extra help opportunities: directed study- 208, after school Tuesdays, period 6: all prearranged, por favor.
The Honors Spanish V/AP Spanish classes will run simultaneously with almost no difference in class content. All students will study the same basic vocabularies and structures, and day-to-day homework activities will be identical. Both classes will be conducted as if all were preparing for the AP Exam "Why?" you askÖ. Well itís simple and logical. The AP Exam tests studentsí language skills at a very high level. Those of you who are in AP need to prepare very hard for this exam if you are to have any chance at all of receiving a "passing" grade- 3 or higher. Although students in V Honors will not be taking this test, the skills taught in AP preparation are valid. When you continue your studies in college, or when you take a placement or admissions test for college, you also need strong language skills. Traditionally (usually but not always) students who have taken this level class have gone into college and done very well.
So whatís the difference? AP
requires a great deal of independent study. Those of you in this class
will do twice the number of reading journals and also double writing journals.
There are other grammar and strucure topics you will study independently,
and you will also be taking AP practice tests on a weekly basis. You will
meet with me one extra period per week- to be chosen now:
If you do all the activities and put effort into your work, you will do well and learn a lot. If you spend time outside of this class and its assignments practicing with the language, youíll do better. Have fun with the language. Go out some night with a classmate and try to speak only Spanish. Do it on a regular basis and see how your skills improve. Itís one of the few things you can study that you can use immediately! Think about it. If you were in AP Biology, could you go kill an animal one night a week and dissect it? Or if you were AP Physics, could you go build a nuclear bomb or a roller coaster? Watch Spanish TV. Get into a "telenovela" or watch the news in Spanish on occasion. Have a party some Saturday and watch "Sábado gigante". Go use what you know! Keep a personal journal in Spanish. Write down your thoughts & feelings; write poetry, describe things that are important to you. Do something that only you will ever see. Take notes in other, less exciting classes in Spanish. Try to create for yourself a Spanish brain. If you ever start to dream in Spanish you are getting close to that "Spanish Brain". A number of students last year got to this level. I didnít get there until I was in college. What will you do?
Class will be conducted mostly in Spanish- except when we are discussing difficult structural concepts. In these situations, describing them in Spanish would only confuse you. We will do a lot of short speaking activities. When we do rely only on your Spanish, and put total effort into the activities. Do your homework and always be prepared. Gracias.
Texts: REPASO, Aventuras Literarias, Preparing for the AP Spanish Language Exam(AP only)
Before starting new material, a thorough but brief review will be necessary. Much of this we covered in your sophomore year, so break out your old notebook.
Reading- All students will read assigned short stories, poetry and/or novels for class. Outside of class students are also responsible for keeping a reading journal. AP students will read twice per week for this, and Honors V will do one outside reading per week. These will be checked each lunes. Outside readings are from a Spanish magazine- Readerís Digest or another authentic magazine- without English. Also, students are to read from the Internet. Topics are to be varied each time and a journal must accompany each reading. Be prepared to discuss what you have read each week.
Journals: Keep track of article title, topic and source. Write down new, important, pertinent vocabulary. Write a reflection on each article/topic. Donít summarize. What does this article make you think about? Write a reflection of the topic. What I want you to do is to read, learn some vocabulary and then use what youíve learned to create your own short essay. Keep these journals in a separate notebook.
Listening: In class we will use the Preparing for the Spanish Language AP Exam tapes and books. Outside of class you will use the SAT II Preparation tapes.
Writing: You will do electronic journals- see attached sheet APís- 2 per week, Honors V-1 per week..
Speaking: In class you will get a lot of practice. Besides regular class activities, there will be lots of "AP practice situations" which are great for building skills. We will also use a number of activities I have prepared over the years to encourage thinking and expression in the language.