AP* Spanish Language and Culture
PLU is pleased to welcome Sandra Franco as the 2013 AP* Spanish Instructor
Sandra Maciel Franco, retired Spanish teacher and Modern Languages Department Chair at University High School in Tucson, Arizona, has taught for more than
30 years. She taught Migrant Education and French at the elementary level, and Spanish language and literature at the high school and college level. She taught AP* Spanish Language for 21 years and AP* Spanish Literature for 18 years. She earned a BS in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University, with a major in Spanish and a minor in French; and a MA in Spanish Literature from Brigham Young University.
Her teaching position at the high school level included membership in the University High School Site-based Organization, the Instructional Council, and the North Central Accreditation Committee. She also served as the National Spanish Exam Coordinator for the Tucson area. She is currently a Consultant for the College Board.
She received the Scarlet and Gray Certificate of Commendation in 1998-99, Who's Who Among American Teachers in 1999, One of the Best Foreign Language Teachers award at the 2002 University of Arizona Second Language Teacher's Symposium, the National Society of High School Scholars’ Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, and “Exemplary AP* Teacher” from the College Board in 2006.
This workshop will cover the structure of the new AP* Spanish Language & Culture course and exam – culture, authentic materials, theme-based instruction, and the 3 modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. We will discuss class curriculum and strategies, as well as the school support needed in order to create and maintain a strong AP* Spanish program. Successful strategies and teaching methods for different types of students (native speakers, non-native speakers, large or small classes) will be addressed, as well as those student skills that need to be reinforced on a regular basis. Time will be devoted to analyzing and reviewing student samples, texts, and creative strategies and techniques.
Participants will be asked to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group. Participants should bring one successful activity/lesson to share with the rest of the group, and a pencil(s) for a class activity.
4 Day AP Spanish Language & Culture SyllabusDay 1
Description of the AP* Spanish Language & Culture Exam, Changes and the Course Audit
Syllabus for AP* Spanish Language & Culture
Teacher Strategies for Teaching AP* Spanish Language & Culture
Interpretive Communication, Print Texts (Reading) Ideas & Strategies
How to Teach Reading and Vocabulary
Print Texts Strategies Con’t
How to Use the Internet for Reading Comprehension
Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts (Listening) Comprehension Strategies
How to Make the Most of Internet Sites for Listening Comprehension
The Use of Music and Videos in the Classroom
Interpersonal and Presentational Writing Ideas and Strategies
Interpersonal and Presentational Writing Strategies Con’t
Interactive Writing Activities
Ideas for Writing an Excellent Composition
Review and discussion of test samples
Interpersonal and Presentational Speaking Ideas and Strategies
Using the Internet and Technology for Speaking Practice
Interpersonal and Presentational Speaking Strategies Con’t
The Use of Drawings, Videos, and Games to Practice Speaking
How to Incorporate Grammar into Speaking Assignments
Review and discussion of test samples
Sharing of methods, strategies, and techniques
Class Preparation: Please bring the titles of textbooks and supplementary materials used in class, a lesson or activity that has worked well for you, and a pencil(s) for a class activity.
University Credit: Design and present a thematic unit based on the new format for the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam. It should include objectives, student centered activities, and evaluation(s).
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