Learning Recommendations: B or better in Spanish 3H or Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture, Spanish 3 with permission from AP teacher. 

General Description:  This year-long course for 11th and 12th graders only 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 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, 3H, or Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture teacher.

Through the study of six major themes (see Content), students will develop their skills in the three modes of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. They will use a variety of authentic media (print, audio, video, etc) and support (books, movies, articles, music, etc.) to further their language proficiency and their written, speaking, reading and listening skills. Students will investigate and express different views on real world issues, make connections to other disciplines and compare aspects of hispanic culture with their own.

Content:  The study of six major themes interwoven throughout the year: global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, beauty and aesthetics. Comprehensive review of grammar, syntax, and verb tenses equivalent to the 300 level of college Spanish.

Strategies:  Students will learn through an interrelated series of lessons and activities that promote the use of language in a variety of contexts.

  • Spoken interpersonal and presentational communication; exchange and presentation of information, ideas and opinions in conversations, dialogues, skits, etc. in formal and informal settings
  • Written interpersonal and presentational communication; exchange and presentation of information, ideas and opinions in a variety of media on a variety of topics in formal and informal setting. Includes writing essays, editorials, emails, etc.
  • Audio, visual and audiovisual interpretive communication; use of authentic audiovisual sources for listening comprehension
  • Written and print interpretive communication; use of a variety of written and print resources for reading comprehension
  • An important part of the course is practicing all sections of the AP exam.

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:  We use Vista Higher Learning TEMAS 2nd ed. Textbook with supersite plus consumable AP exam preparation.  Yes, see Course/Club/Misc. Fee link. 

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 in September and October. 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.