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    This page will answer questions commonly asked by students and parents.
    1. What is the grading policy?
    2. How often do you give homework?
    3. How can parents/students contact you?
    4. How can I improve my Spanish?
    5. How can I understand what is going on in class if I don't know Spanish?
    6. How can parents help at home if they don't know Spanish?


    What is the grading policy?

        The grading policy is as follows:
    40% Written (quizzes, tests, etc.)
    40% Oral (presentations, conversations, role playing, etc.)
    10% Homework
    10% Participation
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    How often do you give homework?

        Written homework is not given often, however, every night you should log into your my.hrw.com Avancemos account and spend at least 10 minutes reviewing online at my.hrw.com.  
    It is an excellent review and reinforcement of what I am teaching in class.
    If you find you do not understand what we are learning in class, I am available for extra help after school by appointment.
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    How can parents/students contact you?

        The quickest way to contact me is through e-mail as this is easier 
    for me to check throughout the day.

    My e-mail address is lspinelli@ebnet.org
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    How can I improve my Spanish?

        PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!  Take every opportunity you have to listen, speak, and write in Spanish.
    Do not be afraid to speak - the
    more you speak the more natural it will feel and the better you
    will become. It doesn't matter if you are not saying everything
    perfectly - what matters is that you can get your point across to
    another Spanish speaking person.
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    How can I understand what is going on in class if I don't know Spanish?

        I do not expect you to understand everything that is said in 
    beginning. Listen for words in Spanish that sound like words in English. (Cognates)
    Watch for visual clues. Think of learning a language like a game. Try to learn a few new words each day and practice them.
    Language is repetitious so don't worry you will here the same phrases over and over and soon you will be amazed at how much you
    can understand.
    and you
    you will be expected to use in class every day. Those phrases
    will be extremely helpful to you until you begin to
    understand and use language on your own. You will be surprised at
    how quickly you will understand Spanish!
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    How can parents help at home if they don't know Spanish?

        How parents can help at home

    - Schedule a daily study routine for your child to follow.

    - Ask daily about homework assignments and new things learned in
    "Teach me or your little brother a new Spanish word."
    "Recite the alphabet, days, months, numbers, etc."

    - Ask about upcoming quizzes or oral conversations; check your
    child's agenda and/or teacher web page.

    - Encourage your child to practice vocabulary by helping to
    create Spanish flash cards. Practice with them for five minutes
    every night.

    - Have your child study and practice daily and in advance of
    quizzes and oral conversations.

    - Encourage your child to ask for extra help if they are
    experiencing any difficulties.

    - Provide opportunities for your child to learn about and
    understand the Spanish culture. Offer to take your child to
    cultural fairs, plays, concerts, art exhibits or Spanish
    restaurants. Cook a Spanish meal at home or listen to Spanish music

    *****Encourage your child to experiment with different learning
    strategies to determine what works best. Here are some options to
    try to help remember vocabulary:

    - Say new vocabulary words out loud as you study them.

    - Write the words over and over again.

    - Tape record words and their definitions; then listen to the
    tape several times.

    - Underline or highlight words that cause you the most trouble so
    you can give them extra attention. You can also post these
    somewhere visible in the house so that you will be more likely to
    remember them.

    - Group words by subject matter - for example: school supplies,
    sports,months, etc. and study them as a group.

    - Study the words and definitions in isolation; then study them
    in the context of sentences.

    - Associate words with pictures.
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