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7th-8th Grade Spanish Courses

2017-18 Spanish courses for WELS 7-8th Grade Students
Program Details:
Spanish: There are two Spanish courses for WELS 7-8th grade students (Spanish 1A and 1B).

Spanish 1A: A two semester beginning Spanish course equivalent to the first semester of a high school level Spanish 1 course, but spread across the entire school year. Spanish 1A will emphasize the vocabulary, grammar, and forms needed to read, write, speak, and understand basic Spanish for practical and contextual communication.
Spanish 1A will prepare 7th graders to take Spanish 1B in 8th grade, or give current 8th graders a head-start to begin Spanish 1 in high school.

Spanish 1B: A two semester beginning Spanish course equivalent to the second semester of a high school level Spanish 1 course, but spread across the entire school year. Spanish 1B will emphasize the vocabulary, grammar, and forms needed to read, write, speak, and understand basic Spanish for practical and contextual communication. (Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Spanish 1A.)

Students that have successfully completed Spanish 1A and 1B should be prepared to take a Spanish 2 course in high school, provided they can demonstrate the level of Spanish proficiency required. Any proficiency test to enter Spanish 2 at the high school level would need to be developed and administered by the high school where the student enrolls. (The exact procedure or policy to be followed would be up to each individual high school.)

Student academic qualifications: Only academically capable students, able to handle an extra course and homework, should be allowed to enroll in the online course. It is up to each participating school to carefully pre-screen its students.

Student online learning qualifications: Online learning requires a greater degree of student self-motivation and diligence to keep up with class assignments compared to a traditional classroom. It is up to each school to carefully pre-screen its students before allowing them to enroll in online courses.

Course enrollment: Any qualified WELS 7-8th grade student is welcome to enroll in the course, as long as there are student seats still available. Seats will be filled on a first-registered, first-enrolled policy. The course will have a minimum enrollment of 8 students and a maximum of 15 students per section. It will be up to the course instructor if he/she is willing to have more than one section.

Tuition Rates: Tuition for WELS 7-8th grade students is $125 per student per semester for 2017-18. This is 50% of the cost that high school students pay for courses through ALHSO. (The tuition cost remains at $250 per semester for all other students.)

Course registration: Go to the ALHSO website, select the Resources tab, and Registration Forms link, and then download the 2017-18 Online Registration Form instructions. Follow the instructions provided on the document. (Note: The registration fee is $20, but the tuition cost will be $125 instead of $250, for WELS 7-8th grade students.)

Method of Instruction: The courses will be taught in an asynchronous online format, which means students and the instructor do not need to be logged into the course site at the same time. Moodle will be used as the Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate the course. Moodle is accessed through a website and does not require any installation on the user side. Students will receive a unique username and password to access the course site.

Students are expected to log in each day, Monday-Friday, but at a time that is convenient to them. Schools build time into the regular school day, just like a regular course, where all Spanish students from a particular school would be working on the course at the same time. Some students might need to spend some additional time at home to keep up with the rest of the class.

Time Commitment: The amount of time needed to be successful in the course can vary widely from one student to the next. A general expectation is half an hour per day, 5 days per week. Some days may take more or less time based on the assigned tasks.

Textbook: No textbook is currenlty required since all course materials are freely available online. (If the instructor determines that a textbook is necessary, schools will be informed, but the purchase and cost of the textbook would be the responsibility of the school or parents.)

Each student needs a computer with reliable high-speed internet access. Since the course utilizes audio/video files, a microphone, headphones, and a webcam are needed.

Course proctor: Each participating school is expected to assign a course proctor for the student(s) at the school taking the course. The regular classroom teacher may serve as the proctor. The course proctor will:
  1. Serve as the main contact person between the course instructor and the school. Typical communication might include items such as days off from school, absent students, missing assignments, student progress, etc.
  2. Arrange for local support, guidance, and technical assistance for students, as needed.
  3. Arrange for proctoring of tests, if needed. (The course instructor will provide specific instructions to the proctor concerning tests and the proctor's role in test administration.)
  4. Serve as a contact between the school and the student's parents/guardians if needed for such issues as consistently late or missing work, plagiarism, et cetera, although teachers are encouraged to contact parents directly.
High School credit: It is up to each high school to determine if a student successfully completing the Spanish 1A and 1B courses in 7th and 8th grade will also receive high school credit. Some high schools have a proficiency test that students need to take to determine a student's knowledge. Check with your local high school for information on their policy.
Questions? Contact:
Dr. Jim Grunwald
ALHSO Superintendent (preferred contact method)
Cell: 507-217-1574

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