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AP Spanish Language and Culture (Intensive, NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level reading/verbal or math score required

Prerequisites: At least three years of Spanish language instruction, and a satisfactory result on the CTY placement test.

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (intensive Winter, Early Summer, Mid-summer)

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 7-10 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks.

Course Code: IPSP

Course Description


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:

  • To continue to develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • To be able to understand the textbook lessons and supplementary materials and participate in discussions using the Spanish language.
  • To be able to use the knowledge gained through course materials to develop critical thinking and writing skills to compose essays in Spanish on given topics.
  • To be able to use the Spanish language to communicate effectively both in the school setting and in real-life situations.
  • To be able to use Spanish as they seek clarifications through the use of communication and language learning strategies that are running elements of the course.
  • To be able to carry on a conversation or a discussion with other students in class.

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 Zoom sessions. Students are also expected to read and write essays in Spanish on a weekly basis.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students will 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.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

The following themes will be covered in the course:

Families and Communities / Las familias y las comunidades 

  • Customs and Values / Las tradiciones y los valores
  • Education Communities / Las comunidades educativas
  • Human Geography / La geografía humana
  • Social Networking / Las redes sociales

Science and Technology / La ciencia y la tecnología

  • Effects of Technology on Self and Society / Los efectos de la tecnología en el individuo y en la   sociedad
  • Health Care and Medicine / El cuidado de la salud y la medicina 
  • Natural Phenomena / Los fenómenos naturales
  • Science and Ethics / La ciencia y la ética

Beauty and Aesthetics / La belleza y la estética

  • Defining Beauty / Definiciones de la belleza
  • Defining Creativity / Definiciones de la creatividad
  • Language and Literature / Lenguage y literatura
  • Visual and Scenic Art / Las artes visuals y escénicas

Contemporary Life / La vida contemporánea

  • Education and Careers / La educación y las carreras profesionales
  • Entertainment / El entretenimiento y la diversión
  • Travel and Leisure / Los viajes y el ocio 
  • Relationships / Las relaciones personales

Global Challenges / Los desafíos mundiales

  • Economic Issues / Los temas económicos
  • Environmental Issues / Los temas del medio ambiente 
  • Population and Demographics / La población y la demografía
  • Social Welfare / El bienestar social

Personal and Public Identities / Las identidades personales y públicas 

  • Alienation and Assimilation / La enajenación y la asimilación
  • National and Ethnic Identities / La identidad nacional y la identidad étnica
  • Personal Interests / Los intereses personales
  • Self-Image / La autoestima

Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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