Spanish AP - 5 honors
Melrose High School Profesora de español
Bienvenidos a la clase de español 5!

Aqui tienen varios ejercicios para que mejoren su gramática y léxico y también para que puedan conversar y escuchar mejor.

Here is your summer assignment instructions for 2011 - due on August 26th. Web pages Links are below, scroll down until you see "useful links"

To: Students taking SPANISH AP for the upcoming school year

If you are considering taking the Spanish Language AP Exam in May 2012, there are several suggestions I have for you to help you begin to prepare yourself for the test.


1. Become familiar with EVERYTHING that is published on the AP website about this exam.  The 2007 exam was radically different from those administered in prior years and many published materials you might find practice skills that no longer are tested.
2. Look at the tips that the College Board suggests for you:

3. When you have done the reading from both sites (above), please
a. send me an e-mail with a short summary (60-100 words) in Spanish of what you have learned about this exam. 
b. Include some ideas of how you will be able to study best over the course of the year. 
c. You can also include your hopes, plans, areas of concern, etc.

Once you have done these steps, you have a better idea on how to prepare yourself the most efficient way possibly. Here are some websites to help you:

1. You know that you have grammar issues to deal with (especially verb forms!)  There is the ever-famous Barbara K. Nelson site that I just LOVE:

There is also another recommended site:
A concise outline of Spanish structures.

2. For listening comprehension of native speakers. On the opening page of the site, you will find a pull-down window option for the level of speech to listen to.  They go from beginners to superior level.  If you scroll all the way over to the right after you select a topic to listen to, you will find vocabulary help, useful phrases and grammar practices to accompany your choice.  Then you can listen to a series of people talking about the same topic.  In the upper right-hand corner, there are three boxes  S  E N If you hit the S button, you can read along with the speaker. The E button gives you the English translation.  If you hit the N button, you can watch and listen to the speaker without any text appearing.  Try practicing first with all text turned off. You KNOW you will read along if the text is there!  Feel free to play the clips more than once.  At this point, you are just getting your ear attuned.  Look at the faces as they speak.  Look at the translations ONLY as a last resort.  Keep track of the tasks you listen to.

3. Practice grammar and vocabulary by using these reading resources from the BBC Mundo website.  Make this website a favorite on your computer.  It has a wealth of information in Spanish that you will be using as you do your journal entries for me each month.  []

Michelle Bachelet 
G-8 & Lat Am
For all levels:  Test your language level
Imperfect practice:
Preterite practice:
Ser v Estar:
Past tenses:
Preterite v. Imperfect:
Infinitive, Indicative or Subjunctive:
Present Subjunctive:

ASSIGNMENT #2 [E-MAILED copy due no later than 26 August 2011]:

This is the first of five TEN HOUR AP PRACTICE FORMS that you will work on.  Each quarter, you will be responsible to do such an assignment.  Start NOW to learn the most efficient way for you to work and DON’T leave everything to the last minute.  E-mail the form BUT make a copy to turn in with the documentation at the first class.

AP Spanish 5
10 hours of AP Practice

In order to receive credit for work, it must physically accompany the tally sheet.  Work accounted for on the tally sheet but is not physically present will NOT count toward the 10 hours of AP Practice. If it you did a speaking or a listening exercise, write a brief summary describing exactly what you did in the activity.  All writing must be in Spanish.

You must divide your practice into the following areas:

1.       Grammar exercises (2 hours): your AP practice books, green guide, AMSCO, or any of the approved websites below. 
• Grammar exercises must be written/printed and attached to receive credit
• Grammar exercises should be checked for correctness against an answer key, if possible.  All exercises should be marked right or wrong and then explained if wrong.

2.      Listening (2 hours): Get creative here!  You can use songs, movies, radio (see links below), listening to native speakers having conversation, AP practice books.  You must write a summary of what you did and what you got out of it!
• Washington -
• Short videos with scripts for filling in cloze-style dictations. 

3.      Writing (2 hours): Writing can be accomplished in a number of ways.  I highly suggest using composition topics from any of your AP practice books to count for some of this section.  In addition you can log onto for topics to write about, write ups from your listening or speaking, write poetry, read articles and write a summary or reaction, write e-mails/letters to friends and family, chat online in Spanish, etc.!  Any writing must be printed and put into the portfolio to count.

4.      Reading (2 hours):  You can read anything in Spanish and count it toward your hours.  There are tons of sources in addition to the BBC links I gave you above, such as: your textbooks, short stories or novels, local newspaper Nuevas Raíces (Free), online newspapers (, children´s stories (  You must write a summary of your reading in order to count toward your practice hours.

5.       Speaking (2 hours): In order to get credit for your 2 hours of speaking you can use the following:  Your textbooks to practice the informal and formal sections of the AP exam, phone conversations, hanging out speaking with friends, Mexican restaurants, Tuesday nights at C’ville Coffee from 7pm – 9pm (e-mail me to see if I’m going and I’ll meet you in the front ), any way you can use your Spanish in conversation!  You must write a summary of your conversations in order to count toward your practice hours.
*****Speaking Spanish with other non-native speakers of the language can count for only 1/2 the time!

Although you may use many different sources to accomplish your hours, I highly suggest that for some of the hours, you utilize AP Practice books to practice sections of the exam.  Half of the battle with an AP exam is getting used to FORMAT and developing STRATEGIES for each section!

Use the chart to keep the record of your work.

There is also a second grid for you to use when building a personal vocabulary list.  Make copies of the sheet and as you come across new vocabulary words, fill in the grid (write the word/draw a representative picture to help you to remember it/define the word in simple Spanish/use in a sentence to show that you know the definition.)  Try to build at least 50 words over the summer.


Me llamo ___________________________________________  

Tema Fecha/
Horas Evidencia [¿Qué hiciste? ¿Dónde?]





Vocabulario de Español

dibujo descripción oración completa

My Quia activities and quizzes
Amigos Falsos: ¿Qué quieren decir las palabras siguientes?
5) vocabulario
EL COMERCIO: La gente en el trabajo - Profesiones y oficio
6) Vocabulario Abriendo Puertas - Imagina
EL COMERCIO: Las profesiones y los oficios
7) Más practica del vocabulario de las profesiones
Cartas de amor traicionado - Práctica de voc. con sinónimos
AP Sequence of Tenses
Transition Words Vocabulary - AP Díaz Appendix D
AP Spanish (Díaz) - LAS AVES
AP Spanish (Díaz) - LAS BEBIDAS
AP DIAZ APPENDIX E - Expressions for Informal Speaking pgs. 285 - 286
Useful links
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