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AP Spanish Language Syllabus

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

The goals of this course are to raise the level of proficiency of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in an integrated manner.  Students will use Spanish short stories as a starting point for study of vocabulary and grammatical structures.  These stories will also give students topics for writing both formally and informally and for listening and speaking activities.  Additional materials include historical & cultural topics and variety of authentic resources, from literary texts to newspapers, magazines, films, and music in preparation for the AP Spanish examination.

 

THE COMPONENTS OF THE COURSE ARE:

  • Reading of literary works
  • Historical, socio-economic background of literary works.
  • Conversation/ speaking skills (interpersonal and presentational)
  • Compositions (formal and informal writings)
  • Rigorous grammar review, refinement of existing grammatical structures and additional grammar structures are added.
  • Class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish.  Students must “pay” for the opportunity to speak in English or have the instructor clarify something in English

 

PRIMARY TEXTS USED:

            Abriendo Paso, Lectura (José Díaz, María Nadel;  Prentice-Hall Publishers)

En Marcha, Complete Grammar Review (José Díaz, María Nadel;  Prentice-Hall Publishers)

Triangulo, (Barbara Gatski, John McMullan; Wayside Publishers)

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

            Cuentame Folklore Y Fabulas (Ramirez, Amsco Publishers)

            Album (Renjilian-Burgy, Valette; Houghton Mifflin)

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/news/topic/

                       

Topic Focus

Associated Literary Work / Unit

New Technologies

Rosa

US Hispanic community

Cajas de Carton

Environment

Un Oso y Un Amor

Health

No Oyes Ladrar los Perros

Sport

Jaque Mate en dos jugadas

Business and Work

Emma Zunz

Latin America

 

Spain and Europe

 

           

           

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Each unit will feature one or two literary works and will consist of pre-reading discussion, reading and post-reading discussion.  Vocabulary from and related to the works will be learned in conjunction with the text.  Each unit will include related listening and speaking activities as well as essays of varying lengths.   Cultural and historic readings will be used in each unit.
  • Each unit will be assessed through reading comprehension quizzes, scores on listening comprehension and writing assessments, vocabulary and grammar quizzes and a major exam which include comprehension, short answer and essay questions.

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

The following outline and other important resources are available online at:

http://hispanicexplorer.tripod.com/ap_spanish_page.html

 

FIRST SEMESTER:

 

Historic and cultural emphasis:

Date

Reading

(From Abriendo Paso, Lectura unless otherwise noted *)

Grammar

(Exercises taken from En Marcha or teacher created worksheets)

Vocabulary

(supplemented from Triangulo in addition to vocabulary from reading) 

Weeks 1-3

El Décimo, Pardo Bazán

Present tense 3- 25  

Present Progressive, gerunds

Reflexives  
Past Participles as adjectives  136-137
Present Perfect  
Past Perfect 156- 163

El Cuerpo

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks 4-5

Rosa
 

Preterite tense 32-34

Demonstrative Adjectives 193-208  

Demonstrative Pronouns

Tecnologia

 

 

 

 

Weeks 6-7

Un Oso y Un Amor

Preterite tense  52-74
Irregulars and spelling changes  

Animales

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks 8-9

* Otras Fábulas

La abeja haragana 

Future tense

Adverbs 168-181

Medio Ambiente

 

 

 

 

Weeks 10-11

Continuidad de los Parques

Imperfect tense EM 76-84

La Casa

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks 12-14

Cajas de Carton

Preterite vs. Imperfect
Ser vs. Estar 108-110, 143-147
Preposiciones de lugar

La Educacion

Preposiciones de Lugar

 

 

 

 

Weeks 14-15

*Noche de Fugo

Condicional  328

Passive Voice 151

El Turismo

 

 

 

 

Weeks 16-17

Jacinto Contreras, Camilo José Cela

Comparatives 183- 189
Superlatives   
Non Personal verb forms 118-131

Ropa

 

 

 

 

 

Week 18

Final Exam Review online

Revisions of Take Home

Essay test

All the grammar

 

 

 

 

 

Week 18 b

Finals Review

Finals

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER:

 

Date

Reading

Grammar

Vocabulary

Week 19

 

