Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

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AP Spanish Language and Culture 


Griselle Rodríguez


Phone Number

(856) 848-8200 *

Course Website

Google Classroom code:. pwzyd2w

Course Description

        This class is the conclusion of the sequence of Spanish courses in high school.  Completion of levels 1 through 4 is required prior to this course.  The course offers the opportunity to the students to demonstrate proficiency in the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced range by integrating the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course has been designed to provide an advance study of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  This course is conducted entirely in Spanish as a preparation for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.


Course Expectations and Assessments

        Formative and summative assessments are designed to assess the three modes of communications in the target language: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational.  Student will demonstrate the ability to communicate in the target language by using the three modes of communications mention above by writing, reading, speaking and doing presentations.  Quizzes may or may not be announced beforehand, however, test will be announced at least two days in advance.  If the student is absent the day before the test, he/she will still be expected to take the test on the announced day.


*Remember: you will be assessed on the four modes of communication: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Course Policies 

Make-up work:


If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make-up any work that you have missed the next day when you come to class.  Some exception will applied if you have missed more than two days.  If you know that you will be missing a day of school, you should ask me ahead of time for the work we will be doing.  In the event of an unexpected absence, please check Google classroom for any homework or classwork assigned. Remember that you are responsible to come prepare to class with your homework or any classwork. Copies, handouts, audios, videos and other resources can be found either in Google classroom or in the classroom folder “while you were out” labeled by Spanish level.  For test and quizzes you will have two days to make-up.   In the event of an extended absence, special arrangements will be made.  If you are absent the day before the test, you are expected to take the test in class if I announced the test before your absence.


Late work:

For each day that a project (essays) is late, your grade will drop one letter grade.  Late projects will not be accepted after 5 days. If the teacher provides time to work in class with the project the project will be due the assigned date, no project will be accepted after the due date unless there is an unexpected event.  Oral presentation is due in class.  Homeworks are due the next day before the class start.


Required and Recommended Materials 


        During my prep time or after school with prior notice. The student is responsible to contact me in advance to see if I’m available.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

It is expected that students speak Spanish during class.   Daily attendance, homework, assessment and participation will be necessary for success. There will be times when Internet activities, projects and research are assigned.  If you don’t have Internet at home, you may use the computers in the school library.  Remember to use a flash drive to save your information. Students are expected to bring the necessary materials to class.  Homework and projects are due at the assigned time.  Students who are not being able to behave appropriately and follow the classroom rules will receive a warning.  If the behavior persists, a call home will be made, for any other behavior consequences refer to the student handbook.  Students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity at all times.  Cheating includes but is not limited to copying another student’s work, using outside resources during a test or using an electronic or personal translator on assignments.


The course is divided into six thematic units guide by essential questions. Students are expected to lead discussions of the topics in Spanish.

Participation: Activities may begin as teacher-led discussions but mostly end as student- led discussions. Students are given the opportunity to offer opinions and support them, ask questions, ask for clarification, and discuss the material with each other in pairs, small groups, and as an entire class.

Integrated skills: Most class activities are integrated. Example: A lesson may begin with a reading activity in the Interpretive mode, continue with discussion in the Interpersonal mode, add in a listening task in the Interpretive mode, and then culminate with a Written Presentational activity that integrates the reading, listening, and discussion materials. Other times the writing is a pre-reading activity that prepares students for the reading and discussion. A variety of strategies and integrated skills are present throughout the course. Students will also conduct oral presentation to make cultural comparisons and simulated conversations.

Classroom rules: