The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in texts from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Hispanic literature.
The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational, and the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.
The course reflects a meaningful integration of the cultures, connections, and comparisons, goal areas of the "Standards."
There is emphasis on approaching literature through global, historical and contemporary cultural contexts.
Students are encouraged to understand and retell the content of the texts they read and to relate it to literary, historical, and sociocultural contexts in Spanish.
One of the course's goals is helping students progress beyond reading comprehension and literary analysis, and be able to read with critical, historical and literary sensitivity, applying the skills acquired in this course to life-long learning with enthusiasm and confidence.
About the Instructor
Marta Loyola earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literatures from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
For 12 years she taught AP Spanish Literature at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where she taught all levels of Spanish including Spanish to Heritage Speakers, as well as courses in the Humanities.
She earned her Doctor in Modern Languages degree from Middlebury College, Vermont in 2002 and has since taught in higher education.
Dr. Loyola was Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of the Spanish Language Program at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from August 2009 until May 2011.
She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program of NOVA Southeastern University.
She has been a consultant for the College Board since 1996 and has directed yearly APSIs since 2003.
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