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Bottom Line Expectations
Invest in this class!
You will be graded throughtout the term on your investment in this class. If you're putting in a good effort and really care about it -- if you do what's expected (see the rest of this page) -- you'll do well. Remember also that your body language gives a professor a lot of clues about your investment -- if your body says "I don't care," your grade will suffer for it!
Be in class every day
No kidding! You automatically get a 0 for the day if you are not in class. If you are sick, you should either call me (x7121), e-mail me or otherwise inform me before class. In cases of emergency, let me know as soon as possible afterwards. If you have to travel or are participating in athletics or other school events, arrange with me beforehand to do make-up work. I may not say anything to you, but I will ALWAYS enter a 0 for you for the day if you don't make arrangements with me first!
That means do the homework and work with whatever we will be discussing in class. It also means being focused, getting enough sleep and taking care of your body so that your brain can work efficiently. The assignments are not time-consuming, but they do come every day. Don't get behind.
Both verbally and non-verbally, and in a positive fashion. Being in class is a good start, but you need to SPEAK! It is a language class, after all! A famous German philosopher/writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, once said, "Aller Anfang ist schwer." All beginnings are difficult and in every completely new learning endeavor you will feel self-conscious. It's normal; you'll get past it. Everyone else is in the same boat.
Do all the assignments
In a responsible fashion. You don't have to be perfect, but you should do well at basic stuff. If you are unsure of the gender of a word, look it up. If you are unsure of a verb form, look it up. If you are unsure how to spell a word, look it up. I think you get the idea! These habits will serve you well at all levels of language learning.
Put in the work
Your effort should be commensurate with the grade you wish to earn. Unlike some high schools, A's aren't granted just because you are nice and wonderful and show up (although that certainly doesn't hurt!).
Talk to me
I'll try to stay 'in touch' with how things are going with you, but try as I may, I still can't read minds. If the workload seems unreasonable, if an assignment is unclear, if there's stuff in the course you hate and would like to have changed, talk to me. I can show you many ways to handle specific problems, mental blocks, discouragement, or a vague perception that you "just can't lean a foreign language." You can. I can also make adjustments to the course when necessary, but I need to know what you are thinking. I do take student comments very seriously, and want everyone to be as happy as possible.