Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Prerequisites: Qualifying reading/verbal or math score, at least three years of Spanish language instruction, and a satisfactory result on the CTY placement test.
Course Length: Academic year session: 30 weeks. Intensive spring and summer sessions: 12 weeks.
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: APSP
This AP Spanish Language and Culture course is conducted primarily in Spanish with authentic materials form the Spanish-speaking world, and it is equivalent to a third year college course in Advanced Spanish writing and conversation. This course is designed to provide students with various opportunities to further improve their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to be ready for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Examination.
The instructional philosophy of this course includes the integration of the four required language skills that are critical to the successful usage of Spanish: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The general flow of each week’s work comprises of vocabulary, grammar structure, literary analysis, application of passive and active vocabulary, supplementary reading, and finally, writing assignments and tests. Students should be able to achieve the following objectives:
The AP Spanish Language and Culture class will be conducted exclusively in Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish as much as possible in the classroom and in Skype sessions. Students are also expected to read and write essays in Spanish on a weekly basis.
A textbook and workbook are required for this course:
The books can be purchased together from the Vista Higher Learning CTY Online Programs store.
Students will also need a headset with microphone.
A Spanish-English Dictionary, while not required, may be helpful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
The following themes will be covered in the course:
The intensive summer and spring sessions require an average of 7-10 hours per week for 12 weeks, without any breaks. The academic year session (30 weeks) requires 5-7 hours per week, with breaks for holidays.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
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