Español 1 - Unidad 2

Srta. Forrest

Unidad 2: La Escuela (School)

This week students are beginning their work in Unit 2, which is all about La Escuela in Costa Rica. Here are some interesting facts they have been learning about. How many of these did you know?
  • The Costa Rican school year runs from February - December with a few weeks of in July.
  • It is required by the Constitution that all students wear uniforms, in both public and private schools! The purpose is to eliminate the distinction between socioeconomic classes.
  • In high school students usually go from 7:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon depending on their course load. Students will usually eat lunch at school with their classes, although days where they get out at 1:00 they may eat lunch at home with their families.

iPads in the classroom

Schools in Costa Rica are working to equip students with technological skills to prepare them for jobs in the 21st century. Watch this video clip from a news station in Costa Rica about using iPads in the classroom. The video is in Spanish so listen for cognates and observe the classrooms and students in the video.

Look for:

  • school uniforms
  • classrooms and school supplies in the classrooms
  • similarities and differences between US schools

Grades and Assignments

As we are finishing up Week 3, it's about that time when students start paying close attention to their grades. The picture to the right shows you where in the course to access the grade book.
  • The students can follow their progress by looking in this area. This is also where I leave detailed feedback for students. This will help them as they re-submit writing and speaking assignments to improve their scores.
  • Any assignments showing with a - have not been submitted (or not yet graded).
  • Starting next week, I will enter 0s for past-due assignments on Monday evenings. These assignments can still be completed. The 0s are entered to give students a more accurate view of their average with those missing assignments.
  • Look at the Quarter 1 Category Total (not Course Total) for their current course grade.
  • You can keep up with what should be submitted each week by checking out the Schedule of Assignments.

Required Live Classes (RLCs)

Students are required to attend at least 1 Live Class per unit. These are offered at a variety of times. Check out the calendar HERE. If you would like to know more about the Live Classes, you can watch the promotional video below.
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Culture Café

The World Languages department provides a unique way for all NCVPS students to engage in world-wide cultural events by entering the Culture Café. All students are welcome to attend these fun, informational, and interactive sessions. Parents and teachers are welcome as well! There is also a benefit for World Language students who attend: with a reflection on the event, they can earn extra credit! Watch the promotional video below for the Café.

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