Don Quixote excerpts

 

Common Errors 3

Future 364  Future Perfect 364

Conditional 328 Cond. Perfect

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks 20-21

 

Nosotros, No

Adolesencia

Present Subjunctive 244, 268,

Tener expressions 125-126

News Broadcasts

 

 

 

 

Week 22-23

 

No Oyes Ladrar los Perros

Proverbios y Cantares,XXIX

Present Subjuctive 289, 299

Present Perfect Subjunctive 304

Verbs requiring prep.. 126-130

La Salud

 

 

 

 

Week 24-25

 

El Arbol de Oro, Ana María Matute

La Camera Prohibida,  

Object Pronouns 209-241

Commands 253-267

El tiempo

 

 

 

 

Week 26-27

 

Jaque Mate en dos jugadas

 

Imperfect Subjunctive 318, 339

Adjectives pg. 90-100

Los deportes

 

 

 

 

Week 28-29

 

La Viuda de Montiel, García Márquez

Despedida

Pluperfect Subjunctive 339

Por and Para 480

La Ciudad

 

 

 

 

Weeks 30-31

 

Cartas de Amor Traicionado

 

Subjunctive in Adv. clauses 404

Interrogatives/ Exclamatives 493

Emociones

 

 

 

 

Weeks 32-33

 

Emma Zunz, Jorge Luis Borges

Adj Clauses 385

Relative Pronouns 385

El Comercio

 

 

 

 

Week 34

 

 

Spanish pitfalls

 

De todo un Poco

Palabras Útiles

 

 

 

 

Week 35

 

De La Prensa (for not taking test)

Review for AP Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 36

 

AP Test- May 8th

El Delantal Blanco pg. 359

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 37

 

El Delantal Blanco

Finals Review

Tense review 420, 436

 

 

 

 

 

Week 38

 

Finals Review

Finals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Practice

·          Journal writing

                   Various topics based on reading topics or controversial subjects.  These can be based on the short        story readings (example: what would you do if your girlfriend/boyfriend issued you an ultimatum from     Jaque Mate en dos Jugadas) or current events locally, nationally or internationally. 

·          Informal writing

                   Activities from each chapter of Abriendo Paso

                   Ejercicios creativos para escribir (from En Marcha) 

·          Formal writing (One 200 word essay once each 9 weeks, shorter ones more often.) Whenever possible        these will be graded on an AP type rubric.  Students will learn peer editing skills as they develop their     essay writing skills.

                   Essays from various chapters of Abriendo Paso

                   Original poem

                   Original fable

                   Original fairy tale

                   Essay exam

·          Essays using 3 prompts

                   Ensayo practice (from Triangulo)

·          Independent Cultural Project using the one of the following plus 2 other authentic resources:

                   http://clta.net/lessons/

                   http://www.studyspanish.com/comps/index.htm

·          Every 2 weeks a major exam will be given over each unit (Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary).  Each   exam features short written responses as well as short essays.

 

Grammar Practice

·          All units of En Marcha will be covered.  This will review and augment all of the Spanish that has been previously learned as well as adding new tenses, structures and refinements to previously learned structures.

·          As a focus on verb tenses which are the heart of Spanish sentences, the students will take a verb conjugation quiz each Monday using 4 verbs from the stories.  They will conjugate the verbs in all tenses learned.

·          Grammar will be assessed in quizzes and as parts of the Unit Exam.

·          Students will also complete “summer work” online for grammar review.

 

Listening and Speaking Practice- at least one activity receives a major grade (quiz) each 9 weeks.  Others        receive participation or homework grades.  

