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A P Summer Institute: Spanish Language and Culture

AP Spanish Language Workshop Description
The AP Spanish Language Institute is designed for teachers of all levels of Spanish with emphasis for teachers of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course. The participants will explore the integration of the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The class will be focusing on the new AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam that went into effect September 2013 structured around the six recommended themes. The participants will learn how to integrate technology while using authentic material to design lessons incorporating language and culture. The workshop leader will provide resources and activities as the participants prepare lessons incorporating the recommended context and overarching essential questions to engage the learners. Participants will have the opportunity to create innovative lesson as well as revamp their current lessons. Time will be allotted for those participants who need to prepare the syllabus for the audit.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer or I-Pad.

Syllabus for APSI – Spanish Language and Culture

A. Assess needs and background of participants
Challenges, needs, fears and expectations
B. Discuss resources and support from College Board
C. The AP Spanish Language and Culture Course

  • College Board Equity Policy
  • Prerequisites for the Course and Vertical Alignment
  • Overarching Premise (5 C’s, Three Modes)
  • Overview of the Course Description
    • Learning Objectives and Achievement Level Descriptions
    • Instructional Design Using Themes, Contexts and Essential Questions
    • Course Audit: curricular requirements
    • Resources for the Course: authentic audio, audiovisual and print documents

D. The AP Exam    -  What has changed and why
Participants will be given the opportunity to:

  • Take parts of the exam as if they were students
  • Analyze sample items (looking for challenging items)
  • Draw conclusions regarding a curriculum aimed at preparing students for the required tasks (thematic units, contexts, essential questions)
  • Draw conclusions regarding formative and summative types of assessment, which will prepare them for the required tasks
  • Brainstorm what authentic resources already in use can be adapted to the new course
  • Brainstorm a possible focus as well as contexts and essential questions for specific known authentic resources
  • Interact and exchange known resources, activities and thematic units.
  • Interact and brainstorm what formative and summative assessments to use with specific thematic units.
  • Become familiar with scoring guidelines for free-response items.
  • Practice applying scoring guidelines for free-response items.

 

E.  Participants will:
1.  Draft a syllabus that includes prescribed curricular requirements for the new course.
2.  Develop one instructional unit focusing on one of the Six Themes  (Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics).  Each unit will:

  • HAVE Essential Questions
  • Select and develop authentic Materials for the Six Primary Learning Objective areas within the three modes of communication:   

                        Spoken Interpersonal Communication
Written Interpersonal Communication     
Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication     
Written and Print Interpretive Communication
Spoken Presentational Communication
Written Presentational Communication

  • Learning Objectives
  • Activities
  • Formative Assessments
  • Summative Assessments

In preparing the unit the participants will be using:
1- Textbooks and other materials that they currently use
2-Recently published textbooks that are now available
3-Authentic materials that they have been using, adapting them to the new course

My goal is that in small groups, participants will develop one unit and hopefully  all 6 Themes will be developed and shared using drop box.  At the end of the course the participants will have 6 units they will be able to use for their AP Language and Culture Course.

If there are participants who do not teach the AP Language and Culture Course, they will be able to develop a unit they can use with their level.

 

Agenda               

Introductions and ascertaining of group needs

Workshop introduction  -Explore the Curriculum Framework – Themes – Modes of communication and Learning objectives - Understand the exam –Use authentic materials – Incorporate technology – Develop a syllabus - Create personal material – Share in Dropbox

Benefits of the AP Spanish Language Course
The philosophy and purpose of AP
Starting a new program
Stepping into an existing program
AP Course Audit Information
Standard and non-standard students
How to interpret the results sent to your school                    

Resources for Teaching AP   -   Materials
Exam Resources and Program Information publications
AP Annual Conference
Resources on AP Central  -  PRACTICE TEST
AP Spanish Language Resources in print and on the WEB

View the Video from AP Central

The AP Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum Framework
Language Form versus Comprehension and Communication
The 6 Themes
Learning Objectives
Culture
Contextualizing the themes
Authentic Materials
Equity and Access
Connecting Instruction Across Grade Level by Theme

