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¡Bienvenidos! Spanish

Welcome to Spanish class. This quarter we will be covering a variety of Spanish vocabulary and grammar as well as the vibrant culture that exists in the twenty-one countries around the world that claim Spanish as their official language.

El profe

My name is Señor Markl and I have been the Spanish teacher here at JSMS for the past ten years. I graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2010 with a degree in Foreign Language and have been studying Spanish since 2004.

In my free time, I enjoy reading comic books, playing video games, podcasting and being an all-around huge nerd.

To contact me, click on the "Inbox" link on the left side of the page.

About This Course

This school year, you will learn a variety of beginner level vocabulary, grammatical concepts and cultural aspects via the following chapters. The chapter/content list is below in "Course Objectives".

All lessons can be found, sorted by unit, under the "modules" link on the left. Tests and quizzes can be found under "Quizzes".

Course Objectives

This semester, we will cover a great deal of content in accordance with the Tennessee World Language Standards. To access said standards, you can click here.

The majority of our reference materials will come from the "Voces: First Year Spanish" Program from Teacher's Discovery. However, we will also utilize the free language-learning platform Duolingo. Active and consistent use of this program will be required in order to receive a passing grade in this course.

If you are struggling with your grades, assigning additional "extra credit" assignments is more often than not counterproductive.  If you want to improve your grade, you may re-do assignments for which you have received a low score. For tests and quizzes, you can earn one re-take per test or quiz by completing test corrections. To take advantage of these opportunities, please contact me directly.

Listed below are the chapters and content that we plan to cover during this quarter:

  • Chapter 1: Mexico .......................................................................................
    (Alphabet, Greetings, The Numbers 0-30)
  • Chapter 2: Guatemala .................................................................................
    (The Classroom, Gender & Nouns, Indefinite/Definite Articles, Plurals)
  • Chapter 3: El Salvador .................................................................................
    (The Family, Subject Pronouns, Ser & Estar, Possessive Pronouns, Tener, The Numbers 30-1000,
    Quién, Cuántos, Cómo)
  • Chapter 4: Honduras ...................................................................................
    (Clothing, Colors, Shopping, Adjective Agreement, Demonstrative Adjectives, Present Tense
    Regular –ar Verbs)
  • Chapter 5: Nicaragua ...................................................................................
    (The Weather & Calendar, Present Tense –ir and –er Verbs)

Resources

Utilize the link below to access the essential resources for our course - the textbook, the workbook and our Duolingo link:

Resources