The AP Spanish Language course is designed to help students become proficient in the Spanish Language and also to successfully complete the AP Spanish Language Exam. The course is conducted completely in Spanish and all students are encouraged to practice the target language every day with the teachers and their peers. Students will use the target language in ways that reach a high level of proficiency by presenting information based on different topics and current events. The students will be exposed to different literary texts as well as current events of Spanish-speaking countries through authentic materials such as: newspapers and magazine articles and selected literary texts.
To acquire the ability to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish through conversations, lectures, oral presentations, newspapers, letters, instructions, Internet articles and short stories. Students will interpret messages, lectures and others materials spoken using a variety of regional dialects. Students will be able to listen to narratives and dialogues to make inferences and predictions.
The acquisition of vocabulary to allow easy and accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as, modern literature in Spanish.
Express themselves orally and in writing by convincing, arguing, inquiring and describing.
To acquire the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency.
Record 10 minutes cassette in Spanish. (Students will have choices.)
Class will be conducted in Spanish and students will be given the opportunity to present and discuss different topics related to the Hispanic culture, current events and issues related to school and teenagers. Students’ class participation grades reflect a strong requirement that they use only Spanish in the classroom. To enhance the study of culture students will be exposed on a regular basis to authentic materials such as Tv programs, documentaries, movies (without subtitles), news in the target language. They will also listen to short narratives and dialogues and songs of various Hispanic singers. Based on the authentic audio/ video source students write formal and informal letters, short essays and will complete comprehension exercises.
Sources for authentic listening activities:
Radio Naciones Unidas www. Un.org/radio/es
CNN en español www.cnn.com/espanol
Speaking is a daily activity. In order to provide an opportunity for students to integrate their skills and practice the target language, the students will work in pairs and in small groups. Students prepare oral presentations and respond to conversational prompts such as open-ended questions, asking directions, giving advice giving a persuasive speech, express ideas and opinions related to the topics assigned in class. Students will participate in simulated conversations by listening to the source and then responding to the prompt. Students will engage in oral presentations based on different authentic sources such as: audio recording and newspaper article. In addition, students participate in discussing present and past cultural events related to Spanish- Speaking countries and the United States, on a regular basis. Every two weeks students will record their oral work on a tape.
Reading is a daily activity. The reading texts come from a variety of sources such as: textbooks, newspaper articles, magazines, former AP exams, short narratives, literary texts and the Internet. Students learn and use new vocabulary and other linguistic features such as idiomatic expressions, transition words, cognates, synonyms and antonyms. Students discuss and read literary texts to compare and contrast themes and to improve their vocabulary skills. Students use different reading strategies and vocabulary knowledge to improve reading skills when researching various topics and current events. In addition, students will write essays and summaries of the literary text, answer comprehension questions based on the text selected.
Students practice their writing skills using different written sources. Students paraphrase in writing using their own words and summarize newspaper articles. Every three weeks students write a formal, well organized analytical or persuasive essay of at least 200 words based on authentic sources. Students also write weekly writing activities such as informal and formal letters, e-mails, poems, newspaper articles and compositions about different topics. In addition, students use peer editing, brainstorming and graphic organizers to express their ideas in writing and to help them with their writing skills.
Some authentic resources that are used are:
La nación www. Nación.com
Prensa escrita www. Prensaescrita.com
El mundo www. Elmundo.com
El país www. El país.com
Student evaluation Students are evaluated frequently through short quizzes on grammar points, formal and informal written assessments, formal and informal speaking evaluations, projects, unit exams, midterms and final exams. Students will be graded with the AP rubrics for listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Relaciones sociales: El hombre y la mujer
Review of the tenses: el presente, presente perfecto, el pretérito
Dibujo – “Antes, ahora y después”
Canción – Carlos Ponce – Busco una mujer/ Ojalá que llueva café