Syllabi- TPRS/TCI classroom including state and Common Core goals

With so many things that I want to do in class, I revise my syllabi every summer. I am sure I will find some things to add or change but here is what my TPRS/TCI based syllabi look like at levels 1,3,4. If you are just getting started teaching without a textbook or if you are looking for units to add, feel free to borrow whatever you like from my plans. If there is a particular unit that interests you, there is probably a post on the blog with more information!

Syllabus Spanish I

Syllabus Spanish III

Syllabus Spanish IV

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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  1. This is great, Carrie! This gives me a better idea of how to organize that information into a syllabus, without having so many details that you end up giving out a 10 page document. Thank you for sharing!!

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