Online for the 2023-2024 School Year
Teacher: Mrs. Weber
Who may apply: Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who are highly motivated, independent workers will be a good fit for this course. In most cases, students are required to have four years of Spanish study before enrolling in this course. In some cases, students who have come through a rigorous three-year program may be considered. Students enrolling are expected to have a high level of proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Native and heritage speakers are welcome to enroll, as long as their reading and writing skills are developed.
To apply: Please click on this form to apply for the class.
Required- TEMAS, by Vista Higher Learning, online supersite access.
(This link listed provides access to the online supersite. A digital copy of the text is a part of that site. Students wanting a hard copy of the text for purposes of having the readings in hardcopy may purchase the TEMAS textbook, either edition 1 or 2. Many, but not all, of the readings are the same in both editions. The hardcopy text is not required for the course.)
Suggested- The Ultimate Spanish Review & Practice, 4th edition (ISBN: 978-1260452396)
This text will be used for individual grammar review & practice.
headset with a mic (ability to record audio)
Course description: This course is designed to help students develop their language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and will develop their proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. The course is designed around the following six themes:
- Families in Different Societies
- The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
- Influences of Beauty and Art
- How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
- Factors that Impact the Quality of Life
- Environmental, Political, and Societal Changes
The goal of this course is that students would not only have success on the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam, but that through their preparation, students would develop a deep appreciation and understanding of other cultures, and that they would be able to engage creatively in the target language. To develop their language skills, students will study grammar and vocabulary with a focus on communicative competence, while interacting with a rich variety of everyday materials from different Spanish-speaking countries and cultures, such as advertisements, articles and news clips on current events, target language websites, videos, etc.
A typical week’s worth of assignments may include two to three reading samples (of a couple pages each), one audio listening sample, several multiple choice exercises, fill-in-the blank exercises, brief writing exercises, and one or two essays and/or recorded oral presentations. Students will interact with one another and with the instructor by way of forum discussions, presentations, and live class sessions. (Live class sessions will be held once a week on Tuesdays at 2 p.m Eastern Time. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.) Students should plan to invest 5-7 hours a week in this course.
Tuition: $800 if enrolled after June 30. $775 early bird price if tuition is paid by June 30. Cost of required text is additional.
Dates: This course will meet live each week on Tuesday at 2 p.m. (Attendance is encouraged, but not required.) Eastern time. Class will begin on August 28 and will end after the AP exam in May.. We will take a one-week break for Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, and a week of spring break during Holy Week.
Instructor qualifications: This will be my fourth year teaching for PA Homeschoolers. I have a B.A in Spanish Education from Cedarville University and earned an M.A. in Spanish through the University of Northern Iowa while studying in Querétaro, Mexico. I have taught Spanish at both the high school and university levels and have also worked in training undergrad education majors. In addition, I’ve worked as a scorer for AP Spanish exams for more than 10 years and have also taught English as a foreign or second language both online and in-person. Having a deep sense of wanderlust, I’ve traveled extensively and can never get quite enough of exploring new places and cultures. After spending the past four years living in Mexico, my husband, daughter, and I have recently returned with our three dogs to my hometown in Ohio.