Spanish Language & Culture
: July 8 – July 12
: July 15-19
Session One: July 8 – July 12
This workshop will introduce the participants to the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum Framework that will go into effect September 2013. Participants will examine the themes as well as the recommended contexts and overarching essential questions for exploring each theme in the new Framework. Rubrics and students samples will be used for participants to become familiar with the scoring of the free response sections of the exam. The institute will also address issues of curriculum and of Pre-AP* courses. Some time will be devoted to evaluate the sample syllabus to deliver the new course.
Participants will engage in a discussion of textbooks, websites, and resources available for the AP* course. They will also develop a final project according to the needs of their students during the week, in consultation with the instructor. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of successful activities to share.
José M. Díaz is a Spanish Teacher at Hunter College High Shool in New York City. He has served as a member and Chair of the AP Spanish Language and Literature Committee; Table Leader and Question Leader for the scoring of the AP Examination. He has led workshops throughout the United Staes and Europe and continues being a consultant for the College Board. He has alson written several guides and articles for several College Board publications. He is the co-author of AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination
, Abriendo paso: Temas y lecturas
, Abriendo paso: Gramática
, Listening Comprehension Skills for Intermediate Students
, SAT Subject Test: Spanish
, and ¡En marcha!
, among others.
"Excellent, helpful, and practical. Excellent techniques that are helpful and practical as well as abilities to share new ideas, and collaborate with colleagues and instructor on the components of the exam and useful strategies."
– Raquel Charter, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Long Island City, NY
"It was a great experience. The instruction was stellar, campus gorgeous, and breakfast & BBQ was an excellent addition. Great job!"
– Rebecca Ramirez, Hunter College, New York, NY
"I loved it. It was a long time since I had enjoyed a workshop so much and found it so useful."
– Victoria Alvarez, Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
Session Two: July 15-19
This workshop will examine various approaches to organizing and teaching AP Spanish courses. Of primary significance will be attention to the redesign of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam which stresses the various modes of communication and encourages students to explore culture in engaging thematic contexts.
Janet Harms teaches AP Spanish Language at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. She holds a BA in Spanish and MA in Hispanic Civilization and Culture from New York University. As an endorsed Spanish language consultant, she has presented day long and weeklong APSI's in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, North and South Carolina and Florida. She has also taught Spanish at Northern Virginia Community College as an adjunct professor.
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