AP Spanish Language and Culture
Kathy Thompson

Things to know for AP courses this year:
  1. Students are no longer required to take AP exams and will not be penalized if they choose not to
take a certain test.
  1. Students will all have to take a teacher-made midterm and final exam, worth 25% of their course grade, regardless of whether they take the AP exam or not.
  2. Students will be required to pay for each AP exam and will need to decide which exams they wish
to take by the end of September.

  1. Learning Objectives and Achievement Level Descriptions
    1. At the core of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course are six groups of learning objectives identifying what students should know and be able to do across the three modes communication. These objectives outlineexpectations of student abilities in the following areas:
  • Spoken Interpersonal Communication
    • The student engages in spoken interpersonal communications.
    • Written Interpersonal Communication
      • The student engages in written interpersonalcommunications.
      • Interpretive Communication
        • The student synthesizes information from avariety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources.
        • Written and Print Interpretive Communication
          • The student synthesizes information from avariety of authentic written and print resources.
          • Presentational Communication
            • The student plans, produces, and presents spoken presentational communications
          • Written Presentational Communication
            • The student plans and produces written presentational communications
b. When communicating, students in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics (Connections), make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures (Comparisons), and use the target language in real-life settings (Communities).

  1. Course Goals and Objectives
The successful AP Spanish Language student will be able to:
Identify and summarize the main points and significant details and make appropriate inferences and predictions from a spoken source, such as a broadcast news report or a lecture on an academic or cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world.
Identify and summarize the main points and significant details and predict outcomes from an everyday conversation on a familiar topic, a dialogue from a film or other broadcast media, or an interview on a social or cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world
Identify and summarize main points and important details and make appropriate inferences and predictions from a written text such as a newspaper or magazine article or contemporary literary excerpt.
Write a cohesive and coherent analytical or persuasive essay in reaction to a text or on a personal, academic, cultural or social issue, with control of grammar and syntax.
Describe, narrate, and present information on persuasive arguments on general topics with grammatical control and good pronunciation in an oral presentation of two or three minutes.
Use information from sources provided to present a synthesis and express an opinion.
Recognize cultural elements implicit in oral and written texts.
Interpret linguistic cues to infer social relationships.
Initiate, maintain, and close a conversation on a familiar topic.
Formulate questions to seek clarification or additional information.
Use language that is semantically and grammatically accurate according to a given context

  1. Course Materials
  • Imagina (Vista – to be phased in this year)
  • Imagina (Vista) interactive website
  • Triángulo
  • Avance (to be phased out this year)
  • Various web sites related to themes
  • www.edmodo.com
  • http://www.ellibrototal.com/ltotal/
  • College Board released materials for the AP Spanish Language Exam

  1. Curriculum Calendar
  • The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is structured around six themes
1. Global Challenges/Los desafíos mundiales
  • Economic Issues / Los temas económicos
  • Environmental Issues / Los temas del medio ambiente
  • Philosophical Thought and Religion / El pensamiento filosófico y la religión
  • Population and Demographics / La población y la demografía
  • Social Welfare / El bienestar social
  • Social Conscience / La conciencia social

2. Science & Technology/La ciencia y la tecnología
  • Access to Technology / El acceso a la tecnología
  • Effects of Technology on Self and Society / Los efectos de la tecnología en el individuo y en la sociedad
  • Health Care and Medicine / El cuidado de la salud y la medicina
  • Innovations / Las innovaciones tecnológicas
  • Natural Phenomena / Los fenómenos naturales
  • Science and Ethics / La ciencia y la ética

  1. Contemporary Life/La vida contemporánea
  • Education and Careers / La educación y las carreras profesionales
  • Entertainment / El entretenimiento y la diversión
  • Travel and Leisure / Los viajes y el ocio
  • Lifestyles / Los estilos de vida
  • Relationships / Las relaciones personales
  • Social Customs and Values / Las tradiciones y los valores sociales
  • Volunteerism / El trabajo voluntario

4. Personal & Public Identities/Las identidades personales y públicas
  • Alienation and Assimilation / La enajenación y la asimilación
  • Heroes and Historical Figures / Los héroes y los personajes históricos
  • National and Ethnic Identities / La identidad nacional y la
  • identidad étnica
  • Personal Beliefs / Las creencias personales
  • Self-Image / La autoestima

5. Families and Communities/Las Familias y las comunidades
  • Customs and Values / Las tradiciones y los valores
  • Education Communities / Las comunidades educativas
  • Family Structure / La estructura de la familia
  • Global Citizenship / La ciudadanía global
  • Human Geography / La geografía humana
  • Social Networking / Las redes sociales

6. Beauty & Aesthetics/La belleza y la estética
  • Architecture / La arquitectura
  • Defining Beauty / Definiciones de la belleza
  • Defining Creativity / Definiciones de la creatividad
  • Fashion and Design / La moda y el diseño
  • Language and Literature / El lenguaje y la literatura
  • Visual and Performing Arts / Las artes visuales y escénicas
  • Major Assessments
- There will be a Unit exam at the completion of each Theme/Unit.
- There will be a mid-term exam in January
- There will be a final exam in June.
- The AP exam is taken in May
  • The AP Exam: The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam assess students’ proficiencies in the Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational modes of communication. The exam is 3 hours long and includes both a 95-minute multiple-choice section and an 85-minute free-response section. The multiple-choice section accounts for half of the student’s exam grade, and the free-response section accounts for the other half.
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Daily Assignments
- Daily Oral Language – to build smoother, more spontaneous writing proficiency
- DOL is incorporated into daily journal writing
- Daily reading
- Daily listening
- Daily speaking/communication with the teacher and fellow students…in Spanish
It is expected that you attend class EVERYDAY. Attendance will be taken EVERYDAY and all school attendance policies will be adhered to. Excessive absences WILL negatively affect your performance, grade and comprehension of information provided.
Make-up work
Make-up homework and class work will be expected from each student within five school days from the absence. There will be a separate area to turn in these assignments.
You are responsible for getting the work ahead of time (or upon your return) and must have the work ready to turn in within the allotted time frame (5 class meetings from the date of your return).

Expectations of AP Spanish Students
In addition to OUR school expectations, I have the following expectations for OUR classroom:
  1. Arrive to class BEFORE the TARDY BELL rings EVERYDAY!
  2. Express themselves in Spanish throughout the course on a daily basis.
  3. Read and write extensively in Spanish.
  4. Read short stories, news articles, and other works in Spanish.
  5. Become proficient in the four language skills tested on the AP Exam: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
  6. Become familiar with different Spanish /Latin American customs and traditions .
  7. Become proficient in using the language to deal with everyday situations.
  10. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS at all times!!!
  12. Work towards improving your Spanish, using the languagewhen among classmates or friends in school and outside of school.*
  13. The use of online translators isconsidered cheating and is strictly forbidden.
J *a LARGE portion of your class participation grade will focus on this area.
Food and Beverages
Food is NOT allowed in the classroom at ANY time! Bottled water is the ONLY beverage permitted in class; HOWEVER refer to the Restroom policy as your consumption of large quantities of water will not permit you to leave class during instructional time.
Materials needed for Spanish V / AP
  • 3 ring binder w/ notebook paper
  • Journal notebook (2) (1 composition book daily journal entry,
  • Subject dividers (5) (class work, homework, essays, notes, projects, vocabulary log)
  • Pens (Red ink for revising only!!!)
  • Pencils
  • Index cards and post-it notes