Course Information Spanish 4AP
Spanish 4 AP
The AP Spanish language course is equivalent to a third year college course in Advanced Spanish language skills. This course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish using authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world such as short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, audio and video from a variety of websites, short films and excerpts from feature films and documentaries. Students will learn to analyze a wide diversity of authentic materials drawn from many different countries. Students develop their writing, listening, reading and speaking skills across the three communicative modes; Interpersonal (interactive communication), Interpretive (receptive communication), and Presentational (productive communication). Over the course of the year students will sharpen their language skills as they:
· express themselves in Spanish on a wide variety of topics by presenting, discussing, inquiring, and describing with accuracy and fluency.
· demonstrate understanding of authentic dialogues, lectures, newscasts, oral presentations, and other authentic sources of spoken Spanish.
· analyze viewpoints from multiple authentic sources in order to create their own original response
· write formal and informal compositions in a wide variety of formats with appropriate grammatical structure, expanded use of vocabulary and proper register to distinguish between audiences.
· become familiar with regional variations in the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries
The following texts are used as core materials and grammar reference.
· Temas (Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning, Inc., 2014)
· Abriendo Paso: Gramática (Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., 2012)
· Abriendo Paso: Lectura (Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., 2012)
· Triángulo Aprobado (Sandwich, MA: Wayside Publishing, 2013)
Units of Study
Each unit of study corresponds with one of the 6 themes of the Spanish AP Language and Culture exam: Families and Communities, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary Life, Global Challenges, and Personal and Public Identities. Since the AP Spanish themes are so broad, each theme contains 6 subthemes or contexts. Each theme will be studied over 12 class periods (4 – 5 weeks) with each context being covered for 2 class periods. After the study of contexts one and two for each theme, there is a quiz, which counts as a major grade. After the study of contexts three and four, there is a second quiz for that theme, which also counts as a major grade. There is a major test at the end of each theme that is given double the weight of the quizzes, so there is a total of 3 assessments per theme. Our study of the 6 themes will finish approximately 2 weeks prior to the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, which is Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. The test will be administered here at EVHS in one of our computer labs. The last 2 weeks before the exam will be devoted to test preparation in the computer lab.
Each unit of study follows a predictable pattern. The theme is introduced with three essential questions and a brainstorming session that orients discussion. Substantial vocabulary is presented throughout the unit to develop communicative competence in the four language skills. The vocabulary comes from the texts and audio files used in class; all vocabulary is thoroughly contextualized. Throughout each unit of study special emphasis is given to recognize distinct cultural perspectives of Spanish-speaking peoples.
Chronological list of units of study
Theme & Essential Questions
Subthemes or Contexts
1. Families & Communities
1) How does one define family in different societies?
2) How do individuals contribute to the well-being of communities?
3) What are the differences in the roles that communities and families assume in the different societies of the world?
Context 1: Educational Communities
Context 2: Social Networks
Context 3: Human Geography
Context 4: Traditions and Values
Context 5: Global Citizenship
Context 6: Structure of the Family
2. Science & Technology
1) What is the impact of scientific and technological development in our lives?
2) What factors have driven the development and innovation in science and technology?
3) What role do ethics play in scientific advancements?
Context 1: Technology, Individual and Society
Context 2: Healthcare and Medicine
Context 3: Science and Ethics
Context 4: Natural Phenomena
Context 5: Access to Technology
Context 6: Technological Innovations
3. Beauty & Aesthetics
1) How are perceptions of beauty and creativity established?
2) How do ideals of beauty and aesthetics influence daily life?
3) How do the arts challenge and reflect cultural perspectives?
Context 1: Definitions of Beauty
Context 2: Fashion and Design
Context 3: Language and Literature
Context 4:Visual and Performing Arts
Context 5: Architecture
Context 6: Definitions of Creativity
4. Contemporary Life
1) How do individuals and societies define their own quality of life?
2) How do a people’s cultural products, practices, and perspectives influence contemporary life?
3) What are the challenges of contemporary life?
Context 1: Education and Professional Careers
Context 2: Entertainment and Relaxation
Context 3: Travel and Pastimes
Context 4: Personal Relationships
Context 5: Lifestyles
Context 6: Traditions and Social Values
5. Global Challenges
1) What social, political, and environmental challenges do global societies face?
2) What are the origins of those challenges?
3) What are some possible solutions to these challenges?
Context 1: Economic Issues
Context 2: Environmental Issues
Context 3: Population and Demographics
Context 4: Social Well-Being
Context 5: Philosophical Thought and Religion
Context 6: Social Consciousness
6. Personal & Public Identities
1) How does one express different aspects of his identity in different situations?
2) How do language and culture influence a person’s identity?
3) How does a person’s identity develop over time?
Context 1: Alienation and Assimilation
Context 2: Self-Esteem
Context 3: National Identity and Ethnic Identity
Context 4: Personal Interests
Context 5: Personal Beliefs
Context 6: Heroes and Historical Characters
70% Tests/quizzes/projects 40% 1st 9 Week Avg. 40% 3rd 9 Week Avg. 50% 1st Semester Avg.
30% Daily work/homework 40% 2nd 9 Week Avg. 40% 4th 9 Week Avg. 50% 2nd Semester Avg.
100% 9 Week Avg. 20% Semester Exam 20% Semester Exam 100% Yearly Average
100% 1st Semester Avg. 100% 2nd Semester Avg.
*If a student takes the AP exam, the student is automatically exempt from taking the 2nd semester final exam and it does NOT count toward their chosen exemptions of final exams.
AP Exam: Every student is HIGHLY encouraged to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam on Wednesday, May 2019, as this course is designed to prepare the students for success on the exam!