In this AP course, students will develop a strong command of the Spanish language refining the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course is taught in Spanish, students will learn the language in an atmosphere of immersion. This course will facilitate an environment empowering students to achieve their full potential in second language acquisition. Exposure to quality, authentic, and level appropriate audio and video recordings will enhance students’ aural comprehension and interpretation of the Spanish language. In addition, they will be exposed to the world of literature and current events of Spanish-speaking countries through authentic written texts, including newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other non-technical writings that develop students’ reading and comprehension abilities. Tasks will include frequent writing and integration of skills with a rigorous review of grammatical structures. Students will be called upon to exhibit writing samples involving compare and contrast, persuasion, analysis, and research. To aid in the development of speaking, oral presentations involving various topics and themes will be assigned throughout the course. Different of resources will be used as necessary to facilitate the learning process. Students will be vigorously monitored through weekly assessments designed to identify students’ strengths and areas in which improvement is needed. Exposure to cultural perspectives throughout the Spanish-speaking world will be integrated as a component of each unit.
II. COURSE OBJECTIVES: WRITING Students will express ideas accurately and fluently in writing by writing essays that vary in length (no more than 2 pages) on current events as well as personal experiences and situations that occur on a daily life. Students improve skills through:
In Class Essay Writings – There will be 2 in class essay writings per Marking Period. Students will write a formal, well-organized analytical, persuasive, or compare and contrast essay of at least 200 words on an assigned topic in reaction to a text or information discussed or reviewed. Evaluation will be performed through the use of a rubric; components include vocabulary, grammatical structure, spelling, and message content.
2.) Other Writing Tasks – There are weekly journal entries. There will also be periodic creative writing assignments.
Note: In their writing, students will be able to implement a variety of grammatical structures using proper concordance (subject-verb, subject-adjective, gender-noun agreement, tense agreement, sequence of tenses), correct mechanics (punctuation, accentuation, syntax, orthography), and superior language control. Improve knowledge of grammar through:
Focusing on problematic areas such as: indicative vs. subjunctive, ser vs. estar, preterit vs. imperfect, compound tenses, commands, irregular and spelling change verbs, nouns and their modifiers, direct and indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns, and adjective placement. Other syntactic constructions to be reviewed include: passive voice, reflexives, making comparisons, por vs. para, prepositions, transitions, and accentuation.
Implementing/synthesizing a variety of grammatical and syntactic structures in speaking and writing.
SPEAK Students will be able to speak with fluency, maintaining accuracy in structure and syntax, using a rich vocabulary and appropriate pronunciation and intonation. Students will improve speaking skills through:
Oral presentations on a given theme. There is at one major assessment per unit that includes an oral presentation.
Video projects based on acting out a scene.
Informal “Charlas” involving thematic vocabulary taken from textbook chapters.
Daily participation in class discussions in the target language.
READ . Broaden reading comprehension through the use of current events, articles from authentic newspapers, magazines, and online resources. Also included are classical literary pieces.
Weekly reading focus on current events and text analysis.
b. Students will read and analyze authentic literary prose and poetry.
c. Students will use various reading strategies and vocabulary knowledge
when investigating various topics to ultimately create and present a synthesis.
UDERSTAND. Students will understand the spoken language through participating in conversations both formally and informally.
Students will listen to auditory narrations from native speakers.
Students will interpret spoken material using a variety of regional dialects. Students will become familiar with pronunciation, dialects, and aural syntax.
Students will listen to narratives and dialogues to make inferences, predictions, and support opinions.
Periodic listening texts will be administered via listening to native speakers on a BBC Mundo en Español website.
Students will interact with native speakers from foreign countries via Skype.
CULTURE. Students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the practices, perspectives, and products of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Knowledge of Hispanic and Spanish cultures will be enriched through:
Discussing literary and cultural topics, current events, and personal experiences.
Incorporating culture and other skills learned. Culture will be integrated throughout the year, connected meaningfully to reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
Grammar / AP practice activities (Audio, Written, Reading)
GRADE DISTRIBUTION and GRADING SCALE: Grades will be calculated on a percentage basis. The grade will be based on quizzes, oral presentations, written assignments, participation, classwork, homework, midterm and unit exams.
Quizzes, Oral presentations, and Written Assignments (2)
Participation and classwork
B+ 86%- 89%
Preparing for the AP Exam (HW)
B 82%- 85%
B- 81%- 80%
C+ 76%- 79%
C 72% -75%
C- 71%- 70%
D 65% -69%
F 0% -64%
With regard to homework assignments, students are not allowed to use computer-assisted translation or seek outside help in any form to complete their work. In other words, the writing is to be entirely their own work (words and ideas). If students are using material produced by another person under any circumstances, students must acknowledge it. Any outside help is considered unacceptable collaboration and will be dealt with accordingly.
1. Students must be punctual to class.
2. Students must be prepared with textbook, notebook and pen.
3. Students must complete all homework.
4. Students must participate in class activities.
5. Students must follow teacher instructions.
1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
2. Raise your hand for permission to talk
3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
4. Respect others and their property.
5. Students must refrain from eating or drinking in the classroom
6. Hats are not allowed in the class.
7. THE USE OF CELL PHONES OR IPODS IS PROHIBITED IN CLASS. Items will also be taken away.