AP Spanish Language

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

AP® Spanish Language is intended for highly motivated students who wish to develop proficiency and integrate their language skills, providing frequent opportunities for students to use authentic materials and sources. Not only will they be prepared for the AP® Spanish Language exam in May, but they will also gain an insight into the cultural aspects of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. Students will be exposed to many different forms of written and spoken Spanish through the study of poems, short stories, newspaper articles, along with radio and television broadcasts.

The course will:

  • Encourage a thematic approach to teaching.
    Students participate in activities that integrate language, literature, and culture; make connections to other disciplines; and compare aspects of the target culture with other cultures.
  • Articulate clear learning objectives.
    Clearly articulated learning objectives provide information on the knowledge and skills students should demonstrate to succeed on the exam.
  • Reflect college-level expectations.
    The College Board collaborates with language educators from leading colleges, universities, and secondary schools to ensure that the course reflects rigorous college standards.

Course Prerequisites

Spanish I-IV or the equivalent with at least a B average in your previous Spanish class. In this fifth year Spanish course, it is assumed that students have already learned the grammar and syntax of the language and have acquired strong skills in speaking, writing, reading, and understanding Spanish. The college-level curriculum for this course is designed to reinforce and sharpen these skills with the goal of achieving mastery in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as defined by the AP® Spanish Language course description. Students will be working at a rigorous pace to cover the material and prepare for the Advanced Placement Examination in May. This course will meet the needs of highly motivated students who have a strong interest and ability in the Spanish language.

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Students will need access to Power Point, Quick Time, and Real Player. This course requires students to have access to a computer with headphone, microphone, and software to record voice and save in WAV format. Instructions are provided for Sound Recorder, used in the D2L course. Other software may be substituted, as long as it has the ability to record up to 2 minutes of voice in the WAV format.

Major Concepts

The course objectives are to develop the following competencies:
Achieve a level of proficiency in the language that permits comprehension of formal and informal spoken Spanish;
Acompose expository passages;
Express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency; and
Acquire vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as of modern literature in Spanish.