Description of the test -  
Outline of test and weight given to each section
How each section is graded
Objective/Subjective - The Scoring Guidelines (Scoring Guidelines - Rubrics)

Section I  - Multiple Choice - 50% of exam – 65 questions with = value
Part A - Interpretive reading   30 question – 40 minutes – Proctor keeps time
Effective Strategies for Improving Reading Skills  
Thematic Authentic Materials for reading practices
Targeted Learning Objectives
Formative Assessment
Summative Assessment
Technology – and resources on the web

Part B  -35 questions – 55 mins. – CD keeps time
Interpretive reading   with  AUDIO  2 selections
 Interpretive listening – AUDIO ONLY 3 selections
Effective Strategies for Improving Reading /listening Skills  
Thematic Authentic Materials for reading practices
Targeted Learning Objectives
Formative Assessment
Summative Assessment
Technology – and resources on the web

Section II  - Subjective – 50% of grade
Part A - Task 1 Interpersonal Writing – E-Mail Reply 15 mins. 12% of grade
One source – Email – Formal reply
Interpersonal Communication – Writing
Applying the Scoring Guidelines
Strategies  and resources

Section II – Part A – Task 2 – Persuasive Essay – 55 minutes - CD Keeps time  12% of grade
3 Sources – Print – Chart – Audio
Presentational Writing
Applying the Scoring Guidelines
Strategies and resources

Section II – Part B – Task 3 – Simulated Conversation  -15 mins. with CD 12% of grade
Interpersonal Speaking 
Strategies  and resources
Applying the Scoring Guidelines
Recording students samples

Section II – Part B – Task 4 – Cultural Comparison – CD keep time 12% of grade
            No sources – Students speak for 2 minutes
Presentational Speaking
Strategies and resources
Applying the Scoring Guidelines

INSTRUCTIONS ACROSS GRADE LEVEL
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

TECHNOLGY -          Drop Box                               Audacity and/or  Garageband                              Google voice                            

Google Docs               Authentic Material on The web    (My list is in dropbox)  

Please add any good program you are using to share with class.

Participants will:
1.  New teachers  will develop or chose a sample course syllabus for the AP Audit that includes prescribed curricular requirements for the new course.
2.  All participants will develop one instructional unit focusing on one of the Six Themes  (Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics).  Each unit will:

  • HAVE Essential Questions
  • Select and develop authentic Materials for the Six Primary Learning Objective areas within the three modes of communication:     

                        Spoken Interpersonal Communication
Written Interpersonal Communication          
Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication          
Written and Print Interpretive Communication
Spoken Presentational Communication
Written Presentational Communication

  • Learning Objectives
  • Activities
  • Formative Assessments
  • Summative Assessments

In preparing the unit the participants will be using:
1- Textbooks and other materials that they currently use
2-Recently published textbooks that are now available
3-Authentic materials that they have been using, adapting them to the new course
4- New materials from the web
My goal is that in small groups, participants will develop one unit and hopefully all 6 Themes will be developed and shared using drop box.  At the end of the course the participants will have 6 units they will be able to use for their AP Language and Culture Course.

If there are participants who do not teach the AP Language and Culture Course, they will be able to develop or modify a unit they can use with their level.

AP Institute-SPANISH LANGUAGE and CULTURE
Instructor Rosalba Bellen

Rosalba Bellon AP Summer Institute Instructor, Montgomery College, MarylandRosalba Bellen has taught AP Spanish Language at Archmere Academy in Delaware since 1988, and has been an AP Reader for both the spoken and the written responses.
As a College Board consultant since 2000, she has given numerous workshops and institutes. She is constantly reviewing her course curriculum to include authentic material and implementation of the latest technology in foreign language teaching.   In February 2004, The College Board presented her with an award as an outstanding AP Teacher.  In August 2012 she was selected to attend an extensive training sponsored by the College Board to prepare to lead workshops for the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.

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