Advanced Placement Spanish Language is a challenging course in which students will be exposed to reading and analyzing important works of various authors in their original Spanish. Classes will offer speaking practice, require both voice emails and frequent written work utilizing rich language in which the students should be continually integrating idioms and newly acquired lexical items with previously learned material. Students will be required to produce a project on a famous Spanish artist, musician, or author, present it, and analyze several of his/her works in light of his life and times. We will use literary analysis for comparing the novels and the other works we will read. Quizzes and tests will be administered and will serve as excellent preparation for the Spanish AP language test. Students in my class traditionally receive feedback in a very short time. The amalgamation of this diverse body of academic work will prepare my students for success on the AP exam in May.
Note: Other short stories and/or novelettes may be added in the second semester of this course. They will be supplied free of charge to the student.
Time requirements: Class will meet once a week (time to be determined by consensus). Spanish AP students usually devote at least one hour per day to this class. The course will start right after Labor Day and extend into April, with a week off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Technical Requirements: Reliable internet, e-mail, and Skype 5.0. Your word-processing program should offer accent marks and special punctuation marks peculiar to Spanish writing.
Who can apply: Applicants should be students who have studied at least three years of formal learning in Spanish (though preferably four) and who have superior skills in at least three of the four areas of foreign language learning: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. These students should be highly motivated and intellectually curious, be able to do research, and be ready to devote time and their best effort to keep up with the rigors of this course. Native Spanish speakers are invited to participate, provided that their writing skills are developed.
“Excellent preparation for the AP