Jorge España 

      • College Board endorsed consultant for AP Spanish Language and Culture

    This session is offered both in Event 1 (June 22-25: Tuesday through Friday) and also in Event 2 (June 28-July 01: Monday through Thursday)

    Meet your APSI Consultant for AP Spanish Language and Culture

    The sessions present a focus for teachers with experience teaching the course.

    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. Jorge led the implementation of the AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum at his current school.

    Jorge has also served as a Reader and Table Leader at the AP Spanish Language and Culture reading in Cincinnati since 2008. He 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. You may contact Jorge at or by phone at 630.222.9040

    This workshop is designed to assist teachers in developing a course for AP® Spanish Language and Culture and its Exam. During this APSI seminar, participants will have an opportunity to share and discuss their experiences of the previous year in synchronous and asynchronous learning to develop strategies and lesson plans that can be adopted and modified for the upcoming academic year.
    Participants will be asked to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group. Topics will include the following:
    • Developing and integrating the three modes of communication
    • Building proficiency
    • 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
    • Using authentic resources
    • Developing vocabulary across levels
    • Integrating authentic literature
    • Using project-based learning
    • Applying the scoring 
    At the end of this seminar, participants will have a clear understanding of how to prepare students to be successful in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course and the AP Exam.

    Session Description:

    This workshop is designed to assist Spanish teachers in developing a course for AP® Spanish Language and Culture and its Exam. The course guides teachers through the course learning objectives, curriculum framework, and AP exam.  The session will also elaborate on resources to use when teaching the course and new resources that have been made available by the College Board. Lastly, participants in the session will develop lessons/units that will be shared electronically.

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Review the Course Exam and Description
    • Assess the Equity and Access statement
    • Examine the course’s Learning Objectives and Achievement Level Descriptors
    • Synthesize the course units, themes, organizing concepts, and essential questions
    • Differentiate between cultural products, practices, and perspectives
    • Select and evaluate supplemental resources
    • Discuss how AP Classroom can be utilized to reinforce topic and skill connections
    • 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
    • Practice interpreting data within the Instructional Planning Report
    • Create a thematic unit/lesson and shared electronically
    • 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 language and culture into the Pre-AP courses
    • Review the syllabus development and preparation requirements

    Session materials:

    Each session will require a different section of the CED binder sent to participants by The College Board.

    Additional Material:

    A new idea or activity used last year in their course. 

    Teaching Method:

    Methods that will be used include but are not limited to: lecture via Zoom, interactive discussions in Zoom and

    Google Docs, project presentations, and self-study. There will be supplemental homework questions and problems that will be assigned. 


    Participants should expect to be engaged in synchronous and asynchronous instruction throughout the week. Synchronous instruction will occur for several hours during the day. Participants will be expected to attend all synchronous sessions as assigned by the instructor and complete all asynchronous assignments. If possible, finding a dedicated space for these synchronous sessions that is free of distractions from family, friends, and pets will ensure that all participants receive quality, uninterrupted instruction.


    Day 1


    • Arrival, Welcome, and Distribution of Materials
    • Announcements, Introductions and Ice Breaker Activities
    • First Day of School and Lessons Plans
      • Los Intereses Personales
      • La Educación y las Carreras Profesionales
    • Activity: Introducing a Theme
    • 5 Key Takeaways and Activity
      • Understanding the Course
      • Planning the Course
      • Teaching the Course
      • Assessing Student Progress and Understanding
      • Becoming a Member of the AP Community
    • The Course and Exam Description and Curriculum Requirements
    • Fall Registration
    • Equity and Access
    • Data Presentation and Instructional Planning Report
    • What is Culture?
    • Lesson
      • Las Identidades Personales
      • La Alegoría de la Caverna
    • Activity: Use of Fiction in AP Language
    • Reflection, Questions, Feedback

    Day 2


    • Review of Day 1 and Questions
    • Achievement Level Descriptions and Course Skills
    • Scavenger Hunt Activity
    • Lesson:
      • Los Temas Económicos
    • Sharing Activity: How to Introduce the Theme of Immigration
    • Reviewing the Exam: Multiple Choice (Interpretive Reading)
    • Reviewing the Exam: Multiple Choice (Interpretive Listening)
    • Assessment Deep Dive
    • Formative vs Summative Assessments
    • Instructional Planning
    • Create and Share a Formative Assessment
    • AP Classroom
    • Plan a Unit/Lesson of Instruction
    • El Entretenimiento y la Diversión
      • Activity: La Música en la Clase
    • Resources
    • Reflection, Questions, Feedback

    Day 3


    Review of Day 2 and Questions

    • Lesson
      • La Conciencia Social
      • Activity: Political Compass
    • Reviewing the Exam: Evaluating Student Samples and Applying the Rubrics
      • Essay
    • Reviewing the Exam: Evaluating Student Samples and Applying the Rubrics
      • Email
    • The Course Framework and Skills
    • Plan a Unit/Lesson of Instruction
    • Reflection, Questions, Feedback

    Day 4


    • Review of Day 3 and Questions
    • Lesson:
      • Las Redes Sociales
      • Activity: Theme of Technology
    • Reviewing the Exam: Evaluating Student Samples and Applying the Rubric
      • Cultural Comparison
    • Reviewing the Exam: Evaluating Student Samples and Applying the Rubric
      • Conversation
    • Preparing a Syllabus for the Course Audit
    • Preparing Students Through the Vertical Team
    • Share a Unit of Instruction
    • Reflection, Questions, Feedback and Closing