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 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 14 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 their vacation home 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.
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
2021 AP* SEMINARS SUMMER INSTITUTE ONLINE
 
Day 1       
1.     Welcome, Introductions  
2.     Review of Materials and Agenda
3.     Encuesta “Circular”
4.     APSI KeyTakeaways  
5.     Navigating Dropbox, Symbaloo + AP Central
6.     Proficiency Levels /Can-Do Statements /ACTFL Workplace
7.     The new CED and Course Framework
•     Overarching Premise  
•     Themes and Recommended Contexts
•     Modes of Communication
•     Task Models
8.     Skills and Learning Objectives Activities
9.   CED Unit Guides: Unit at a Glance
10. Overview of AP* Spanish Language and Culture Exam: Modes, MCQ’s, and FRQ’s
11. 2021 AP Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Print Texts
•     Review of Task Models
•     Question Types: How do they align with skills?
•     Advanced Organizers
•     Engagement in Reading and Discussion of Challenges for ST
12. Calentamiento: Actividad en parejas 
13. Pre-Reading/Reading/Post-Reading Strategies
14. Writing Comprehension Questions in Groups
15. Online Sites for Practicing Reading Comprehension
16. Music for Reinforcing Interpretive Communication
17. Tarea para viernes: Explotar un texto para activar/practicar 6-8 destrezas lingüísticas
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Day 2
1.     Calentamiento: Encuentra la diferencias
2.     Review of Takeaways
3.     Teaching for Interculturality
•     Productos, Prácticas, Perspectivas
•     C1/C2 chart for Vertical Teaming
4.     2021 AP* Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Listening and Listening + Print
•     format and timing
•     audio text types
•     sample selections
5. Listening Strategies: pre-listening/listening/extension activities
•     BBC Estudio 834
•     Dictogloss activity
6.Online resources for practicing listening comprehension
7.Using CED for Unit Planning Unit II
8.Using Music to Practice Interpretive Communication
9. 2021 Free Response Section: Simulated Conversation 
•     format and challenges
•    scoring guidelines review
•    2021 exam practice
•    scoring student samples
10. CED Walkthrough Video
11. Unit II Planning in pairs
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Day 3 
1. Calentamiento: Dilo en tu idioma nativo
2. Takeaways Review
3. Interpreting Charts/Graphs/Infographs
4. Assessment: Formative vs. Summative
5. Instructional Strategies: Receptive Skills
6.  Teaching Strategies and Practice: Conversation Starters
7. 2021 Free Response: El ensayo argumentativo
•    PPT
•    graphic organizers
•    palabras de transición
•    engagement in essay writing: 2021 exam/sharing “posturas”
•    scoring guidelines and student samples
•    converting scores using 100% scale
8.  Instructional Strategies: Productive Skills
9. 2021 Free Response section: La comparación cultural
•    PPT
•    format and challenges
•    engagement in 2021 AP* Exam
•    scoring guidelines and student samples
10. Unit II Planning in Pairs
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Day 4
1. Calentamiento
2. Takeaways Review
3. 2021 Free Response section: E-mail Reply
          •   format and challenges
          •    scoring guidelines 
          •    2021 exam
          •    scoring student samples
4. Art as Stimulus for Interpretive and Presentational Communication
5. Un minuto de arte
6. Presentational Communication Practice: Los sucesos inesperados
7. Las charlas diarias
8. Using authentic texts to review the 6 AP Themes
9. Using authentic text as basis for the Cultural Comparison
10. AP Instructional Lesson Planning
11. AP Audit and Syllabi Options
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Day 5
1. Calentamiento
2. Takeaways Review
3. Survey: 2021 AP Exam Statistics
4. AP Classroom
5. Role of Grammar: Online Sites y Visual Spanish Grammar Images
6. Sharing Skills Assignment  
7. Despedida