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AP® Spanish Language and Culture is a challenging course taught exclusively in Spanish that helps students to improve their proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational. This course is designed to help you prepare for the AP exam, and focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources such as literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles. Students will communicate using advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication toward the advanced level. Class is conducted completely in Spanish and includes frequent writing and integration of skills with a review of grammatical structures, which are troublesome for second-language learners. Advanced organizational and analytical strategies are taught, and students will complete the c...

AP® Spanish Language and Culture is a challenging course taught exclusively in Spanish that helps students to improve their proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational. This course is designed to help you prepare for the AP exam, and focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources such as literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles. Students will communicate using advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication toward the advanced level. Class is conducted completely in Spanish and includes frequent writing and integration of skills with a review of grammatical structures, which are troublesome for second-language learners. Advanced organizational and analytical strategies are taught, and students will complete the course feeling better prepared to take the AP exam.

 

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3 years, 10 months ago
Funny the black Osborne bull wasn't used to represent Spain. The course is Spanish Language and Culture. No, it is not Catalan nor Peruvian. It's not generalized either (which in that case it would have been titled Hispanic Language and Culture). ¡Por Dios!
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4 years ago
La realidad es, que dependiendo el país de donde uno viva será la pronunciación y las palabras a usarse. España es la madre patria, pero la realidad es que no nos expresamos de la misma manera al hablar, además tenemos diferentes dialectos, frases o palabras que nos describen de donde procedemos. Así que debería ser: Podría ayudarme o Me podría ayudar.
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4 years ago
What's the point about complaining which photo represents Spanish culture? The culture is diverse, no one photo is going to represent its entirety. If we assume someone raised within a Spanish culture does not need to do a course on Spanish language and culture, then the image needs to be externally identifiable. As someone raised outside Spanish culture, bullfighting and flamenco are on the surface, representative, as would be images of conquistadores and tapas (how many are reading this with dispair?). From an external perspective it's not whether the image represents the whole culture, but what is easily identifiable and differentiating from other cultures. Seeing any of these four images triggers a recognition that this is "something Spanish".
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2/10 starsDropped
4 years, 1 month ago
First of all, let me say that I do appreciate all the effort that the team of this course put into it, although the result wasn't as successful as it could have been. I'm not a native speaker of spanish but my spanish is good enough for me to tell certain errors in grammar and pronunciation. Some of the previous reviews have already pointed out the grammatical errors so let me make a comment about the pronunciation: it looked like the instructor couldn't decide which pronunciation to adopt: the south american or the castillian.The heavy american accent only made things worse. As far as flamenco goes, I don't see any stereotyping here. Flamenco always brings Spain to mind so it makes absolute sense to use it as a reference.