to work together for your student’s success this year in Spanish 6th grade Introduction IB. Please feel free to contact me any time with questions or comments.  My email is Ydloaisiga@kyrene.org and my phone number is 480541 ext. 6750.


    Estimados padres de familia / tutores,

    Me gustaría que trabajáramos juntos para asegurar el éxito de su estudiante este año en la clase de español 3-4.  Por favor, siéntanse con la confianza de contactarme en cualquier momento si tienen alguna duda o comentario.  Mi dirección de correo electrónico es Ydloaisiga@kyrene.org y mi número de teléfono es 480541 ext. 6750.



    Ms. Loáisiga