• Course Description: The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strive not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engage students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts.

    The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is structured around six themes:

    • Beauty and Aesthetics
    • Contemporary Life
    • Families and Communities
    • Global Challenges
    • Personal and Public Identities
    • Science and Technology

    Themes facilitate the integration of language, content, and culture and promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts. All students are required to take the AP Spanish Language exam. To record oral Spanish assignments, all students will be assigned a headset with a microphone. Please treat it with respect!

    Text and Materials: AP Spanish, by José M. Díaz, and various authentic materials

    Grading Policy: A percentage is assigned to the two main portions of the course: the unit content which includes grammar, vocabulary, and culture, and exam practice which includes speaking, listening, reading and writing. Assignments, quizzes, and tests are worth a certain amount of points within the percentage category. Use of English and/or incomplete homework will lower the marking period grade.

    Late Work and Make-Up Policy:   Assignments turned in late will automatically be worth half grade. After 5 days of its due date, the student must communicate with the teacher. If you know you will need an extension, please be sure to reach out to me via email before its due date. Students are granted 5 days to make up work for each day of excused absence. For extended absences, please contact me to make arrangements for make-up work.

    Class Participation: Spanish will be used for communication in class. The use of English will result in loss of points from the marking period grade.

    Classroom Expectations: Arrive on time with Chromebook charged. Be ready to work when the bell rings! No food or drink, please.

    Cell phone policy: All cell phones should be placed in the assigned cell phone (silenced) / headset holder as students enter the classroom unless I specifically request that students use them for a project or assignment. Please resist the urge to text during class!

     
    Teacher Availability: I'm usually in C-30 before school and after school until 3. I may also be in F-43 (World Language Office) during the day.

    *****   If school is canceled for any reason (snow, etc.), the first day that we meet again for class, we will continue with our scheduled lessons, tests and quizzes.  For example, if a test is scheduled for Friday, but school is canceled for that Friday, and again canceled for both Monday and Tuesday, the test will be Wednesday.  Be prepared!!!

    ESPAÑOL AP GRADING SYSTEM:

    Assessment of Performance for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd marking periods:

    ***The grading system will mimic the system used on the AP exam. Please be aware that every material assigned in class will be assessed for a grade in an ongoing manner sometimes scheduled.

    Readings = 25% Written message = 12.5%

    Persuasive Essay = 12.5% Oral Cultural Comparison = 12.5%

    Audio + print =12.5% Recorded conversation = 12.5%

     

    ***4th marking period:

    Formal Assessments – All written and oral format                                                                   45%

                * Tests                * Quizzes                  * Projects                     *Presentations

    Speaking and Informal Assessments                                                                                         35%   

                * Group discussions    * Be prepared for class                       *Unannounced quizzes

    Homework/ Participation                                                                                                          20%

     

    ****Missing assignments or unnecessary use of English will result in the loss of points.

     

    Anticipated Units of Study:

     

    Unit Title

    Major Topic

    AP Themes

    Benchmark Assessment

    1) The Importance of Education; a Right for All  

    Education

    Families and Communities

    Global Challenges

    Email Response

    2) The Best School is Travel

    Travel

    Contemporary Life

    Personal and Public Identities

    Science and Technology

    Oral Presentation

    3) Who Were We and Who Are We? Part 1

    Family

    Personal and Public Identities

    Contemporary Life

    Science and Technology

    Families and Communities

    Persuasive Essay

    4) Enjoy Your Meal!

    Food

    Contemporary Life

    Science and Technology

    Family and Communities

    Modified Persuasive Essay

    5) Who Were We and Who Are We? Part 2

    Immigration

    Personal and Public Identities

    Global Challenges

    Contemporary Life

    Publicity Project

    6) Technology: Present and Future

    Technology

    Contemporary Life

    Global Challenges

    Science and Technology

    Personal and Public Identities

    Oral Presentation

    7) If the Walls Could Talk

    Architecture

    Beauty and Aesthetics

    Personal and Public Identities

    Fictional Story

    Ongoing Activity: Selection and Sources Database

    Regional Culture

    Families and Communities

    Global Challenges

    Contemporary Life

    Personal and Public Identities

    Science and Technology

    Beauty and Aesthetics

    Final Report