World Languages

The 2019 Silver State AP* Summer Institute is offering the following AP sessions. Please note some AP sessions are split by participant's years of teaching the specified AP subject; this may be different than years of experience teaching. Please register according to the following requirements:

  • New is designed specifically for teachers with 0-3 years of experience teaching the specified AP subject.
  • Experienced requires the participants have taught the specified AP subject for a minimum of 3 years.

Please understand that years teaching AP may be different than total years of teaching experience.

AP Chinese

Instructor: Lili Wong

Syllabus: AP Chinese Lang

AP Chinese Language & Composition

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

As the first Chinese teacher in Central California since 1991, Lili is strongly committed to promoting Chinese language in the Central Valley of California and bringing forth the interest and attention of Chinese culture to her community. Lili earned her B.A. in English from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and her M.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Fresno. She has a Professional Clear Single Subject Credential in Chinese, a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential, a SDAIE Certificate (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English), and a CLAD Certificate (Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development). Lili has been a teacher in Clovis West High School, Buchanan High School, and Clovis Community College in California since 1991. She has received the Teacher of the Year and Educator of Merit Awards multiple times, and is a recipient of the Crystal Award as the best educator in the district. She has reviewed multiple Chinese textbooks, including “Chinese in Action” from Pearson Publishing. Lili has also served as a Scoring Leader in AP Reading since the launch of AP Chinese Exam in 2006. She was a member of AP Chinese Language and Culture Committee in 2012—2016. She is currently a member of SAT Subject Test in Chinese Language Committee. She has presented on her Chinese teaching expertise at numerous AP conferences and workshops. She also works as an Assessor at CalTPA (California Teaching Performance Assessment) World Languages since 2017.

AP Spanish

Instructor: Ken Stewart

Syllabus: AP Spanish Lang

AP Spanish Language & Composition

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Ken Stewart (BA International Studies and Spanish UNC-Chapel Hill; MA Spanish NC State University) is the 2006 ACTFL National Foreign Language Teacher of Year. He currently teaches Spanish at Duke University in North Carolina. A National Board Certified high school Spanish teacher, he has taught middle grades through college. Ken is a recent member of the ACTFL Board of Directors, the SCOLT Board, and the Executive Council of the AATSP. In 2014, he was the recipient of ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education K-12. Ken has been a consultant to the College Board since 1992. He has served on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Test Development Committee, as a question leader at the AP Reading, and has been a national consultant for over 25 years. He has conducted over 200 AP and pre-AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the US as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Previously, Ken was honored as the Central North Carolina Teacher of the Year by the State of NC, Teacher of the Year by the AATSP, Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by FLANC (The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina) and as Regional Teacher of the Year by SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching). He is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences. Ken works as a freelance world language consultant and keynote speaker. An aficionado of travel, he speaks Spanish, Portuguese and some French; he has traveled in 43 countries

Instructor: Linda Davis-Peairs

Syllabus: AP Spanish Lit

AP Spanish Literature & Composition

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

For thirteen years, Linda has AP Spanish Literature and Culture at Desert Vista HS as a Dual Enrollment Instructor in conjunction with Rio Salado College for Humanities credit. Having studied Spanish and Spanish American literature at Stanford University and taught survey courses at the University of New Hampshire, Linda applies that knowledge to the construction of her AP curriculum. Even before the College Board course required including culture, she incorporated historical as well as visual and musical connections in my AP course. For these reasons, she will introduce a uniquely organized syllabus and successful strategies to prepare students for the AP Exam. Besides presenting several APSI and one-day workshops on this course, she has also read for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam, so she can share the perspective of the readers who grade the AP Exam. In addition, she has the advantage of having traveled or studied in Spain, Mexico, and Peru, giving first-hand knowledge of the people, culture, and locations described in the literature of the AP Spanish Language and Literature and Culture course reading list—knowledge that has enlivened her classes and inspired her students to love the culture and literature as she does.