Spanish Language and Culture – APSI In-Person

AP 560.400 - José Diaz


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. 

Jose M. Diaz

José M. Díaz

José M. Díaz taught Spanish at the high school level for 41 years. He has served as a member and Chair of the AP Spanish Language and Literature Committee—and as a Table Leader and Question Leader for the scoring of the AP examination. He has led workshops throughout the United States and Europe and continues to be a consultant for the College Board. He also has written guides and articles for several College Board publications. He is the co-author of AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language and Culture ExaminationAbriendo paso: Temas y lecturasAbriendo paso: GramáticaListening Comprehension Skills for Intermediate StudentsSAT Subject Test: Spanish, and ¡En marcha!, among others.