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Foreign Language   ( Week 1 )
Pre-AP Spanish (Combined teachers)
Angela McCollum
Target grade(s): grade 8-12

Course Description

Pre-AP Spanish course is an activity-based approach which will provide participants with practical strategies, materials and recommendations for developing and maintaining a successful program which is designed to prepare students for AP Spanish Language/Literature and Culture.

This workshop will focus on the following topics:
An overview of the AP Spanish Language and Literature Culture Exams.
Strategies and ideas to incorporate the AP six themes
Presentation of materials and online resources.
Tips for vertical and horizontal alignment for Pre-AP Spanish.
Strategies and activities for increasing proficiency in the four language skills.
Ideas and materials for integrating technology, art, music, culture and literature.
Participant sharing session of activities, assessment, projects and ideas.

Items to Bring

  • 30 copies of a favorite project, tape, music, video, assessment, professional/student organizations, tests, online resources or any other successful activity to share with other participants.
  • Post-it notes, note paper, note taking supplies.
  • Read the novel:In The Time of the Butterflies by Julie Alvarez prior to the institute and bring your copy of the novel to the institute (English version: ISBN 10-100452274426, Spanish version: ISBN 10978-0452286867).
  • Lap top/computer device

Biographical Sketch for Angela McCollum

Angela McCollum teaches PreAP and AP Spanish at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. She has a BA in Spanish from Florida State University and a MA in Education Administration from Texas Woman's University. She studied at the Yale College Teacher Preparation Program PIER-Latin American Studies at Yale University and Austin College Foreign Language Technology and Immersion Program in Texas. She received a fellowship to the College Board Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is selected as Who's Who Among American Teachers and Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women. Ms. McCollum has served on state and local textbook panels for Spanish and established, developed and chaired the Foreign Language Department. In addition to teaching the aforementioned subjects, she teaches AP Spanish Language and Literature and has taught Spanish for Heritage speakers. She has also served as a reader for the AP Spanish Language exam.


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