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Curso plagado de multitud de pequeñas incorrecciones, que llaman la atención rápidamente a un español nativo. Debería ser revisado de forma exhaustiva para corregir estos pequeños detalles. Erratas detectadas en ---la identidad personal y pública--- ---------------- --- Welcome to advanced Spanish Language and Culture --- ---------------- Hola, y bienvenidos a la clase de Spanish Language and Culture! Serán 10 semanas llenas de actualidades, literatura, y lo mas importante, vuestr-->A<--s opiniones. Como la duración del curso es 10 semanas, los estudiantes que quier--a--n tomar el examen Hay varios libros de práctica disponibles en amazon.com u otr--a-- librería en la red. ---------------- --- Naranjas.1 , current section --- ---------------- Últimamente, ¿Qué pueden hacer las comunidades, los estados y los individuos --para--- ayudar a la... Mientras leéis, --tened-- en cuenta como cambia la vida del protagonista, el papel de la familia... del protagonista, y lo que le influyó más al protagonista durante el ---transcurso--- de los años. y la manera en que --han-- ayudado a los otros inmigrantes. Es diferente de la experiencia Comprensión de lectura. Escoge la mejor respuesta basada en lo que has leído en la selección. ¿Por qué --insiste-- la madre que el protagonista siga asistiendo al colegio? Quiere comprar una casa --barata-- para su familia --> La pregunta "¿Por qué tiene que regresar el protagonista a la casa antes del fin del día escolar?" aparece duplicada ---------------- --- ¿Cómo somos? ¿Cómo parecemos a nosotros mismos? ---------------- En --vuestra-- opinión: ¿Cuáles son las características típicas de tu cultura? En el siguiente video de BBCMundo.com, “Defectos y virtudes de los brasileños, según los brasileños” --vais a oír las-- opiniones de los brasileños de cómo es ser brasi...</--s> Curso plagado de multitud de pequeñas incorrecciones, que llaman la atención rápidamente a un español nativo. Debería ser revisado de forma exhaustiva para corregir estos pequeños detalles. Erratas detectadas en ---la identidad personal y pública--- ---------------- --- Welcome to advanced Spanish Language and Culture --- ---------------- Hola, y bienvenidos a la clase de Spanish Language and Culture! Serán 10 semanas llenas de actualidades, literatura, y lo mas importante, vuestr-->A<--s opiniones. Como la duración del curso es 10 semanas, los estudiantes que quier--a--n tomar el examen Hay varios libros de práctica disponibles en amazon.com u otr--a-- librería en la red. ---------------- --- Naranjas.1 , current section --- ---------------- Últimamente, ¿Qué pueden hacer las comunidades, los estados y los individuos --para--- ayudar a la... Mientras leéis, --tened-- en cuenta como cambia la vida del protagonista, el papel de la familia... del protagonista, y lo que le influyó más al protagonista durante el ---transcurso--- de los años. y la manera en que --han-- ayudado a los otros inmigrantes. Es diferente de la experiencia Comprensión de lectura. Escoge la mejor respuesta basada en lo que has leído en la selección. ¿Por qué --insiste-- la madre que el protagonista siga asistiendo al colegio? Quiere comprar una casa --barata-- para su familia --> La pregunta "¿Por qué tiene que regresar el protagonista a la casa antes del fin del día escolar?" aparece duplicada ---------------- --- ¿Cómo somos? ¿Cómo parecemos a nosotros mismos? ---------------- En --vuestra-- opinión: ¿Cuáles son las características típicas de tu cultura? En el siguiente video de BBCMundo.com, “Defectos y virtudes de los brasileños, según los brasileños” --vais a oír las-- opiniones de los brasileños de cómo es ser brasileño. Vas a hacer una grabación de 2 minutos haciendo una --comparación-- entre... Recuerda que se --pueden-- encontrar las pautas...
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4/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 8 months ago
Although I am not a native speaker, I think my knowledge of the Spanish language is pretty good. I took this course to improve my grammar, to learn some additional vocabulary and so on, since I don't study the language systematically anymore. However, there are quite a lot of errors in spoken and written texts and phrases like "Me podías ayudarme" won't help to improve anything. Depending on the material provided next week, I will decide if I drop this course. BTW, the above-mentioned phrase should be "Podrías ayudarme?" o bien "Me podrías ayudar?"
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2/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
Dear course developers, it is nice to see a course in Spanish language and culture, but I would be more happy if the text was carefully edited (missing accents, expresions and general grammar has to be fixed) as well as some of the stereotyping. Thanks.
