Spanish Language and Culture – APSI In-Person

AP 560.400 - Liliana Smith

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This in-person AP Spanish Language and Culture course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant Advanced Placement content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. During the overview of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum Framework, participants will examine the themes as well as the recommended contexts and overarching essential questions for exploring each theme in the new Framework. Discussion will be centered on the suggested units of the new Course and Exam Description and how to use them in the classroom. Some time will be devoted to evaluating the sample syllabus to deliver the course as well as the new resources for teachers and—and how to integrate them into classroom instruction. The Institute also will address issues of curriculum and of Pre-AP* courses. Participants will engage in a discussion of textbooks, websites, and resources available for the course. Scoring Guidelines and student samples will be used for participants to become familiar with the scoring of the free response sections of the exam. In addition, participants will develop a final project according to the needs of their students during the week, in consultation with the instructor. They also are expected to bring copies of one successful activity to share. 

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Alan Feldman

Liliana Smith

Liliana Smith received her bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Literature and Philosophy from Universidad del Valle in her native Cali, Colombia, and her master’s degree in Spanish from Framingham State University. Liliana has taught Advanced Placement Spanish Language at Weston High School (Massachusetts) since 2004. A nationally-endorsed College Board consultant, she has presented at numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops and AP Summer Institutes across the United States. Prior to this, she taught Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as at the college level as an assistant professor of philosophy for the course: Language Philosophy and Theory of Argumentation. She also developed curricula for the Colombian Secretary of Education through their outreach program for rural communities. Liliana participated in different projects with the Colombian Ministry of Education to enhance teaching practices in different school settings, including writing a textbook series that is currently used in all public schools across the country (Escuela Nueva). In the United States, she has been a College Board Consultant for more than a decade. She has participated in different World Language curricular alignment initiatives for College Readiness (Seattle, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York). Liliana also published an article about the integration of National Standards in the Spanish language classroom in The College Board Teacher’s Guide (2008). Additionally, she has been a grant reviewer for AP programs for the Department of Education. Liliana has served as an AP reader and has contributed to and has edited AP Spanish Language and Culture textbooks (Triangulo 5th edition; Cumbre and Ventanas). Liliana traveled to Cuba as part of a delegation of educators who wanted to successfully integrate Cuban history and culture into their curriculum. In her 26 years of teaching, Liliana is a strong believer in world languages education as the most powerful tool to promote cultural understanding and social change.