AP Spanish Language and Culture with WE Service

  • I am happy to be your Spanish instructor this year and I am here to help and guide you through the learning process.   My purpose as a Spanish teacher is to provide a friendly, challenging, and supportive classroom environment.  It is my goal to create students who are able to communicate with native speakers in a spontaneous, fun and creative way.


    I am sincerely happy that you are taking Spanish 4/AP Spanish and Culture as your “elected” World Language; and that you recognize that in today’s global community, competence in more than one language is an essential part of communication and cultural understanding.   I am delighted you understand that studying an additional language not only provides you with the ability to express thoughts and ideas, but also provides you with access to perspectives and knowledge only available through the language and culture.


    I am originally from Panama but I have lived in Seattle for 25 years. I love reading English and Spanish, listening to music, and dancing tango. I earned a BA in Spanish at Santa María La Antigua University in Panama.   I also hold a Master’s in Education--Curriculum and Instruction through Seattle Pacific University.  I have a total of 23 years of teaching in the public schools of Washington State.   Here at Jackson, I have 12 years teaching Spanish subjects. 


    My expectation is to have a positive, fun, and exciting learning experience in this class.   This class is conducted entirely in Spanish and is focused on improving reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities. To successfully focus on improving these abilities, we will use the five national foreign language standards in the classroom according to the ACTFL:  LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING, WRITING and understanding of Spanish CULTURE.  Also to better prepare for the AP Spanish Test, the three modes of communication will be used: INTERPRETIVE, INTERPERSONAL, AND PRESENTATIONAL.   All three modes are interrelated as part of the AP Spanish Test.  


    Regarding the AP Spanish Test, you will be highly encouraged to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam in May.  The skills you develop during the class are highly useful for university level coursework and for knowing Spanish well. We will be doing practice activities throughout the year to prepare for it and a full practice exam prior to the test.  Students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam may be granted college credit through some colleges and universities. Students who score at least a 3 and meet English language requirements will receive a Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas and transcripts.


    Also, students enrolled in the Spanish 4/AP Spanish and Culture will participate in a service learning project: The AP with WE Service Experience.   The AP with We Service Experience is tied closely to what you are learning in the classroom, enhances your leadership skills, critical thinking abilities, and civic engagement.  As a class you may design a project that has positive impact on local, national, and global issues.   At the completion of the project, students earn a service-learning recognition on their transcripts.   For more information, see flyer at the following link https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/the-ap-with-we-service-experience.pdf.


    The attached syllabus lists a variety of authentic materials, chosen themes, and other topics in order for students to understand the culture through the language and capitalize on the strengths and interests.   Spanish 4/AP Spanish and Culture Syllabus--College Board  and AP Spanish Language and Culture Syllabus.