Expectations for AP and SUPA Courses
World Languages – AP Spanish
· Open only to students who have completed Spanish IV Honors with a 90 average or who have advanced through a placement exam.
· The curriculum has been developed by the teacher and is approved by the College Board.
· The AP language and culture exam is not a grammar test; there is no grammar section on the AP exam.
· The majority of the course assessments are skill based.
· The AP exam is “whole” language driven.
· Teachers grade throughout the year using the same rubrics which the AP readers use to grade the actual AP exam.
· Ability to handle a “seminar style” class taught solely in Spanish
· Independent lab work is assigned in addition to weekly scheduled lab time with the class
· Be able to read from novels or other sources
· Completion of regularly assigned essays from 200 words
· Grammar topics are reviewed not taught
· Proficient in the four skill areas (speaking, reading, writing & listening)
· Skills are refined at this level
· Four hours a week devoted to homework and independent work
· Summer work is assigned and assessed on the first day of class
AP Course Grading
· 20% Grammar & Vocabulary
· 20% Listening
· 20% Speaking
· 20% Reading
· 20% Writing
World Languages – SUPA Classes - French / Italian / Spanish
· Students must have completed Level IV with a 90 Average or better
· SUPA French, Italian, and Spanish is only open to seniors
· SUPA Latin is open to both juniors and seniors; prerequisite Latin III or IV
· Syracuse University sets the expectations, the requirements, chooses the required texts, sets the grading and attendance policies, caps the class size and approves the course syllabus and receives the payment.
· You cannot take a language SUPA course without paying the SUPA fee.
· Payment is due in October and is paid directly to Syracuse University.
· There is a 3 month installment payment plan available.
· Financial aid is available at a significant reduction in fee for students who qualify.
· The fee is $448.00 for four credits
· Many colleges prefer a sequence in the same language therefore it is important to consider taking a fourth or fifth year language elective.
· Upon successful completion of the course, the four transferable credits may fulfill your language core in college.
· You can be on the fast track towards obtaining a minor or perhaps double major in a language by already having completed 4 college credits.
· Earn four college credits at a substantial savings.
Opportunities – French / Spanish / Italian
· Engage in interactive speaking activities
· Read and discuss a variety of authentic texts that include current events, cultural life and literature
· Watch films, documentaries and footage in the target language
Expectations: French – Italian – Spanish
· As a rule, previously learned grammar concepts are not reviewed and the more advanced concepts are taught and reinforced.
· There are regularly assigned compositions.
· Students are responsible for adhering to the daily syllabus.
· Quizzes: There will be a vocabulary quiz for each chapter and grammar quizzes.
· Class participation: A daily grade will be given based on speaking activities.
· Examinations: There will be a comprehensive exam at the completion of each unit. Each examination will include: a verbal component listening and reading comprehension activities, grammar activities, a composition and questions on selected readings.
· No summer work is required.
· The class is conducted solely in the target language.
· Be able to read and appreciate a variety of un-adapted, authentic Latin texts, both prose and poetry
· Be able to analyze Latin grammar, syntactical constructions and vocabulary related to the readings.