AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 10 July 17 July 24

Spanish Language and Culture

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Patricia Smith

In May of 2014, the AP Spanish Language Exam was adapted to include culture. This course will address the redesign of the exam, and train experienced and new AP teachers to prepare their students for the exam. Teachers are encouraged to go to this web site to read more about the new course; http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org. All AP Spanish Language and Culture teachers need to submit a syllabus directed to this exam. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit.

We will discuss how to teach for improvement in interpretive communication, and will spend considerable time reviewing strategies for interpersonal writing and speaking, and presentational writing and speaking. Much practice in the workshop will be directed towards the teaching of cultural comparisons, and in activities to strengthen the students’ awareness of cultural diversity.

Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit. Patricia Smith is an experienced Spanish Language Consultant who will guide you throughout the week as you prepare this syllabus. Topics to be discussed during the week will include:

Course Description, Planning and Pacing Guide for Course
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
AP Spanish Language and Culture Practice Exam
Three modes of communication
Emphasis on cultures of Spanish-speaking world
Analysis of the six themes on which the course is based
Curriculum framework and learning objectives
Strategies of teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Cooperative learning
Becoming an AP Reader
AP Equity and Access
Differentiated instruction

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Spanish Language and Culture Experienced

Session 1: Patricia Smith

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

This course is intended for those with some experience in teaching the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course. As in the workshop for first-time AP teachers, we will go over the course description, analyze the six course themes, talk about interpersonal speaking and writing, and presentational speaking and writing, but we will do this in much more depth. Since participants will already be familiar with components of the exam, we will not practice taking different parts of it.

Our time will be spent discussing strategies for more effective teaching of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Throughout the week, we will incorporate the cooperative learning methods of David and Roger Johnson so that participants can experience for themselves the applicability of cooperative learning to the Spanish classroom. We will discuss how to use the AP scoring guidelines in our own classrooms, and we will evaluate the most recent student samples of directed response. In addition to this, we will explore other methods of assessment, including “Can-Do” statements and the IPA.

The course will be conducted completely in Spanish. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and problems with them to the workshop, and together we will work on solving these issues. Please feel free to email the instructor with any questions at patricia.t.smith@comcast.net.

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Spanish Literature and Culture

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Patricia Smith

Session 3: Not Offered

AP Spanish Literature and Culture 2016: Patricia T. Smith

This workshop will emphasize preparation for the AP Spanish Literature exam, which was rewritten in 2013. It will discuss strategies to incorporate more media into the study of Spanish literature, and explore ways to integrate specific literary terms from the Curriculum Framework into the course. The workshop will review each of the course’s six themes, which must be addressed in each teacher’s syllabus. Each participant will receive the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Workshop Handbook, and a Curriculum Module entitled “Las sociedades en contacto: perspectivas del imperialismo.” As we use the module in the workshop, we will explore ideas for teaching four works from the new required reading list: Cortes’ Segunda carta de relación,Miguel León-Portilla’s Visión de los vencidos, José Marti’s Nuestra América, and Rubén Darió’s A Roosevelt. The course will also focus on activities to foster opportunities to write analytical essays with language appropriate for literary analysis. Activities will be based on the understanding of literary and cultural texts. All AP Spanish Literature teachers are required to submit a Course Audit to the College Board. Time will be spent throughout the week to prepare the new syllabi so that each participant is prepared to submit meet this requirement.

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