In this Spanish 4-AP course, students will work on achieving success with developing a strong command of the Spanish language through several activities involving speaking, reading, writing and listening. Class is conducted almost completely in the target language, with the exception of English when explaining advanced grammar. Students will use their knowledge of Spanish to:
- Expand their communicative ability in everyday situations in contexts which require explanations, arguments, inquiries and descriptions.
- Increase and refine their command of Spanish linguistic skills including
accuracy and fluency.
- Comprehend Spanish in a variety of settings and topics.
- Broaden their understanding of cultural perspectives of Spanish-speaking people through the study of history, literature, art, music, and current events.
- Make connections between their learning in the Spanish classroom, other classes, and daily lives.
Students will build on their previous knowledge of Spanish to polish and improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the Spanish language and they will be prepared to communicate in real life situations. The students will be prepared to take the AP Spanish Language Exam on May 7, 2015, with the goal of earning a score of at least a 3.
The students will be required to challenge themselves to use a higher level of Spanish. They will be expected to study the language and use the language on a daily basis through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. They will practice using a variety of contexts taking new risks trying new structures, verb forms and vocabulary to build their communication skills. 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. It is neat to be able to speak a foreign language!
The grading scale for Spanish class will follow the same percentages as stated in the District handbook. Grades will be based on daily work (participation, graded essays / discussions, homework), projects/presentations, quizzes, and tests. The final exam is comprehensive and account for 15% of the final semester grade.
AP 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 will read a wide variety of authentic reading materials ranging from literary texts, to newspaper & magazine articles, as well as on-line publications.
Students will practice speaking in a variety of contexts with accuracy and fluency using appropriate intonation and pronunciation. In addition, each student’s daily speaking in class will be very important since students are expected to communicate in Spanish in real life situations.
Students will record one to two minute responses to several questions and will transcribe what they have said, marking errors that they discover when listening to it. Looking at the AP rubrics, they give themselves a score on their responses and turn in. In transcribing their own responses, the students are able to identify problems that give them a better idea of how to score themselves via the rubrics. Speaking assignments will be recorded using Audacity and uploaded to Moodle.
Students are instructed to speak clearly and loudly into the microphone, not to chew gum while recording, and to avoid background distractions. Some topics will be announced, while others will be impromptu.
All oral assessments are scored using the AP scoring rubric for oral assessments.
Upon completion of the Spanish 4-AP Language course you will be able to say:
- I can have a formal and informal conversation in Spanish
- I can read and understand letters, instructions, e-mails, essay, short stories and poems written in Spanish.
- I can listen and understand lectures, speeches and radio broadcasts in Spanish.