SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

George Watson Lopez
geowatlop@aol.com
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
2019 AP* SEMINARS SUMMER INSTITUTE
 
DAY 1
 
1.     Welcome and Introductions 
2.     Rompehielos  y Encuesta Circular 
3.     Review of Materials y Agenda 
4.     Navigating AP Central and Dropbox 
5.     Overview of AP Curriculum Framework and Course 
            • Overarching Premise 
            • Proficiency Levels and Can-Do Statements 
            • Themes and Recommended Contexts 
            • Focus on Language Forms vs. Communication 
            • The Six Primary Learning Objectives
  6. What is Culture? / What is Interculturality?
            • Defining products, practices, and perspectives 
            • Analyzing a cultural event/phenomenon
  7. Contextualizing Language Teaching: Essential Questions 
 8. Overview of AP* Spanish Language and Culture Exam 
9. AP* Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Print Texts

10. Pre-Reading/Reading/Post-Reading Strategies 
11. Role of Literature in AP* Spanish Language and Culture 
12. Interpreting Charts/Graphs/Infographs 
13. Music for Reinforcing Interpretive Communication 
14. Online Sites for Practicing Reading Comprehension 
15.  Assignment for Tues: “El arrepentido”
   
Day 2
 
1.   Calentamiento 
2.   AP* Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Listening
3.  Interpretive Communcation: Listening
            a. strategies: pre-listening/listening/extension activities
            b. Dictogloss activity: “El retrato”
            c. online resources
4. Mesa redonda: “El arrepentido” 
5. Using Music to Practice Interpretive Communication
6. 2019 Free Response Section: Simulated Conversation 
7. Teaching Strategies and Practice: Conversation Starters
8. Vocabulary for Interpersonal Commmunication 
9. Using Music to Practice Interpersonal Commuication 
10. Sharing Best Practices 
11. Assignment for Wed: AP* Syllabus ReviewP* Syllabus Review
 
Day 3 
 
1. Calentamiento: Dilo en tu idioma nativo 
2. 2019 Free Response section: E-mail Reply
3. Email practice and Blogging 
4. Review of Six AP* Themes: Landfill Harmonic 
5. Developing a Curriculm Unit 
6.  AP* Syllabus Discussion 
7.  AP* Audit 
8. The 2019 Cultural Comparison
9. Music as Basis for the Cultural Comparison 
10. Sharing Best Practices 
11. Assignment: AP* Textbook Analysis
 
 Day 4
 
1. Calentamiento 
2. 2019 Free Response: El ensayo persuasivo
3. AP* Access and Equity 
4. AP* Textbooks and Materials 
5.  Cultural comparison based on an audiovisual text: Tapear en Granada 
6. Las charlas diarias 
7.  2019 Digital Submission of Audios 
8. 2019 AP Resources
9. Sharing Best Practices 
10. Visual Prompts for Presentational Communication
11. Role of Grammar: Online Sites y Visual Spanish Grammar Images 
12. Final Review of Products, Practices y Perspectives 
George Watson-López taught Spanish at Walpole High School for over 35 years before retiring from public education in 2011. The son of Costa Rican immigrants, he majored in Spanish at Boston University and attained his Masters degree from Middlebury College.  George chaired the Foreign Language Dept. from 1980-2011 where he oversaw five language programs, coordinated an exchange program with Palmares, Costa Rica, and instituted a Global Studies Certification program.  In 2009 he was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers and was honored at The White House in President Obama’s first Rose Garden reception.  Currently, George is Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Besides AP* Spanish Language and Culture, George has given Pre-AP* workshops in Strategies for Vertical Teaming, Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication. He has also given numerous workshops in MA on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. For the past 12 years George has been a Table Leader at the AP Reading where he has led his table in the grading of the speaking portion of the AP* Spanish Language and Culture exam.  His publications include: EntreCulturas 1, a textbook program for teaching Spanish language and Hispanic culture to Novice level learners and “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales. 

George lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife Janet. They both enjoy traveling to Villa Watson in Costa Rica and spending time with their sons, Marcus and Michael, their daughters-in-law, Shannon and Jesse, and their granddaughter Sidney Marina.