· All students are expected to contribute to class activities and to demonstrate effort in every required assignment. Final grade will take into account all assignments, as well as class participation.

· Homework assignments need to be completely finished by class time (including name, date and title of the assignment). No credit will be given to late or incomplete homework assignments.

Assignments will be different for PLA (Portuguese Language Arts) and PSL (Portuguese as a Second Language) students, to provide appropriate challenge for each group at their level.

In general they should take no more than 15 to 20 minutes every night, and will include: (1) oral (pronunciation) and (2) written homework assignments, (3) journal entries, (4) study (for tests and quizzes), (5) reading assignments, (6) book reports, as well as (7) projects that will be required throughout the school year.

In addition, students should practice speaking, reading and writing on their own as often as possible.


· Projects may require a few weeks to be completed, however, students will be asked to present drafts of their work-in-progress and each one of those drafts will receive a grade that will be included in the overall grade of the finished project. Projects should be started on the day that they are assigned.

All work must be typed, including drafts. Students should work on their projects daily and only by doing so they will be able to complete and hand their finished project on time and complete. In addition, by doing so, students will be able to clarify possible questions during class while working towards the final copy.


· In the case of absence students will have an additional day to bring any missed assignments. Each student is responsible for obtaining the necessary information on the day they return to school, including classroom notes and handouts, homework assignments, upcoming projects, quizzes and tests.

Students who were absent when a test or quiz was given are responsible for coming to the teacher to arrange a time to make it up. Failure to do so upon a student's return will result in a zero as final grade for test/quiz missed.


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