AP Spanish (Sem 1)

Enrollment Message:

This is a cognitively challenging course designed for the highly motivated student. See Technology Requirements for device restrictions related to Middlebury Interactive Language courses. Students will need a headset with a microphone. ATTENTION: Due to the rigor and testing requirements of this year long course, we highly recommend that a student be enrolled for Sem 2 at the time of their Sem 1 enrollment. Enrolling early increases the likelihood that the student is able to stay with the same instructor all year which is advantageous for student success in this course. There is always the opportunity to drop once 2nd semester begins. This course includes REQUIRED due dates. All due dates in AP courses offered in Semester 2 occur prior to the national AP exam date published by the College Board.

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Spanish Language. This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Spanish Language. AP Spanish is an advanced language course in which students acquire proficiencies that expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course prepares students for the College Board's AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The course is designed as an immersion experience and is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. In addition, all student work, practices, projects, participation, and assessments are in Spanish. The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. The course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. In addition, students participate in a forum where they are able to share their own opinions and comments about various topics and comment on other students' posts. The course also makes great use of the Internet for updated and current material. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored. Prerequisites: Three or more years of high school Spanish

Course Objectives: After completing this course, students will be able to:

• Prepare for the AP Spanish Exam

• Listen, read, understand, and interpret a wide-variety of authentic Spanish-language materials and sources

• Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication using Spanish

• Gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world

• Use Spanish to connect with other disciplines and expand knowledge in a wide-­variety of contexts

• Develop insight into the nature of the Spanish language and its culture

• Use Spanish to participate in communities at home and around the world

Course Outline:

1. Unit I: Personal Identity (Sub-Topics: Self-Image; Personal Interests; Personal Beliefs)

Grammar Topics: Present tense - Regular/Irregular; Gustar and Other Verbs; Ser vs. Estar with Adjectives; Possessives; Demonstratives

Culture, History, and Literature: Spanish in Africa; Bailes hispanos; History--Francisco Franco

2. Unit II: Families and Communities (Sub-Topics: Family Structure; Customs and Values; Education Communities)

Grammar Topics: Progressive Tenses; Preterite; Imperfect; Preterite vs. Imperfect

Culture, History, and Literature: Movie Ratings in Hispanic Countries; Picar y Tapas; Literature--"Los maderos de San Juan" by Asunción Silva

3. Unit III: Beauty and Aesthetics (Sub-Topics: Beauty and Creativity; Fashion and Design; Language, Literature, and Architecture)

Grammar Topics: Pronominal Verbs (reflexive, reciprocal); Por vs. Para; Pronouns (object, subject); Double object pronouns

Culture, History, and Literature: Torres humanas; History--Cortés y la Malinche

4. Unit IV: Contemporary Life (Sub-Topics: Relationships; Lifestyles; Social Customs and Values)

Grammar Topics: Present Subjunctive; Noun Clauses; Adjective Clauses; Adverbial Clauses

Culture, History, and Literature: African Influence in Latin America; The Spanish Monarchy; Literature--"Sensemayá” by Nicolás Guillén

5. Unit V: The Family and its Interaction with the World (Sub-Topics: Social Networking; Human Geography; Global Citizenship)

Grammar Topics: Indirect Commands; Direct Commands; Present Perfect Indicative (regular/irregular); Present Perfect Subjunctive

Culture, History, and Literature: La guitarra; Plantas medicinales; Historia--Che Guevara

6. Unit VI: Global Challenges (Sub-Topics: Population and Demographics; Economic Issues; Environmental Issues)

Grammar Topics: Future with probability; Conditional with probability; Prepositions; Relative pronouns

Culture, History, and Literature:Government in Uruguay; Literature--César Vallejo

Semester 1 Final Exam and AP Exam Practice

Resources Included:

Students will have frequent opportunities to develop their interpretive communication skills. Each unit provides the opportunity for students to listen to several authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual materials. Activities include listening to radio and news broadcasts, monologues and conversations about themed topics, and other interesting audio or video clips. Students will be required to respond to these materials either orally or in writing. Their comprehension will be assessed through their accuracy in their notes, quality of personal response/reaction, and/or degree of correctness to specific questions and quizzes. Various audio, visual and audiovisual sources are taken from these example websites (included but not limited to the following):

http://mexico.cnn.com

http://msnlatino.telemundo.com

http://www.lanacion.cl

http://www.prensalibre.com

http://www.univision.com/

Students will have frequent opportunities to develop their interpretive communication skills. Not only will students be exposed to multiple authentic written texts within the course, but students will also be directed to the Internet to read additional authentic materials. These materials include newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, themed readings, and other nontechnical writings. Students will be required to respond to these written materials either orally or in writing. Their comprehension will be assessed through their accuracy in their notes, quality of personal response/reaction, completeness of interpretations and/or degree of correctness to specific questions and quizzes. Various written sources are taken from these example websites (included but not limited to the following):

http://www.hoy.com.ec

http://www.lanacion.cl

http://elpais.com

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/noticias.html

http://www.prensalibre.com

Literature Readings (included but not limited to the following):

• Vieja canción espanola: “Los maderos de San Juan”

• Un villancico tradicional: “Letanía para pedir posada”

• Nicolás Guillén: “Sensemayá”

• Pablo Neruda: “Poema 20”

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: This course has specific device requirements.

Middlebury (MIL) CAP course content is delivered through LTI in Brightspace and rendered for view and submission of student work within iFrames embedded in Brightspace content pages.

MIL courses are NOT supported on Chromebooks, iPads, or Android devices for access via LTI in a third-party LMS.

BROWSERS: Minimum supported, compatible browsers include:

  • Chrome 66
  • Firefox 58
  • Safari 13 (desktop and laptop devices only; iPad or iPhone not compatible) *NOTE: Macintosh Safari 13 Browsers must have "Prevent cross-site tracking" turned OFF in order to permit sending of cookies.
  • Microsoft Edge 15

PC Device Minimum Requirements for MIL courses:

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Display setting 1280x1024 resolution or above; lower resolutions may require scrolling
  • 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card
  • Cookies enabled
  • JavaScript enabled

Macintosh (MAC) Device Minimum Requirements for MIL courses:

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or above
  • Mac OS X v10.9 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Display setting 1280x1024 resolution or above; lower resolutions may require scrolling
  • 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card
  • Cookies enabled
  • JavaScript enabled

Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: This is a cognitively challenging course for the highly motivated student.

Midterm and final exams must be proctored by the student's mentor.

The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at a http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html.

Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself.  It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam.  

There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. The calendar of AP exam dates is published by the College Board (Exam Calendar).

This course has device requirements and restrictions. See the Technical Requirements of this syllabus for further details.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages,College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06112
MDE Endorsement Code: FF - Spanish
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Middlebury
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Advanced Placement