This course is intended for students who already have an extensive background in Spanish, and who are now starting to think about life beyond high school. While not specifically a test-prep course, this course is designed to help students develop the skills that would help them succeed on college placement or college credit tests (i.e., the CLEP test or AP test), or simply to be more successful in college-level Spanish courses. The class will be conducted almost entirely in Spanish, and will focus on topics of interest and importance. These topics will often be based around the six AP categories (Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identity, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics), but will not be restricted to those categories. Although the class is not geared toward or aligned with a specific test, Sr. Nance can help individual students make plans for the specific test or tests that they are interested in taking.
Student assignments will focus on in-depth reading and listening comprehension, correct use of vocabulary and grammar, and speaking and writing skills. Although the class will not have a grammar focus, we will spend significant time refining writing skills, including correct use of grammar and orthography.
Students will be expected to complete weekly reading, writing, speaking, and listening assignments. They should plan to spend at least five hours a week doing things in Spanish.
Who should apply?
It is recommended that students have several years of Spanish experience before enrolling in this course. Students must be willing to participate actively in a class that is taught in Spanish, and must be willing to work regularly on in-depth assignments and projects. Parents of prospective students are welcome to contact Sr. Nance by email with any questions they may have about whether this class would be a good placement for their student.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- headset and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be evaluated based on whether they have communicated effectively, as well as whether they are using correct grammar, pronunciation, and syntax. Since students learn through mistakes, they will typically be given opportunities to correct mistakes and resubmit their work. When they have questions or need help, they are welcome to email Sr. Nance, who always tries to respond to student emails within 24 hours and to grade submitted work within 48 hours.
Parents are welcome to contact the Nances with questions regarding which class to enroll their student in. Parents of enrolled students are also always welcome to contact Sr. Nance with any questions or concerns that they may have about the course.