CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: The AP Spanish class is taught completely in Spanish except for the occasional grammar class. In this class we learn how to use the language in a variety of contexts and skills to discuss themes and topics in class.
Receptive Skills Students understand a range of written and spoken authentic personal, professional and mass media text on topics of interest. They understand descriptions of events, feelings and wishes; they understand comparisons and recognize a straightforward, linear argument. They use context to deduce the meaning of sentences and unknown words and phrases.
Productive Skills Students write texts for a variety of purposes and make oral presentations on topics of interest. They write descriptive texts and personal correspondence; they make comparisons, narrate stories, provide detailed accounts, and express their thoughts and opinions on abstract or cultural topics.
Interactive Skills Students initiate and maintain the flow of conversations and discussions. They express and respond to opinions and feelings on a variety of topics. They use and understand clear speech on a variety of topics relating to course content and the culture(s) of the target language. Students use a variety of strategies to negotiate meaning and foster communication.
SEQUENCE AND ALIGNING OF THEMES AND TOPICS (Subject to change)
Two Major Components: 1. Content Structure: Themes/Temas (6, vocabulary) 2. Primary Learning Objectives Areas (6, performance)
I. Content Structure: Themes/Temas: ● Global Challenges/Los desafíos mundiales ● Science and technology/La ciencia y la tecnología ● Contemporary Life/La vida contemporánea ● Personal and Public Identities/Las identidades personales y públicas ● Families and Communities/Las familias y las comunidades ● Beauty and Aesthetics/La belleza y la estética
II. Primary Learning Objectives: The AP Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum Framework presents six primary learning objective areas within the three modes of communication described by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. These six primary learning objective areas identify what students should know and be able to do across the three modes. Six Primary Learning Objective Areas: ● Spoken Interpersonal Communication (Conversational activities) ● Written Interpersonal Communication (Reading and responding to an email, text message, letter, etc.) ● Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication (Podcast, graphics, charts, YouTube, video, etc.) ● Written and Print Interpretive Communication (Readings of an essay, article, story, play, newspaper articles, etc.) ● Spoken Presentational Communication (Speech, formal presentation to group of any size) ● Written Presentational Communication (Essay, persuasive essay, personal narrative, multimedia presentation, etc. The AP syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study themes, plus and literary works , students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment objectives of the AP course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills. These units are organized based on the themes, recommended contexts, and essential questions of the Curriculum Framework. I also focus on integrating the six primary learning objectives of effective communication as I prepare students for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam in May of next year. In addition, culture is central to content as we explore products, practices, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world. Students are guided to develop a deeper understanding of what the people of a particular culture believe and how they view the world. They also make constant comparisons between Spanish-speaking communities of the world and their own home culture in preparation for the presentational speaking exam task.
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AP Course Themes and Sub themes
Los desafíos mundiales Los fenómenos naturales Medio ambiente Bienestar social, Población y la demografía Temas economicos
La ciencia y la tecnología Tecnología, individuo y sociedad El cuidado de la salud y la medicina La ciencia y la ética
La vida contemporánea La educación y carreras profesionales El entretenimiento y la diversión Los viajes y le ocio Las relaciones personales
Las identidades personales y publicas La autoestima, El interés personal, La enajeción y la asimilación
Las familias y las comunidades Tradiciones y los valores La geografía humana Las comunidades educativas
La belleza y estética Las artes visuales y escénicas El lenguaje de la literatura La moda y le diseño
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