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INTRODUCTION

The AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in literature written in Spanish. The course introduces students to the formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The overarching aims of the course are to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills — with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing — and to encourage them to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish.

The inclusion of “and Culture” in the title of the course reflects a purposeful alignment of the course to a standards-based Spanish curriculum. In particular, the course reflects a meaningful integration of the cultures, connections, and comparisons goal areas of the Standards. Emphasis is placed on approaching the study of literature through global, historical and contemporary cultural contexts. Teachers and students are encouraged to make interdisciplinary connections and explore linguistic and cultural comparisons. A key objective of the course is to encourage students not only to understand and retell the content of the texts they read but also to relate that content to literary, historical, sociocultural, and geopolitical contexts in Spanish.

In order to promote depth of student understanding and contextual knowledge, and especially to relieve pressure to cover a considerable breadth of material in one academic year, the required reading list for the course is reduced. With a reading list that is shorter — but certainly no less linguistically and thematically challenging — the course affords greater flexibility in instructional design and allows for more time to be dedicated to incorporating art and other media into the study of literature, and developing students’ critical reading, analytical writing, and research skills in Spanish.

The course aims to help students progress beyond reading comprehension to read with critical, historical and literary sensitivity. This is an ambitious goal, but it is hoped that when exposed to the methods of literary analysis, with its rigorous attention to linguistic detail coupled with critical interpretation and analysis, students will be able to apply the skills they acquire in this course to many other areas of learning and life.

Section
Number of
Questions
Percent
of Final
Score
Time
Section I: Multiple Choice
50%
Approx.
80 minutes
Part A Interpretive Listening
15 questions
 
Part B Reading Analysis
50 questions
 
Section II: Free Response
50%
100 minutes
Short Answers: Text Explanation
1 prompt
7.5%
Suggested
time:
15 minutes
Short Answers: Text and Art Comparison
1 prompt
7.5%
Suggested
time:
15 minutes
Essay: Analysis of Single Text
1 prompt
7.5%
Suggested
time:
15 minutes
Essay: Text Comparison
1 prompt
7.5%
Suggested
time:
15 minutes