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Bloomington High School North 

Syllabus AP Spanish Language
Name:  Clara Garcia Aguerrevere
Classroom:  407
Phone: 330-7724 ext. 50167



DIPLOMA:  Core 40 and AHD       2132 (SP LANG AP)

FULL YEAR       GRADES: 11-12
Passing grade in level I, II, III “C” average or higher in all levels highly recommended.
    This course will follow the curriculum established by the College Board which states:

"The three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and  Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in  the 21st Century are foundational to the AP Spanish Language and Culture course. The AP course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the three modes in the Intermediate to PreAdvanced range as described in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for  K–12 Learners. As such, the AP Spanish Language and Culture course has  been designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich and  rigorous opportunity to study the language and culture of the Spanish speaking world that is approximately equivalent to an upper-intermediate  college or university Spanish course. It is expected that this course will  be offered as the first step in the study of college-level Spanish after  approximately three to five years of language study for classroom learners.  For native and heritage speakers, there may be a different course of study  that leads to the AP Spanish Language and Culture course. Students who  are successful in this course and exam may continue their study of college level Spanish by taking the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course and  exam, as well."    

Learning Objectives and Achievement Level Descriptions

The learning objectives identify what students should know and be able to do across the three modes of communication.These objectives outline expectations of student abilities in the following areas:

  • Spoken Interpersonal Communication
  • Written Interpersonal Communication
  • Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication
  • Written and Print Interpretive Communication
  • Spoken Presentational Communication
  • Written Presentational Communication
Students will be prepared to take the AP Spanish Language Exam on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, with the goal of earning a score of 3, 4, or 5.

AP Score Qualification

AP scores signify how qualified students are to receive college credit and placement: 
  • 5 Extremely well qualified
  • 4 Well qualified
  • 3 Qualified
  • 2 Possibly qualified
  • 1 No recommendation
Overarching Premise
When communicating, students in the AP Spanish Language and  Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s),  incorporate interdisciplinary topics (Connections), make comparisons  between the native language and the target language and between cultures (Comparisons), and use the target language in real-life settings 

AP Spanish Language and Culture: Curricular Requirements
  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Spanish Language and Culture and Culture Course and Exam Description.
  • The teacher uses Spanish almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
  • Instructional materials include a variety of authentic audio and video recordings and authentic written texts, such as newspaper and magazine articles, as well as literary texts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written Interpersonal Communication in a variety of situations in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced* range.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability in Interpretive Communication to understand and synthesize information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, audiovisual, written, and print resources.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written Presentational Communication in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced* range.
  • The course incorporates interdisciplinary topics and explicitly addresses all six course themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives of the target cultures.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to make comparisons between and within languages and cultures.
  • The course prepares students to use the Spanish language in real-life settings.
  • *As defined in ACTFL Performance Guidelines

Textbooks and Materials
Temas, Draggett, Conlin, Hersan, Millán, Vista Higher Learning, 2013.
AP Spanish: Language and Culture Exam Preparation, Frisancho, Redmon, Restrepo Bravo, Vista Higher Learning, 2013.
Access to Internet Authentic Spanish Sites
Binder with dividers and paper


SectionNumber of QuestionsPercent of Final ScoreTime
Section I: Multiple ChoiceApprox. 95 minutes
Part AInterpretive Communication: Print Texts30 questions50%Approx. 40 minutes
Part BInterpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)35 questionsApprox. 55 minutes
Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts
Section II: Free ResponseApprox. 85 minutes
Interpersonal Writing: Email Rely1 prompt12.5%15 minutes
Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay1 prompt12.5%Approx. 55 minutes
Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation 5 prompts12.5%20 seconds for each response
Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison1 prompt12.5%2 minutes to respond