2017-2018 AP Spanish Language and Culture - Course Syllabus

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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