Welcome to Spanish 1 NCVPS
Sections 1 & 3 - Sra. Lewis
Please let students know to begin with the START HERE/GETTING STARTED MODULE - it has activities to help them learn how to use Moodle and it is required. There are about 10 graded assignments done in English to help them learn the online process.
Regarding their grades, if they notice something hasn't been graded after a couple of days then they should message me in Moodle so i can check to see if the grader app is missing something. I try to keep their work graded on a daily basis.
Please encourage students to read the feedback on their work. Some assignments can be resubmitted for a higher grade. If they miss a portion of the assignment or miss the boat completely, I will give them between a 0 and 50 as a red flag for them to see they need to fix something and then resubmit. Once they do that, the grade may be changed depending on the work they do. All speaking assignments should be done - students usually score highly on these and let's face it - any grade is better than a zero! Please keep after them to do these. I'm the only one who hears them speak and I do provide audio feedback to help them improve their pronunciation. There are plenty of files throughout the course to help them as well.
One last, very important item to share with them...At the end of each unit, students will be showcasing what they have learned in a unit project done online to help them learn computer skills as well as Spanish. There are no final unit tests, only the unit projects. Students cannot pass the course without doing these projects (25% of the average). We encourage them to use their vocabulary lists and do a short, simple sentence paragraph demonstrating what they have learned in each of the unit's lessons. The more they do the less their mistakes count and the more they have a chance to improve along the way. Remind them that they should not be trying to write at the same level they are able to write in English - they are beginners, novices at Spanish and should be happy to write a short, simple sentence in the present tense at this stage of their learning... no past, future, conditional, etc. tenses will be used in this course, at all.