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AP Spanish Language Course Syllabus

Pinecrest Preparatory Middle-High School 2011-2012

Mrs. Lemus
Course Description:

AP Spanish Language is a course intended for students who wish to achieve full mastery of all aspects of the Spanish Language: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course is conducted completely in Spanish. Students are expected to converse which other as well as myself in Spanish. Throughout the course extensive writings of varying lengths will be done. Positively encourage students as they refine their skills. Also, prepare students for the AP Spanish Language Examination where they will be expected to speak and writing using the Spanish they know. Attendance and active participation are vital components in this course.

Contact Information:

1- E-mail:

2- Parent-Teacher Conference: by appointment only.

3- Phone Number: 305-559-8583


- Successful completion of previous Spanish courses (final grade of A or B).

- Students must be willing to make the commitment to work hard in this challenging course.

- The students who take this course are required by school AP course requirements to sit the AP Spanish Language Examination at the end of the course.

Course Objectives:

• Providing opportunities for students to expand their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

• Comprehensively understanding spoken Spanish (formal and informal).

• Understanding overall structure of the written language and its rules-allowing for the full grasp of modern literature in Spanish.

• Composing expository and original passages (formal and informal).

• Expressing ideas orally in a fluent and accurate manner.

• To further acquire knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through of language, culture, geography, history, and literature.
Course Outline:

Students prepare for the AP Spanish Language Exam by studying variety instructional materials. The main book selected to teach the course “Abriendo Paso: Lectura” provide an excellent selection of literature works, poetry, newspaper articles, Web sites, and magazines. The course is also supplemented with the corresponding grammar book “Abriendo Paso: Gramática”, and with the practice workbook “AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination”. Instructional materials include a variety of authentic audio and/or video recordings that develop student’s abilities. The teacher uses the internet to get international audio clips, view interviews, and new broadcasts. Movies in Spanish about the Spanish-speaking world are shown to the class.

“Abriendo Paso: Lectura”

This book is designed for high school students in Level IV or higher, appropriate for students preparing for an AP Spanish Language Exam. It contains a selection of stories writers from Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Also, I selected some readings of different authors, writing styles, vocabulary, and themes. These readings can help the students to exercise their critical thinking. The reading is complemented with activities about skill areas: writing, speaking, and listening.

“Abriendo Paso: Gramática”

This is an independent grammar book that emphasizes conversation. It is a companion text to “Abriendo Paso: Lectura”

“AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination”

This book contains similar activities to real AP Spanish Language problems. This third edition has adopted its contents to the changes that have occurred to the exam from previous years.

Unit Name or Timeframe:

1st Quarter

Week 1: -Overview of exam format; course goals. - Diagnostic test. -Syllabus.-Introducing scoring rubrics.

Week 2: -Capítulo 1. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “El décimo”, Emilia Pardo Bazan.

-Useful idiomatic expressions/Review verbs that take a preposition. (Song activity)

-Authentic Listening Assignment at Home (ALAH) is due.

Week 3: Capítulo 2. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Rosa”, Angel Balzarino. (vocabulary review)

(Song activity) - Simulated phone conversation. ALAH is due.

Week 4: Capítulo 3. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Un oso y un amor”, Sabine R. Ulibarri. (Writing assignment)/Write an introductory paragraph essay expressing the opinion about the theme of reading.

Week 5: Capítulo 4. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Continuidad de los parques”, Julio Cortazar. (Reading-comprehension)/ Multiple Choice questions. Abriendo Paso: Gramática Unidades 1, 2, 3.

Week 6: Capítulo 5. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Cajas de Carton”, Francisco Jimenez. (Vocabulary) – Using idiomatic expressions with verbs. (Listening-comprehension)/Multiple choice questions. Write a three paragraph essay: “Inmigrantes”

Week 7: AP Spanish Preparing for the Language Examination. Third Edition

Unit I. Part A. Dialogues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Week 8: AP Spanish Preparing for the Language Examination. Third Edition

Unit I. Part B. Dialogues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Week 9: (Formal writing assessment)/ The students will select one of the stories read in class during the last weeks and write an essay describing the facts and their personal opinions about the story. Abriendo Paso: Gramática. Unidad 6 - Paso 7

-Home learning: (Writing/ e-mails, notes, letters using articles from online newspapers and audio sources)

-Quarterly Project Presentation: “Cuéntame tu historia”. Students tell a short story about themselves or their family in front of the class. The story has to have a moral.
2nd Quarter

Week 1: -Capítulo 9. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “El árbol de oro”, Ana María Matute. (Writing activity)/Students write an article discussing the flaws or merits of the story. Use the Venn diagram to group the ideas. Abriendo Paso: Gramática”. Unit 1.

