All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization by going through the AP Course Audit. This means submitting two things:
- A subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
- A course syllabus
Teachers have the option to create their own syllabus or adopt one of the sample syllabi provided. A teacher-created syllabus is checked by our reviewers to ensure that the course fulfills the AP Program’s course-specific curricular and resource requirements.
We offer plenty of resources, below, to help teachers understand course requirements and create a syllabus that fulfills these.
Designing Your AP Spanish Language and Culture Course
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a third-year college course in Spanish language. Your course should develop students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills at this level.
Students enrolling in AP Spanish Language and Culture are typically in their fourth or fifth year of language study, or have had equivalent experience with the language.
Getting to Know the Course and Exam
The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.
- AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.07MB) - Describes in detail the AP Spanish Language and Culture course and exam. Includes the curriculum framework and a representative sample of exam questions.
Creating Your Syllabus
Use these resources to design your syllabus.
Your course must fulfill these requirements, and your syllabus should make it clear how the requirements will be addressed.
AP Spanish Language and Culture curricular requirements:
- The teacher has read the most recent AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.1MB).
- The teacher uses Spanish almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
- Instructional materials include a variety of authentic audio and video recordings and authentic written texts, such as newspaper and magazine articles, as well as literary texts.
- The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written Interpersonal Communication in a variety of situations in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced* range.
- The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability in Interpretive Communication to understand and synthesize information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, audiovisual, written, and print resources.
- The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written Presentational Communication in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced* range.
- The course incorporates interdisciplinary topics and explicitly addresses all six course themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics.
- The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives of the target cultures.
- The course provides opportunities for students to make comparisons between and within languages and cultures.
- The course prepares students to use the Spanish language in real-life settings.
*As defined in the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners
AP Spanish Language and Culture resource requirements:
- The school ensures that each student has a copy of printed course materials for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
- The school provides audio and video equipment and materials that allow for ongoing opportunities to develop proficiency across the three modes of communication. This equipment can include video or DVD players or computers, language labs, or compact disc/cassette players.
Because world language instruction targets proficiency building, which can be accomplished in multiple ways with or without a specific textbook, the AP Spanish Language and Culture course does not have a list of example textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Spanish Language and Culture.
Download this document for more help creating your syllabus.
- Syllabus Development Guide: AP Spanish Language and Culture (.pdf/1.0MB) - Includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.
These four annotated sample AP Spanish Language and Culture syllabi show how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.