Jorge C. Valverde
Phone: 889-8288 ext. 247
AP Spanish Language and Culture
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
Students are expected to:
- Engage in spoken interpersonal communication;
- Engage in written interpersonal communication;
- Synthesize information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources;
- Synthesize information from a variety of authentic written and print resources;
- Plan, produce, and present spoken presentational communications; and
- Plan and produce written presentational communications.
Participation: The objective of this class is for students to achieve a high level of ability in all four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Students will be exposed to a variety of materials and genres to help them expand their knowledge of formal Spanish in both oral and written forms. In this is imperative that students hear, read, write and speak exclusively in Spanish. All classroom activities will be based on the belief that language is best learned when we use it as often as possible for the purpose of real-life communication.
Conversation, involves using Spanish in class, avoiding using English and using Spanish appropriately in different contexts. As you can see conversation is an element of your grade. Your instructor will give clear guidelines on how he will evaluate your performance.
Homework and Projects: must be done on time.
Homework, if you don’t hand in your homework on time, the last opportunity to hand in it will be before the next class. You will lose ten points per day. No more than two homework assignments will be accepted late for Marking Period.
Projects, if you don’t hand in a project on time, the last opportunity to hand in it will be before the following class. You will lose thirty points per day.
Absence, a student that has been absent must check with me regarding work missed due to absence. Students are expected to make up any schoolwork they miss during absences. If a student is absent, the make-up work will be hand in when the student returns.