Spanish 4-AP

COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Description

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.

 

Goals

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.

 

Expectations

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!

 

Grading

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

READING

Students will read a wide variety of authentic reading materials ranging from literary texts, to newspaper & magazine articles, as well as on-line publications.

  • Several online resources: 
  • www.elmundo.es
  • www.bbc.co.uk/mundo
  • www.nacion.com
  • www.thepaperboy.com
  • www.peoplemagazine.com

     

    WRITING

    Students will write essays, compositions, or informal texts that will be evaluated and assigned a preliminary rubric grade.

    • Journal writing:  write on selected topics
    • E-mails / letters
    • 100/200 word compositions
    • Poems / Creative writing
    • Short paragraphs

       

      Compositions are assigned each Friday and due on the following Monday. Students must write in black or blue ink, skipping every other line. If they make a mistake, they should cross through it, and write above the mistake what they intended to say.  Each entry must contain a title and a date. Students should also keep a running word total at the end of each line.  Spanish 4 students will turn in a composition of at least 100 words and may use sources for grammar and vocabulary.  AP Spanish students will turn in a composition of at least 200 words and may not use any extra outside resources for grammar and vocabulary.  Also, AP students should write their compositions within 45 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for proofreading. Compositions will be returned to all students on Tuesday to be corrected and turned in on Friday. 

       

      All of the writing is scored using AP scoring guidelines.

       

       

      LISTENING

      Students listen to a variety of audio selections to become familiarized with general differences and variations in accent and register of heritage Spanish-speakers in both formal and informal circumstances.

 

SPEAKING

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.