Course Description: The AP Spanish Language and Culture course requires students acquire content knowledge and communication skills in Intermediate to Pre-Advanced range as establish by the ACTFL Proficiency Levels of Language and Production through the study of language and culture. The three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) are a foundation of the course.
Learning Objectives: 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). The use of Spanish is required in the course (CR1).
The learning objectives come from the six modes of communication:
Spoken Interpersonal Communication (3a)
Written Interpersonal Communication (3b)
Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication (4a)
Written and Print Interpretive Communication (4b)
Spoken Presentational Communication (5a)
Written Presentational Communication (5b)
Organization: The course is organized into six curricular themes that are developed using the six modes of communication: Desafios Mundiales (Global Challenges), La Ciencia y La Tecnología (Science and Technology) La Belleza y La Estética (Beauty and Aesthetics) Las familias y Las Comunidades (Families and Communities) Las Identidades Personales y Públicas (Personal and Public Identities) La Vida Contemporánea (Contemporary Life).
Along with a variety of textbooks (listed) instructional materials include authentic literary and audio texts (CR2). Students are encouraged to use Spanish in real life setting. The course prepares students to the target language outside of class.
Noticias del Día: Each quarter, students are asked to present in Spanish a current event about a Spanish-speaking country, situations in the United States involving Spanish-speaking population or Latino figures. They present in Spanish (1-2 minutes) and then lead an open ended discussion about the topic.
Target Language Use: Students in the AP class serve as assistants in the elementary or middle school to help student who do not speak English adapt to the classroom environment. Periodically, students from the high school are asked to translate, interpret or assist teachers in the elementary who are working with Spanish-speaking students. The AP class also teaches Spanish to elementary and Spanish I students throughout the year (CR9). AP Spanish students also assist with translating for Spanish-speaking ELL students in our high school. They serve as conversation partners and assist with homework.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is designed with focus on the following Curriculum Requirements:
The teacher uses Spanish almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
Instructional materials include a variety of authentic audio and video recordings and authentic written texts, such as newspaper and magazine articles, as well as literary texts.
The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written Interpersonal Communication in a variety of situations in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced* range.
The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability in Interpretive Communication to understand and audiovisual, written, and print resources.
The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written Presentational Communication in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced* range.
The course incorporates interdisciplinary topics and explicitly addresses all six course themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics.
The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives of the target cultures.
The course provides opportunities for students to make comparisons between and within languages and cultures.
The course prepares students to use the Spanish language in real lifesettings.
Díaz, José, M., Nadel, María F. Abriendo Paso Gramática. Pearson Education, 2014.
Díaz, José, M. Nadel, María. Abriendo Paso Temas y Lecturas. Pearson Education, 2014.
Nuevas Vistas, Curso de Introducción, Advanced Spanish, Holt Rinehart and Winston, 2006.