On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year
Teacher: Erin Weber
Teacher: Erin Weber
Who may apply: 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. A placement test and/or interview with the instructor may be required prior to enrolling in the course.
Materials: AP Spanish text (TBD)
headset with a mic
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. 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 at a time that will be determined with student input. Attendance is required.) Students should plan to invest at least an hour per day into this course.
Tuition: $775 if enrolled after June 30. $750 early bird price if tuition is paid by June 30. Cost of required text is additional.
Dates: This course will begin the first week of September and will end after the AP exam in May. We will take a one-week break for Thanksgiving and spring break and will break for two weeks at Christmas.
Instructor qualifications: This will be my first year teaching for PA Homeschoolers. I have a B.A in Spanish Education from Cedarville University and completed 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. I currently reside in central Mexico with my husband, three ornery dogs, and big, fluffy cat.
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