French I / Spanish I Class Participation Rubric
All French I / Spanish I students are expected to wholeheartedly participate in class on a daily basis, and they will earn a trimester participation grade based on their actions in every French I / Spanish I class session throughout the trimester. You may be nervous or fearful of making a mistake, but remember that we all make mistakes in foreign language. By taking a risk and trying to use your language skills, you may make mistakes, but you’ll learn from them. As you embark on your study of French / Spanish remember, “Risk being great” and thrust yourself into the class. It will make it more fun and exciting and you’ll learn more!
Preparation for Class:
10 = The student brings all required materials to class and is ready to learn when the bell rings. The student is in
his/her seat, with his/her homework out when the bell rings.
The student follows all directions the first time they are given, always concentrates during class and follows
all class discussions and activities.
The student completes all required tasks and fulfills all the expectations of the class.
The student asks for help when it’s necessary.
8 = The student usually has his/her materials and is usually ready to participate in class. He/She is usually in
his/her seat, with homework out, when the bell rings.
The student generally follows directions the first time and typically stays focused during class and follows
class discussions and activities.
The student completes most required tasks and fulfills most class expectations.
By and large, the student asks for help when it’s needed.
6 = Sometimes the student comes to class with all of his/her materials and is ready to learn when the bell rings.
Sometimes the student is in his/her desk, with homework out, when the bell rings.
The student tries to stay focused and follow directions, discussions, and activities.
The student attempts most required tasks and tries to fulfill most class expectations.
Occasionally, the student requests help.
4 = The student often forgets to bring things to class, and doesn’t seem prepared to learn. He/she is often out of
his/her seat when the bell rings and doesn’t usually have his/her homework out.
The student often loses focus and is unable to concentrate on class discussions and activities.
The student gives up easily on required tasks and often doesn’t meet expectations.
The student rarely requests help.
2 = The student doesn’t bring materials to class and isn’t prepared to learn when the bell rings. The student is
never in his/her seat at the start of class and homework s never out.
The student doesn’t concentrate in class and makes little effort during class discussions and activities.
The student doesn’t attempt required tasks and doesn’t show much concern for class expectations.
Student never requests help.
10 = The student volunteers (raises hand) numerous times to give responses and participate. The student asks
frequent questions and/or contributes original observations regularly.
8 = The student volunteers to give responses and participate. The student asks occasional questions and /or offers
6 = The student sometimes offers responses, but usually waits to be called on. The student rarely asks questions or
4 = Generally, the student waits to be called on and rarely asks questions or offers ideas. Sometimes the student is
indifferent about his/her response.
2 = The student doesn’t volunteer, and never asks questions. When called on he/she frequently responds with “I don’t know” or a negative attitude, without attempting a response.
10 = The student is always on track and efficiently guiding his/her group to successful and timely completion of its
8 = The student is usually on track and helping the group meet it’s goal, but a few instances are observed where the
student engages in off task behavior (talking about topics other than the assignment, distracting others, etc.)
6 = The student is sometimes on track and efficiently working toward the goal of the group, but he/she frequently
engages in off task behavior.
4 = The student regularly engages in off task behaviors, to the point where it is a constant annoyance to the teacher
and/or other students.
2 = The student regularly engages in off task behavior, to the point where it is a constant annoyance to the teacher
and other students. The student responds negatively, or in a confrontational manner, when the teacher addresses
Speaking the Target Language:
10 = The student exclusively uses the target language when using all learned concepts and always circumlocutes in
the target language to describe unknown concepts. The student tries to speak in French/Spanish for as long as
possible. The student tries to use complete sentences as much as possible. The student tries to use the
language outside of class, as well.
8 = The student usually tries to use learned concepts when talking with the teacher, and sometimes with classmates.
The student usually tries to circumolcute in the target language, but sometimes resorts to English. The student
often uses complete sentences.
6 = Sometimes the student tries to use French/Spanish in class, and sometimes uses English for unknown concepts.
4 = Uses the target language minimally, relying mainly on English.
2 = Consistently uses English to speak about learned concepts.
10 = Always maintains a positive attitude towards others and learning.
8 = Consistently maintains a positive attitude towards others and learning, might have a few instances where
disregard for learning and/or others and their opinions are shown.
6 = Maintains a neutral attitude towards others and learning, might display a few instances of disruptive or
4 = Often displays a negative attitude, disrupts others, sometimes discourages activities with sarcasm and ridicule.
2 = Consistently displays a negative attitude, disrupts others, is uncooperative, frequent behavior problems.
_______/ 10: I give myself a _____/10 on class participation because _____________________________________