IB Spanish - Year 2
Jason Rowsey, M.A. Spanish
The aim of this course is to help students reach a high degree of competence
in the language as well as to explore different aspects of the culture of Spain
and the Spanish-speaking world. Upon completion of this course students will
be able to use the language spontaneously in a variety of situations and
contexts, not only orally but also in writing. Students will also gain
appreciation of the culture of these countries.
The course is divided into 16 units; each of the units focuses on a different
aspect of life in the Spanish-speaking world. They provide a wide range of
topics: arts, politics, social structure, current issues, etc. Great emphasis has
been given in the use of authentic material (non-simplified, but for a native
speaking audience). This material is not only intended for the study of content
but will help students practice and develop their knowledge of language; thus,
acquiring a more proficient use of the language.
At the same time, each unit focuses on a different grammatical structure. The
idea is not to teach grammar but to review it and use it in context; providing
students with tools to communicate effectively in Spanish.
The exercises throughout the book have been designed to develop all language
skills. The texts are followed by a sequence of reading tasks to facilitate their
comprehension and at the same time, to expand the vocabulary. The materials
are also thought to stimulate different kinds of oral activities (pair dialogs,
group discussions, individual presentations, etc.) and written tasks (letters,
posters, articles, etc.) Student and teacher are encouraged to use Spanish as
the main means of communication throughout the course.
Purpose/Goals for course:
Communication—to communicate in languages other than English
Cultures—to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
Connections—to connect with other disciplines and acquire
Comparisons—to develop insight into the nature of language and
Communities—to interact with members of the Spanish language
To Prepare for IB Examination(s)
Topics: The following is a list of topics that will be covered
throughout the course that will help prepare students for IB testing.
Additional topics will be covered that coincide with the student
1. El medio ambiente: naturaleza y ecología The Environment: Nature and Ecology
2. Ficción hispana Hispanic Fiction
3. Jóvenes de hoy Today's Youth
4. Salud y bienestar Health and Well-Being
5. De viaje por Latinoamérica A Trip Through Latin America
6. Medios de comunicación y tecnología Means of Communication and Technology
7. Panorama cultural Cultural Panorama
8. Sociedad Society
9. Viajes Trips
10. Educación Education
11. Personajes Characters
12. Ocio Free-Time
13. De viaje por España A Trip Through Spain
14. Inmigración Immigration
15. El mundo del trabajo The Working World
16. El español en el mundo Spanish in the World
All topics covered in class correlate with the standards set for Language B
of the I.B. Programme:
• Enable students to understand and use the language they have
studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
• Enable students to use the language appropriately
• Encourage, through the study of texts and through social
interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different
perspectives of people from other cultures
• Develop students' awareness of the role of language in relation to
other areas of knowledge
• Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity, and intellectual
stimulation through knowledge of a language
• Develop students' awareness of the relationship between the
languages and cultures with which they are familiar
• Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations
• Understand and use accurately oral and written forms of the
language that are commonly encountered in a range of situations
• Understand and use a range of vocabulary in common usage
• Select a register that is generally appropriate to the situation
• Express ideas with general clarity and some fluency
• Structure arguments in a generally clear, coherent, and convincing
• Understand and respond appropriately to written and spoken
material of average difficulty
• Assess some subtleties of the language in a range of forms, styles,
• Show an awareness of, and sensitivity to, some of the culture(s)
related to the language
Spanish academic content standards are located on the Ohio
Department of Education
Student textbooks: Abriendo Paso: Gramática, Abriendo Paso: Lectura,
Galería de arte y vida, Tesoro Literario, various district approved
readers, magazines, newspapers, videos, and Internet sources
Student Workbook: IB Spanish B by Lorety Alonso Fernández -
available in the school
store, Spanish-English dictionary
Suggested Book: 501 Spanish Verbs
Supplies: dictionary, paper, pencil, pen, binder, and cassette tapes
Attendance/absences/tardies – it is impossible to learn Spanish and earn a
good grade without attending class regularly. I follow the Student Code of
Conduct established by Westerville City Schools. If an excused absence is
INEVITABLE, here are the following guidelines:
1. It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to find out what was
missed during an absence
2. Homework must be made up within 2 days of absence, with 1 extra day
per consecutive absence. NOTE: You are required to make up work
BEFORE a school-related absence
3. Making up a speaking activity may be done outside of class with a
friend by coming in before or after school. Alternate options may be
given, depending on the work missed.
Classroom rules – All students should abide by the following classroom rules,
as well as those established by Westerville South High School.
1. Be respectful and courteous to others at all times. No negative
comments will be tolerated.
2. Encourage and use Spanish as the main means of communication at all
3. Always come to class prepared and ready to learn and contribute.
4. Do not use Spanish-English Internet translators. This action will result
for an automatic zero for the assignment and a possible referral to the
Academic Integrity Committee.
5. Follow directions the first time they are given.
6. Arrive on time for class and to remain seated until given permission to
leave assigned seat.
7. Bring pen, pencil, paper, notebook or folder and textbook to class each
day unless otherwise directed.
8. Raise hand for recognition before speaking.
9. Refrain from using profanity.
10. Do not sleep in class or put head down on desk, unless granted
permission by teacher.
11. No food or drink in the classroom.
12. No cell phones in class.
If a student chooses to break a rule, appropriate consequences will be
given such as: verbal warning, student/teacher conference,
student/teacher/parent conference, assignment to detention, and
recommendation for Saturday School, sending to the office.
