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AP/Advanced Spanish Part 1
LI.WLS.401209.1.PE
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes

AP/Advanced Spanish is an accelerated course meant to prepare students who plan to take the Advanced Placement exam. This course meets the Advanced Placement criteria required by the College Board. To earn the AP designation, students must successfully complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of this course in addition to the required weekly office hours. AP/Advanced Spanish Part 1 will develop students' listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills, as well as their understanding of Hispanic culture. Students will read and analyze authentic texts, including narratives, novel excerpts, modern articles, Internet resources, and documents concerning current events. Students will also listen to and respond to authentic recordings. Students will practice and apply advanced grammar and syntax, as well as precise vocabulary, to express themselves more accurately in a variety of contexts.  The students will participate in weekly, real-time online "charlas," or chats, in which they will engage in contemporaneous conversations and discussions with each other and the teacher. These meetings will focus on spontaneous language tasks based on a variety of situations and themes.  Students will initiate and close conversations, negotiate meaning, ask and respond to questions, give and receive directions, and present and support opinions. Students' conversational abilities will be critiqued by the instructor based on their ability to meet the standard of high-level proficiency. Feedback will be provided.  This course includes auditory comprehension assessments that require students to listen to audio files and record themselves speaking. For both parts of this course, it is essential that students have either a headset equipped with a microphone or access to an internal microphone within their computers.


It is recommended that students possess a solid understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and usage through Spanish III or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course. To earn the AP designation, students must successfully complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of this course in addition to the required weekly office hours.


Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Read, analyze, and discuss Spanish and Latin-American short stories. 
  • Utilize descriptive adjectives and relationship vocabulary in regard to setting and character.
  • Analyze literary elements such as character, theme, conflict, and resolution. 
  • Explore Spanish traditions and roles as well as Spanish-speaking communities in the United States.
  • Apply the present and past tenses to narrate and summarize events. 
  • Examine Spanish author Emilia Pardo Bazán and Hispanic-American author Sabine Reyes Ulibarrí.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Read, analyze, and discuss Spanish and Latin-American short stories. 
  • Apply school, farm, family, and activity vocabulary for comprehension and expression.
  • Identify, describe, and explore main ideas and motifs related to the social issues of education, immigration, heritage, culture, and assimilation. 
  • Express opinions, emotions, and preferences using verbs such as gustar. 
  • Research and discuss issues facing migrant workers, aspects of Hispanic-American culture, the geography and culture of Spain, and Spanish proverbs. 
  • Examine Hispanic-American author Francisco Jiménez and Spanish author Ana María Matute.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Read, analyze, and discuss Spanish and Latin-American short stories, focusing on character, setting, plot, theme, resolution, and style.  
  • Apply vocabulary for comprehension and expression to explore and discuss the themes of crime and justice.
  • Compare and contrast the uses of gerunds and infinitives.
  • Apply the present and past progressive tenses.
  • Apply the future, future of probability, and future perfect tenses to discuss plans and predictions.
  • Investigate the literary genre magical realism and the "boom" period of Latin-American literature. 
  • Examine Latin-American authors Isaac Aisemberg and Julio Cortázar.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Read, analyze, and discuss Spanish and Latin-American short stories to explore contexts such as community, government, and the role of women in Latin America. 
  • Apply the imperative to give advice and suggestions and to express desires.
  • Apply the subjunctive to express desires, opinions, conditions, possibilities, predictions, purposes, and results.
  • Investigate the history of Colombia in relation to the story "La viuda de Montiel."
  • Explore the works and influence of Latin-American writers Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez.

Course Materials

  • Abriendo Paso (includes Gramatica textbook, Lectura textbook, and Lectura Audio CD)

**NCAA approved