SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

George Watson Lopez
geowatlop@aol.com
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
2020 AP* SEMINARS SUMMER INSTITUTE
 
DAY 1
 
1.     Welcome and Introductions  
2.     Encuesta Circular  
3.     Review of Materials y Agenda 
4.     APSI Key Takeaways 
5.     Navigating AP Central, Dropbox and Symbaloo 
6.     Review of ACTFL Proficiency Levels
7.     The CED and Course Framework
          • Themes and Recommended Contexts  
          • Modes of Communication and Task Models
          • Skills and Learning Objectives
          • Features of the new CED Unit Guides  
 8. Integrating Culture and Teaching for Interculturality
 9. Overview of AP* Spanish Language and Culture Exam 
10. The Interpretive Mode: Reading 
• print texts types
• pre-reading/reading/post-reading strategies 
• interpreting charts/graphs/infographs 
• writing comprehension questions 
• online sites for practicing reading comprehension  
11.  Explanation of Skills Assignment for Thursday
   
Day 2
 
1.     Calentamiento: Actividad en parejas
2.     Review of Takeaways 
3.     The Interpretive Mode: Reading and Listening
4.     The Interpretive Mode: Listening
• audio text types
• sample selections
• strategies: pre-listening/listening/extension activities
• online resources
5.     The Interpersonal Mode: Writing
• 2020 Email Reply: format and challenges
• scoring guidelines review
• scoring student samples
• email practice and blogging
6.     Using Music to Practice Interpretive Communication  
7.     Unit Planning
 
Day 3 
 
1.    Calentamiento: Dilo en tu idioma nativo 
2.    Review of Takeaways 
3.    CED Walkthrough
4.    Assessment: Formative vs. Summative
5.    Instructional Strategies: Receptive and Productive Skills 
6.    The Presentational Mode: Writing 
• 2020 Free Response: El ensayo argumentativo
• graphic organizers
• palabras de transición
• engagement in 2020 essay writing: introductory paragraph
• scoring guidelines and student samples
• converting scores using 100% scale
7.    The Interpersonal Mode: Speaking
• 2020 Free Response: Simulated Conversation
• format and challenges
• scoring guidelines review
• scoring student samples
• Teaching stategies and practice: Conversation Starters
8.     Unit II Planning + Lesson Plan 
 
 Day 4
 
1.    Calentamiento 
2.    Review of Takeaways  
3.    AP* Equity and Access
4.    Presentational Communication: Speaking
• format and challenges
• 2020 Free Resposne: The cultrual comparison
• scoring guidelines and student samples
• visual/audiovisual prompts for presentational communication
• las charlas diarias  
5.    AP Audit/AP Classroom/AP Registration Calendar
6.    2020 Digital Submission of Audios
7.    Role of Grammar: Online Sites y Visual Spanish Grammar Images 
8.    Sharing AP Skills Assignment  
9.    Review of AP Themes/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 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.