Spanish AP

 
 

“The AP Spanish Language course should help prepare students to demonstrate their level of Spanish proficiency across three communicative modes: Interpersonal (interactive communication), Interpretive (receptive communication), and Presentational (productive communication), and the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). The course is meant to be comparable to fifth and sixth semester (or the equivalent) college and university courses that focus on speaking and writing in the target language at an advanced level.”

From:  http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap07_spanish_coursedesc.pdf



AP Spanish Language & Culture                  email: kelly.robinson@acsk-12.org

Sra. Kelly Robinson, Rm. 321                        website: kellyrobinson.org


“The AP Spanish Language course should help prepare students to demonstrate their level of Spanish proficiency across three communicative modes: Interpersonal, Interpretive  and Presentational, and the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). The course is meant to be comparable to fifth and sixth semester (or the equivalent) college and university courses that focus on speaking and writing in the target language at an advanced level.”

From:  http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap07_spanish_coursedesc.pdf


The AP Spanish Language class is a preparatory class for the AP exam given on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00 am.  The AP curriculum is very demanding.  Students wishing to receive a 3, 4 or a 5 on the exam must recognize that they will have to do much work out of class immersing themselves in the language.  There will be practice tests throughout the year, both in class and out of class (and a couple on Saturdays), in which students will be expected to participate.  There are great benefits from taking this class, but with it also comes a great responsibility to organize time well, be committed to the course work, and to be properly organized in the materials studies. Different universities offer different credit for AP grades; you should look up your chosen college(s) and see what the requirements are so that you know exactly what you hope to accomplish.


Class Fees:

The AP exam will cost approximately $90.  You must pay this early in the fall semester, date TBA. The fees will be paid online this year- more information will be forthcoming. The class fee is $5 for the National Spanish Exam, which will be taken in the spring.


Suggested Class Materials 


All students will be expected to have ipads, any books necessary, notebook, paper, and pens/pencils every day.


You should have already purchased the Barrons AP Spanish Language & Culture Prep, 9th edition. ISBN # is 1438076827.


You should have an account in vhlcentral.com, which is the Supersite for our AP prep books-- we will set this up in class. Make sure you remember your password; you will use this site often.


For this class, I suggest you keep a 3-ring binder, whether soft cover or hard. You should have dividers for the following and should keep an orderly, organized notebook:

1) Vocabulary  (for weekly lists, practice exercises, and sentences);

2)  Grammar (for notes & worksheets handed out); 

3) Writing (for journals,essays, letters & other writing assignments);   

  1. 1) Listening


Assignments:

There are some assignments that are standing for each week. Some of these are the following:

--- Each week you will have a vocabulary list, with a vocabulary quiz at the end of the week. You must create sentences for each vocab list (unless I tell you differently). The sentences are due each Wednesday, with a vocabulary Quiz on Friday.

--- Each Monday we will have a “Word Study” that will center around troubling words/ phrases. At the end of each quarter, we will have a quiz on the 8 or 9 Word Studies we have looked at.

--- For each Friday, you must listen to a podcast and take detailed notes on it, in Spanish. You may choose between the Notes In Spanish “Advanced” podcasts and the BBC Mundo podcasts (see link at upper right on this page). You are strongly advised to choose the BBC Mundo podcasts as much as possible, especially in the 2nd semester, as those types of articles are used on the AP exam.  You need to listen to the podcasts 2 - 3 times during the week while you make your notes, not simply the night before they are due.


Grading scale:   A= 93-100 / B = 85-92/ C = 75-84 / D = 70- 74 / F = 69

*Please keep up to date by regularly checking your grades on-line by checking PowerSchool.

Since this is an AP class, 5 points will be added onto each 9 weeks grade and both semester exams. Grading will be done on a total points system.  Major tests are worth 100 pts; quizzes can be anywhere from 10 pts. to 80 pts.  Homework is usually 10 - 20 pts. Half credit is given for partially done or poorly done work, and 0 for work not done or unacceptable work. Late work will usually be accepted for diminished credit. Essays and Oral Presentations will sometimes be taken as grades, as will journal entries, at differing values as per the discretion of the teacher.  **AP students are not expected to have incomplete or missing grades. Your success in this class will depend on your commitment to your studies.

 

Make Up Procedures/Late Work

It is the student's responsibility to make up all missing assignments. You should always check with me any time you are absent to see what assignment, quiz, or test you may have missed and to schedule a time to make it up.  If you are present on the day of a test that was announced on a day you were present, you must take the test, no matter if you missed the day before.


Expectations

Please remember that to be successful in honors and AP level classes, you must focus not only on the grades you would like to earn, but also on other factors such as attitude and willingness to participate.  You should be disciplining yourself in class; I should not have to discipline you and will not be pleased if I have to spend our valuable time correcting your behavior or your attitude in class.  I expect you to present yourself as pleasant, eager to learn and to participate in class activities, and to work well with others.  If I must take action, the steps will be to conference with the student first, then involve a guidance officer and/or make a call to the parent, then write a referral.  Outlandish behavior or cursing will be punished by an immediate referral. I hope and expect never to have to take these actions in this class.


My goal with this class is to make it as enjoyable as possible and to prepare you for real-life situations. Learning a foreign language is an exciting and fun prospect, as is learning about other cultures and peoples. Many of my former students go on to do a semester abroad in Spain or some other Spanish-speaking country, which I believe is one of the best opportunities to learn you will find in your entire lifetime. I hope to help prepare you to use your language in real-life situations and perhaps even to encourage you to consider international travel as an additional way to extend your knowledge.

I am looking forward to the year with you; I hope you are excited about this class as well!


Sra. Robinson

 

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS:

Due on Wednesdays - sentences for the weekly vocabulary list; also Vocabulary quizzes each Thursday.Due on Fridays - notes from one of the BBC Mundo podcasts or NIS Advanced podcasts. ** You should listen to this at least 2 or 3 times during the week.