Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students continue to develop proficiencies across the full range of the modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, and literary criticism).
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.
Review the Fall 2014 Revisions to the Spanish Literature Course and Exam Description (.pdf/109KB) for details about minor adjustments made to the course in fall 2014.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
Refer to the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Reading List.
The Glossary of Literary Terms (.pdf/956KB) is useful when planning and teaching your course.
The Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century (.pdf/2.59MB) explores the five C's of language instruction.
The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages details the 2014 reviews and updates to the standards.
The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners details the 2012 updates to the document previously known as the Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 1 (.pdf/2MB)
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2 (.pdf/1.5MB)
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 3 (.pdf/1.7MB)
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 4 (.pdf/3MB)
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page has full details about the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
Access Online Score Reports for your students.
A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
AP Course Audit Information
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The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming AP Spanish Literature and Culture workshop to register.
Developed by experts in AP instructional design, the following interactive online modules will provide you with strategies, resources, and activities for teaching an effective AP world language and culture course and building students' communicative competencies in the courses leading up to AP.
View the full suite on the online interactive modules page.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.
The AP Spanish Literature and Culture Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP Spanish Literature and Culture publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.