In cases of severe disruption, such as: fighting, destruction of personal or
school property, insubordination, decimation of the complete function of
the class, students will be referred to the office where consequences may
include suspension from school.
1. Grading scale is compliant with district standard.
2. Grades are earned according to overall performance in class.
3. We will have in-class and homework assignments, various tests that
include listening, projects, presentations, compositions.
4. In addition to teacher created assessments I also use assessment
materials provided by the district.
5. You will receive interims and grade cards.
6. Grades are calculated using a point system. You should always be
able to keep track of your grades on your own.
7. Late work is not accepted.
8. Extra credit opportunities are not available. If a student completes
all of her/his assignments, actively participates in class, and
reviews/studies every night, he/she will be adequately prepared for
Teacher generated tests, quizzes, analysis, oral and group presentations, and
portfolio, assessed by teacher-given criteria, meeting IB standards.
1. The Oral Component: This assessment is done by your teacher, but
the individual exam will be sent externally for moderation. This will
take place in March.
2. Interactive Oral: 15% of your final grade will consist of an
interactive oral activity. This could take place as a debate, a play, etc.
The exam may be recorded.
3. Written Component:
Paper 1 - Consists of two differentiated parts
A: 30 % of your final grade. Two to three texts with
reading comprehension questions.
B: 10% of your final grade. A written response to a text of
100 words minimum. Students will have to demonstrate
comprehension, synthesis, and critical thinking.
Paper 2 - A written essay of 250 words (Standard Level): Students are
given a choice of 4 possible topic or kinds of writing.
Each student will need some sort of notebook or binder with paper for notes.
Bring this to class daily. Some things that will be included in your notebook
1. Apuntes - We will review various grammar points sometimes planned, but
often one pops up unexpected. These are JUST AS IMPORTANT as the
“prepared” notes, so record them accordingly. Same goes for vocabulary/slang
that is written on the board.
2. Diarios – assigned periodically, some are free writes, some are structured,
some inside and some outside of class.
a. Each class will begin with an opening activity. This will often take
place in form of oral questions that students will be asked to
respond to orally or written.
b. Throughout each class period, students are expected to participate
in the required format for the activity: verbally, in writing, paired
c. I expect students to complete all assignments both in and out of
class. I recommend at least thirty minutes of review each evening,
regardless of whether or not students have "assigned homework."
d. Assessments of various types will take place throughout the year.
These will most often take place in the form of compositions,
quizzes related to grammar and/or vocabulary, oral presentations,
and reading comprehension activities. The majority of these
activities will be in an "IB format" similar to the types of activities
students will be required to perform during the actual exam in
a. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org *This is the best way to
b. My phone number is: (614) 797-7912.
c. I try to respond to parent email and phone calls within 48 hours.
d. Extra help will be provided once/week depending on teacher and
student schedules. This can be adapted in extreme situations.
e. Good luck! I look forward to working with you.
Weekly Grading Criteria for Spanish Class Participation
A (25 pts):
1. always greeted people and took leave using Spanish
2. always used Spanish in class ( i.e. with instructor and in small groups).
3. always listened attentively when others spoke and showed respect for her/his peers
4. always came prepared to class
5. always actively participated in all classroom activites
6. always made a positive impact on the class with her/his presence and positive attitude
7. helped peers with in-class activities
A- (23 pts):
1. sometimes greeted people and took leave using Spanish
2. mostly used Spanish in class, but sometimes used English in group work
3. usually listened and showed respect for her/his peers
4. occasionally came unprepared to class, but usually came prepared
5. participated in all classroom activities
B (21 pts):
1. did not greet people and take leave in Spanish
2. frequently used English, especially during group and pair work
3. at times got distracted and was occasionally disrespectful to her/his peers by not listening
or participating in group assignments
4. showed some preparation for class, but needed more preparation
5. participated in classroom activities but was more passively attentive than active
C (19 pts):
1. used more English than Spanish during class paid little attention during class and was
disrespectful to her/his peers by not listening or participating in group assignments
2. showed little preparation for class
3. participated minimally in classroom activities
D (17 pts):
1. used only English during class
2. paid no attention during class and was disrespectful to her/his peers
3. showed no preparation for class
4. failed to contribute to the class with her/his presence and/or
5. detracted from the class with her/his negative attitude
F (0 pts):
The student did not attend enough classes or did not demonstrate sufficient participation for
IB Spanish Film Permission
Spanish Language Films in the Classroom
Several times during the school year, the class will view feature-length Hispanic films and soap
operas. These are theatrical release films on video. Most are shown in the original language with
English subtitles, while a few are without subtitles.
Although some of these films have an R rating, we show them to give students exposure to the
language and culture they are studying. They do not just watch these films passively, but are
expected to answer questions and be able to discuss the films. Any film shown is chosen for its
educational value, and many are award winning cinematic works.
Some American movies, in their Spanish or English versions, are also scheduled for viewing. Since
the students are usually familiar with such films, they are generally able to follow the meaning of the
film. Other U.S. movies may be shown because of their historical or cultural information .
My son/daughter, _______________________________________ may ___ / may not ___
view these films during this school year.
PARENT SIGNATURE: ________________________________________ DATE:
• Students not allowed to view these films will be given related assignments.
• Parents may arrange to review a particular film at school with special arrangements.
• Please return this completed form as soon as possible. NOTE: Students without a signed form on
record will not be allowed to view these films.