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AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description—February 2013
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description Audio FilesThe Course and Exam Description Audio Files are also available.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
Essential Course Resources
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
Validated Achievement Level Descriptions
Refer to the validated achievement level descriptions for descriptions of student performance on the exam in each of the modes of communication at each of the five AP score points.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 1
Ann H. Mar, Alamo Heights High School, Texas—This course is taught at a public suburban high school where the teacher employs portfolio assessment and uses differentiated instruction to address varying linguistic needs for all students. Students engage with Spanish-speaking communities outside of the classroom throughout the course.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2
Cathy Soud, The Bolles School, Fla.—This course is taught at a private pre-K-12 school in a suburban setting. The teacher emphasizes the use of authentic materials and capitalizes on the strengths and needs of students to create an engaging and cooperative environment.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 3
Brian Scott, Lake Zurich High School, Ill.—This course is taught at a public suburban high school where students are placed in cooperative learning groups to increase spoken interpersonal communication. The teacher emphasizes weekly use of a digital language lab.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 4
Clarissa Adams Fletcher, Dunwoody High School, Ga.—This course is taught at a public suburban high school and is completed over one semester on a block schedule. Students create digital portfolios to monitor their own learning and cultural growth throughout the course as they focus on a wide range of interdisciplinary topics.
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