Spanish Language and Culture – APSI Online

AP 560.200 - 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. The AP Spanish Language and Culture Summer Institute is intended for both experienced and new teachers. One of the course goals involves addressing the use of authentic materials and technology in the classroom, in addition to successfully delivering the curriculum in a remote or hybrid manner. Participants will analyze in detail the exam and its rubrics, learn how to use the curriculum framework and AP classroom, address the importance of “culture,” study the modes of communication, and share best practices and techniques for successful implementation of the thematic contexts. Additionally, Participants will explore the new instructional resources the College Board implemented in the fall of 2020 (AP Classroom, daily videos, etc.). By the end of the week, participants will gain practical knowledge, instructional strategies, and innovative activities to successfully teach this course whether in-person, fully remote, or in a hybrid format.  Also, participants will review the AP Spanish Language and culture goals, curriculum, and methodology. Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies for holistic assessment and develop activities that reflect the integration of modes. Moreover, participants will use hands-on ways to incorporate technology and authentic sources into the classroom to improve the integration of skills. On a daily basis, participants will explore different websites and applications that could aid in increasing proficiency regardless of the teaching context (i.e., in-person, remote, or hybrid).  Participants will work with many authentic sources, learn how to develop and use essential questions, and sample various thematic units. Participants are strongly encouraged to “bring” a successful class activity to share.

Course Syllabus

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.