Foreign Language Department



    Course Descriptions and Expectations 2019-2020

    Teacher:  Dr. Caleb A. López

     Room: B220

     Teacher Conference Time:  1th.  Period (7:20-8:14 A.M.)

     E-mail: clopez@alvinisd.net; Phone: (281) 245-2232 Ext. 4409

     Tutorials: Monday 3:00-4:15 P.M. & Wednesday 6:50-7:15 A.M.


    Course Title and Description: Spanish 2.     Semesters: 2 / Credit: 1 / Grade: 9-12

    This course is a continuation and an extension of the Spanish oral and written skills acquired by students in first-year Spanish.

     Throughout the year, students can expect to learn vocabulary and sentences about:

    • Classroom items, activities, and rules, extracurricular activities. Stem-changing verbs; affirmative and negative words; making comparisons; the verbs saber and conocer; hace + time expressions
    • Daily routines, getting ready for an event. Reflexive verbs; the verb ser and estar; possessive adjectives mío, tuyo, suyo. The preterite of regular verbs; demonstrative adjectives.
    • Running errands; locations in downtown, items purchased; places in a city or town; driving terms; modes of transportation. Direct object pronouns; the irregular preterite of the verbs ir, ser, hacer, tener, estar, poder. Direct object pronouns me, te, nos; irregular tú commands; present progressive: irregular forms.
    • Toys; play terms; describing children, expressions describing etiquette; holiday and family celebrations the imperfect tense: regular verbs and irregular verbs. Indirect object pronouns; the imperfect tense: describing a situation; reciprocal actions.

    Students will need the items listed below to effectively participate in classroom discussions and activities:


    • Paper (lined loose-leaf paper) 
    • A 1-inch view binder (with front and back plastic slipcover).
    • 2-pocket folder.
    • Colored pencils, a pen, and a red grading pen. BRING THESE TO CLASS EVERY DAY! 
    •  Spanish-English dictionaries will be available in class, but it can be purchased locally if you wish to have your own

     Expectations, Procedures, Rewards, and Consequences:  

    1. Expectations

             Class Participation and Engagement

     If you want to be successful in this class, you must participate and be engaged in in-class activities. Remember you cannot earn a good grade if you do not participate in classes.


    • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
    • No cursing or teasing
    • Follow directions the first time they are given
    • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
    • No food or drinks allowed in class.
    • Respect all school and personal property
    • Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise
    1.       Entering the room
    • Be in the room before the bell rings
    • Get supplies, sharpen pencils and look in the basket for any missed handouts
    • Go to your assigned seat
    • Read the board or transparency (day’s agenda) and begin the bell work (as you work on your warm-up
    • Listen to and follow the teacher’s new instructions
    1.       Entering the room late/tardy

                     Attendance will be taken each period in the first nine minutes with the exception of the 2nd period which our ADA and will be taken at 8:50 am. Students arriving ten minutes or more after the tardy bell will be marked absent and a referral will be written to the office. Students must be counted as tardy if they enter the classroom after the tardy bell. Your principal’s office will run weekly tardy and absenteeism reports to assign discipline for those students who are habitually tardy or absent from class. If you are tardy, you must sign the tardy roster; attach the excuse slip from the attendance office or note from the excusing teacher. Go to your seat quietly and join the class.

    1. Acquiring pencils, paper, and etc.

                   Bellwork includes getting your supplies. In the event that you do not bring your own supplies, take a pen or pencil from the teacher’s bin in the room, board and return it at the end of the period.

    1. Turning in assignments from home

                  Turn in your completed work to the tray labeled TAREA on the top of the bookshelf by the door.

    1. Creating silence 

              Listen to the teacher’s attention sign, stop your work, be silent and look at the teacher for further instruction.

    1. Asking questions
    2. Raise your hand
    3. Say the teacher’s name (Dr. Lopez) if he does not see your hand
    4. Never interrupt another person
    5. For discussions, you must wait until you are called upon or have been given the floor to speak
    6. Student Movement

     Stay in your seat unless you have permission to move

    1. Handing in papers

     When instructed by the teacher, students should place papers in tray labeled “Turn in papers”

    1. Returning papers

     The teacher will pass out papers while students are working

    1. Leaving the room during class

    No student should be allowed to leave the classroom without a hall pass.  Students should only be allowed out of class for emergency situations. Students should not be in the hallways (with passes) the 1st 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of each class.

