Dr. Burrier/ Dott.ssa Burrier  

    Room 228     


    Why learn another language?

    The New Jersey Department of Education website states: “World languages education provides learners with the essential language skills and cultural understandings in languages other than English necessary to live and work in a global, culturally diverse world. The study of world languages benefits all students by fostering academic success, cognitive flexibility, increased access to information from other content areas, employment opportunities, and the ability to function more effectively with understanding and respect in all environments encountered in their lives.”

    Best Practices for Learning Target Language

    The New Jersey Department of Education has defined the Student Learning Standards for World Languages (NJSLS-WL) based upon the following practices:

    Interpretive Mode of Communication

    In the Interpretive mode of communication, students demonstrate understanding of spoken and written communication within appropriate cultural contexts. Examples of this kind of one-way reading or listening include cultural interpretations of printed texts, videos, online texts, movies, radio and television broadcasts, and speeches. 

    Interpersonal Mode of Communication
    In the Interpersonal mode of communication, students engage in direct oral and/or written communication with others. Examples of this “two-way” communication include conversing face-to-face, participating in online discussions or videoconferences, instant messaging, and text messaging, and exchanging personal letters or e-mail messages.

    Presentational Mode of Communication 

    In the Presentational mode of communication, students present, orally and/or in writing, information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers with whom there is no immediate interaction. Examples of this one-to-many mode of communication include a presentation to a group, posting an online video or webpage, creating and posting a podcast or videocast, and writing an article for a newspaper.
    See NJ Student Learning Standards here:


    Every student deserves to be in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. To achieve this, it is necessary for everyone to follow the basic rules of good conduct. 

    1. When you enter the classroom, please take your seats, and have your supplies accessible (ie. pen/pencil, notebook, Chromebook). 

    • You should be seated by the time the bell rings, and you should begin working on the Fare Adesso (“Do Now”) which will be either on the white board, screen or provided on paper. Please continue to work quietly and independently (unless otherwise instructed) while I take attendance. *If you are asked more than once to be in compliance with the above, there will be disciplinary measures taken (see below).

    1. CELL PHONES / EARBUDS Please keep them out of sight to avoid distractions. If you are seen having the phone/earbuds on your desk OR are using them during class, this is considered a class rule violation and there will be consequences after the first verbal warning

    • After ONE verbal warning, you will be required to place your phone/earbuds in the basket on my desk where the item/s will remain until the end of the period, and you may retrieve it when you exit the classroom. 

    • If this becomes a habitual issue, then disciplinary measures will be taken (see Consequences)

    • Occasionally you may be asked to use your phones for class activities otherwise they should NOT be visible. 

    1. JOIN GOOGLE CLASSROOM & REMIND Each student must join Google Classroom and Remind for their Italian class using the codes in the beginning of this syllabus. 

    2. STAY ON TASK AND PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS Follow and participate in all class activities. Expect to work alone or with other students as directed by your teacher. Activities include speaking with others/recording, presenting, or playing games.

    3. BATHROOM / Water Fountain Unless it is a true emergency, you may not ask to use the bathroom during the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of class as they are not yet open. 

    • Please do not interrupt me while I am speaking to ask to go to the bathroom. Unless it is an emergency, please wait to ask until I am done speaking and/or we are in between explanations or activities.

    • Please ask in Italian! We will go over this in class and have the pertinent questions visible in class. 

    • Bathroom/water trips must be kept to a minimum and be fast.

    •  Only two students will be allowed to leave the classroom at one time.

    • You MUST take a bathroom pass with you

    1. ITALIAN IS THE CLASSROOM LANGUAGE Total immersion into the target language is for your benefit. Try your best to refrain from English in class. A list of useful phrases and questions will be made available to you so you should rarely need to use English to ask a question. I will use English sparingly but will repeat mini-lessons and instructions in English (as needed).

    • If you need to communicate with a peer in English, please keep your voice down. If you are talking in class about unrelated topics, not paying attention or not participating in an activity, you will be given a verbal warning.

    • If I have to ask you more than once to stop talking, you will automatically lose participation points and run the risk of disciplinary measures.* (see Consequences)

    1. NO OUTSIDE FOOD IN CLASS You may bring a drink to class but as this is a language class, and you will be speaking frequently, eating is NOT allowed in class. * Consequences below apply.

    2. BE RESPECTFUL of the other learners at all times.

    3. Please help clean up your area and put away supplies used at the end of class.

    4. Please purchase a notebook/composition book for “Do Nows”/ notes / class activities. These will remain in the classroom and will be distributed/returned with your folders. Please note that I will be checking your notebooks periodically for content and this will count toward your formative (daily) assessment.




    1st Offense – Verbal warning will be given 

    2nd Offense – Parent /guardian contact/ potential SAP time

    3rd Offense –   Parent/guardian contact/ Admn. referral


    • Come to class on time and take your seat

    • have a pencil /pen/ notebook ready

    • folders will be distributed

    • Fare Adesso: (“do now”). You need to complete this in first 5-7 mins of class. 

    • Reading the daily objective

    • mini lesson/review

    • 2 or 3 class activities

    • Closing (biglietto d’uscita /exit ticket) 



    Formative - these are the daily (“do now”), class activities and homework

    Summative - these are quizzes and IPA (Integrated Proficiency Assessment). 

    • An IPA is completed at the end of each unit and you will show your level of ability in speaking, listening, and writing.


    • DAILY CLASS WORK is due at the end of each class (hand to me or put in folder).

    • PROJECTS will have a due date given in advance. One full grade will be deducted for every day late (including weekends).  If your work is more than one week late, the assignment/ project grade will result in an F.

    • LATE ASSIGNMENTS (after due date): maximum grade will be 80% (up to 1 week).

    • Before the end of the marking period: Late assignments turned in later than a week from the latest day but before the end of marking period, maximum grade will be a 65%.


    ABSENCES: If you are absent, it is your responsibility to check Google Classroom and to get the work that was done in class. Complete the activities for the following class. 

    • If you are ABSENT 3 TIMES in a marking period, I will inform your parent /guardian and administration. For additional information and consequences on absences, refer to the school policy.

    • SKIPPING CLASS: If you are marked present in other classes but absent in Italian class your parent or guardian will be informed and you will be reported to administration if this continues.

    • QUIZZES OR OTHER IMPORTANT ASSESSMENTS must be made up within 1 week upon your return to school, during my prep period (E) or SAP. It is your responsibility to make an appointment with me for when you will be making up the missed work.

    SAP is held Tuesdays and Fridays at 2-2:25 pm


    The teacher reserves the right to modify the consequences in instances of severity/school policies. 

    Please sign below indicating your understanding and acknowledgement of the syllabus:

    NAME (print): ________________________ 

    Date: _________________________