AP® Spanish Language and Culture

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AP® Spanish Language and Culture

Syllabus 2014-2015

Ms. E. Hatter


713-942-1441 (office)

Reglas de la Clase

  1. Llega a tiempo.

  2. Respeta todas las personas y las cosas en este cuarto.

  3. Traiga todas la materiales a clases.

  4. Todos radios, cameras, videojuegos, etc, se debe dejar en casa.

  5. No se puede comer ni beber en clase (puede traer agua.)

  6. Usa el uniforme apropriado.


  1. Aviso verbal

  2. Conferencia con la profesora (es posible recibir un ‘demerit’)

  3. Llamado a las padres (es posible recibir un ‘demerit’)

  4. Conferencia con la directora (HISD Referral)


  • Flash drive (2GB o más)

  • 1” binder

  • 5-pack dividers

  • Spanish Language Dictionary

  • Pens (Black or blue ink)

  • #2 pencils

  • Earbuds (to be left at school)

Make-up Policy

Quizzes and Exams may be made-up by appointment. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a make-up time.

Tutorial Schedule

Tutorials will be offered at least once a week. Students must sign up to be sure that a teacher is available. The tutorial schedule will be announced when available.

Course Overview

This course follows the guidelines of the College Board® AP Spanish Language and Culture course and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in the modes of communication from the Intermediate to the Pre-Advanced range as defined in the learning objectives in the Curriculum Framework. The three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to the AP® Spanish Language and Culture course.

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is conducted exclusively in Spanish. [CR1] Central to the course is the overarching principle as stated in the Curriculum Framework:

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).

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Activities to address Learning Objectives

  • La palabra del día—students explore a word a day, analyze its meaning

  • find root words, synonyms and antonyms, and make linguistic comparisons.

  • La noticia del día—once a week, students take turns giving a short presentation about a relevant news story, summarize it for the class, and ask questions to create opportunities for open-ended discussion.

  • El diario de las noticias—students keep a journal of the daily news presented in class with new vocabulary and reactions.

  • La discusión de la semana—at various times during the year, students are responsible for posting a link to a news article, video, or podcast to the class blog, and creating a discussion question for all in class to participate in an online discussion.

  • Día de película—once every grading cycle, the class will watch a movie from a Spanish-speaking country. Cultural and historical relevance will be considered when selecting these films. As an alternative to Día de Película, the class can host a Día de Cultura where students can show their projects and/or invite a guest speaker, either a member of a consulate or a member of the immigrant community.

  • Each Friday there is class, students will practice recording a simulated conversation and a cultural comparison. All samples are assessed using the AP scoring guidelines for this assignment. Sometimes the teacher scores the work and other times the students and their classmates score each other. This is an excellent way for students to internalize and understand the scoring guidelines.

  • Writing: approximately every three weeks, a formal, well-organized, synthesized, analytical or persuasive essay on an appropriate topic in reaction to a text or information is discussed or viewed in class. The essay is evaluated for its content

  • organization, cultural relevancy, range and appropriateness of vocabulary, and grammatical accuracy.

  • Writing journal entries, letters, e-mails, poems, abstract writing, creative writing, or writing reactions to articles and lectures through an interactive social network and/ or blog on topics/themes.

Every 2-3 weeks, a new theme is introduced; however, interconnectedness of themes is expected and encouraged. Within the basis theme, students work on all aspects of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. In lieu of a test for each theme, students are evaluated based on various assignments graded according to the AP World Language and Culture Scoring Guidelines available in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description.

Course materials

Textbook: Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura

General resources taken from among the following:

BBC Radio: Estudio 834: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/programmes/estudio_834/

BBC Mundo: www.bbcmundo.com

Radio Naciones Unidas: http://radio.un.org/es/ and http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/ news/

Radio Televisión Española: www.rtve.es/

Univisión: www.univision.com

TV Azteca: www.tvazteca.com/

UNICEF: www.unicef.org/spanish/videoaudio/video_radio.html

CNN en español: www.cnn.com/espanol

El País (Madrid): www.elpais.es

El Mundo: www.elmundo.es

BBC News in Spanish: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/news/

People en español: www.peopleenespanol.com/pespanol/

Zambombazo: http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo

Ver-taal: www.ver-taal.com/

Practica Español: www.practicaespanol.com/

Veintemundos: www.veintemundos.com/en/


Real Academia Española: www.rae.es

Yahoo Noticias: es.noticias.yahoo.com

*Complete AP Syllabus Available on Ms. Hatter’s Class Blog. Hatterita.edublogs.edu

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