Syllabus

Here is my syllabus, for anyone who is interested! It’s almost the same for any level that I teach; I just make a few tweaks to the part where it talks about which novels we read. I’d love to see syllabi from anyone else that considers themselves to be a TPRS®/CI teacher. I’m gathering them on this pinboard and would love to add yours if you leave the link in the comments section!

Bex Syllabus 2013 (Pretty PDF)

Editable Syllabus (Not pretty)

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  1. Nice summary of your class. Supportive parents will appreciate this document. I’m curious what you include in “work habits.” And I see you have your categories “listening” “reading” etc. I would really like to do that but am afraid to take the plunge. Have you done this before?

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    • I have the work habits breakdown listed underneath it on the syllabus (attendance, participation, behavior, work completion). I have done the different categories for the last three years, and I love it. The students like it, too, except for when the end of the quarter comes around and they are reminded that they can’t just hand in missing work and do extra credit to bring up their grades. Then they get frustrated. But they are always glad to know exactly in which area they need to improve.

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  2. I love your syllabus! Thank you for sharing it. I have one question. What do you mean by “Do your 50%” under “Rules for Storyasking”? Thank you!

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    • It means that the teacher and students have shared responsibility in the process. I ask a lot of questions, and I need answers to ALL of those questions–yes/no, either/or, open-ended, etc.

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  3. I love your syllabus!!! I love all of your materials!! They are excellent! Is your syllabus available for purchase? Or can I get an editable copy of it? That would be wonderful!!
    Thank you!
    Sarah

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    • I’ll put it on Google Docs when I have a chance! Check back on this post later today (and remember that later today for me might be tomorrow for you…it’s not even 9am for me!)

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  4. Your syllabus is very information, definitely “pretty” and thorough! Of course I expect nothing less than excellence when you share your materials. 🙂
    Between you and the creative geniuses at Creative Language Classroom I’ve been inspired. In fact your syllabus played a vital role in getting me out of my summer slump, (I was really enjoying the carefree days of summer this year, maybe a little too much) and back into the blogging world.
    I made a new Sp2 syllabus which included your Student/Teacher Responsibilities (I credited you for it) and another section from I.Templeton’s syllabus.
    (If you prefer that I not use your chart on my syllabus, let me know and I’ll make the necessary changes.)
    Thanks.
    Cynthia

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    • Oh please Cynthia…you can use anything that I post, and I am honored as always that you would use it in your classroom. Michele and I were talking about you at a conference planning meeting yesterday…we still need to find a way to get you up here 🙂 I am absolutely nauseated about presenting at the same time as you at ACTFL. It makes me not even want to present. I want so badly to go to your session!! I am so sad. So very sad.

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  5. I loved that you referenced Krashen and Asher in your syllabus. The first year I did TPRS the parents were kind of confused and kept asking when the kids would be doing verb conjugation b/c that’s what they knew how to help them with and that’s how they learned Spanish in high school. When a new methodology is present and different from what the parents remember they question it.

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  6. Not sure if you can respond to this question in a few sentences or not, but how do you categorize assignments into the 4 components of a language (reading, listening, speaking, writing). It seems that so many activities would cross categories. Thanks in advance for your answer!

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    • Not sure if you can respond to this question in a few sentences or not, but how do you categorize assignments into the 4 components of a language (reading, listening, speaking, writing). It seems that so many activities would cross categories. Thanks in advance for your answer!

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      • Can you give me a specific example of something that you’re thinking of? The short answer is that some assignments receive multiple grades–my semester exams, for example, have multiple reading sections, multiple writing sections, multiple listening sections, etc. Each section receives its own grade.

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  7. I was interested in your statement in your syllabus that says your expectations will vary according to the course and time of year. I like the idea of varying the expectations that way! Do you put any weight on writing and speaking at the first for Sp I? And when do you add them in and how much weight do you give them at first?

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  8. I love this syllabus…but need to have an editable copy. When I clicked on the “not pretty” version (by the way…lol) I got a “file has been deleted” message…..would you be willing to share again? I am going to be starting teaching with CI next year and I am both scared and excited. Your materials are such a help!

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  9. Salut Martina!

    I’ll be starting my third year of middle school French teaching in September and I want to thank you for these awesome insights and resources!

    Merci beaucoup,
    Katie

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