SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

George Watson Lopez
geowatlop@aol.com
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
2020 AP* SEMINARS SUMMER INSTITUTE
 
Day 1 AM      
1.     Welcome, Introductions  
2.     Review of Materials and Agenda
3.     Encuesta “Circular”   
4.     Navigating documents, Symbaloo, and George’s Resources List
5.     APSI Key Takeaways  
6.     Overview of Resources and Supports for AP
7.     The new CED: Course and Exam Description  
8.     Course Development and Course Skills
• Overarching Premise  
• Modes of Communication / Themes and Recommended Contexts
• Skills and Learning Objectives Activities
• Assessment of Skills in the 4 FRQ’s
9.     CED Unit Guides: Unit at a Glance + Treasure Hunt
10. Overview of AP* Spanish Language and Culture Exam       
• 2019 AP Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Print Texts
• Review of Task Models
• Question Types: How do they align with Learning Objectives?
• Advanced Organizers
• Engagement in Reading Selection and Discussion of Challenges for Students
 
Day 1 PM       
11. Review of Reading Selections #2-5 (question types and challenges)
12. Writing Comprehension Questions in Groups of 3     
13. Pre-Reading/Reading/Post-Reading Strategies (Wordle, Predicting w. images, Notetaking, Categorizing vocabulary)
14. Online Sites for Practicing Reading Comprehension
15. Explanation of Project for Day #5                
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Day 2 AM
1.     Calentamiento: IGA en Parejas
2.     Review of Takeaways + Questions + Agenda
3.     Sharing comprehension questions
4.     Teaching for Interculturality
• Productos, prácticas, perspectivas
• C1/C2 chart for Vertical Teaming
• Canciones: Latinomamérica o Milonga del moro judío
5. 2020 AP* Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Listening and Listening+ Print
• format and timing
• audio text types
• sample selections
6. Interpreting Charts/Graphs/Infographs
7. Listening Strategies: pre-listening/listening/extension activities
• BBC Estudio 834
•  Online resources for practicing listening comprehension
8.  Unit II Planning / George will share Unit VI
 
Day 2  PM
9. Using Music to Practice Interpretive Communication
10. 2019 Free Response Section: Simulated Conversation
• format and challenges
• scoring guidelines review
• 2019 AP exam engagement
• scoring student samples
• graphic organizers/vocabulary
  11. Unit II Planning Work in Breakout Rooms
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Day 3 AM 
1.Takeaways Review + Questions + Agenda
2. El mejor noticiero discussion 
3. Teaching Strategies and Practice: Conversation Starters
• Quick Speaks: e.g. Conversaciones de un minuto
• Firma aquí
4. Assessment: Formative vs. Summative
5. 2019 Free Response: El ensayo argumentativo
• PPT
• graphic organizers
• palabras de transición
• engagement in essay writing: 2019 exam/sharing “posturas”
• scoring guidelines and one student sample
• converting scores using 100% scale
  
Day 3 PM 
6.     Review of essays
7.     Free Response section: La comparación cultural 
• PPT
• format and challenges
• engagement in 2019 AP* Exam
•   scoring guidelines and student samples
8. Unit II Planning in Breakout Rooms
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Day 4 AM 
1. Calentamiento: Dilo en tu idioma nativo  
2. Takeaways Review + Questions + Agenda
3. Instructional Strategies: Receptive and Productive Skills: un viejo amigo/nuevo amigo
4. Incorporating Instructional Startegies into Unit Plan
5. 2018 Free Response section: E-mail Reply
•format and challenges
•scoring guidelines 
• 2019 Exam
• scoring student samples
6. Art and Images as Stimuli for Interpretive and Presentational Communication
• Carmen Lomas Garza  
• Un minuto de arte
• Art as basis for the Cultural Comparison  
• Using Google Earth for Museum Tours
7. Practing Presentational Communication with Images: Los sucesos inesperados
  
Day 4 PM
8. AP Syllabi Discussion
9. Cultural comparison with authentic text: Tapear en Granada
10.AP Audit Calendar/AP Instructional Report
11. AP Access and Equity
12. Sharing Technology Tools
13. Repaso de los 6 temas: Vídeo: Landfil Harmonic
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Day 5 AM
1. Calentamiento: Diálogo circular 
2. Takeaways Review+ Questions + Agenda
3. Encuesta Circular: 2019 AP Exam Statistics
4. AP Classroom
 5. Role of Grammar: Online Sites y Visual Spanish Grammar Images
 6. Las charlas diarias
7. Sharing Skills Assignment 
8. Despedida
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 Master’s 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 13 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 granddaughters Sidney and Brynn.