AP Spanish Language and Culture Online

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Our online AP Spanish Language and Culture course is an advanced language course in which students acquire proficiencies that expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course prepares students for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. As its foundation, it uses the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The course is designed as an immersion experience and is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. In addition, all student work, practices, projects, participation, and assessments are in Spanish.

The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board, namely,

1. Global challenges

2. Science and technology

3. Contemporary life

4. Personal and public identities

5. Families and communities

6. Beauty and aesthetics

Prerequisites: High School Spanish III/IV. The AP Spanish course is a college level course. The intensity, quality, and amount of materials can be compared to a third-year college course. Before taking this course, students should have the Spanish proficiency equal to this level and be prepared to dedicate sufficient time and effort required by this course.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

· Listen, read, understand, and interpret a wide-variety of authentic Spanish-language materials and sources.

· Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication using Spanish.

· Gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

· Use Spanish to connect with other disciplines and expand knowledge in a wide-variety of contexts.

· Develop insight into the nature of the Spanish language and its culture.

· Use Spanish to participate in communities at home and around the world.

Course Outline

Semester 1


Unit Theme

Unit Topics


Culture, History, and



Personal Identity

Self-Image Personal Interests Personal Beliefs

Present Tense- (Regular/ Irregular)

Gustar & Other Verbs

Ser vs. Estar with Adjectives



Spanish in Africa Bailes hispanos History: Francisco Franco


Families and Communities

Family Structure Customs and Values Education


Progressive Tenses Preterite Imperfect Preterite vs.


Movie Ratings in Hispanic Countries Picar y Tapas Literature: "Los maderos de San Juan"

– Asunción Silva


Beauty and Aesthetics

Beauty and Creativity Fashion and Design Language, Literature,

and Architecture

Pronominal Verbs (reflexive, reciprocal)

Por vs. Para

Pronouns (object, subject)

Double object


Torres humanas History: Cortés y la Malinche

Midterm and AP Spanish Exam Practice


Contemporary Life

Relationships Lifestyles

Social Customs and Values

Present Subjunctive Noun Clauses Adjective Clauses Adverbial Clauses

African Influence in Latin America

The Spanish Monarchy Literature:

“Sensemayá” - Nicolás Guillén


The Family and its Interaction with the World

Social Networking Human Geography Global Citizenship

Indirect Commands Direct Commands Present Perfect

Indicative (regular / irregular)

Present Perfect Subjunctive.

La guitarra

Plantas medicinales

Historia: Che Guevara



Semester 1 (continued)


Unit Theme

Unit Topics


Culture, History, and



Global Challenges

Population and Demographics

Economic Issues Environmental Issues

Future - with probability

Conditional -with probability

Prepositions Relative pronouns

Government in Uruguay

Literature: César Vallejo

Final Exam and AP Exam Practice

Semester 2


Science and Technology

Access to Technology Effects of Technology on Self and Society


Past Subjunctive Noun Clauses Adjective Clauses

Adverb Clauses

Education in Cuba

Los gestos

Historia: La bandera de



Life Outside of Work

Travel and Leisure Entertainment Volunteerism

Passive Voice (ser) Passive se Unintentional se Haber & Perfect

Tenses (including subjunctive)

La bandera de Ecuador Dulces y meriendas del

mundo hispano

Literature: "A su retrato" - Sor Juana


Social Development

Social Welfare Social Conscience Philosophical

Thought and Religion

Hypothetical Situations (if/ then)

Past Participles (ser,

estar, haber) Diminutive &

Augmentatives Comparatives &


Elotes y esquites Las posadas

Literature & History: Letanía para pedir posada

Midterm and AP Spanish Exam Practice


Public Identity

Heroes and Historical Figures

National and Ethnic Identities

Alienation and Assimilation

Gerunds/Infinitives Another Compound

Form Indicative vs.

Subjunctive Review of Tenses &


Juegos hispanos

Literature: "A la deriva"

- Horacio Quiroga

AP Exam Practice

Final Projects

Final Exam

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