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Course Info.-APSpanLanguage/Culture

Syllabus for AP Spanish Language and Culture
2016-2017
ROBERT A. JENKINS, INSTRUCTOR
ROOMS 338/243/336
804-354-6800    EXTENSION 3311
bjenkins@gsgis.k12.va.us
OFFICE ROOM 331.  OFFICE HOURS:  AVAILABLE UPON
REQUEST AND BY APPOINTMENT.


COURSE DESCRIPTION, OBJECTIVES AND GOALS:

The prerequisite for this course is a grade of B or better in Pre-AP Spanish, 
or teacher recommendation.  Students enrolled in the AP level of Spanish 
continue to approach proficiency through both oral and written methods of 
communication.  The aim of the course, conducted entirely in Spanish, is to 
enable students to gain confidence in clearly expressing ideas orally and in 
writing.  Students develop the ability to describe, narrate, paraphrase, 
compare and contrast ideas presented in a wide range of contexts and 
settings through the study of the course themes, vocabulary and grammar 
units, and course projects.  Students develop advanced listening, speaking, 
reading and writing skills, as all four components of language learning are 
incorporated in to each and every class.  Likewise, students focus on 
developing their facility to express point of view, react, hypothesize, 
synthesize, analyze, draw conclusions, and evaluate ideas presented in 
different contexts .  Finally, the ultimate goal of this course is to 
prepare students for success on the AP Language and Culture Exam.

TEXTS:        1.  Una vez más--un repaso completo de gramática avanzada.
                  Couch, McCann, Rodríguez-Walter & Rubio-Maroto, 3rd
                  ed., Pearson, 2009, (workbook fee paid in Pre-AP class).  
              2.  Triángulo Aprobado.  Gatski & McMullan, 5th ed., 
                  Wayside Publishing, 2013, (workbook fee paid in Pre-AP 
                  class).
              3.  Literatura y arte, (supplementary reading text).  8th  
                  edition, Thomson/Heinle, 2004, (supplied by instructor).
              Other references used in class:
              4.  Horizontes:  Gramática y conversación.  4th edition, 
                  Heinle & Heinle, (reference supplied by instructor).
              5.  5 Steps to a 5:  AP Spanish Language, 2008-2009, McGraw-
                  Hill, 2008.
              6.  Tertulia (AP exam practice for speaking comprehension), 
                  2nd ed., Thomson/Heinle, 2001.
              7.  Español en vivo, Conversations with Native Speakers, Pilar
                  Piñar, Yale University Press, 2005.
              8.  Gramática para la composición, Segunda edición, Georgetown
                  University Press, Whitley & González, 2007.
              9.  Repaso (workbook), Glencoe, McGraw-Hill.
             10.  Advanced Spanish Grammar.  Prado.  Wiley, Inc., 2nd ed., 
                  1997.
             11.  Abriendo puertas—Tomo I & II—Antología de literatura en 
                  español.  Nextext.  McDougal Littell, Inc., 2003.  
             12.  El cuento hispánico—A Graded Literary Anthology.  6th ed.  
                  McGraw-Hill.
             13.  AP Spanish Workbook.  2nd edition, Longman.
             14.  Abriendo paso.  Revised edition, Heinle & Heinle.
             15.  Vistas—Introducción a la lengua española.  5th edition,
                  Vistas Higher Learning, Boston; Blanco, Donley, 2016.
             16.  Galería.  Nivel avanzado, Glencoe.
             17.  Conversation in Spanish-Points of Departure, 6th edition,
                  Heinle & Heinle, Schmidt-Cruz/Sedwick, 2001.
             18.  Various handouts, CDs, Internet sources, etc.

WEB PAGE:    http://www.mwhs.gsgis.k12.va.us , also linked to its Learning

MAJOR THEMES DISCUSSED:

1. Contemporary Life
2. Family and Community
3. Global Challenges
4. Personal and Public Identities
5. Science and Technology
6. The Arts

MAJOR TOPICS DISCUSSED:

1. Vocabulary:  All topics covered in the Horizontes text and the Una vez más
                and Triángulo workbooks; plus current events, technology,
                and AP-related themes.
2. Grammar:     All indicative and subjunctive moods are reviewed, plus all 
                other topics related to exercises included on the new format 
                of the AP Exam.  Also, all concepts covered in the Una vez 
                más and Triángulo workbook editions will be presented.  
3. Culture:     Spain, Latin America:  literary works, music, art, current 
                events, etc….  The goals and objectives of all reading 
                selections are to develop good analytical and synthesis
                skills in the four main components of language-learning:
                listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Likewise, the six
                major themes of the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam 
                will be introduced:  Global Challenges, Science and 
                Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public 
                Identities, Families and Connections, Beauty and Aesthetics. 


GRADING FORMAT/ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION PROCEDURES:

50%     TESTS   (oral/written, 2-3 per marking period, major projects/essays)
30%     OTHER WRITTEN EXPRESSION   (quizzes, compositions, short essays, 
        listening comprehension, small projects, written work on oral 
        presentations, graded homework, etc.) 
20%     ORAL PROFICIENCY/HOMEWORK   (daily participation, recorded 
        activities, directed response, reactions, presentations, debates,   
        text and workbook exercises, handouts, etc.)

GSGIS AP GRADING SCALE:

100-95     A+
 94-90     A
 89-85     B+
 84-80     B
 79-75     C+
 74-70     C
 69-65     D+
 64-60     D
  59-0     F

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:

All students will follow the MLWGS student handbook and conduct guides.  
Mutual respect is of utmost importance, and consequences will be dealt with 
accordingly.  Tardiness is not tolerated, and make-up work (for excused 
absences only) should be completed in a timely manner and on an efficient 
basis.  Late work is not accepted.  The website for the class is updated 
weekly, and students should refer to it on a consistent basis.  The web page 
is also linked to the school’s homepage.  Likewise, the teacher can be 
contacted by e-mail.  Therefore, work should be completed on the assigned 
date.  Students should not hesitate to seek additional assistance when 
needed.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Each student should come prepared daily with the necessary items of pencils, 
pens and loose paper.  Additionally, each student should have a 3-ring 
binder/notebook, a good Spanish/English dictionary (the bigger, the better!), 
and consider purchasing a personal cassette voice recorder.  This is certainly
optional but strongly encouraged.  Smartphones with the capability to record
your voice are allowed.  Students should bring texts and workbooks to every
class period.  Also, students are strongly encouraged to participate in the
National Spanish Exam in March/April, for which there is a small fee.

TECHNICAL TRANSLATORS:

Using an online translator or App to manipulate text into the Spanish language
- be it a sentence, paragraph or essay - is considered an honor code violation
in this class unless specific permission has been granted otherwise by the
teacher.  Online dictionaries such as wordreference.com are permissible.  Any
suspected violation will be referred to the Honor Council.



--I look forward to a very exciting and rewarding year!       Sr. Jenkins



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