World Languages

Week One: June 23-26, 2014

I. 1008 AP Spanish Language and Culture for New Teachers
This AP Spanish Language and Culture workshop introduces teachers to the course learning objectives, curriculum framework, and AP exam. The session will also elaborate on resources to use when teaching the course. Finally, participants in the session will begin to develop lessons/units.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • review the Course Exam and Description
  • assess the Equity and Access statement
  • examine the course’s Learning Objectives and ALDs
  • synthesize the course themes, organizing concepts, and essential questions
  • differentiate between cultural products, practices, and perspectives
  • select and evaluate supplemental resources
  • preview and evaluate the practice exam
  • define summative and formative assessments
  • participate in a prepared unit of instruction to model formative and summative assessments
  • prepare formative and summative assessments that can be implemented immediately
  • participate in example lessons using the new works
  • create a thematic unit or lesson for a unit
  • evaluate supplementary resources
  • reflect upon a unit of instruction
  • take the sections of the practice exam and evaluate the experience
  • select elements of the course that could be integrated into Pre-AP courses
  • share strategies for incorporating literature and culture into the Pre-AP courses
  • review the syllabus development and preparation requirements
  • Participants should bring lap top or tablet computers and should bring any lessons, materials, or websites that they wish to share!

Participants should bring lap top or tablet computers and should bring any lessons, materials, or websites that they wish to share!

Cameron Stephen teaches at Cy-Fair High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District located in Cypress, Texas. He has taught there since 2000 and has served as department chairman since 2009. He is a product of the AP Spanish program at Kearns High School in Salt Lake City, Utah where he took the AP Spanish Language exam in 1993. His passion for teaching was born while serving a mission for his church to the Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1996. Upon returning home, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Utah in 2000. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Houston in 2009. He has taught Pre-AP Spanish and AP Spanish Language since his first day in the classroom. He was responsible for re-starting the Native Speakers program at this school in 2001 and started the AP Spanish Literature program in 2002. When Mr. Stephen started at Cy-Fair, only 3 students participated in the AP Spanish Language exam. Now, his school regularly has more than 70 students that participate in AP Spanish Language and around 15 that participate in AP Spanish Literature on a yearly basis. Mr. Stephen has served as a reader for the AP Spanish Literature exam since 2005 and has been a Table Leader since 2009. Mr. Stephen has been a College Board Consultant since 2011, conducting workshops and summer institutes. In 2012, Mr. Stephen became a member of the College Board's Test Development Committee for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.

Week Two: July 7-10, 2014

I. 2017 AP French Language & Culture
Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2014 AP Summer Institute program! I look forward to meeting you in July in our AP French Language and Culture "atelier". The AP French Language & Culture course has just finished its third year with the new curriculum, and students in that course have taken the third AP French Language & Culture exam. For those of us who have weathered the curriculum and exam changes directly, we will debrief together. For those of you who have not yet taught the course, we will help you prepare to do so. During our work together we will review the elements of the curriculum framework and work through the exam blueprint. We will share our activities, resources and materials, and we will have the opportunity to work together on scoring with student samples from the exam. For those teachers who have not yet the taught the course, or who have just begun to teach the course, we will look at the syllabus requirements and the audit process.

Collegial sharing will play a significant role in our work. We will come together with different levels of teaching experience, different levels of experience with the AP program, and varying degrees of knowledge as concerns the changes that have taken place. My goal, however, is that every participant have his/her needs met and that everyone gains much from our few days together.

Ms. Davara Potel worked as a corporate trainer in Paris for ten years. She began the AP French program at Solon HIgh School, Solon, Ohio, and taught French there for 25 years, serving also as the Foreign Language Department Chair. She has served as an AP Exam consultant for the AP French Language program for he College Board since 1993 and served as a Table Leader for the 1998-2012 exams. She contributed an article on improving composition skills to he Ap French Language composition theme book and participated in test development of the SAT Subject Tests in French, the AATF Grand Concours and the Test de francais international. She started conducting professional workshops around the country in 1995. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized her work in interdisciplinary approaches. Potel received the AATF Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award for the secondary level and the ISE/AATF Language matters Award. She was awarded National Board Certification in 2002. She served as a member of the AP French Language and Culture Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee for the new course. In that capacity, she co-authored a curriculum module on the environment and designed an AP French Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide. She served as the 2012-2013 secondary co-chair of the AP French Development Committee.

II. 2018 AP Spanish Language and Culture for Experienced Teachers
The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the new AP Spanish course, resources and program goals, as well as the updated AP Spanish exam and curriculum framework. You will learn strategies to develop students' language proficiency, their ability to negotiate meaning, and their understanding within the three modes of communication. You will become familiar with the themes that explore connections among language, literature, and culture through diverse global perspectives. We will study the six primary learning objective areas within the three modes of communication described by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century--interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Teachers will also learn how to expose students to authentic language from the beginning of the course.

Topics will include:

  • The AP Spanish Language and Culture course and exam
  • Drafting a syllabus that meets curricular requirements
  • Developing activities and assessments that present language in cultural contexts
  • Building students' proficiencies in the three modes of communication
  • Identifying the skills and knowledge the new AP Spanish exam will assess
  • Revising the 2014 exam's free response question
  • Creating lesson plans for the AP Spanish Language and Culture course

Dr. Marisa Perez-Bernardo is an Associate Professor at the University of Dallas. Professor Perez-Bernardo received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the Catholic Unviersity of America (Washington, D.C.). She holds an A.B.D. in English Philology from Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) and a B.A. in English Philology from Universidad de Valladolid.

Perez-Bernardo is also a consultant for the College Board in Pre-AP World Languages and Cultures, AP Spanish Language, and AP Spanish Literature. She is also serving as a Spanish Language and Culture Reviewer for the AP Course Audit. She provides AP Spanish teachers and administrators with a clear AP curricular and resource guideline, and determines if submitted syllabi meet all curricular requirements established by the AP program. Perez-Bernardo has been selected as an expert advisor for the Texas State Board of Education in its development and review of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) curriculum during 2013.