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 15 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 I, 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 SEMINARS – SILICON VALLEY
2022 ADVANCED PLACEMENT SUMMER INSTITUTE
AP* SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
  
Day 1 8:00 – 3:00
1. Welcome, Introductions
2. Review of Materials and Agenda
3. Encuesta: Información general sobre AP
4. APSI Required Topics
5. What is AP? / Benefits of taking AP Spanish Language and Culture?
6. ACTFL Proficiency Levels + Can-Do Statements
7. The 2020 CED: Course and Exam Description
• Overarching Premise
• Themes and Recommended Contexts
• Skills and Learning Objectives
• Modes of Communication
• Four FRQ Task Models
8. Overview of AP* Spanish Language and Culture Exam: Modes, MCQ’s, and FRQ’s
9. AP Exam Practice (CED): Task Model: Article + Chart
10. Categorizing Comprehension Questions Based on Music Lyrics
11. Features of the CED Unit Guides
12. Pre-Reading/Reading/Post-Reading Strategies
13. Online Sites for Practicing Reading Comprehension:
14. Writing Comprehension Questions (Textos auténticos)

Tarea (hora del almuerzo): Lecturas: AP Practice Exam
Tarea: CED Walkthrough Video  
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Day 2 8:00 – 3:00
1. Calentamiento: Encuentra las diferencias
2. APSI Topics Review
3. Tarea para viernes (8 Skills assignment)
4. AP Access, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
5. Integrating Culture/Teaching for Interculturality
6. Música para enseñar valores culturales: Residente
7. 2020 AP Practice Exam: Interpretive Mode: Listening
• Task Models
• format and timing
• Selecciones 2+5
8. Interpreting Charts/Graphs/Infographs
9. Listening Strategies: pre-listening/listening/extension activities
10. Online resources for practicing listening comprehension
11. 2022 Free Response Section: Simulated Conversation
a. format and challenges
b. scoring guidelines review
c. 2021 exam practice
d. scoring student samples
12. Teaching Strategies and Practice: Conversation Starters 13. Unit Guide Refinement in Pairs
  
Tarea (hora del almuerzo): Elige el mejor noticiero en línea.
Tarea para viernes: AP Skills Project
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Day 3   8:00 – 3:00
1. Calentamiento: Dilo en tu idioma                                                       
2. Required Topics Review.
3. Using Music to Practice Interpretive Communication
4.  Instructional Strategies: Receptive Skills
5. 2022 Free Response: El ensayo argumentativo
• graphic organizers
• palabras de transición
• engagement in essay writing: 2021 exam/sharing “posturas”
• scoring guidelines and student samples
• converting scores using 100% scale
6.  Instructional Strategies: Productive Skills                                          
7. 2022 Free Response section: La comparación cultural
• format and challenges
• engagement in 2021 AP* Exam
• scoring guidelines and student samples
8. Presentational Communication Practice with Images
9. Unit Guide Refinement (redux)  
 
Tarea para viernes: AP Skills Project
Tarea para mañana: AP Syllabus Review
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Day 4  8:00 – 3:00       
1.    Calentamiento:  Diálogos circulares                                                    
2.    AP Topics Review
3.    AP Audit
4.    AP Syllabus Discussion
5.    AP Classroom / AP Daily Videos / AP Classroom Treasure Hunt
6.   2022 Free Response section: E-mail Reply
a. format and challenges
b. scoring guidelines 
c.  engagement in 2021 Exam
d.  scoring student samples
7.    Art as Stimulus for Interpretive and Presentational Communication
8.    AP Instructional Report
9.   Cultural comparison w/ authentic texs: Tapear en Granada
10. Review of AP Themes: Landfill Harmonic

                                        Tarea para mañana: AP Skills Project
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DAY 5   8:00 – 12:00
1.     Calentamiento:  Mundos desiguales
2.     Required Topics Review
3.     Cortometraje for Quick-Write
4.     2022 AP Statistics
5.     Sharing Favorite Technology Tools.
6.     Mapping Out a Curricular Unit
7.     Las charlas diarias
8.     Role of Grammar: Online Sites + Visual Spanish Grammar
9.     Presenting New Vocabulary
9.     AP Summer Assignment for Students
10.   Sharing AP Skills Assignment
11.   Despedida