2017-2018 AP Spanish Language and Culture - Course Syllabus
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AP Spanish Language and Culture – Course Syllabus 2017-2018 Sra. Lowery Course Overview Spanish AP is an advanced course in which students engage in a rigorous and fast- paced study of Spanish. It is designed to reflect a third-year college level Spanish language course. The course will be conducted completely in Spanish. The cultural themes to be studied are: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes will serve as a base for vocabulary and grammatical study as well as communicative practice. An emphasis will be put on the communicative aspect of all three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. This course also provides intensive preparation for the AP Spanish Language Exam, which the students may choose to take at the end of the year. Objectives Students will use only Spanish to communicate in the classroom. Students will increase their active and receptive vocabularies. Students will increase their knowledge and application of grammatical and syntactical structures. Students will increase their ability to read, comprehend, interpret and react to a variety of authentic written texts, including literature (prose, poetry and drama), magazine articles, and newspaper articles. Students will increase their ability to listen to, comprehend, interpret and react to authentic audio and video selections and spoken language in a variety of settings, dialects and discourses. Students will increase their accuracy of the production of formal and informal written language in presentational and interpersonal modes. Students will increase their accuracy of the production of formal and informal spoken language in presentational and interpersonal modes. Students will increase their ability to produce spoken and/or written language based on their understanding and interpretation of authentic audio, video and written sources.
Students will increase their ability to make cultural inferences based on authentic audio and print resources. Students will increase their knowledge of the Spanish language and of the various cultures where it is spoken and make comparisons to their own language and culture Students will apply their study of Spanish to their life outside the classroom. Interpretive Communication - Reading Reading is paramount to the success of the AP Spanish Language course. It is used as the base for many other activities such as vocabulary acquisition, grammar study, writing topics, speaking activities, and related listening activities. Students will be expected to read on a daily basis. They will read and study authentic reading selections taken from literature (prose, poetry, drama), magazine articles, newspaper articles, Internet websites as well as other authentic selections such as pamphlets and advertisements. A variety of topics will be covered in the many reading selections. Students will be expected to comprehend readings as well as make cultural references and write and speak about them, in an effort to continually integrate the four skills. Interpretive Communication - Listening Students will do a variety of listening activities on a daily basis. In addition to hearing the teacher and fellow classmates speak in Spanish, students will hear a variety of authentic audio selections and see a variety of authentic video selections. These audio and video selections will represent a variety of dialects, discourses and cultural situations. Students will be expected to comprehend the audio/video selections as well as make cultural inferences and write and speak about them, in an effort to continually integrate the four skills. Listening activities will include such activities as literary readings, dialogues, narratives, interviews, songs, radio programs, radio announcements, podcasts, movie clips, and commercials.
Interpretive Communication – Print/Visual Sources Students will interpret a variety of print or visual sources such as graphs, maps, advertisements, and photographs and apply the information to their cultural knowledge. These sources will be used as a base for speaking and/or writing. Interpersonal and Presentational Communication - Writing Students will do a variety of writing tasks on a daily basis. They will write such things as conversations/dialogues, reactions to stories, personal opinions, summaries, reviews, critiques, messages, e-mails, blogging, formal and informal letters, journal entries, poems, stories and essays. Writing activities will be integrated with reading, listening and speaking activities. Often times work will be returned and students will be required to make corrections in an effort to help the students become more accurate in their production of Spanish. Interpersonal and Presentational Communication - Speaking Students will do a variety of informal speaking activities on a daily basis. These activities will be both presentational and interpersonal. Most speaking activities will be related to a prior reading and/or listening selection(s) in an effort to continually integrate the four skills. Speaking activities will include, but are not limited to, conversations, monologues, short informal speeches, interviews, role playing, reenactments, debates, dramatizations, describing pictures, retelling of a story, summarizing a reading, and storytelling. Grammar Students should enter the Spanish AP course with a good grammatical foundation. Previously studied grammar topics will be reviewed quickly. Students must take the initiative to further study independently any topics they deem personal week points. Advanced structures and expansion of basic structures will be presented, modeled, practiced and quizzed throughout the course. The grammatical focus in this class will be on the application of grammatical and syntactical structures in the production (writing and speaking) of the language.
Vocabulary Vocabulary study will stem from the cultural themes and the reading and listening selections used to cover those themes. Vocabulary practice and quizzes will be given. Students are expected to use the relevant vocabulary when speaking or writing about a given topic and/or source. Students must also focus on figuring out the meaning of words through context clues. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that students keep up with the required reading in an effort to increase their receptive and active vocabularies. Integration of Skills Most activities will be composed of a combination of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities. Students will draw on a combination of these skills to the produce the Spanish language. This integration of activities makes it necessary that students come to class having well-prepared and/or well-rehearsed all assignments. Authentic Resources The use of authentic sources is vital for the preparation of the AP Spanish Language Exam. These sources will represent a variety of settings, discourses, registers, cultural settings, and styles. Technology We will attend the language lab once a week as scheduled by the department. We will attend more frequently when necessary and possible. In the lab we will focus on speaking and listening activities. We will also utilize the Internet to access authentic web sites. During the course of the year students might need to employ the use of technology outside the classroom in order to do or prepare for certain activities. Examples of technology are a computer (Word, Power Point) a recording device (for tape or CD), movie camera, DVD player and video cassette player. All of these resources are available at the school for student use. Any student in need of any of these technological resources can and must make arrangements with the teacher to use the school resources before school, after school or during lunch hour study halls.
Student Assessment Students are assessed either formally or informally on all work that they do for class. Their grade is comprised of several different categories, which are weighted according to department and school guidelines. A variety of assessments will be used including, use of Spanish in class, class participation, class activities, daily homework, informal writings, formal writings, daily listening activities, daily reading activities, daily speaking activities, formal oral presentations, projects, quizzes, tests, AP exam preparation, and semester exam. AP Test Preparation The purpose of this class is to prepare for success on the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Therefore, we will begin test prep activities early and continue throughout the year. These activities will reflect the exam format: interpretive reading /multiple choice, interpretive listening/multiple choice, interpretive reading and listening/multiple choice, interpersonal writing/e-mail correspondence, interpersonal speaking/conversations, presentational writing/essay, and presentational speaking/presentation of a cultural comparison. Grading 10% Practice 70% Assessments 20% Final Exam Units of Study First semester 1. Las identidades personales y públicas 2. La vida contemporánea 3. La cienca y la tecnología Second semester 4. La belleza y la estética 5. Las familias y las comunidades 6. Los desafíos mundiales
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