Hello! My name is Inge Totah, and this will be my fourth year teaching at Key Academy Charter School. I am delighted to have your son/daughter in my Arabic class. Your son/ daughter is enrolled in a class that comes with high expectations and continuous assessment which requires a good deal of effort. Every day we will spend time perfecting the four skills necessary for learning a foreign language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Since learning a foreign language is a new skill, students should expect to work hard in this class; students should be prepared to study on their own as well as complete the daily homework. We will follow a pace as specified in our curriculum guide. Such pacing requires that every student keeps up with the daily classwork and homework, participates in class every day, and learns the vocabulary and grammar each night to prepare for the next day’s class, participates in class every day. Every day in class students will be required to speak in Arabic not English, so it is important to stay in the target language throughout each class. To emphasize the importance of speaking Arabic, Students will receive a grade based on the amount of Arabic you use to communicate with others and with me in this class.
If you or your parents ever need to get in touch with me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I check my email several times daily, both at school and at home; you will almost always receive a reply within 24 hours. I would like to introduce you to class guidelines, classroom rules, and expectations that need to be followed to ensure your child’s success. Please take the time to read the syllabus with your child.
- Students engage in conversations and correspondence in Arabic to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
- Students understand and interpret written and spoken Arabic on a variety of topics.
- Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Arabic to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the various cultures of the Arab world.
-Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through Arabic.
- Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons between Arabic and their own.
- White Board, Spiral notebook, 3 Pencils, Erasers, Ruler, Crayons or color pencils, 3 Dry Erase Markers , folder, 2 or more Pens (dark blue and red), 2 Glue Sticks.
Expectations and Rules:
- Be prepared and seated at the start of class. All pencils must be sharpened before class. No borrowing of materials during class.
- Complete your all assignments on time. Be attentive and participate in class.
- No talking, walking or raising your hands when the teacher is talking.
- No food, drink, or gum in class.
- Bathroom use is before class, during recess, lunch and the last 10 minutes of class (at the teacher’s discretion).
- Unit test will be assigned at the end of each unit.
- Spelling quiz will be assigned weekly
- Pop quiz will take place on random days.
Homework 20% : Class work 20%, Tests 20%, Quizzes15%, Projects 20% Participation 5%
Students who do not follow the rules and procedures of the classroom will face some or all of the following consequences.
- Verbal warning
- Time out, and/or lunch clean-up duty
- Lunch clean-up duty, and/or detention before or after school
- Administrative referral, detention, phone call home, possible parent conference, possible behavior contract.
1 st and 2 nd multicutural song dress
There will be a multicultural assembly on December 20, 2018. We are practicing a song for that assembly with 1 st and 2 nd grade Arabic class and your student is performing. If possible, I would like to have all the girls to dress up in red dresses with white tights and the boys dress up with white shirts with black pans. I appreciate your help so the students have a sense of uniformity and fun for this song.
3 rd and 4th multicultural song dress
There will be a multicultural assembly on December 20, 2018. We are practicing a song for that assembly with 3 rd and 4 th grade Arabic class and your student is performing. If possible, I would like to have all the girls to dress up in blue dresses with white tights and the boys dress up with blue shirts with black pans. I appreciate your help so the students have a sense of uniformity and fun for this song.