AP Spanish Language and Culture is an advanced course equivalent to the fifth semester of college studies in Spanish. This course is designed to help students to develop and demonstrate their level of competency in Spanish through three modes of communication:

  1. Receptive or Interpretative Communication

  2. Interactive or Interpersonal Communication

  3. Productive or Expositive Communication

Students will achieve a high level of competency in Spanish and will integrate their linguistic skills using authentic sources, in order to be able to communicate in real life situations. At the end of the course, students are expected to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.


Interpersonal Communication (30%): Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions. (Speaking and Writing)

  • Students can respond appropriately to spoken language and written texts in a variety of personal and culturally appropriate contexts.Students can interact appropriately, including negotiating meaning in a given cultural context.
  • Students can identify appropriate continuation of a conversation that implies a certain context.
  • Students can respond appropriately, or identify appropriate response, in social interactions centered on cultural acts.

Interpretive Communication (30%): Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is

heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics. (Listening and Reading)

  • Students can respond appropriately to questions (spoken language and written texts) requiring identification of main ideas, supporting details and appropriate inferences.

Presentational Communication (40%): Learners present information, concepts, and ideas

to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and

adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers. (Speaking and Writing)

  • Students can use spoken and written languages accurately to describe an event or activity in a cohesive and coherent manner.

  • Students can demonstrate cultural appropriateness through spoken and written discourse.

  • Students can compare and contrast phenomena and explain one’s preference.