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Learning Recommendations: B or better in Spanish 3

General Description: This year-long course emphasizes strong academic preparation for colleges and universities and is ideal for students who will continue to study Spanish at the university level. This intensive course is for the highly motivated student who possesses excellent skills in Spanish. Students wishing to take this course should be able to produce advanced vocabulary and advanced grammatical structures with ease and accuracy. AP Spanish 4 prepares students to complete the College Board Advanced Placement Examination to be given in May. Students wishing to enroll in AP Spanish should discuss placement with their Spanish 3 or Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture teacher.

Students will be required to:

  • memorize between 50 and 100 words every 3-4 weeks for accuracy and long-term retention
  • learn and use idiomatic expressions
  • review grammatical concepts independently and apply them on in-class assessments
  • follow directions and conversation entirely in Spanish
  • speak in Spanish all the time
  • write at length in multiple formats using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and conventions
  • read at length independently
  • commit time to reading, listening and communicating in Spanish (with authentic materials and native speakers) outside of regular assignments
  • complete summer homework
  • prepare for the AP Spanish Language Exam


  • Extensive review of all grammar and verb tenses equivalent to a 300 level college course
  • Study of advanced vocabulary and review of vocabulary used in previous levels
  • Building oral and listening skills through authentic materials
  • Building writing skills through informal and formal essays, poems, free-writes, dialogues, etc.
  • Building listening skills through analysis, discussion and comprehension of authentic materials such as news reports, television shows, books-on-tape, radio, etc

Strategies:  Students will learn / be assessed through a combination of:

  • Advanced Placement essays, discourses and practice assignments specifically designed to practice for the AP exam.
  • Weekly outside reading of choice (1-2 hours per week)
  • Vocabulary and grammar assessments
  • Formal and informal presentations
  • Daily conversations in Spanish
  • Weekly writing
  • Cultural explorations (guest speakers, videos, food, readings, powerpoint presentations on history, economy, politics, etc.)
  • Periodic speaking, listening and reading assessments

Homework:  Students are expected to read and listen to Spanish outside of class to build their skills. Students should spend about 2 hours a week preparing for presentations, reviewing grammar or practicing reading and listening independently from recommended sources.

Course Fee / Materials:  AP exam test prep book (about $50) and access to YABLA (about $14)

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.