AP Spanish Language 3 Course Syllabus Course Overview At this school, students who take the AP Spanish course are typically 12 th grade students who have been taking Spanish since their middle school career, therefore, this course is taught exclusively in Spanish. The expectations for the students are for exclusive use of Spanish as well both in spoken and written communication. The AP Spanish V course is organized thematically, yet still stresses all of the skills necessary to advance their language skills in all areas including listening, reading, writing and speaking; therefore allowing for the integration of those skills in place of teaching them in isolation of one another.
Course Outline The major themes covered throughout the year are: " Educational Systems " University Life " Careers/Professions " Adult Roles & the Cycle of Life " Death For this course, there is no textbook specified and therefore the list of resources is quite extensive to provide a large enough quantity of materials to give the students both authentic and non-authentic materials to support each of the themes and still promote the improvement in all of the major skill areas for an advanced level course. Educational Systems In their quest for knowledge of Educational Systems throughout the Spanish-speaking world, the students will engage in readings from resources such as Vida moderna hispana, Conversación y controversia, Civilización y cultura, Literatura y arte, Encuentros maravillosos, Nuevas vistas, Abriendo paso - lectura, Direct from Spain and the chapters and readings associated with this vocabulary from ... more.
Advanced Placement preparatory materials such as Triángulo and AP Spanish. The students will also have video exercises from an advanced video series called Videomundo and listening activities from resources such as the podcasts from Notes in Spanish and the radio announcements and audio articles from Authentik .
Students have an enriched vocabulary with everything from educationally specific words and phrases to that of the regional phrases from the different countries on which they choose to focus. We utilize Una vez más, Repaso and Abriendo paso 3 gramática as resources to interject grammar appropriate to the themes in which the students are working. Assessments model that of the activities to which the students were exposed in this unit consisting of traditional written exams as well as listening comprehension quizzes with speaking and presentational components.
University Life After having looked at various secondary educational systems, students will begin looking toward their own futures by examining different lifestyles and habits within the university life of students both in the United States and abroad. Thus, they are exposed to another set of thematically appropriate grammatical structures to examine and discuss the future within the context of university life and are given a new bank of vocabulary from which to draw. Utilizing many of the resources mentioned above, students will make predictions, make comparisons and discuss the differences and what they hope to see in their own university experiences.
Careers/Professions As the thematic approach to life continues at this level, students are able to continue reinforcing the previously learned material while adding in new vocabulary and grammatical structures to discuss and predict their lives as adults and research the specific careers or professions that they are considering for their own futures. This gives students the exposure to not only the vocabulary that is highly-specific to their own desired profession, but also to that of all of their classmates. This theme is rich in exposure to vocabulary and grammatical structures and allows for the course to bring in Spanish-speaking community members to not only discuss career options with the students but to conduct mock job interviews.
Students are challenged into maintaining and utilizing different registers in the unit both in the written and spoken form as they are asked to write their own Curriculum Vitae as well as cover letters for the jobs that they would like to hold in the future. They work with and beyond the materials mentioned above by interacting with native speakers of Spanish in both a clecturer/listener d scenario as well as that of both and investigative situation and the formal interview atmosphere. Students touch every skill consistently both in and beyond the classroom throughout this thematic unit of instruction.
The assessments for this unit are not only in a written format covering their reading comprehension and written skills, but also that of their interviews (recorded) held native speakers of which the students were not provided with any advance knowledge of questions so their listening and speaking skills were assessed simultaneously. Adult Roles/The Cycle of Life In this thematic unit, students are provided with reading selections of a different nature. In place of non-fiction resources and a few short stories and student reflections, these students are exposed to short stories, poetry, music, video segments, commercials, podcasts and many other resources showing the different roles of men and women as well as differences in those roles based on their ages and social statuses.
Students are asked to write in various contexts to continue to reinforce the importance of accuracy with register based on their target audience. Students will participate in frequent role-play assessments in which only the general parameters of the situation are given and they are to simulate a discussion between parent and child or husband and wife using the knowledge that they have gained through their exposures in this unit. They must demonstrate their comprehension of the readings and material presented in class as well as the aural understanding of their partner throughout the interaction.
They are asked to utilize grammatical concepts presented such as hypothetical phrases, commands, their desires to see things changed, etc& Death As a natural progression after having studied the cycle of life, students are given a theme that challenges them culturally and academically. Students will once again be exposed to shorts stories, a full-length play, music, poetry, video segments, newspaper articles, magazines articles, artwork, etc& Students will once again be exposed to another significant amount of vocabulary and phrases that accompany this theme and that will be seen and acquired through their listening and reading exercises and reinforced throughout their exercises that are written and spoken. After reading and analyzing a complete work, students will not just identify main ideas, but they will be asked to step into the shoes of the characters and think and respond as if they were really that character.
