From CollegeBoard:The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is comparable to a high intermediate or advanced low level college or university Spanish language course. Emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication in real life tasks, it focuses on developing your abilities in the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) and strengthening your cultural competencies through theme-based instruction based on a variety of authentic resources, such as: newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blogs, advertisements, television programs, films, music, video clips, and literature. Grammar and vocabulary are developed through contextualized study. The course objectives are to help you:
understand Spanish spoken by native speakers at a natural pace, with a variety of regional pronunciations;
develop the ability to interpret audio, audio-visual and written authentic sources in Spanish without dependence on a dictionary;
engage in active two way conversations in Spanish using appropriate register and communication strategies;
present your opinions and view points, develop arguments and express yourself by describing, narrating, and inquiring in Spanish, both orally and in writing, with reasonable fluency, using different strategies for different audiences and communicative contexts;
understand the significance of an array of cultural products, practices and perspectives from around the Spanish-speaking world and make comparisons of them to those in your own community
The course is structured around six themes:
Themes facilitate the integration of language, content, and culture and promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts. The themes may be combined, as they are interrelated.
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Tips for Success from CollegeBoard
Take every opportunity to use the language as much as you can. Participate actively in class discussions, get to know exchange students and other advanced students of the language, or connect with students from around the world using technology. Don't worry about making mistakes, just use the language. If you find yourself struggling to remember a word, think about another way of expressing your idea.
In this mode of communication, you'll need to be able to ask and answer a variety of questions, exchange information and ideas, and state and support your opinions. You'll also need to interact appropriately in formal and informal situations.
You should read, listen to and watch a variety of materials from countries where the language you are studying is spoken. Explore your personal interests and find podcasts, websites, and videos that are especially interesting. Learn about current events by watching the news or reading online newspapers and magazines. For enjoyment, watch movies or cartoons, read stories, or listen to music. The important thing is you are using your language skills—and learning something about the cultural products, practices and perspectives of the places where the language is spoken.
In this mode of communication, you'll need to be able to understand main ideas and some details, recognize purpose and points of view, and think about perspectives different from your own. You don't have to understand every word to be successful.
Being able to present your ideas in an organized way to various audiences is an important aspect of communication. Presentational Communication includes telling a story, making a speech, writing an essay or movie review, and making a presentation to your classmates or members of the community. No matter what the situation, you'll need to prepare your thoughts and ideas in an organized fashion to reach your audience effectively.
In this mode of communication, you'll need to be able to organize your presentation around a main idea and develop it in a logical fashion with relevant details and support. Depending on the goals of your presentation, you'll need to be able to narrate, explain, compare, or persuade.