AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Overview
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Content
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is structured around six themes:
• Beauty and Aesthetics
• Contemporary Life
• Families and Communities
• Global Challenges
• Personal and Public Identities
• Science and Technology
Themes facilitate the integration of language, content, and culture and promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts.
The themes may be combined, as they are interrelated.
World Languages and Cultures Learning Objectives
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency at the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced range in each of the three modes of communication described in the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.
Students are expected to:
• Engage in spoken interpersonal communication;
• Engage in written interpersonal communication;
• Synthesize information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources;
• Synthesize information from a variety of authentic written and print resources;
• Plan, produce, and present spoken presentational communications; and
• Plan and produce written presentational communications.
AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Structure
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE EXAM: 3 HOURS
Exam questions are based on the six learning objectives and assess all themes. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the Spanish-speaking world throughout the exam.
Format of Assessment
Section I: Multiple Choice | 65 Questions | ~ 1 Hour, 35 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
Part A: 30 questions; 40 minutes
• Interpretive Communication: Print Tests
Part B: 35 questions; ~55 minutes
• Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)
• Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts
Section II: Free Response | 4 Tasks | ~ 1 Hour, 28 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
• Task 1 — Interpersonal Writing: Email Reply (1 prompt)
• Task 2 — Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay (1 prompt)
• Task 3 — Interpersonal Speaking: Simulated Conversation (5 prompts)
• Task 4 — Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison (1 prompt)