:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP Spanish Language for New AP Teachers

Institute Code AP14015
June 23 - 26, 2014, 8:00AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center

This class has reached maximum enrollment and registration is now closed.

This workshop is designed to familiarize teachers with the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the learning objectives and the thematic organization of the course, and receive sample materials and classroom activities relating to the 2014 exam. Participants will be asked to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group on a daily basis, and develop and share thematic units based on the course goals.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • Understanding how the Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational modes of communication are assessed on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam
  • Integrating the six AP World Languages Themes in instruction, and using the recommended contexts to develop thematic units of instruction.
  • Using the Curriculum Framework’s Learning Objectives and Achievement Level Descriptions to guide instruction and feedback for improved student proficiency
  • Using authentic resources to develop language skills and cultural understanding
  • Developing vocabulary skills across the themes and contexts
  • Integrating authentic literature in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course
  • Using project based learning to integrate language proficiency and cultural knowledge

Participants should bring the following [the follow are examples]:

  • An activity, website or resource you have found helpful in building proficiency.
  • A copy of your textbook for the 2014 – 2015 school year
  • A laptop computer or other device.

Lead Consultant: Ann Mar

Ann Mar holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Currently she teaches AP Spanish Language, Spanish 3 pre-AP and 12th grade Spanish Immersion at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas, where she also serves as chairman of the LOTE department. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition, immersion education, curriculum and materials development, proficiency assessment, and teacher education. She is vice-president of the San Antonio de Béjar Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and has presented at local school districts, and at regional and national conventions, including the Texas Foreign Language Association, ACTFL, AATSP and the AP National Conference. She is a College Board Endorsed AP Consultant; she has served as a reader and table leader for the AP Spanish Language exam. Ann Mar served on the Spanish Language Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee of the College Board and currently is a member of the Test Development Committee. She is currently the College Board Liason, connecting the College Board to AP teachers. She has coauthored and edited professional development materials for the College Board, including the curriculum module El agua es vida,and El arte: ventana y espejo,

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