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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.

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Designing Your AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course

The AP Spanish Literature 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 Peninsular and Latin American literature. Your course should introduce students to the formal study of a representative body of Peninsular and Latin American literary texts.

Students enrolling in AP Spanish Literature 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.

Creating Your Syllabus

Use these resources to design your syllabus.

 

Download this document for more help creating your syllabus.

These four annotated sample AP Spanish Literature and Culture syllabi show how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

Your course must fulfill these requirements, and your syllabus should make it clear how the requirements will be addressed.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture curricular requirements:

  • The course is structured to allow students to complete the entire required reading list published in the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Curriculum Framework.
  • The teacher uses Spanish almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
  • The course explicitly addresses each of the six course themes: Las sociedades en contacto, La construcción del género, El tiempo y el espacio, Las relaciones interpersonales, La dualidad del ser, and La creación literaria.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to discuss literary texts in a variety of interactive formats.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to analyze the relevance of literary texts to historical, sociocultural, and geopolitical contexts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to learn and apply literary terminology to the analysis of a variety of texts representing different genres and time periods.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to relate artistic representations and audiovisual materials to the course content.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to write short responses and analytical essays related to literary texts, using language appropriate for literary analysis.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to analyze cultural products, practices or perspectives referenced in literary texts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to compare literary texts produced in different historical contexts.
  • The course includes activities within and beyond the classroom setting for students to reinforce their understanding of literary texts.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a copy of the works being read, for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that students have access to a school or public library that includes works of prose, poetry, fiction, and drama by a wide range of Peninsular and Latin American authors.
  • The school provides audio and video equipment and materials that allow for ongoing opportunities to relate artistic representations and audiovisual materials to the course content and 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 Literature and Culture course does not have a list of example textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Spanish Literature and Culture.

Before you submit your syllabus, use this checklist to make sure it has all the elements required.