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AP Spanish Language

                                             AP SPANISH LANGUAGE
                                           Policy and Course description
                                       Voice mail: 718-863- 9134 ext. 676
  •     The content of this course is largely determined by the AP Spanish Language Course Description. It covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced Spanish writing and conversation. 
        The class is conducted entirely in Spanish and is intended for students who have already learned the grammar and syntax of the language and have acquired strong skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Therefore, the curriculum of this course is designed to reinforce and sharpen these skills with the goal of achieving mastery. 
       Students take the AP Spanish Language Examination in May. A final project and/or a final exam are expected to close the course after the AP examination is taken. Students taking this intensive, rigorous, college-level course will gain greater competence in Spanish by doing the following work every week:
  • Writing in-class compositions expressing ideas in a variety of writing forms to various audiences using accurate register and advance control of grammar and syntax. 
  • Initiate and sustain conversation, demonstrating control of basic and complex structures through class discussions, daily question-and-answer practice, extemporaneous speaking, news broadcast, paired and small group activities, document based formal presentations, etc.
  • Listening to guided lectures, dialogues, and narratives, Spanish language videos, music, and radio broadcasts, television and news programs, document based prompts for writing and speaking, etc. 
  • Reading selected samples of authentic literary prose to identify main ideas, draw conclusions, an make generalizations, recognize cultural elements, defend a given opinion by citing references, and paraphrased and summarize ideas or concepts. 
  • Performing an in depth study of grammar and syntax.
  • Discussing literary and cultural topics, current events, and personal experiences.
  • Reviewing and broadening vocabulary.

    Texts and Supplementary Material

    1. Abriendo Paso: Gramatica - Jose M. Diaz
Abriendo Paso: Lectura - Jose M. Diaz
   3. AP Spanish: A Guide to the Language Course - Jose M Diaz
Triángulo Aprobado
   5. 30 minutes tape
Spanish-English Dictionary
Marble notebook: (journal)

                                          Grading Policy:

   Your grade will be calculated as follows

  Test, formal writing,                                                                          40%
  Quizzes (grammar, vocabulary listening/reading comprehension)                              25%
  Oral proficiency (daily participation, skits, news reports, recorded oral presentations      20%
  Homework, workbook   exercises, reading selections                                          15%

  Rules of behavior

I. Attendance: School rules are in effect. There is a zero tolerance for cutting and or excessive absences. You will be graded on class participation and attitude. If you do not attend class or you do not participate in class
discussions, you will receive a “0” for class participation. (See Rubric for Participation)

II. Absences
on Examinations Days
: You are expected to take and exam on the scheduled examination day. If you are not present for the scheduled test, you will receive a make-up test to be taken on the day you return to class (after
school). Be prepared! This test will be more difficult. If I notice a pattern of absences on an exam date, I will request a parent/ teacher conference to inform them that on future examination dates, if absent, you will have to submit a medical absent note.

This class begins at the bell. I expect you to be seated, have all necessary materials (homework, textbook, binder, folder, etc.) on your desk when the bell has rung. You are to immediately begin the “Do Now” assignment that may consist in writing in your “Diario”. There is no talking after the bell has rung. Those who are late or unprepared will receive demerits.

IV. Expected behavior:
You are expected to follow these class rules at all times:

1. Raise your hand to ask a question. Wait for permission to speak.
2. There is no talking when the teacher is talking.
3. Complete all class written and homework assignment when asked.
4. Be seated when the bell rings and begin work immediately.
5. Come to class prepared and ready to do your best each day.
6. Do not write on desk, walls, boards, or fixtures. YOU RISK DETENTION.
7. Do not bring phones, radios, MP3 players to class. THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED.
8. Do not copy, cheat, or plagiarize. Automatic “0” and immediate detention will be issued.
9. Disrupting the class or talking about something other than the topic given for an assignment
when you are working with groups, is unacceptable. YOU RISK A “0”

V. Rules regarding performance

a) Attitude: I expect you to follow the rules mentioned above and come to class prepared each day and ready to work immediately.

b) Class participation: You are expected to participate voluntarily. I will call on you frequently to make sure you understand the work and can apply it to the lessons. Class participation will count toward your grade.

c) Assignments: All assignments are due on the date they are scheduled. No late assignments will be accepted. A “zero” will be logged into the grade book and demerits will be issued. Homework or assignment not handed in on time CAN NOT be made up.

d) Notebooks: All students are to have a binder. It will be divided into 4 sections: 1. Vocabulary, 2. Class Notes, 3. Homework 4. Hand-outs

e) Diario: Your journal should be brought every class.

f) Make Up Work: It is your responsibility to make up work that you have missed. Get notes, and assignments from your buddy,________________________,telephone # _____________________

VI. Conferences/Extra Help: I will be available to help you with questions /practice regarding the course. Dates will be announce during the first week of classes.

I, ______________________________have read and understand all the rules and academic expectations in this syllabus.

Signed by Student ________________________________ Date: ________________

 Signed by Parent / Guardian _________________________ Date:_______________


¡Bienvenidas a un año más de español!

Como un adelanto de la parte literaria del programa de AP del próximo año, y para iniciar la práctica auditiva. de escritura y de lectura del programa , el requisito de trabajo durante el verano será el siguiente:

Para la práctica de lengua

1. Leer un total de 15 artículos de periódico, en español, y escribir un sumario o comentarlo sobre él. Adjuntar el artículo periodístico al ensayo. (Will be graded with a rubric which will give you 2 points per news article). 30 pts. (make copies of the sample page: one article per page)

2. Mirar televisión y escuchar la radio. Log 15 hours in total. You must write a summary of what you have understood. List the Spanish show or program you have watched or listened to, the topic, and the host, presenter, or invited guest that appeared on the program. (Also graded on a rubric. 2 pt. per hour) You must get a parent to sign off on your sheet. 30 pts. (make copies of the sample page: one article per page)

3. Conversación en español. Complete a total of 5 interactions with a native speaker. You must hold a 3 – 5 minute conversation with a native speaker on any topic and have your parent sign off your sheet. Write a quick summary in Spanish of what was talked about. Also graded on a rubric. 20 pts.
(make copies of the sample page: one article per page)








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NOMBRE DEL INTERLOCUTOR:__________________________________________

FECHA DE LA ENTREVISTA_____________________________________________

TOPICO DE LA CONVERSACION:_________________________________________

(Familia, vacaciones, viajes, amigos, escuela, novios, chismes,
política, libros, etc.)


I certify that my daughter spoke to____________________.

Parent’s signature



NOMBRE DEL PROGRAMA:__________________________________________



TOPICO DEL PROGRAMA___________________________________________


I certify that my daughter has watched/listened to this program.

Parent’s signature


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