SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

George Watson Lopez
geowatlop@aol.com
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.
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
2018 AP* SEMINARS SUMMER INSTITUTE
 
DAY 1
 
1.     Welcome and Introductions
2.     Rompehielos  y Encuesta Circular
3.     Repaso de Materiales y Agenda
4.     Navigating AP Central and Dropbox
5.     Overview of 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
                           (Almuerzo)
 8. Calentamiento
 9. Overview of AP* Spanish Language and Culture Exam
    AP* Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Print Texts
a. Format and Timing
b. Types of Readings
c.  Question Types
d.  Engagement in Reading and Discussion of Challeneges
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
a. format and timing
b. audio text type
c. sample selections
4.  Interpretive Communcation: Listening
a. strategies: pre-listening/listening/extension activities
b. Dictogloss activity: “El retrato”
c. online resources
5. Mesa redonda: “El arrepentido”
6. Using Music to Practice Interpretive Communication
                           ( Almuerzo)
7. 2018 Free Response Section: Simulated Conversation 
a. format and challenges
b. scoring guidelines review
c. 2018 exam practice
d. scoring student samples
8. Teaching Strategies and Practice: Conversation Starters
 a.  Diálogos dirigidos
b.  Diálogos circularesc.  Charla en el metro
d.  Sucesos inesperados
e.  Diálogos de un minuto
9. Vocabulary for Interpersonal Commmunication
10. Using Music to Pratice Interpersonal Commuication
11. Sharing Best Practices
12. Assignment for Wed: AP* Syllabus Review
 
Day 3 
 
1. Calentamiento: Dilo en tu idioma nativo
2. 2018 Free Response section: E-mail Reply 
a. format  and challenges (bosquejo, registro, etc.)
b. scoring guidelines  
c. 2017 Exam
d. scoring student samples
3. Email practice and Blogging
4. Repaso de los Seis Temas de AP*: Landfill Harmonic
5. Developing a Curriculm Unit
                                    ( Almuerzo)
7.  AP* Syllabus Discussion
8. AP* Audit
9. La comparación cultural oveview: PPT
10. La comparacion cultural: AP* Practice Exam or 2016
11.  2018 Free Response section: La comparación cultural
a. format and challenges
b. engagement in 2018 AP* Exam
c. scoring guidelines and student samples
12. Music as Basis for the Cultural Comparison
13. Sharing Best Practices
14. Assignment: AP* Textbook Analysis
 
 Day 4
 
1. Calentamiento
2. 2018 Free Response: El ensayo persuasivo
• graphic organizers
• palabras de transición
• engagement in essay writing
• scoring guidelines and student samples
3. AP* Access and Equity
4. AP* Textbooks and Material
                            ( Almuerzo)
5.  La comparacion cultural basada en un texto audiovisual: Tapear en Granada
6. Las charlas diarias
7.  2019 Digital Submission of Audios
8. Sharing Best Practices
9. Art as Stimulus for Interperetive and Presentational Communication
10. Role of Grammar: Online Sites y Visual Spanish Grammar Images
11. Marca documental: Repaso Final de Productos, Prácticas y Perspectivas
12. Evaluations
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 ten 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: “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales and EntreCulturas 1, a recently published high school textbook program for teaching Spanish language and Hispanic culture to Novice level learners.

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