AP Spanish Language and Culture

This course follows the guidelines and procedures specified by the College Board® AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum. It is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the Spanish language through the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and expanding cultural knowledge.

The course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. Students are expected to communicate in Spanish using the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. These three modes of communication are the foundation of the AP® Spanish Language and Culture course.

Students in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course should be able to make connections, draw comparisons, move fluidly between their native language and the target language (Spanish), and use Spanish in simulations of real-life settings. Assignments are meant to prepare students for, and emulate, the actual AP exam that they are likely to take upon successful completion of this class. The themes for this course are: global challenges, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, and writing in Spanish.


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Semester 1

Unidad 1: Introducción al examen

  • What is AP Spanish?
  • AP Exam introduction
  • Test Prep
  • Thematic Organization
  • Multiple choice
  • E-mail Response
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Conversation
  • Cultural Comparison

Unidad 2: Los desafíos globales

  • Global Challenges
  • Economic Issues
  • External Debt
  • Environmental Issues
  • Views on Environmental Issues
  • Philosophical Thought
  • Religion
  • Population and demographics
  • Human Migrations
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Awareness
  • Vocabulary for descriptions
  • Types of Reading

Unidad 3: La vida contemporánea

  • Introduction to Contemporary Life
  • Education and Careers
  • Entertainment and Fun
  • Lifestyles
  • Relationships
  • Travel as a Departure
  • Travel as Experience
  • Travel as a Destination
  • Type of Texts
  • Listening Skills
  • Cornell Notes

Unidad 4: Las identidades personales y públicas

  • Introduction to Personal and Public Identities
  • Identity, Language and Culture
  • Alienation
  • Assimilation
  • Heroes and Historical Figures
  • National Identity
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Personal Beliefs
  • Self-Image
  • Academic Language
  • Argumentative Text
  • Types of Arguments

Semester 2

Unidad 5: Las familias y las comunidades

  • What is AP Spanish? Semester 2
  • Introductions to Families and Communities
  • Customs and Traditions
  • Values
  • Education Communities
  • Family Structure
  • Global Citizenship
  • Human Geography
  • Social Networking
  • Introduction to Analysis of Discourse

Unidad 6: La belleza y la estética

  • Beauty and Aesthetics
  • Architecture, Beauty, and Nature
  • Architecture and Beauty
  • Defining Beauty
  • Beauty and Self-Esteem
  • Creation and Creativity
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Punctuation Marks 1
  • The Experience of Literature

Unidad 7: La ciencia y la tecnología

  • Science and Technology
  • Access To Technology
  • Effects of Technology
  • Health State and Technology
  • Medicine
  • Innovations
  • Natural Phenomena
  • Science and Ethics
  • Punctuation Marks 2
  • Descriptive techniques
  • Anglicisms

Unidad 8: La composición en español

  • Textual Coherence
  • Textual Cohesion
  • Citation Techniques
  • Transitional Words
  • Punctuation Marks 3
  • The Writing Process
  • Prefix
  • Syllabification 1
  • Syllabification 2
  • Rules of Accentuation 1
  • Rules of Accentuation 2
  • Suffix
  • Idiomatic Expressions

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