    1. End of period dismissal
    2. Stay in your seat until the bell rings.
    3. You may not gather your materials and congregate at the door.
    4. The classroom must be clean before any student will be dismissed –no paper, food, books, etc. on the floor. 
    5. Remain in your seat until Dr. Lopez dismisses you.
    6. Missed assignments & tutorial procedures
    7. You are responsible for picking up any work missed due to an absence from the “Make-Up Work” basket.  If you were absent and notes were taken, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to copy them from another classmate.
    8. You are required to make up work that you missed when you are absent. Please see me during Bell Work when you return from being absent in order to get a “pass” with the due dates of missed assignment and when to take missed quizzes and tests. The handbook states, “Students absent 2 days or less should be allowed 2 days to complete make-up work. The handbook states, “Class time should not be used to make up major tests….
    9. Using a Tutorial Assignment Form, make an appointment to make up a quiz, test or exam or submit missed work. I will sign the form, retain one copy and return the copy to you. Failure to keep an appointment for make-up work will result in a Zero for that work.
    10. Heading on papers

     All assignments and notes should have your name, date and period on the top left-hand corner of the page.  The assignment or title of the notes should be centered on the first line of the page.

    1. Late work Policy

     The assignment is considered late if it is not turned in at the time it is due. The table below reflects the maximum percentage of the possible grade the student is to receive in a regular class for a late assignment.

          One day                       85%

          Two days                     70%

          Three days                   no credit

    1. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy

     According to Alvin I.S.D. policy, students are permitted to bring technology devices to use in class (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) for educational purposes. Each classroom teacher has their own rules on how this policy will be implemented in their classroom. In Dr. Lopez’ class, students may bring devices to class but must leave devices in their bag/pocket until asked to take them out for classroom purposes. Anyone caught with a device out or on (i.e. ringtones, etc.) when it is not permitted will have it turned in to the office and be subject to a $15 fine.

     Bottom Line of Class Procedures:  Keep a safe and enjoyable environment where a great learning process can take place.

    1. Rewards
    2. Public Praise; 2.Participation points; 3. Good Reports to parents; 4. Mav Money; 5. A+ Grade; 6. Some privileges (at teacher’s discretion); 7. A wonderful feeling of having accomplished something good!; 8. The ability to say” “I can speak and understand Spanish!”; 9. A better paying job in the future; 10. Extra credit activities, when available.


     See “Student Handbook” and “Student Code of Conduct”

     1st. Offense: verbal warning; 2nd. Offense: teacher/student conference; 3rd. Offense: Change in seating assignment; 4th. Offense: Parent contact (phone call/letter; 5th. Offense: Office Referral (Note: The teacher reserves the right to skip above measures in cases of extreme behavior)

    Grading Policy and Distribution:

    All grades are based on 100 points

    Daily Work (Class Participation, and Homework) ....................50%

    Major Tests/ Projects/Quizzes (3 min/9 wks)……………………………………50%

    An individualized Student Summary will be issued, at the teacher’s discretion. This summary should be shared with parents or guardians and may require a signature.


    Due Dates and Quiz/Test/Project Dates: Every student is responsible for keeping up with this information.  There will be a place in the classroom for important due dates and tests/quizzes/projects dates.     

    Tests/Projects and Quizzes (50%): Tests and quizzes will be given throughout each chapter to check for understanding that encompasses all aspects of a particular chapter. Quizzes will be given during class. The goal of the quizzes is to assess the students’ progress of the week’s concepts and or the previous week’s concepts.

    Test Retakes: Test retakes will be allowed to anyone that wishes to improve their test grade. Retakes will take place before (6:50 AM) or after school. Make sure you come on time to give yourself plenty of time to complete the test. The handbook states “a student must attend at least one tutorial session prior to retesting and the highest grade a student can receive on a Retake is a 70. The last major test of each nine weeks does not qualify for retesting.” Students have one week from receiving their original test grade to schedule and complete test retakes.  Please schedule this with me

    Class Participation/Homework (50%)

    Class participation: CLASS PARTICIPATION is crucial in a foreign language class: you cannot learn a language just by listening. Each day you will have multiple opportunities to practice what you are learning and learn while you are practicing. Students are expected to be respectful of each other’s right to a quality learning environment. During instruction, pay attention. Use time given to work in class for that purpose. Please remain in your seat, and be sure your work is being done individually or in a group.   If you finish an assignment with time remaining in the period, use the remaining time productively and in Spanish. Class participation includes:

    Warm-up (Calentamientos):  Students will have a daily warm-up exercise, which they are expected to complete within the designated time at the beginning of class.  Occasionally, these will be taken as a grade, but MUST always be completed to verify student understanding of previously-learned material.

    Classwork: Class Work includes any written assignments or daily work such as written classroom practice exercises, journals, and other review exercises assigned to be completed during the class period.  All daily assignments will be posted on the board at the beginning of the class period. 


    Homework will be given as needed. Please spend 5 minutes a night to practice old and new vocabulary.