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ERIC Number: EJ910352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Meeting the Challenge for Curricular Change in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Wilbur, Marcia; Monk, James
Hispania, v93 n1 p101-107 Mar 2010
Courses in advanced placement (AP) Spanish language and AP Spanish literature are intended to provide students with college-level instruction comparable to a fifth- or sixth-semester conversation and composition experience and to a one-semester introduction to literature experience, respectively. In spite of clearly articulated college equivalencies for student performance on AP Spanish language and literature exams, a 2007 study conducted by Crux Research revealed that of the 100 postsecondary foreign language departments interviewed, college credit and placement policies varied widely. The results uncover a near total lack of articulation between college credits granted for AP achievement and further postsecondary instruction. This national disconnect has long gone unreported until the Modern Language Association's (MLA's) "Report to the Teagle Foundation on the Undergraduate Major in Language and Literature." Given the variations in instructional preparation time prior to AP enrollment, and a lack of consistently applied college credit and placement policies, the College Board implemented an AP course and exam review process that led to a complete curricular redesign of its AP world language offerings. The AP course and exam review for Spanish has created a curricular sequence that fosters second language proficiency, critical thinking, analytical writing, and cross-cultural communication. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A