• Syllabus

    Bienvenidos a la Clase de EspanolDear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s), Welcome to the new school year! I am looking forward to working with you and your child. My name is Elizabeth Reyes Viands. I am from Veracruz, Mexico.I have been living in Winston-Salem, NC since 2005.I have a BS in Administration Education. I taught Spanish for two years at Sherwood Forest Elementary, this is my seveth year at TJMS. My strongest ability as a Spanish Teacher comes from the fact that I grew up speaking the language, and living the culture.Every day, I am excited to share my language and culture with my students. My lesson plans incorporate hands on activities, music, artwork, and games to address students’ different learning styles. The program is an introduction to the study of the target language and its culture.It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture.The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with special attention given to the listening and speaking skills within a given context extending outside of the classroom when possible.The context focuses on adolescents’ lives, needs, and experiences, and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles.Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language needs (functions).

    Your child will be learning the following chapters.

    6th Grade:

    1A Que te gusta hacer? Vocabulary: activities & expression for saying what you like and don't like to do. Grammar: infinitives, making negative statements.

    1 B "Y tú como eres?"Vocabulary: talk about personality traits, ask and tell what people are like , use adjectives to describe people, understand cultural perspective on friendship. Grammar: adjectives, definite & indefinite articles; word order.

    2 A "Tu día en la escuela"Vocabulary: talk about school schedule and subjects, classroom items & furniture; parts of the classroom. Grammar: subject pronouns; the present tense of ar verbs.

    7th grade:

    2 B "Tu sala de clases"Vocabulary: classroom items & furniture; parts of the classroom, prepositions of location.  Grammar: The verb estar, plurals of nouns and articles.At the beginning of each chapter I’ll provide a vocabulary list, students must study everyday in order to be ready for the class.

    3 A "Desayuno o almuerzo?"Vocabulary: foods, beverages, adverbs of frequency; expressions to show surprise. Grammar: present tense of er & ir verbs; me gusta(n), me encanta (n).3 B "Para mantener la salud"Vocabulary: food, beverages, expressions to discuss health; preferences, agreement, disagreement & quantity; adjectives to describe food. Grammar: the plural of adjectives; the verb ser.

    4 A "Adonde vas?Vocabulary: Talk about locations in your community, discuss leisure activities, talk about where you go and with whom. Grammar: interrogative words, Verb ir "to go"

    4 B "Quieres ir conmigo?Vocabulary:  talk about activities outside of school, extend, accept and decline invitatons, tell when an event happens. Grammar: Verb Jugar, ir+a+infinitive At the beginning of each chapter I’ll provide a vocabulary list, students must study everyday in order to be ready for the class.

    8th Grade:

    Review Chapters 1A-4B 1A "Que te gusta hacer?" 1 B "Y tu como eres?" 2 A  "Tu dia en la escuela"                        2 B  "Tu sala de clases" 3 A "Desayuno o almuerzo"       3 B "Para mantener la salud"    4 A "Adonde Vas?"            4B "Quieres ir conmigo?

    "5 A "Una Fiesta de cumpleanos"Vocabulary: Family and partiesGrammar: The verb tener, possesive adjectives (memorized)

    5B "Vamos a un restaurante!" Vocabulary: Describing people and ordering a meal Grammar: The verb venir: the verb ser and estar

    6 A   "En tu dormitorio/in your bedroom" Vocabulary: bedroom items, electronic equipment; colors; adjectives to describe things. Grammar: Comparisons & superlatives; stem-changing, verbs: poder & dormir

    6 B " Como es tu casa?"Vocabulary: rooms in a house and household chores. Grammar: affirmative tu commands; the present progressive tense

    7 "A"  "Cuanto cuesta?" Vocabulary: shopping and clothing, prices, talk about what you want and what you prefer Grammar: stem-changing verbs: pensar, querer & preferir; demostrative adjectives.


    At the beginning of each chapter I’ll provide a vocabulary list, students must study everyday in order to be ready for the class. Expectations & Tutoring:It is expected that each student stay focused on each lesson even though s/he may not be acting out the vocabulary.

    Tutorials are offered to all Spanish level Students on Tuesdays after school with the exception of meetings that may take place.Students can use this time to make up assignments or to further their understanding of a topic. Student must be on time with his/her material to work. if students are five or more minutes late then the tutoring session may be cancelled.

    MAKE-UP Tests and quizzes can be made up only in the case of an absence. Retakes are not given under any circumstances. You may make up tests and quizzes on Tuesday after school from 2:10-3:00. Make-up sessions start on time, and if you are five or more minutes late then your session may be cancelled.

    Rules:1. Levanta tu mano antes de hablar/Raise your hand when you wish to speak. Wait to be recognized. 2. Sigue los procedimientos de la clase/Follow all classroom procedures3. Manten limpio tu pupitre y alrededorde tu area/ Keep your desk clean & around your area Consequences:1) teacher/student discussion “warning” 2) teacher/parent discussion, “call home or email” 3) teacher/administrator discussion. “ASD(after school Detention) OR D-1”

    Homework Policy: Students can expect occasional homework. Homework is expected to be completed to the best of one’s ability and turned in by the designated due date.  Homework may consist of activities from the workbook accompanied with the textbook, research assignments, and projects. Unless instructed otherwise, students are to do homework individually.  

    Please check my calendary and or sign-up to get my weekly remind text/emails. Mini-Quizzes/Projects/Oral Exams: Mini-quizzes will be given every week.

    Quizzes are relatively simple and cover the material discussed within a two week period (Vocabulary recognition, production and grammar).

    Projects are also given in order for students to further investigate topics discussed in class. In most cases, students are asked to share their findings with their peers in some creative form (i.e. PowerPoint, videos, etc.) Check your project’s rubric.

    Responsible student behavior supports good grades.

    Grades will be calculated based on the point system. More information will follow.

    I will provide extra credit work only for students showing effort in Spanish class, bringing classwork ( student missing hw or completation of classwork won't have extra credit), material and shows respect in class.

    Make-up work:If you are absent from class, it is YOUR responsibility to find out the homework assignment due for the next class. You may see your teacher after school to receive the missed assignments, or ask a classmate to fill you in.


    A composition notebook.

    Pencils # 2 and pen.

    Glue stick.

    Dry erase markers (any color)A box of tissues Socks for use with dry erase boards (old clean socks).


    Bags of candy for rewards Clorox and/or baby wipes

    Best Regards,

    Señora Viands Email: (If contacting me about your child please put your child’s full name in the subject box.)

    ereyesviands@wsfcs.k12.nc.us School Phone:774-4630, trailer #4.

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