Department ofEducation

AP* Spanish Language and Culture

We are pleased to welcome Ken Stewart to the 2014 AP* Summer Institute!

Registration is now open - Register before June 1 to get Early Bird price!

Instructor Bio

Ken Stewart (BA International Studies and Spanish UNC-Chapel Hill; MA Spanish NC State University) is the 2006 ACTFL National Foreign Language Teacher of Year. He currently teaches Spanish IV and AP Spanish Language and Culture at Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he is department chair.  Ken has taught middle school through university levels of Spanish. He is the liaison for the dual language program at his school. Ken received his National Board Certification in 2003 and was recertified in 2012. He was an original member of the WLOTE standards committee for the initiation of NBPTS. Ken is a recent member of the ACTFL Board of Directors, he was a member of the SCOLT Board, and the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Ken has been involved for many years with the College Board. He was a commissioner for the AP World Language Course and Exams redesign. Currently, he is a member of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Test Development Committee, a question leader at the AP Reading, and has been a national consultant for over 20 years. He has conducted over 100 AP and pre-AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the US as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Ken is the author of The Golden Age Art of Spain, Spanish Flip-O-Matic Vocabulary (2004) and Lazarillo de Tormes; A Kaplan Spanish Language and Culture Vocabulary-building novel (2004), Spanish I Cliff  Notes Quick Reference (2011) and Mary Glasgow Scholastic Magazines (2012-2013).

Previously, Ken was honored as the Central North Carolina Teacher of the Year by the State of NC, Teacher of the Year by the AATSP, Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by FLANC (The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina) and as Regional Teacher of the Year by SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching). He is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences.

Ken is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese; he has traveled in 40 countries, most recently studying in  

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil and in the Heilongjiang province of China.


Course Information

This summer institute is designed to familiarize teachers with the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam. The course will provide sample materials and classroom activities relating to the new exam and recent changes to the course. Participants will be invited to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group on a daily basis. Likewise, they will leave with a toolbox of strategies to implement and successfully teach the course.

Topics will include the following:

  • Foundations of the Advanced Placement Program
  • Building an AP Program, how to involve all teachers, developing an AP Vertical Team.
  • Developing and integrating the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.
  • Teaching AP Spanish Language and Culture across themes.  Using the recommended contexts & essential questions for backwards design
  • Teaching and Developing Culture in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course.
  • Developing a course syllabus for the AP Audit
  • Using authentic resources and integration of skills.
  • Building proficiency across modes of communication.
  • Developing vocabulary skills at all levels.
  • Integrating authentic literature in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.
  • Using projects in the classroom to support and develop language skills.

What participants should bring:

  • 30 copies or an electronic copy of an activity, review, game, project that has worked well in their courses previously.
  • A lap top computer or iPad is recommended.


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