FLS6150T: APSpLa+ (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: AP Spanish Lang+
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV
About the Program:
AP© Spanish Language and Culture is an advanced study of language and culture. Instructional materials, activities, assignments, and assessments are comparable to a third-year college course. The materials include a variety of authentic literary and listening texts as well as audiovisual materials, which support the various topics taught throughout the year. This course is designed for students who wish to develop strong proficiency in the language by incorporating activities that focus on interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication. Students who enroll should possess a relatively sophisticated knowledge of Spanish through prior sequence of study or equivalent experience.
This course is comprised of modules which address various aspects of the six themes on the AP© exam: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. Each unit also contains a review of pertinent grammatical structures with exercises and contextualized activities for student practice.
Students demonstrate growing independence as readers or listeners, and comprehend what they read and hear without relying as much on formally learned vocabulary. They move beyond literal comprehension toward more critical and abstract reading and listening. Students use the language increasingly more appropriately and with confidence. They communicate with a high degree of facility when making oral and written presentations about familiar and well-researched topics. Students use culturally appropriate vocabulary and idioms, demonstrating a higher awareness of cultural perspectives and practices. When addressing literature students show they are developing an awareness of tone, style, and author perspective. Students demonstrate some notable fluency and may often be understood by natives not used to dealing with foreigners.
At the core of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course are six groups of learning objectives identifying what students should know and be able to do across the three modes of communication:
- The student engages in spoken interpersonal communications.
- The student engages in written interpersonal communications.
- The student synthesizes information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources.
- The student synthesizes information from a variety of authentic written and print resources.
- The student plans, produces, and presents spoken presentational communications.
- The student plans and produces written presentational communications.
The degree to which student performance meets the learning objectives in each area is articulated in the achievement level descriptions, which clearly define how well students at each level perform.
When communicating, students in the AP French Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics, make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures, and use the target language in real-life settings.
- I. Science and Technology-Social impact of technology
- II. Global Challenges-Health issues
- III. Contemporary Life-How education affects career choices
Semester 1 Midterm Review and Test
- IV. Beauty and Aesthetics-Architecture
- V. Families and Communities
- VI. Contemporary Life-Leisure and pastimes
Semester 1 Final Review and Test
- VII. Contemporary Life – Rites of passage
- VIII. Contemporary Life – Advertising and marketing
- IX. Global Challenges – Environmental issues
Semester 2 Midterm Review and Test
- X. Global Challenges – Peace and global Conflict
AP Test Practice Week Project Unit Semester 2 Final Review and Test
There is no textbook required for this course. All instructional content is available online within the course.
For reference purposes:
Text: Nuevas Vistas: Curso Uno, Publisher: Harcourt International (Houghton-Mifflin as of Jan. 2007). ISBN #H943310
Recording software provided through local school, Internet Access, Headset, Microphone, Spanish-English Dictionary.
Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam