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AP Spanish Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum, drawing from the Curriculum Framework
  • Develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and integrate "authentic materials" into language instruction
  • Implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP exam
  • Develop or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements

Workshop materials

Each participant will receive a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Spanish Language and Culture and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture Practice Exam
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)

Curriculum Module: El arte – ventana y espejo

The Spanish Language and Culture curriculum framework envisions culture as the heart of the course, as students use authentic materials to observe and analyze the products, practices and perspectives of Spanish speakers around the world. This curriculum module guides students and teachers to look at art as a means to discover answers to essential questions about the relationship between art, identity, and culture. Students and teachers will use authentic visual, audio, audiovisual, and written materials to analyze cultural products, practices and perspectives. The learning outcomes for students include the ability to apply the habits of mind developed while analyzing these authentic materials, rather than simply list facts about the particular artists and works.

  • Lesson 1: El arte como ventana
  • Lesson 2: El arte como espejo
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.