Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture Speaker/Non-speaker

Spanish Language

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course takes a holistic approach to language proficiency and recogniz­es the complex interre­latedness of comprehen­sion and comprehensi­bility, vocabulary usage, language control, com­munication strategies, and cultural awareness. Students should learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning. In stan­dards-based world lan­guage classrooms, the instructional focus is on function and not the ex­amination of irregularity and complex grammati­cal paradigms about the target language. Lan­guage structures should be addressed inasmuch as they serve the commu­nicative task and not as an end goal unto them­selves.

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives to promote both fluency and accu­racy in language use and not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of com­munication. In order to best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught in the target language using the following thematic organization:

  1. Families and Communities
  2. Science and Technology
  3. Beauty and Aesthetics
  4. Contemporary Life
  5. Global Challenges
  6. Personal and Public Identities

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 products, both tangible (e.g., tools, books) and intangible (e.g., laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social inter­actions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assump­tions that underlie both practices and products).

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