About the Exam

AP Spanish Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in Spanish. Students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges. To provide context and content for students to develop their skills in the modes of communication, AP Spanish Language and Culture takes a thematic approach. This framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand to qualify for college credit or placement. There are also many suggested authentic resources to support instruction throughout.

AP Central. College Board

AP Spanish Language and Culture is a course for students who have completed the Spanish 3 Honors or the Spanish 4 course, and/or have been recommended by his/her teacher for the AP level. The class will focus on both grammatical accuracy and communicative fluency. Grammatical knowledge and vocabulary will be refined and expanded so that, as a student, you will be able to more easily comprehend written and spoken Spanish, and more easily express your own ideas when writing and speaking. This class will allow you to continue to build proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking through a variety of interactive and non-interactive activities such as compositions, essays, oral presentation, skits, in-depth studies of Spanish and Latin American literature, history, and geography.

Our AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum is composed of 6 thematic units established by College Board. The units cover a variety of societal and cultural issues that are important to our global community. The end desire of teaching these units is to nurture the students’ growth as they become Global Citizens, and help them make cultural connections when comparing their individual communities to those of the Spanish Speaking world. 

AP Curricular Units
1. Families and Communities (Families in Different Societies)
2. Personal and Public Identities (The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity)
3. Beauty and Aesthetics (Influences of Beauty and Art)
4. Science and Technology (How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives)
5. Contemporary Life (Factors That Impact the Quality of Life)
6. Global Challenges (Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges)
NOTE: 2020 Exam changes due to COVID-19 (AP Class review website)

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