AP® Spanish Language and Culture

  • Name:

    AP® Spanish Language and Culture

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  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Spanish 3 (SPAN300v); a grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year.

AP® Spanish Language and Culture


*2019-2020 ONLY

The AP® Spanish Language and Culture course is an advanced language course in which students are directly prepared for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture test. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. The course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board: (1) global challenges, (2) science and technology, (3) contemporary life, (4) personal and public identities, (5) families and communities, and (6) beauty and aesthetics. The course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. Students should expect to listen to, read, and understand a wide-variety of authentic Spanish-language materials and sources, demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication using Spanish, gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures of Spanish speaking areas of the world, use Spanish to connect with other disciplines and expand knowledge in a wide-variety of contexts, develop insight into the nature of the Spanish language and its culture, and use Spanish to participate in communities at home and around the world. The AP® Spanish Language and Culture course is a college level course. The intensity, quality, and amount of course material can be compared to that of a third-year college course.

Special Notes:

A stable Internet connection is needed for this class since all work is done online. A minimum connection speed of 5Mbps is required. iPads are not compatible with this course.

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org. Once on the site search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.


AP® Spanish is the "elite" Spanish class at NorthStar. Some students come to this class by working their way through previous levels of Spanish courses. Other students have picked up Spanish through their life experiences, but want to take a course. Either way, we will build on your existing Spanish knowledge and help you polish it and bring it to the next level so you can get college credit for what you know.

Over the course of the year we will prepare for the AP® Spanish Exam by thoroughly reviewing Spanish grammar and exploring Hispanic cultures and civilization. We will also broaden our vocabulary to be able to discuss a broad spectrum of topics. We will practice our vocabulary and grammar by reading and listening to Spanish as well as writing and speaking Spanish. Our goal is to be able to understand a wide variety of ideas and be able to respond to those ideas with our own thoughts expressed in correct coherent Spanish.

Students who successfully complete this course should not only be able to gain college credit, they should also be able to use their Spanish in their own context.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

This was a fun class

It was fun reading the different perspectives on a topic and how others had a different thought on the same topic.

The course was easy to follow overall!

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