Spanish Language

This institute will develop the pre-A.P. curriculum through to the A.P. with strategies to develop higher level skill in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The examination in Language will be thoroughly reviewed together with the latest changes to the upcoming format. Course revised in 2014



  • Current College Board Policies
  • The College Board philosophy of access and equity
  • Strategies that promote a diversified and inclusive AP classroom
  • The focus of the free-response questions for 2015
  • The current AP Scoring Guidelines
  • The AP scoring process
  • The relevance of free response questions to the curriculum
  • Strategies to develop skills for success on the free-response section
  • A clear, working definition of critical thinking
  • The critical thinking and reading skills necessary for success on the AP Spanish Language exam
  • The importance of embedding these skills in instruction
  • Instructional strategies and activities that promote critical thinking and reading skills
  • Lessons, strategies, and activities that promote learning among students with diverse needs
  • Multiple approaches to exam content through practicing activities, lessons and strategies
  • Ideas for expanding participants repertoire of classroom activities and strategies
  • Enhanced understanding of the skills demanded by the multiple-choice section of the exam
  • A variety of review strategies that reinforce the course and ensure success on the exam
  • A variety of Web-based resources
  • The range of Pre-AP professional development workshops
  • A variety of non-College Board resources that are discipline-specific
  • Professional organizations that can aid the AP teacher
  • A review of the most useful tools of the day
  • The importance of commitment to access and equity

Day One:

  1. General Introductions and assessment of group needs and desires
  2. Discussion of the 2014 exam
  3. Discussions of the overall rigors of the entire 4-6 year language programs
    1. textbook sequencing
    2. tracking
    3. specific pre-AP topics: reading and writing
    4. equity
  4. Materials post textbook programs

Day Two:

  • Morning
    1. Teaching Speaking
    2. Teaching Listening
  • Afternoon
    1. Informal Speaking
    2. Formal Speaking

Day Three:

  • Morning
    1. Listening Activities
    2. Reading
  • Afternoon
    1. Informal Writing
    2. Formal Writing

Day Four:

  1. Development of A.P. Syllabus for the audit
  2. Presentation of Materials developed by participants
  3. Wrap-up, Conclusions

Instructor knows her subject & provided useful tips to improve our teaching.

–Past Client

Dr. Michele de Cruz-Saenz

Dr. Michele S. de Cruz-Saenz has been teaching at the Graduate, Undergraduate and Secondary levels for the past forty-four years. She has taught Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Literature since 1982, and been an A.P. reader and endorsed consultant since 1985. She is former Chairman of the Foreign Language Department in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District, PA, and currently teaches at the Delaware County Community College, Media, PA.

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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