AP Spanish 4 syllabus

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Español 4 AP                                                                                 Sra. Murphy Rm. 308

2017-2018                                                                                                                        hmurphy@osd.wednet.edu

Critical thinking, cultural competency, and world citizenry through language study

Course Description

              This is an Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture course. It has a curriculum comparable to a 4th or 5th semester college course and students will be held to the same level of expectations, both academically and behaviorally. Students will develop all four language skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). We will be deepening our appreciation and knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures. We will accomplish these goals through the use of authentic texts, audio, video, and more. Class will be conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to speak entirely in Spanish. Students will be given thorough preparation for the AP Language & Culture Exam on May 8th, 2018.

              There are six overarching themes around which the course is focused:

1)    Global challenges/ Los desafíos globales

2)    Science & Technology/ La ciencia y la tecnología

3)    Contemporary Life/ La vida contemporánea

4)    Personal Identities/ Las identidades personales

5)    Families & Community/ Las familias y las comunidades

6)    Beauty & Aesthetics/ La belleza y la estética

Helpful QR codes and links

Quizlet class:  “Sra. Murphy’s AP Spanish 4 (2017-2018)”

Remind class:  OR  text “@3c96bg” to the number 81010


Required materials for everyday


~Binder or folder(s) to organize all handouts and work

~Pen/pencil , highlighters or colored pens

~ Headphones/ear buds

 *Students will be using class iPads and digital recorders and are responsible for the care and appropriate use of their assigned device(s) during class.

Expectations for our learning community

~Be present, be prepared, be engaged! Often the practice we engage in during class cannot be replicated and is essential to your progress towards proficiency.

~Be honest in all your work. No online translators. Do the hard work; it pays off!

~Be respectful, open-minded, and kind.

~Only speak in Spanish! Take risks! If you aren’t making mistakes you aren’t working hard enough. J

~All AP Exam test practice is part of the curriculum and required regardless of whether you sign up for the exam. (So, why not take it?!)

~Communicate with Sra. Murphy about your questions, your progress, and class. In-person and e-mail work best.

~ A positive and open attitude is essential. You must be open to exploring and discussing the products, practices, and perspectives of others’ cultures as well as you own.

~You should expect to spend about 20-25 minutes minimum per day practicing. This may include practice of grammar concepts, study of vocabulary, listening to podcasts, watching videos, conversation practice, and more!

~Keep all handouts and graded work. You will be expected to reflect on your progress, set goals, and revisit previous practice.

~You will often be required to access materials online and occasionally print pdf’s and documents. Please plan accordingly and let Sra. M. know ahead of time if you anticipate needing extra support with access or technology.

Grading policies

·    Absent unexcused: All missed work earns a ‘0’ and OHS attendance policy is followed

·    Absent excused: Make up work promptly for credit. For extended absences a timeline will be established with Sra. M.

·    Sra. Murphy uses a point system instead of weighted categories and %s. There is no homework category.

·    Simple activities to practice a skill are expected to be done as a way of study and preparation and usually are not graded for points.

·    There are regular vocabulary quizzes and authentic source summaries/ reflections. You will need to manage your time wisely so as to avoid cramming.

·    Assignments such as AP Exam practice (persuasive essays, e-mails, etc), grammar exams, and creative projects/presentations are worth significant points.

·    No retakes.

·    No extra credit.

“Pies, para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar.” –Frida Kahlo