The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in the target language.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
AP Spanish 5 is a continuation of AP Spanish 4 with an emphasis on proficiency and creating with the language. Study will continue with AP themes as outlined in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Description in combination with more advanced study of Spanish grammatical structures and concepts.
AP Spanish Language and Culture course curriculum is organized around 6 specific themes that we will study throughout the year. They are as follows: Unit 1, Families and Communities; Unit 2, Personal and Public Identities; Unit 3, Beauty and Aesthetics; Unit 4, Science and Technology; Unit 5, Contemporary Life; Unit 6, Global Challenges.
AP courses are designed to be rigorous but are also very rewarding. It is expected that students that enroll in an AP course are committed to preparing for and taking the AP exam in the spring. Please refer to the Casteel High School Advanced Placement Agreement for more details.