Week 2: -Capítulo 11. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “La viuda de Montiel”, Gabriel García Márquez. (Writing assignment)/3 paragraph essay. (Listening)/Listen a selection about movie. Choose the best answer. Abriendo Paso: Gramática. Paso 10.

Week 3: Review idiomatic expressions/verbs that take a preposition/ deceptive words/ important verbs with more than one translation. (Song activity)

Week 4: -Capítulo 12. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Cartas de amor traicionado”, Isabel Allende. (Reading-Comprehension)/Answer multiple Choice questions. Abriendo Paso: Gramática. Unidades 5, 6.

Week 5: -Capítulo 13. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Emma Zuns”, Jorge Luis Borges. (Speaking)/Simulate an interview to discuss the action of the story. (Writing)/4 paragraph essay-conclusion.

Week 6: AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination-Third Edition. Unit I. Part A. Dialogues 1, 2, 3, 4.

Week 7: AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination-Third Edition. Unit I. Part B. Dialogues 1, 2, 3, 4.

Week 8: Review problem areas in writing and grammar. Prepare for Midterm Exam.

Week 9: Midterm Exam uses same format and sections as AP Exam.

-Home learning: (Writing/ e-mails, notes, letters using articles from online newspapers and audio sources)

-Quarterly Project Presentation: “Pintores hispanos”. Students are not only required to present orally in front of the class but must also create a power point presentation detailing the painter’s life, style and other information to understanding of the art. They are required to select one work of art and explain why they have chosen this specific piece - PowerPoint presentation.

3rd Quarter:

Week 1: -Capítulo 17. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Proverbios y Cantares XXIX”, Antonio Machado. (Song activity) Abriendo Paso: Gramática Unidad 3. AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination-Third Edition. Unit I. Part C. Dialogue 1

Week 2: -Capítulo 18. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Despedida”, Federico Garcia Lorca (writing)

Write a short paragraph expressing the opinión on the topic of the tone of poem. Abriendo Paso: Gramática. Unidad 3. AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination - Third Edition. Unit I. Part C. Dialogue 2

Week 3: -Capítulo 20. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Selecciones de Versos Sencillos”, José Martí (listening/writing) Fill-in practice. . Abriendo Paso: Gramática Unidad 3. AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination Third Edition Narrative 1

Week 4: -Capítulo 23. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “La fiesta de San Fermín”, Carmen Roman (vocabulary)/Review expressions used to expressions used to express ideas. (Writing)/5 paragraph essay-at least 200 words. Express the opinion about the San Fermín Celebration.(negatives or positives aspects). AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination Third Edition Unit II Section 1, 2, 3

Week 5: -Capítulo 26. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “Los indios kunas”, Cesar A. Yunsan M. (comprehension)/Complete a Graphics organizar using simple words or expressions. Abriendo Paso: Gramática Unidad 2 Paso 6. AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination Third Edition Unit II Section 4, 5, 6

Week 6: -Capítulo 27. Libro Abriendo Paso: Lectura – “El delantal Blanco”, Sergio Vodanovic’ (play) (comprehension)/answer multiple choice questions. Abriendo Paso: Gramática. Unidades 1, 4, 5

Week 7: Formal Writing Part A. Abriendo Paso: Lectura. Formal Writing 1

Week 8: Formal Oral Presentation Part B Abriendo Paso: Lectura. Formal Oral Presentation 1

Week 9: formal Writing (assessment)/Read the article from “Ecos” magazine and write an essay answering the following question: ¿Por qué es importante hacer accesible el uso de los ordenadores o las computadoras en todos los rincones del mundo?

