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Class Announcements: Remind 7th Grade - Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
Questions and Answers about Spanish Class
1. I am entering 7th grade, what I will learn in Spanish 7th grade?

This year we will begin the journey of becoming Spanish speakers. We will meet Monday-Thursday and spend the same amount of time as for other classes. We will learn new vocabulary, explore exciting cultures, and partake in Spanish conversations about a variety of subjects. This class is the beginning of what students cover in high school, Spanish 1. We will cover half of the curriculum for Spanish 1 in these two semesters. As a beginning class, you do not need previous experience in Spanish for being successful in Spanish 7th grade.
During 7th grade, we will cover the first three units of the “Realidades” textbook. Each student has received a unique username, however all 7th grade students share the same password and it is Ceca123455. In class, we have a set of a hard copy of the textbook.
During the First semester, we will be working on Units 1A, 1B, and 2A.
During the second semester, we will cover units 2B, 3A, and 3B.
Each of the units, has Listening, Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and writing activities as they will help you develop these skills in Spanish.
We will begin each unit with a Vocabulary list that needs to be memorized. Usually, it takes about two weeks. At the end of that period, Students will take a TOD (Ticket-out-the-door) which is an oral vocabulary quiz. To take this quiz students are shown the picture side of their flash cards and they will say the work in Spanish.

2. What assignments will count toward my overall grade?

The overall grade in Spanish class is based on four criteria: a) Speaking, b) Listening, c) Writing, and d) Reading Comprehension. Each one of these criteria has equal value of 25% of the overall grade. Each graded assignment will address one or two criteria. If you want to see which criterion is addressed by a particular criterion, please refer to Aeries. On the left side of each activity, you will see a “plus sign”(+). If you click on it, you will see a description of the activity, which criterion is addressed by a particular activity, and due date for re-engagement.

3. What do I receive at the beginning of each Unit of study?
You will receive a vocabulary list and the Unit packet. You will also know when the oral quiz will be, and what the objectives are for each unit.

4. What activities will help me meet the objectives for each unit?

Multiple activities should be done in class to help you acquire the Spanish skill for each unit. Some of the activities are:
Classwork activities include, videohistorias, flash cards, study time with the teacher, peer work, vocabulary repetition, songs, listening to audio files, written activities, grouping practice, gallery walk work, pronunciation exercises, projects, etc.

5. Can I re-engage on an assignment?

Yes, but not in all of the assignments. If you earned 70% or less grade on an assignment that allows reengage, I highly encourage you to reengage to get a better grade. Re-engagement grades are up to a B (80%). Please refer to Aeries to see due dates for reengage a particular assignment.

6. How can I reengage on any page of my unit packet?

You might print that page out from our class website(Resources) or you can copy that page from your unit packet and correct your work. If you need extra help, please stay with me after school for about 15 min, so that I can help you. I will also offer help on Wednesday for an hour after school on hour homework club.

7. What are the expectations for my flash cards?

You will make a flash card for each of the word/phrases that are on your vocabulary list. Here are the directions on how to complete this assignment:

In one side of your flash card you will write the word/phrase in Spanish. Underneath the word/phrase, draw a colored picture(4 colors) and write a complete sentence using that new word. Please underline the new word/phrase and the verb used. In the other side, you will write the definition of the new word/phrase in English. At one of the corners, you will have your initials.



8. I am entering 8th grade, what I will learn in Spanish 8th grade?

In 8th grade, students have Spanish every day (Monday-Thursday). Eighth grade language instruction builds on the grammar and vocabulary taught in the previous year and continues to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. At this time, successful completion of 8th Grade Spanish 2 in the middle school will allow students to take the Spanish 1 test and the opportunity to skip Spanish 1 and go directly to Spanish 2 at your freshman year of High School. Additionally, passing the Spanish 1 at CECA will give you one year of foreign language requirement out of the road as for college entrance. Besides, Students who pass Spanish 1 test at the end of 8th grade and have an A in English class, will acquire a bi-Illiteracy award from YCJUSD.

9. How often I will have HW?

HW is assigned every other week. For Spanish the HW is doing 300 XP points on Duolingo. Every time you are assigned Duolingo HW, you are required to earn 300 XP points in a week. These task will take about twenty minutes a day of work for about 5 days. –No test taking points-

10. What are skill points, or XP points?

When you learn on Duolingo, you earn points, and we call them experience points, or XP for short. You earn XP any time you perform a task that improves your language skills. These tasks include finishing a lesson and practicing a skill.

11. What if I do not have Duolingo HW ?

If you don´t have homework on any day, you can always review vocabulary consistently. This will help you retain the information in your long term memory. Keep flashcards in your back and study them any time you can!

12. What is Duolingo?

Duolingo is an online resource that allows you to learn and practice Spanish. The lessons are academically designed. What I mean is, the grammar and sentence constructions become progressively difficult as you go along. You’re not explicitly taught any concepts, but the information is arranged in a way that makes it pretty easy to spot patterns and to understand what you’re supposed to be getting out of each lesson. In addition to providing you lessons, Duolingo lets you translate authentic written texts, line by line. You’ll be doing “crowdsourced” translation, in which you view others’ translations and vote on whether they’re accurate, and also provide revisions or original translations of your own.
You can jump in and get started on your own, but I discovered that it’s best to go in with a certain mindset and to make sure you do a couple things in the program that I think are essential.
So, how does Duolingo work?
First, install the app and register via email, you may use your school email address. Then, select the language you want to learn. Choose a goal (optional, but highly recommended). Finally, choose a starting point (if you are not starting from scratch, take the placement test so you land on the right level).

13. What are the most common problem with Duolingo?

One of the most common issues that I have seem with Duolingo users is the fact that they do their HW using more than one account. So, please verify that you are sharing your progress with your teacher, using the account that you use for HW assignments. If you realize that in your home computer, you have a different account, make sure you also share that progress with me, otherwise, I won’t be able to see your progress, neither give you grade for it. For class codes, see our class website. In class, we learned how to share your progress, -Settings, Share progress, Input the class code.-


Google Classroom, Duolingo and Goformative Codes
Google Classroom Codes:
Period 2: gv909m8
Period 3: ckfpk7s
Period 7: yxty6s3

Class codes for goformative:
Period 2:
Period 3:
Period 7:
Class codes for Duolingo:
Period 2: QRDFZM
Period 3: SGEVJX
Period 7: JDBKRG
Students can go to join.duolingo.com and use the class code to get set up.
Office Hours
My office hours are before school 7:30-8 a.m. Monday to Friday, or by appointment after school. You can also e-mail me at patricia_burneo@ycjusd.us
I look forward to working with you and your child this year.
Student Supply List
Below is a list of the required materials for Spanish class:
1. 1 Plastic two-pocket folder
2. College ruled paper(50 pages)
3. 400 3x5 Flash cards
5. Pencils, Pencils, Pencils (a lot of pencils)
6. 2 Expo Markers (preferably the darker colors)
7. Colored Pencils
8. Red pen for correcting
9. Highlighter

our textbook online-
The website is www.pearsonrealize.com
Your username is you school email address. All 7th grade students have the same password, and it is Ceca123455