AP Lenguaje y Cultura
Textbooks and Materials: Temas (P. Draggett) and AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam Preparation (J.Frisancho), Vista Higher Learning
Supersite to access online materials for both Temas and the worktext for AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam Preparation Excellent Course Overview from the College Board
Notes regarding extra materials and sources:
Students are expected to visit the AP Spanish AP Central site to explore the site and learn more about the course, view past exam questions, and become more familiar with the AP Spanish Language Course and Exam in general: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/exam/exam_information/4554.html
Students are expected to visit sites for authentic oral and visual Spanish texts, using the handout provided.
Students are required to have a sturdy binder with 8-10 dividers, post-it notes, a colored pen, pencils, and access to a high quality Spanish dictionary, either online such as wordreference.com, or paper.
Students will build on their previous knowledge of Spanish to polish and improve their skills in the six major learning objective skill areas:
- Spoken Interpersonal Communication
- Written Interpersonal Communication
- Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication
- Written and Print Interpretive Communication
- Spoken Presentational Communication
- Written Presentational Communication
They will be prepared to take the AP Spanish Language Exam on May 3rd, with the goal of earning a score of 3, 4, or 5.
Students will be required to “raise the bar” to challenge themselves to use a higher register of Spanish. They will be expected to study the language regularly and keep up with grammar and structure homework. Students will also write essays, compositions, or informal texts that will be evaluated and assigned a preliminary rubric grade. Once the students correct their errors and return them to me with the original, I will then grade them for credit with a new rubric score for an actual grade. Students will also practice speaking in a variety of contexts, sometimes digitally recording their voices for teacher review and feedback. I listen to their recordings, and offer substantive comments for improvement of oral communication skills. In addition, each student’s daily speaking in class will be very important since students are expected to communicate in Spanish routinely. They should take risks with the language as they do so, trying to use new structures, verb forms, and vocabulary to build their communication skills. Everything required of the students is to help them to reach the learning goals. The work is challenging, but manageable and rewarding, as students recognize the progress that they are making in Spanish communication and feel pride in their accomplishments.
THE NEW AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE EXAM FORMAT
|Section||Number of Questions||Percent of Final Score||Time|
|Section I: Multiple Choice||Approx. 95 minutes|
|Part A||Interpretive Communication: Print Texts||30 questions||50%||Approx. 40 minutes|
|Part B||Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)||35 questions||Approx. 55 minutes|
|Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts|
|Section II: Free Response||Approx. 85 minutes|
|Interpersonal Writing: Email Rely||1 prompt||12.5%||15 minutes|
|Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay||1 prompt||12.5%||Approx. 55 minutes|
|Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation||5 prompts||12.5%||20 seconds for each response|
|Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison||1 prompt||12.5%||2 minutes to respond|