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Chairperson: Eduardo MagaƱa

AP Spanish Language and Culture

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is a rigorous course taught exclusively in Spanish that requires students to improve their proficiency across the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational). The course focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles with the goal of providing a rich, diverse learning experience. Students communicate using rich, advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication toward the pre-advanced level.

When communicating, students in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics (connections), make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures (comparisons), and use the target language in real life settings (communities).

Organization:

The course is divided into thematic units, which are further based on recommended contexts and guided by essential questions. Corresponding cultural elements are integrated into the study of the units, and activities are directed with those cultural connections in mind. Discussion of the topics completely in Spanish is a requirement for this course. It is assumed that students have previously been exposed to advanced language structures in the courses leading up to the AP Spanish Language and Culture course; however, review of the mechanics is done within the contextual framework of each unit as needed.

Spanish Level 1 for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed at a basic-intermediate level to introduce students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language grammar (orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), to the richness of Peninsular, Latin American, Caribbean, and Chicano Literature, as well as to the diverse cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and groups in order to successfully communicate in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways. Students acquire this basic knowledge through a balanced implementation of the three modes of communication (presentational, interpretive, interpersonal) to develop their language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) in the Spanish language. The three modes of communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to this course. This course is conducted exclusively in Spanish in order to provide students with an environment conducive to leaning the language, where they are encouraged to use it at all times.

Spanish Level 2 for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed at an intermediate-pre-advanced level to continue with the study of the Spanish language grammar (orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), the richness of Peninsular, Latin American, Caribbean, and Chicano Literature, and the diverse cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and groups to successfully communicate in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways. Students continue to acquire this knowledge through a balanced implementation of the three modes of communication (presentational, interpretive, interpersonal) to further develop their language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) in the Spanish language. The three modes of communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to this course. This course is conducted exclusively in Spanish in order to provide students with an environment conducive to leaning the language, where they are encouraged to use it at all times.

Spanish Level 1 for Non-Heritage Speakers

This course introduces the essentials of the Spanish language grammar and main cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking countries and groups to successfully communicate in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways. Students acquire this basic knowledge through a balanced implementation of the three modes of communication (presentational, interpretive, interpersonal) to develop their language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) in the Spanish language. The three modes of communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to this course. This course is conducted mostly in Spanish in order to provide students with an environment conducive to leaning the language, where they are encouraged to use it at all times.

Spanish Level 2 for Non-Heritage Speakers

This course is a continuation of Spanish I for Non-Heritage Speakers. It continues addressing the essentials of the Spanish language grammar and main cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking countries and groups to successfully communicate in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways. Students acquire this basic knowledge through a balanced implementation of the three modes of communication (presentational, interpretive, interpersonal) to continue to develop their language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) in the Spanish language. The three modes of communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to this course. This course is conducted mostly in Spanish in order to provide students with an environment conducive to leaning the language, where they are encouraged to use it at all times.