This is an advanced Spanish language course comparable to that of a third year college course which focuses on attaining and performing at an advanced level in the areas of listening comprehension, reading, writing and speaking in the target language. To achieve this advanced level both the teacher and the students will be required to use Spanish almost exclusively during the entirety of this course.
In order to attain an advanced level in the target language, this course will present a variety of authentic sources that will help build up each student’s fluency in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
During this course students will be exposed to a large amount of different authentic listening sources including but not limited to: Music in Spanish from artists from different Spanish speaking countries, i.e.… Juanes (Colombia), Maná (México), Frank Reyes and Joe Veras (República Dominicana) and more. Students will also watch episodes from a PBS series called “An American Family” about an immigrant Spanish speaking family in the United States. There will also on occasion be Native Spanish speaking guests to present to the students about their countries, and different cultural products and practices. These among other listening activities will give students the opportunity to improve their listening comprehension skills while also allowing them to ask and answer questions to assess their understanding and build their conversational and critical thinking skills.
Students will read from a variety of informal and formal sources to help build their reading skills, comprehension, vocabulary and grammar in the target language. Sources include but are not limited to the textbook Abriendo Paso: Lectura, which includes short stories, narrations, poetry, essays and other authentic literary works. Websites such as telemundo.com, tweentribune.com and quia.com will be used to allow students to keep on and summarize current events in Spanish speaking countries, and practice using their language with at level practices and games. Other authentic reading materials include Spanish newspapers like “El Estandar” which is a local community newspaper, and other research topics and outside readings assigned in class.
Students will be assigned formal and informal writing assignments as part of their daily routine in this course. These assignments will help students improve their writing abilities, use of rich vocabulary in context, grammar and critical thinking skills over a large variety of topics. Students will keep an informal free write journal in class which they will use to write entries both from prompts in class, and other sources. Formal argumentative and persuasive writing assignments will be assigned and reviewed in class by peers every three weeks. Other in class writing assignments will be given on a regular basis in class to allow students the opportunity to practice for the written/essay section of the AP Spanish Language Examination and improve their writing fluency in the language. Some essay or writing assignment topics will be taken from AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language Examination, while other will be chosen from current event articles or class discussions.
Students will have regular opportunities to respond to conversational prompts such as question and answer sessions, one-on-one interviews, class discussions and individual, paired and group oral presentations each quarter. Students will be called on at random using name cards, to answer questions or participate in class discussions stating their opinions, ideas and/or facts that help support their statements to improve their speaking ability and fluency in the target language and to interact using interpersonal language skills to show accurate structure, syntax, vocabulary, intonation and pronunciation.
As Students strive to attain fluency in Spanish in these four different areas they will see that they can and must combine them in order to be fluent in the language. Class discussions, readings, videos and other prompts will be used to guide writing assignments. Writing assignments may be read and discussed orally in class etc. These are just a few examples of the way these language skills will be used together to help students be prepared for the AP Spanish exam as well as being able to use the Spanish language in their daily lives.
While participating in class discussions and assignments students will also be learning new and rich vocabulary words, a large number of grammatical concepts and practices, perspectives and products of Hispanic cultures. They will hear different regional dialects and accents of Spanish from different countries as well as participate in some of the different traditions that are enjoyed there. These things will help students to be more well-rounded Spanish speakers, students and individuals in their school and community.
As stated, a large number of authentic sources will be used to helps students to attain this advanced level of fluency in the Spanish language.
Diaz, J., Nadel, M., Collins, S. (2007) Abriendo Paso: Lectura. Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall: Boston
Diaz, J., Nadel, M., Collins, S. (2007) Abriendo Paso: Gramática. Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall: Boston
Diaz, J. (2007) AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language Examination (3rd edition), Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall: Boston
Quia Website, http://www.quia.com
Telemundo website, http://telemundo.com
Tween Tribune Website, http://tweentribune.com
BBC Mundo.com, http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/news/