:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP Spanish Literature and Culture for Experienced AP Teachers

Institute Code AP14002
June 10 - 13, 2014, 8AM to 4:45PM
Please note: this institute runs Tuesday through Friday.
UT Thompson Conference Center
Registration is now closed.

This AP Spanish Literature and Culture session for Experienced Teachers reviews the course learning objectives, curriculum framework, and AP exam. The session will focus on teaching several of the works from the required reading list, elaborate on resources to use when teaching the course, and develop strategies for success on the AP exam. Finally, participants in the session will develop lesson and/or unit plans.

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

  • review the Course Exam and Description
  • assess the Equity and Access statement
  • examine the course’s Learning Objectives and ALDs
  • synthesize the course themes, organizing concepts, and essential questions
  • differentiate between cultural products, practices, and perspectives
  • select and evaluate supplemental resources
  • preview and evaluate the practice exam
  • define summative and formative assessments
  • participate in a prepared unit of instruction to model formative and summative assessments
  • prepare formative and summative assessments that can be implemented immediately
  • review literary terminology
  • participate in example lessons using the new works
  • create a thematic unit or lesson for a unit
  • evaluate supplementary resources
  • reflect upon a unit of instruction
  • take the sections of the practice exam and evaluate the experience
  • select elements of the course that could be integrated into Pre-AP courses
  • share strategies for incorporating literature and culture into the Pre-AP courses
  • review the syllabus development and preparation requirements

Participants should bring:

  • Lap top or tablet computers
  • Any lessons, materials, or websites that they wish to share!

Lead Consultant: Cameron Stephen

Cameron Stephen teaches at Cy-Fair High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District located in Cypress, Texas. He has taught there since 2000 and has served as department chairman since 2009. He is a product of the AP Spanish program at Kearns High School in Salt Lake City, Utah where he took the AP Spanish Language exam as a senior in 1993. His passion for teaching was born while serving a mission for his church to the Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1996. Upon returning home, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Utah in 2000. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Houston in 2009. He has taught Pre-AP Spanish and AP Spanish Language since his first day in the classroom. He was responsible for re-starting the Native Speakers program at this school in 2001 and started the AP Spanish Literature program in 2002. When Mr. Stephen started at Cy-Fair, only 3 students participated in the AP Spanish Language exam. Now, his school regularly has more than 70 students that participate in AP Spanish Language and around 15 that participate in AP Spanish Literature on a yearly basis. He has presented several workshops and sessions at the Texas Foreign Language Association conferences. Currently, he serves as the President-Elect of the Texas Foreign Language Association. Mr. Stephen has been a College Board Consultant since 2011, conducting workshops and summer institutes. Mr. Stephen has served as a reader for the AP Spanish Literature exam since 2005 and has been a Table Leader since 2009. In 2012, Mr. Stephen became a member of the College Board’s Test Development Committee for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.

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