AP® Spanish Language and Culture

This language course will focus on the themes for the Spanish Language and Culture Course as prescribed by the College Board. The course themes are: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. Throughout the institute, participants will create units of study for the six themes which will be shared at the end of the institute. The institute will also address the components of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam (interpretative communication with print and audio texts, writing an email response and a persuasive essay, participating in a simulated conversation, and recording a cultural comparison presentation). Participants will practice grading exam samples; they will also analyze and review published texts and digital materials for the course. Strategies and teaching methods for different types of students will be addressed. Throughout the week participants will share in creating strategies for preparing students for the test, incorporating culture and language, finding and using authentic materials, integrating skills and using them in class and for the exam, and any other AP related matter that may be of interest.This workshop is for new and experienced AP teachers who want to prepare students to advance in the study of the Spanish language. We will focus on the current course and exam format. Participants will become familiar with the themes that explore connections among language, literature, and culture through diverse global perspectives. In addition, participants will explore various sample activities applicable to various levels of second language acquisition.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  1. To examine the format of all parts of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam and to practice strategies for student success on the exam.
  2. To analyze the six themes (find resources and activities) and make presentations to the class that can be shared by all.
  3. To examine and analyze visuals (charts, maps, graphs, works of art) and audio-visual materials and recommend their appropriateness for the classroom.
  4. To examine, analyze, and discuss a range of materials suitable for a high school AP Spanish Language and Culture class
  5. To prepare, share, and discuss successful classroom activities and strategies, new approaches and techniques for speaking, listening, reading, and writing for the six themes in the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture class
  6. To participate in a mock-grading session of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.

Participants should bring the following:

Laptop or tablet; USB (memory stick); highlighters, pens.

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Monday                                                                                         

  • Warm-up and Introductions
  • Fun Activity – rationale  – Encuesta
  • Records and official papers (daily sign-in)
  • Procedures: laptops, cell phones, leaving early and arriving late, etc.
  • Agenda and Schedule (the value of time)
  • Content of Packet – electronic – and flash drive
  • AP Central & Call for readers (3 years experience teaching AP required)
  • NOTE: Bring your laptops – computer labs may not be available when we want them.
  • What is AP Spanish Language and Culture? What is it not? - brainstorming
  • Course and Exam Overview - PPt

LUNCH                     

  • Movie - Susana
  • Fun Activity – Scavenger Hunt
  • The Syllabus – what is required and how they are scored
  • Listening
  • Listening is in every section of the exam
  • Usually not a focus of instruction but should be
  • Listening Strategies - brainstorming
  • Sample listening activity – Dictados

Language Assignments:

  • Bring in a Quick Share Activity – short fun activity – sharing all week
  • Group Projects – Strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing with the new themes
  • Individual Project Sharing – Bring in something you already do that works very well – present on Tuesday or Wednesday

Getting into work groups according to the required themes for Spanish Language and Culture:

  • Global Challenges – Los desafíos mundiales
  • Science and Technology – La ciencia y la tecnología
  • Contemporary Life – La vida contemporánea
  • Personal and Public Identities – Las identidades personales y públicas
  • Families and Communities – Las familias y las comunidades
  • Beauty and Aesthetics – La belleza y la estética

Group work – form groups and select project                                                                             

Tuesday

  • Fun Activity – Numbers Activities
  • 2019 AP Language Exam
  • Speaking – Interpersonal and Presentational                               
  • 2019 Exam FRQ (Free Response Questions)
  • Rubrics
  • Practice Scoring                                      
  • Vocabulary issues
  • Modeling activities
  • Rich Vocabulary (newspaper, animals, faces, body parts)
  • Texts being used – pros and cons – sharing

LUNCH

  • Movie - Susana
  • Fun Activity – Matching Partners
  • Speaking Strategies – brainstorming
  • Going High Tech – Films/PowerPoint/Slides, etc.                                                                            
  • Grammar – Areas of concern – Los bomberos and Preterite vs. Imperfect
  • Work groups – Projects - Computer Work
  • Identities – Women in Literature and world wide perspectives

Wednesday                

  • Fun Activity – Family Feud or Jeopardy
  • Writing
  • Interpersonal & Presentational Writing
  • The 2019 email / letter – format and strategies and scoring
  • The essay – format, strategies, rich vocabulary, cohesive devices, topics, grammar, rubrics, etc.
  • Common mistakes
  • What makes rich vocabulary?
  • Graphic organizers
  • The essay – the 2019 essay - scoring
  • Modeling with students
  • Writing Strategies - Brainstorming

LUNCH

  • Movie - Susana
  • Grammar – Areas of concern – The subjunctive
  • Work groups – creating activities/projects - Computer Work                      

Thursday

  • Project - Individual and group presentations
  • Lessons created this week

LUNCH

  • Other activities – as requested
  • Closing Activities                                                                   
  • Warm-up and Introductions
  • Fun Activity – rationale  – Encuesta
  • Records and official papers (daily sign-in)
  • Procedures: laptops, cell phones, leaving early and arriving late, etc.
  • Agenda and Schedule (the value of time)
  • Content of Packet – electronic – and flash drive
  • AP Central & Call for readers (3 years experience teaching AP required)

NOTE: Bring your laptops – computer labs may not be available when we want them.

  • What is AP Spanish Language and Culture? What is it not? - brainstorming
  • Course and Exam Overview - PPt

LUNCH                     

  • Movie - Susana
  • Fun Activity – Scavenger Hunt

  • The Syllabus – what is required and how they are scored

Listening

  • Listening is in every section of the exam
  • Usually not a focus of instruction but should be
  • Listening Strategies - brainstorming
  • Sample listening activity – Dictados

Language Assignments:

  • Bring in a Quick Share Activity – short fun activity – sharing all week
  • Group Projects – Strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing with the new themes
  • Individual Project Sharing – Bring in something you already do that works very well – present on Tuesday or Wednesday

Getting into work groups according to the required themes for Spanish Language and Culture:

  • Global Challenges – Los desafíos mundiales
  • Science and Technology – La ciencia y la tecnología
  • Contemporary Life – La vida contemporánea
  • Personal and Public Identities – Las identidades personales y públicas
  • Families and Communities – Las familias y las comunidades
  • Beauty and Aesthetics – La belleza y la estética  

Group work – form groups and select project

Fee: $565

Instructor

Santos Gutierrez Santos (Sandy) Gutierrez is a 4th generation Texan. She grew up in Houston and received her BA and MEd at the University of Houston. She started teaching at 21 and never stopped. She has been a teacher for 40 years at all levels from third grade through college. She taught the AP Spanish language course for 20 years and the AP Spanish literature course for 14 years, 10 of those years via television (distance learning) to students throughout Fairfax County, Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.