Jorge España

This session is offered during Event 1 June 20-23, 2023 Tuesday through Friday

Meet your consultant for AP Spanish Language and Culture: Experienced Jorge España

Jorge España has been a teacher in the West Aurora School District since 1997. He started his career in the district as a Bilingual teacher at Jefferson Middle School. In 2004, he began teaching AP® Spanish Language and AP® Spanish Literature at West Aurora High School, where he led the implementation of both the AP® Spanish Language and Culture and AP® Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum.

Jorge has served as a Reader and Table Leader at the AP® Spanish Language and Culture reading since 2008, and is a member of the AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam Development Committee. Jorge is also an AP® Spanish Language and Culture and AP® Spanish Literature and Culture consultant with the College Board®. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Aurora University and his Master’s Degree in Spanish from Roosevelt University.

This APSI  for AP® Spanish Language and Culture is designed to  provide resources and classroom activities to build, supplement and develop a curriculum using authentic materials and thematic units. Topics will include the following: Developing and integrating the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational; Proficiency across modes of communication; Teaching AP® Spanish Language and Culture across themes; Teaching and developing culture in the AP® Spanish Language and Culture course; 2020-2021 Support materials and CED (Course & Exam Description) for AP® world languages; Using authentic resources for thematic unit design; Developing vocabulary across levels; Integrating authentic literature in the AP® Spanish Language and Culture course; Using project-based learning a way to integrate and develop language skills; Applying the scoring criteria to student samples.

 Topics will include the following:

  • review the Course Exam and Description
  • assess the Equity and Access statement
  • examine the course’s Learning Objectives and ALDs
  • synthesize the course themes, organizing concepts, and essential questions
  • differentiate between cultural products, practices, and perspectives
  • select and evaluate supplemental resources
  • preview and evaluate the practice exam
  • define summative and formative assessments
  • participate in a prepared unit of instruction to model formative and summative assessments
  • prepare formative and summative assessments that can be implemented immediately
  • participate in example lessons using the new resources
  • create a thematic unit or lesson for a unit
  • evaluate supplementary resources
  • reflect upon a unit of instruction
  • take the sections of the practice exam and evaluate the experience
  • select elements of the course that could be integrated into Pre-AP courses
  • share strategies for incorporating literature and culture into the Pre-AP courses
  • review the syllabus development and preparation requirements