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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports that launched in August, you will not be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching a new AP Spanish Literature and Culture course in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Spanish Literature and Culture unit guide

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Spanish Literature and Culture course, make sure your school administrator renews your course in 2019-20.

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

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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.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description

This is the core document for this course and is updated for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out suggested thematic course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Course Requirements


Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture curricular requirements:

  • The teacher uses Spanish almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
  • The course is structured to incorporate the entire reading list published in the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course framework and provides opportunities for students to relate texts written in Spanish to the 6 required course themes.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills in the following skill categories:
    • Skill Category 1: Analysis
    • Skill Category 2: Cultural Context and Connections
    • Skill Category 3: Comparing Literary Texts (including comparisons among required texts and non-required texts)
    • Skill Category 4: Comparing Texts and Art
    • Skill Category 5: Argumentation (to produce short responses, essays, and presentations analyzing literary texts
    • Skill Category 6: Language and Conventions (with an emphasis on applying literary terminology)
    • Skill Category 7: Literary Discussions and Presentations (including opportunities to share knowledge of literary texts beyond the classroom setting)

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 3 modes of communication. This equipment can include video or DVD players, computers or tablets, language labs, or compact disc 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.