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A P Summer Institute: Spanish Language

AP Institute-SPANISH LANGUAGE
Instructor Janet Harms

Course Description: This summer institute will focus on ways to implement a successful program in AP Spanish language or help experienced teachers enhance their existing programs. This course will explore the impact of the new format, changes to the 2012 examination, the integration of skills and the use of authentic materials. Participants will be asked to actively participate and share best practices withthe entire group.

Instructor Biography: Janet Harms, a native of New York, has been an AP Spanish teacher for 16 years and an AP Reader for 13. She has a Masters degree in Spanish from New York University, is a National Board Certified Teacher, and for the past nine years has worked as an Endorsed Spanish Consultant to the College Board. She has been a presenter at national AP conferences, and has led numerous summer institutes across the southeast region.

AP Spanish Language and Culture Summer Institute Syllabus
Janet Harms, College Board Consultant
T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia

This summer institute is designed to familiarize teachers with the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam. The course will provide sample materials and classroom activities relating to the 2014 exam and its changes. Participants will be invited to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group on a daily basis. Likewise, they will leave with a toolbox of strategies to implement and successfully teach the course.

Topics will include the following:

  • Foundations of the Advanced Placement Program
  • Building an AP Program, how to involve all teachers, developing an AP Vertical Team.
  • Developing and integrating the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.
  • Teaching AP Spanish Language and Culture across themes. Using the recommended contexts & essential questions for backwards design
  • Teaching and Developing Culture in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course.
  • Developing a course syllabus for the AP Audit
  • Using authentic resources and integration of skills.
  • Building proficiency across modes of communication.

What participants should bring:

  • 30 copies or an electronic copy of an activity, review, game, project that has worked well in their courses previously.
  • A lap top computer or iPad is recommended.

Agenda

Tuesday: Preview of AP Spanish Language & Culture Course and Examination.

  • Introductions: Warm-up activity.
  • An introduction to the AP Program, foundations of AP.
  • Fostering Equity and Access in your classroom, building and community
  • Understanding the modes of communication and how to build proficiency across modes.
  • Understanding the role of the National Standards and the 5 C’s as they relate to AP: Communication, Comparisons, Communities, Cultures and Connections
  • Building an AP Program on your campus; developing a vertical team
  • Using the AP Themes to develop instructional units of study that integrate the modes of communication.
  • Selecting the textbook/using authentic resources.
  • An introduction to the Audit; teachers will work on developing a syllabus before the end of the APSI.
  • AP Central and the AP Community. Finding and using authentic resources in the classroom.
  • The AP Spanish Language and Culture Format for 2014
  • Developing Essential Questions.
  • Understanding what is intended by “culture” in the AP Spanish Language & Culture course
  • Reflection, questions, homework assignment: Syllabus Development.

Wednesday: Developing and integrating the modes of communication: focus on interpretive communication.

  • Warm up activity.
  • Questions regarding homework assignment, share out some ideas.
  • Working with Essential Questions to develop units of study that integrate the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Themes.
  • Working with thematic units.
  • Developing Written and print interpretive communication; strategies for success.
  • Developing Audio, visual and Audio Visual communication, strategies for success.
  • Using graphs, charts and maps.
  • Using graphic organizers and mind maps.
  • Using authentic literature in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Classroom.
  • Developing reading skills from level I-AP.
  • Understanding the cultural component.
  • Reflection, questions, homework assignment: A sample lesson plan.

Thursday: Developing and integrating the modes of communication: focus on interpersonal communication.

  • Warm up activity.
  • Questions regarding homework assignment, share out some ideas.
  • Developing interpersonal speaking skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples
  • Developing interpersonal writing skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples
  • Using and integrating connector words.
  • Lesson planning; how, what?
  • Understanding the cultural component.
  • Reflection, questions, homework assignment: Putting it all together; an outline of a sample unit.

Friday: Developing and integrating the modes of communication: focus on presentational communication.

  • Warm up activity.
  • Questions regarding homework assignment, share out some ideas.
  • Developing presentational speaking skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples
  • Developing presentational writing skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples
  • The persuasive essay: What is it and how to teach persuasive writing
  • The cultural comparison in presentational speaking
  • Sharing best practices
  • Final Words of Wisdom

 

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