AP Spanish 4 – Language and Culture Summer Assignment
¡Felicitaciones y bienvenidos!
I am glad that you have chosen to continue your study of Spanish through the AP level. This will help you to be as well prepared as you possibly can for Spanish courses when you enroll in college or any other college-level courses.
NO Summer Assignment for AP Spanish 4: Language & Culture
There is no summer assignment for this class. However, over the summer, familiarize yourself with the language by learning Spanish songs, watching series or movies in Spanish (even if there are shows from the United States, but dubbed in Spanish), and watching Spanish and Latin American news in Spanish.
Find at least three songs in Spanish from a Spanish/Latin American country on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, or other music streaming services. Find the lyrics on the Internet and print them out. Listen to the song and sing along with the words. Then, challenge yourself to try and remember the words without looking at the lyrics sheet. Play the song every day at least once. Listen to it while you’re driving, waiting for the bus, making breakfast, or out for a run. The next week, choose a new song and repeat the process. By the end of the summer, you should have a playlist of Spanish music to share with the class! (Skill area: listening)
Films and TV
Watching movies is a great way to get exposure to authentic language. Watch a Spanish or Latin American TV show, sitcom, series, or movie on an online video streaming service such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, etc., and be sure that the original audio of the program is in Spanish (either from Spain or Latin America). You can use subtitles and set them to Spanish as well to help you read what is being said. If you’re up for a challenge, leave the sub-titles off and just enjoy the film. Set yourself a goal, such as watching movies by the same director or watching a different genre of movie every week. Watch an action movie for one week and a comedy the next, for example.
Set up a Twitter account and begin to follow the news, blogs, and other learning sites or listen to a podcast on Notes in Spanish.com. Subscribe to a Spanish news YouTube channel. News is a fantastic way to get exposure to authentic language, and now more than ever due to COVID-19 and injustices happening in our world. There are a few different ways to access the news. Find a news article on a topic you’re interested in and read it through. Read for content and meaning, trying to get the gist of what it is saying. Then read it again to get the deeper meaning and the details.
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