-Home learning: (Writing/ e-mails, notes, letters using articles from online newspapers and audio sources)

-Quarterly Project Presentation: “Arquitectura del mundo hispano”; reflection of the world view and aesthetic values of each historical period. Students present information about an interesting building, the purpose of it, etc. For examples: Las ruinas de Machu Picchu. PowerPoint Presentation
4th Quarter:

Week 1: Formal oral presentations: Students will have 6 minutes to read printed articles. Afterward, they will hear a radio report and should take notes. Then, students will have two minutes to plan and make their presentation to the class.

-Next weeks before AP Exam: Intense practice examination:

AP Spanish Preparing for the Language Examination Third Edition/ Units II, III, and IV

-Home learning: (Writing/ e-mails, notes, letters using articles from online newspapers and audio sources)

-Weeks after AP Exam: Last quarterly project: “Escritores hispanos”. Students have to select a writer from the AP Spanish Literature reading list and research about his/her life. Also, they have to read and analyze a literary text (short stories)

-Write a project on this that includes an essay explaining themes, paraphrasing authentic texts, and expressing their personal opinion about it.
Content and/or Skills Taught:

-On the first week of class, the students receive an AP Spanish contract that must be signed by student. This contract states that Spanish is the language communication in the classroom and it will be used by the teacher and students at all times.

-Four Language Skills/Authentic Materials:

Students have frequent opportunities to integrate the four language skills on a regular basis. The format and informal speaking practice requires the ability to listen conversation, audio sources, and read about what is expected as response, and then to continue the conversation. The formal and informal writing require listening and reading skills in order to incorporate the given sources into the composition. Students read stories from Abriendo Paso: Lectura each week, answer comprehension questions and listen to the audio practice for additional listening comprehension at the end of the story. Students also practice for the listening portion of the exam in class which requires being able to listen for important details and take notes. Besides these activities, the students develop other activities like (ALAH) assignment, to song activity, the in-class authentic clip/program from Spanish language television, and the 4 quarterly presentation projects, all assure that the students have the opportunity to use all four language skills. In addition, the Spanish Club activities provide additional settings to integrate the four language skills.

Text Books: Other Course Materials:

*Prentice Hall; José M. Díaz, María Nadel, Stephen J. Collins. Abriendo Paso: Gramática (selected texts and activities)

*Prentice Hall; José M. Díaz, María Nadel, Stephen J. Collins. Abriendo Paso: Lectura (select stories and activities)

*Prentice Hall; José M. Díaz, Margarita Leicher Prieto, Gilda Nissenberg: AP Spanish-Preparing for the Language Examination.

Web-site Resources:
Grading Policy: Required Materials:

• Student Evaluation:

- The student evaluations are constant and varied. They are based on the evaluation of the student’s progress in the class and their overall progressive improvements. Evaluations take the form of quizzes/tests, participation assessments, projects and practice AP exams. All assignments that are assessed with the AP Spanish rubrics are converted into a numerical percentage that counts as either a quiz or test grade. Tests/Projects/Compositions/Speaking Tapes: 60 %

- Quizzes/Informal Writing/Reading and Listening Comprehension: 30 %

- Homework/Participation: 10 %
Student’s responsibility:

- If a student is absent for any reason, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire about missed work and assignments.

Required Materials:

(Must be brought to class daily unless the instructor announces otherwise)

• 4 file folders

• A composition book or notebook or folder with line papers for the notes in class.

• Pens (not use pencils in my AP Spanish Class)

• Line papers for assignments

• Different colored pencils for correcting

• Spanish/English dictionary if the students need it. 

Class Requirements:

-Students are requires to bring all items in the material’s list to class.

-All assignments have to be finished during class time.

-If the student is absent, he/she will have until the next class session to turn in or complete the assignment.

-Homework will be assigned on a daily basis and is due on its designed due day or will be a zero.

-All homework, quizzes and test will be announced (verbally, posted on board, and on school website)

Academic Dishonesty

Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in one of the following areas:

1. Cheating- use or attempted use of information or study aids during testing.

2. Fabrication- falsification or invention of any information.

3. Assisting- helping another student commit an act of academic dishonesty.

4. Tampering- altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents.

5. Plagiarism- representing the words or ideas of another person as one’s own.

Note for Parents:
It is my goal that all my students be successful in my class. I will assist your child in any way that I can. However, I alone cannot assure success. Please encourage your child in assuming responsibility for his/her learning. Please urge your child to study every night and check to make sure that their homework is completed. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Mrs. Lemus

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