Las clases de AP Español del Sr. Valerio

TAREA DE VERANO

A LOS NUEVOS ALUMNOS DE AP ESPAÑOL:

Se encuentran en la página web creada en exclusivo para los alumnos de las clases de AP Español del curso 2013-2014 en La Guardia Arts.

 

El nombre de este punto de encuentro virtual, CLASSJUMP.COM, refleja muy bien la idea que conlleva estar en un curso de colocación avanzada (así se puede decir "advanced placement" en español). Ya que más que dar un "paso" (a step), estar en una clase de AP supone dar un "salto" (a jump). Es decir, un salto de una clase secundaria a una clase universitaria, a un nivel superior de aprendizaje. En el caso de ustedes, la brecha que hay que saltar es más grande todavía por el año entero de preparación que les falta. O sea que un salto, nunca mejor dicho. Y todo esto, claro, implica muchísimo más esfuerzo de parte del estudiante. Por lo tanto, para amortiguar el impacto que se produzca al saltar, el verano será la clave. Estos dos meses les servirán como el puente que puede llevarlos con bien al otro lado. Es muy importante que los alumnos de AP Español realicen una serie de tareas para prepararse para el curso. Estas tareas consisten en una variedad de actividades para el desarollo de destrezas puntuales según los objetivos del curso.

I hope you got all that. Let me now shift to English here to detail what you need to do for the summer homework. Muy importante...
  • First, register as a student and log in using your new screen name (you have to use your real name for this, not a nickname and don't forget to write the first letter of your first and last names in capital letters) and password. At this point you can also subscribe to receive regular updates. This is also a way you may contact me if you have any questions about the course or the homework.
  • Then, you can look around to familiarize yourselves with this site. Check out the articles on the right hand side, like the article on the profile of a successful language student, for example, click on some of the links (Enlaces) etc.
  • Now go to the Message Board (below this section) and click on the subject "Presentaciones". Click on "Add reply" and write a short introduction about yourself in Spanish with a minimum of 50 words. Feel free to respond to other students' posts as well.
  • Now, go back to the home page and scroll further down to start reading about the summer homework. These activities are mostly internet based so prepare to spend a good amount of time on the computer to do them. Some will require you to practice specific language skills, with most emphasizing on integrating these skills which is what makes the new format of the AP Spanish language exam more challenging (more on that later). Others are interactive and will ask you to post and react to your classmates' posts on the message board.
Each activity will require a good amount of time so as a suggestion you should do one each week over two months. If you start doing these activities no later than July 1st, you will have ample time to do all of them well. Remember there are no short cuts to mastering a language so do not rush through these activities or do them solely for the sake of getting credit. You are also strongly encouraged to use the summer to hone your Spanish speaking skills. Be creative in doing this and seek out opportunities to SPEAK SPANISH THIS SUMMER! I cannot overemphasize the importance of this one simple task. All the written portions of the homework will need to be in Spanish, unless otherwise indicated and are due on September 9th, the first day of the Fall term.

Pues ahí lo tienen. ¡Ahora toca empezar a trabajar! --pero no sin disfrutar de cada cosa buena que nos deparan las vacaciones. ¡Un feliz verano a todos!

 

AP Spanish Language and Culture