Spanish Language and Culture – APSI Online

AP 560.100 - Liliana Smith


This online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. During this AP Spanish Language and Culture APSI, you’ll explore the course framework, the exam, and the new 2019-20 AP resources that will help you plan and focus instruction—and give you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP Exams by the new fall deadlines. By attending this APSI, you’ll gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP teacher community, and the AP question bank.

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 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 a 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 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 and 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.