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Spanish Language

Ken Stewart, World Language Consultant

Ken Stewart (BA International Studies and Spanish UNC-Chapel Hill; MA Spanish NC State University) is the 2006 ACTFL National Foreign Language Teacher of Year. A National Board Certified high school Spanish teacher, he has taught middle grades through college in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was a member of the standards committee for the NBPTS. Ken is a recent member of the ACTFL Board of Directors, the SCOLT Board, and the Executive Council of the AATSP. In 2014, he was the recipient of ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education K-12.

Ken has been a consultant to the College Board since 1992. He has served on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Test Development Committee, as a question leader at the AP Reading, and has been a national consultant for over 25 years. He has conducted over 200 AP and pre-AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the US as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Previously, Ken was honored as the Central North Carolina Teacher of the Year by the State of NC, Teacher of the Year by the AATSP, Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by FLANC (The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina) and as Regional Teacher of the Year by SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching). He is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences.

Ken works as a freelance world language consultant and keynote speaker. An aficionado of travel, he speaks Spanish, Portuguese and some French; he has traveled in 42 countries.

Overview

This summer institute is designed to familiarize teachers with the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam. The institute will address sample materials and classroom activities relating to the AP exam and course. Participants will be invited to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group on a daily basis. Likewise, they will leave with a toolbox of strategies to implement and successfully teach the course and improve student performance on the AP exam in May.

Topics will include the following:

  • Foundations of the Advanced Placement Program
  • Building an AP Program
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • Developing and integrating the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.
  • Teaching AP Spanish Language and Culture across themes. Using the recommended contexts & essential questions for backwards design
  • Teaching and Developing Culture in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course.
  • Developing a course syllabus for the AP Audit
  • Using authentic resources and integration of skills.
  • Building proficiency across modes of communication.
  • Developing vocabulary skills at all levels.
  • Integrating authentic literature in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.
  • Using projects in the classroom to support and develop language skills.

What participants should bring:

  • 30 copies or an electronic copy of an activity, review, game, project that has worked well in their courses previously.
  • A lap top computer or iPad is recommended.

Agenda:

Day 1: Preview of AP Spanish Language& Culture Course and Examination.
  • Introductions: Warm-up activity.
  • An introduction to the AP Program, foundations of AP.
  • Fostering Equity and Access in your classroom, building and community
  • Understanding the modes of communication and how to build proficiency across modes.
  • Understanding the role of the National Standards and the 5 C’s as they relate to AP: Communication, Comparisons, Communities, Cultures and Connections
  • Building an AP Program on your campus; developing a vertical team
  • Using the AP Themes to develop instructional units of study that integrate the modes of communication.
  • Selecting the textbook/using authentic resources.
  • An introduction to the Audit; teachers will develop a syllabus before the end of the 4 days.
  • AP Central and the AP Community. Finding and using authentic resources in the classroom.
  • The AP Spanish Language and Culture Format of the exam
  • Developing Essential Questions.
  • Understanding what is intended by “culture” in the AP Spanish Language & Culture course
  • Reflection, questions, homework assignment: Syllabus Development.
Day 2: Developing and integrating the modes of communication: focus on interpretive communication.
  • Warm up activity.
  • Questions regarding homework assignment, share out some ideas.
  • Working with Essential Questions to develop units of study that integrate the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Themes.
  • Working with thematic units.
  • Developing Written and print interpretive communication; strategies for success.
  • Developing Audio, visual and Audio Visual communication, strategies for success.
  • Using graphs, charts and maps.
  • Using graphic organizers and mind maps.
  • Using authentic literature in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Classroom.
  • Developing reading skills from level I-AP.
  • Understanding the cultural component.
  • Reflection, questions, homework assignment: A sample lesson plan.
Day 3: Developing and integrating the modes of communication: focus on interpersonal communication.
  • Warm up activity.
  • Questions regarding homework assignment, share out some ideas.
  • Developing interpersonal speaking skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples
  • Developing interpersonal writing skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples from 2018 exam to modify instruction and assess your own students
  • Using and integrating connector words.
  • Lesson planning; how, what?
  • Understanding the cultural component.
  • Reflection, questions, homework assignment: Putting it all together; an outline of a sample unit.
Day 4: Developing and integrating the modes of communication: focus on presentational communication.
  • Warm up activity.
  • Questions regarding homework assignment, share out some ideas.
  • Developing presentational speaking skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples
  • Developing presentational writing skills, activities, assessments, scoring criteria, strategies for success, building proficiency.
  • Evaluating student samples from 2018 exam to modify instruction and assess your own students
  • The persuasive essay: What is it and how to teach persuasive writing
  • The cultural comparison in presentational speaking
  • Sharing best practices
  • Evaluations & book raffle
  • Final Words of Wisdom