This forces students to consider register and the roles of the characters. Students participate in an interactive interview with their classmates where once again their listening skills are tested by the questions asked of them by their classmates and they must respond appropriately based on the character that they represent. Beyond this part of the unit, students are exposed to authentic audio activities beyond the resources mentioned previously such as messages from answering machines, commercials, video segments and so on that portray or relate to the theme.
Assessment takes the form of both their oral interviews by their classmates as well as written assignments such as writing obituaries, essays, letters and exams. Course Resources Please note that there are many more sources used throughout the course of one academic year at this level and with the changing society, new authentic materials are constantly presenting themselves. Many of those resources are used to supplement the list below that provides some authentic and some non-authentic resources.
Other things excluded from this list but included in the course are music selections, video segments, native speakers and websites that vary from year to year and are used frequently as they apply to the above mentioned themes. Resources that provide written input " Abriendo paso 3 Lectura 3 Copyright 1995 by José M. Díaz and Stephen J.
Collins " Album 3 Second Edition by Rebecca M. Valette and Joy Renjilian-Burgy " Aventuras literarias 3 Sixth Edition by Jarvis, Lebredo and Mena-Ayllón " Civilización y cultura 3 Intermediate Spanish 3 Seventh Edition by John G. Copeland, Ralph Kite and Lynn A.
Sandstedt " Contrastes 3 An Intermediate Spanish Reader 3 Copyright 1990 by Hilde F. Cramsie and Nitza Lladó-Torres " Conversación y controversia 3 Tópicos de hoy y de siempre 3 Fourth Edition by Nino R. Iorillo, Andrés C.
Díaz and Dennis Hale. " Convocación de palabras 3 Lectura y redacción 3 Copyright 1991 by Angela Labarca and Raquel Halty Pfaff " Direct from Spain 3 Authentic Materials for Reading and Conversation for Advanced-Beginning and Intermediate Students 3 First Edition 3 Copyright 1992 by Sonia Rouve and Ray Symons " Encuentros maravillosos 3 Gramática a través de la literatura 3 Copyright 2005 by Abby Kanter " La dama del alba 3 Second Edition by José R. Rodríguez Richart " Literatura y arte 3 Intermediate Spanish 3 Seventh Edition by John G.
Copeland, Ralph Kite and Lynn A. Sandstedt " Nuevas vistas 3 Copyright 2003 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston " Repase y escriba 3 Curso avanzado de gramática y composición 3 Fourth Edition by María Canteli Dominicis and John J. Reynolds " Vecinos incómodos 3 Uncomfortable Neighbors 3 Copyright 2003 by James V.
Tiffany " Vida moderna hispana 3 Authentic Interviews on Latin American Lifestyles and Culture for Intermediate Students of Spanish 3 Copyright 1992 by James W. Brown Resources that provide grammatical references and exercises " Abriendo paso 3 Gramática 3 Copyright 1995 by José M. Díaz and Stephen J.
Collins " Encuentros maravillosos 3 Gramática a través de la literatura 3 Copyright 2005 by Abby Kanter " Essential Repaso 3 A Complete Review of Spanish Grammar, Communication and Culture 3 Copy 1998 by National Textbook Company " Nuevas vistas 3 Copyright 2003 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston " Repase y escriba 3 Curso avanzado de gramática y composición 3 Fourth Edition by María Canteli Dominicis and John J. Reynolds " Spanish Review Exercises I-II - by George S. Phyllides, M.A.
" Una vez más 3 Second Edition by James H. Couch, Rebecca D. McCann, Carmel Rodríguez-Walter and Angel Rubio-Maroto Resources that provide aural input and exercises " Abriendo paso 3 Lectura 3 Copyright 1995 by José M.
Díaz and Stephen J. Collins " Authentik en español 3 Magazine subscription with accompanying compact disks 3 www.authentik.com " Aventuras literarias 3 Sixth Edition by Jarvis, Lebredo and Mena-Ayllón " Listening Comprehension Skills 3 For Intermediate and Advanced Students 3 Copyright 1995 (2004 printing) by José M. Díaz " Notes in Spanish - Thematic Podcasts found at www.notesinspanish.com " Videomundo 3 Prepared by Mediatheque Publishers Services 3 Holt, Rinehart and Winston Resources that focus on conversational practices " Conversation in Spanish 3 Points of Departure 3 Sixth Edition by Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz and Frank Sedwick " Sólo cinco preguntas 3 Nivel avanzado by Margaret Healy Graham Resources that practice Advanced Placement methods and exercises " AP Spanish 3 How to Prepare for the Advanced Placement Examination 3 Third Edition by Barron 9s Educational Series, Inc.
" AP Spanish 3 Preparing for the Language Examination 3 Second Edition by José M. Díaz, Margarita Leicher-Prieto and Glenn J. Nadelbach.
" Nuevas vistas 3 Copyright 2003 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston " Triángulo 3 Aplicaciones practicas de la lengua española 3 Third Edition by Barbara Gatski and John McMullan