AP Spanish Language and Culture
The Advanced Placement course aims to develop overall fluency in the language. Students will continue to expand and refine their skills with college level coursework. The course prepares students to demonstrate their advanced level of proficiency across three communicative modes: interpersonal (interactive communication), interpretive (receptive communication) and presentational (productive communication). Students will hone their ability to respond to written material, both fiction and non-‐fiction, as well as a variety of multimedia. One of the goals of the course is to prepare students for the AP Language Exam. A student may receive college credit by earning a passing grade on this national exam.
The instructional philosophy of this course includes the integration of the four required language skills that are critical to the successful usage of Spanish: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The general flow of each week’s work comprises of vocabulary, grammar structure, literary analysis, application of passive and active vocabulary, supplementary reading, and finally, writing assignments and tests. Students should be able to achieve the following objectives:
- To continue to develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
- To be able to understand the textbook lessons and supplementary materials and participate in discussions using the Spanish language.
- To be able to use the knowledge gained through course materials to develop critical thinking and writing skills to compose essays in Spanish on given topics.
- To be able to use the Spanish language to communicate effectively both in the school setting and in real-life situations.
- To be able to use Spanish as they seek clarifications through the use of communication and language learning strategies that are running elements of the course.
- To be able to carry on a conversation or a discussion with other students in class.