• Libro de texto: EntreCulturas 1

    Profesoras Pastor, Hess y Láhtinen

    Señora Láhtinen • Hours: 8:15 am – 3:30 pm (M-F) • Room 234 • 206-780-1363 • plahtinen@bisd303.org

    Course description

    This course familiarizes the students with basic language structures and vocabulary. Students will focus on building a foundation for fluency through practice in the following areas: basic sentence structure, conversation, reading and writing assignments, skits, presentations, and essential vocabulary for home, school, travel and everyday life. Memorization of vocabulary and grammatical structures is required; oral participation is expected. Both Hispanic culture and grammatical structures are emphasized through supplemental Spanish workbooks, films, and music.

    Learning Objectives

    Students in this class will begin to

    • communicate effectively in Spanish in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
    • interact with cultural competence and understanding
    • connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
    • develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
    • communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in Spanish-speaking communities at home and around the world

    Español 1a Syllabus

    Unidad Preliminar - ¡Hola!

    • Greetings and introductions
    • Gestures for meeting and greeting
    • Spelling names
    • Pronunciation
    • Days and dates
    • Page numbers
    • Months related to seasons
    • Maps: where Spanish is spoken
    • Reading strategies

    Unidad 1 - Identidades (Paraguay/Texas)

    • Vocabulario:
      • ¿Quién soy?
      • Mis actividades favoritas
      • ¿Qué lenguas hablas?
      • Palabras interrogativas
      • Expresiones útiles
    • Gramática:
      • Ser (soy, eres, es) for identity
      • Me gusta/te gusta
      • Questions and answers
      • Singular forms: tener, hablar, ser

    Unidad 2 – La vida en la escuela (Costa Rica/California)

    • Vocabulario:
      • School supplies
      • School subjects
      • Places in school
      • School activities
      • School personnel
      • Uniform clothing and colors
    • Gramática:
      • Time
      • Gender/Definite articles
      • Hay + indefinite articles, quantity words
      • Subject pronouns
      • Present tense (-ar verbs)

    Unidad 3 – Mi familia es tu familia (España/Colorado)

    • Vocabulario:
      • Family members, descriptions, activities
      • Gathering places
      • Where families live in relation to each other
      • Expressions for frequence
    • Gramática:
      • Present tense of IR and ESTAR
      • Present tense -er, -ir verbs
      • Irregular verbs dar, hacer, salir, ver
      • Adjective agreement
      • Expressions for obligations (tener que/deber + infinitive)

    Review for finals: Jan 16, 17, 21

    Finals:  Jan. 22, 23, 24


    Español 1b Syllabus

    Unidad 4 – La comida es cultura (México/Carolina del Norte)

    • Vocabulario:
      • Foods and meals: fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat/fish, cold/hot beverages, desserts
      • Eating preferences
      • Requesting foods
      • Prices and food purchases
      • Describing foods: color, taste, etc.
    • Gramática:
      • Estar + rico, delicioso, picante, caliente, frío, etc.
      • Expressions with tener (sed, hambre, ganas de, etc.)
      • Stem-changing verbs: (ie)
      • The verbs gustar and encantar (me, te, le, etc.)

    Unidad 5 – La vida es un carnaval (República Dominicana/Nueva York)

    • Vocabulario:
      • Leisure activities
      • Social spaces in the community
      • Musical genres and instruments
      • Emotions and reactions
    • Gramática:
      • Future with ir + a + infinitive
      • Affirmative and negative expressions
      • Use of preterit (yo form) to talk about weekend activities

    Unidad 6 - El mundo en el que vivo (Colombia/Florida)

    • Vocabulario:
      • Weather/climate
      • Clothing
      • Activities
      • Transportation
      • Tener calor, frío, ganas de
      • Expressions for accepting and declining invitations
      • Me gustaría…
      • Geographical terms
    • Gramática:
      • Expressions with estar, hacer, and tener
      • Present progressive
      • Combining verbs (querer + inf., tener que + inf., etc.)

    Review for finals: June 10-13

    Finals:  June 14, 17, 18


    Materials & Organization

    It is important to be organized in this class. Students will need the following materials:

    • Fully-charged Chromebook
    • A 3-ring binder with 3-hole punched loose-leaf lined paper and pencil pouch with pencils, colored pens, and highlighter
    • Composition notebook or spiral-bound notebook
    • Planner (one will be provided by the school)

    Policies & Procedures

    Academic Honesty: Students should only submit their own work.

    Attendance: Students are expected to attend class and be on time. Frequent tardies or absences will affect their grades.

    Communication: I am reachable by email or by phone, although email is generally more reliable. Students should know that I cannot promise to check email late at night or over the weekend; they should make arrangements for extensions, etc, well ahead of time. Parents/guardians, if you would like to receive a daily or weekly email summary of the work we do in class, please email me and in the subject line write your student’s name, Spanish period, and “Google Classroom”, and I will add you to our Google Classroom roster.

    Families: I consider my students’ families to be partners in this class. I encourage all parents and guardians to attend the back-to-school night on Thursday, September 20. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Food & Electronics: Students are expected to be fully present during class. Students should eat during break and at lunch time, but may bring a water bottle to class. We will follow the BHS cell phone policy and will store cell phones in the cell phone caddy at the front of the classroom.

    Grading: Each assignment is given a point value and then weighed as shown in the table below.  There is one piece of extra credit available each unit. Pay attention to find out what it is. Except for the rare, most extreme cases, there are no test retakes. However, for students who earn less than 68% on their exams, test editing is available for one week only following an exam and must occur before or after school. There is no rounding up of grades at the end of a semester.

    Skyward Categories

    Category Weight

    Written and Oral Assessments, Participation and Projects

    This category includes all evidence of student learning, including tests, quizzes, participation, projects, and presentations.


    Daily Homework/Classwork

    This category assesses class and homework completion.


    Final Exam

    This category reflects a student’s growth in the course learning targets over the entire semester.


    Office Hours: I am available before and after school most days, and by appointment. Please check the giant calendar in the northwest corner of the classroom to schedule appointments.

    Student WorkI will assign homework most days (equivalent to about 60-90 minutes per week) which will be due at the beginning of class on its due date. I will announce homework (tarea) in class and I will post it in Google Classroom and on my school website. 

    Most homework will be assigned and submitted via the EntreCulturas Learning Site online. You will be allowed multiple attempts to do the work to reach the minimum 70% accuracy threshold. I will not accept partial or late work unless you have made other arrangements with me. Weekly homework completion rates of less than 70% will earn you an opportunity to catch up during Makeup Monday sessions for which you will need to make your own transportation arrangements home.

    Written work should be written in complete sentences with correct spelling (including accents) and punctuation, and should have a heading (name, date, period, assignment). Rarely, some assignments may need to be downloaded and printed at home or at the library. 

    While I assign homework on Google Classroom, I usually do NOT collect student work on Google Classroom. I prefer printed copies of work. Students, however, should click on “Turn In” on Google Classroom when they have completed the work so that it does not show up as late.