·          Comprension auditiva (from of Abriendo Paso)

·          Simulated Conversation (from of Abriendo Paso) and Conversaciones dirigidas (from Triangulo)

·          Audios cortos (from Triangulo)

·          Audios extendidos (from Triangulo)

·          Small Group work

·          Class discussions

·          Debate on immigration issues/ Cajas de Carton

·          Debate on the dangers of drinking and driving/ Noche de Fugo

·          Original news reports

·          Demonstration speeches

·          Student led discussions on controversial topics (each student must lead one during the year)

·          Opportunities to work in the lab with ABC Exclusiva http://abcnews.go.com/technology/podcasting/   

       or Nuevos Horizontes http://www.nuevoshorizontes.org/podcast/nhpodcast.xml

 

 

Additional Activities

 

Music

 

Song title

Artist

Associated Literary Work / Unit

Grammar concept

Suerte

Shakira

El Decimo

No Hay Manera

Akwid

Past Participles

Visa Para un Sueno

Juan Luis Guerra

Cajas de Carton

Ojala que Llueva Cafe

Juan Luis Guerra

Subjunctive

Cantares

Joan Manuel Serrat

Proverbios y Cantares, XXIX

Aguacero

El Gran Combo

El Arbol de Oro

Estoy Aquí

Shakira

D.O. & I.O. pronouns

 

Cultural and Country Study- Each unit will feature a cultural or country/region emphasis.  Students will each pick a country and will lead the discussion when it is time for their country to be featured.  Students will be encouraged to include current events for their country.

 

Unit

Cultural and Historical Concentration

1

Hispanics in the USA

2

Geography of Spain

3

History of Spain

4

Espana

5

Georgraphy of Latin America

6

History of Latin America

7

Mexico

8

Guatemala, Honduras, Los Mayas

10

Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador

11

El Caribe

12

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

13

Chile

14

Bolivia and Paraguay

15

Peru y Los Incas

16

Argentina and Uruguay

 

Online Resources/ Newspapers/ Periodicals/ -

            http://www.clarin.com/

            The New Frontier www.time.com/time/covers/1101010611/nachtwey/

            http://www.youtube.com/

            http://www.univision.com/portal.jhtml

            http://www.nacion.com

             

Movies/ Televisión Series (1 shown each 9 weeks- students write reviews in Spanish)

            Alborada- Colonial Latin American love story

                        Televisa Xenon Pictures, Santa Monica, CA

            Silencio Roto- Political Drama in the wake of the Spanish Civil war

                        Latino Vanguard Cinema

            El Destino no Tiene Favoritos- Peruvian comedy

                        Wellspring, Alvaro Velarde Productions,

            Danzon- Mexican music and dance “road” movie

                        Columbia Tristar Home Video, Burbank, CA

 

Grammar and Reading Resources

            People Magazine En Español

            Imagina, Español sin barreras (Vista Higher Learning)

            Repaso, Review workbook for Grammar, Communication & Cultura (National Textbook Co.)

            Una Vez Mas, (Couch et. al.; Longman Publishing)                                                                              

            AP Spanish Preparing for The Language Exam (Diaz; Prentice Hall)

            Complete Spanish Grammar (Nissenberg; McGraw Hill)

            Spanish 3 years (Amsco Publishers)

            Nuestro Mundo (D.C. Heath and Company)

 

 

Films-Recommended for students to view outside of class.  A summary of the movie (in Spanish) may be turned in for extra credit.

Stand and Deliver (PG), Proof of Life (R), A Walk in the Clouds (PG-13), The Mask of Zorro, Frida (R), Volver (R), Traffic (R), Man on Fire (R),  Zoot Suit (R), The Mambo Kings (R), West Side Story (PG), Evita (PG),  The Kiss of the Spider Woman(R), Like Water for Chocolate (R), El Norte (R), Imagining Argentina (R), The House of Spirits (R) , And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,  Missing (PG) The Official Story (R), Salvador, (R), Romero (PG-13), Mosquito Coast (PG), The Lost City (R), For Love or Country (PG-13), Romancing the Stone (PG),  Pinero (R), Almost A Woman (PBS, Masterpiece Theater)

 

Bibliography

 

Diaz, Jose M., Maria F. Nadel and Stephen J. Collins. Abriendo Paso, Lectura,  Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.

Gatski, Barbara and John McMullan. Triangulo, 4th Ed. Sandwich, Massachusetts: Wayside Publishing, 2006

Diaz, Jose M. and Maria F. Nadel. En Marcha, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Inc., 2001

Valette, Rebecca M. and Joy REnjilian-Burgy. Album. 2nd ed. Lexington, Massachusetts: D.C. Heath and Company. 1993.

Ramirez, Lori Langer. Cuentame Folklore y Fabulas,  Amsco School Publishing Inc., 1999