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2/10 starsDropped
4 years, 9 months ago
I just dropped the course after the first assignment. I don't doubt the good will of the staff and perhaps the content is amazing. I'm just surprised that in a course where so much emphasis is placed on grammar, I found in 10 minutes quite a lot of blunders (NuevO Inglaterra? SemEnalmente?) that a normal Word spell check could detect. Then, to record myself and upload a 2 minutes monologue to Youtube or Vimeo, I am just sensitive about my privacy and distrust these tools. About the usage of the flamenco bailarina as symbol of the course, I don't consider it improper. After all, thinking about Norway we might all recall fiords and trolls, about UK bobbies and fish&chips;, about Argentine the drink mate and the vast pampa plains. Isn't there more than that? Of course, but the mental association wouldn't be so strong worldwide. Having said that, I'd have chosen the Alhambra, the Doñana National Park or an Olentzero.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Bueno me parece muy interesante lo comentado sobre el tema del flamenco, su procedencia y demás, pero sin ánimo de molestar España es mucho más que flamenco, no en vano y refiriéndome a la danza exportamos bailarines, un ejemplo, Angel Corella Estrella American Ballet Theater, como Angel unos cuantos por la geografía mundial, así como científicos en la vanguardia de la investigación, trabajadores solidarios, proyectos espaciales, Picasso, Falla, Lorca, Unamuno y tantas otras personas que nos definen como pueblo y todo ello pese a los diferentes gobernantes que hemos sufrido y que han obligado a la diaspora, bien por su falta de preparación, incapacidad o simplemente ausencia total de sensibilidad hacia la cultura, la investigación. Nuestra capacidad y talento como ha terminado por encontrar la puerta por la que llegar a lugares donde hemos podido desarrollar nuestras capacidades. Un saludo a todos y encantado de compartir.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
My suggestion to previews reviews: 1\. Please read a history book instead of using wikipedia... 2\. Again... Franco is dead for good, Thanks God. Please do not use Franco to create a fairly tales about Spanish history, . 3\. Flamenco borned before Franco and your ghost... 4\. I encourage you to come to a "Sara Bara's" or "El Cigala's" flamenco concert and you will feel what is Spain itself. History of Flamenco Dance To point out the stomping feet and fiery passion is merely brushing the surface of flamenco dance. Flamenco dance, as one-third of the quintessential Spanish phenomenon of flamenco, has an extensive historical background that parallels the cultural development of Spain itself. Hailing from southern Spain's outcast populations, flamenco dance and music drew early influences from Greek and Roman and later from Indian, Moorish, and Jewish cultures. With the arrival of the Moorish and Jewish populations to the Iberian peninsu... My suggestion to previews reviews: 1\. Please read a history book instead of using wikipedia... 2\. Again... Franco is dead for good, Thanks God. Please do not use Franco to create a fairly tales about Spanish history, . 3\. Flamenco borned before Franco and your ghost... 4\. I encourage you to come to a "Sara Bara's" or "El Cigala's" flamenco concert and you will feel what is Spain itself. History of Flamenco Dance To point out the stomping feet and fiery passion is merely brushing the surface of flamenco dance. Flamenco dance, as one-third of the quintessential Spanish phenomenon of flamenco, has an extensive historical background that parallels the cultural development of Spain itself. Hailing from southern Spain's outcast populations, flamenco dance and music drew early influences from Greek and Roman and later from Indian, Moorish, and Jewish cultures. With the arrival of the Moorish and Jewish populations to the Iberian peninsula centuries ago, Andalusia's already thriving music and dance inadvertently began extracting characteristics from the newly-arrived populations. The flamenco dance and music that we see today are the dazzling results of centuries of absorbing and flawlessly sewing together elements of this myriad of diverse cultures. With the flourishing development of flamenco music emerged the equally rapid evolution of flamenco dance, which first appeared recognizeably as a structured dance in the 18th century. While flamenco's design in its origin revolves around the hearty voice of the singer, the impassioned flamenco dancers stunned audiences in special music cafés - called cafés cantantes - and quickly began stealing the show. Centuries of cultural melding later, what ironically began in caves as a form of personal expression by gypsies and other oppressed ethnicities has evolved into the flashy flamenco dance and music that has taken the world by storm.
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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Dear fellow students, I am the one that linked flamenco to Francoism and I feel I could share some more info on that -Well, these student reviews are turning info an interesting debate on Spanish culture. First, flamenco has its deep roots in Spanish history as it was first mentioned in the late 18th century. Nobody will deny neither its history nor its aesthetic value. However, it is a widely studied how flamenco, historically just performed by a minority and just in Andalusia, became an artificial national icon during Francoism. There is a lot of scholarly work in this matter. This is from Wikipedia: "Franco's Spanish nationalism promoted a unitary national identity by repressing Spain's cultural diversity. Bullfighting and flamenco were promoted as national traditions, while those traditions not considered Spanish were suppressed. Franco's view of Spanish tradition was somewhat artificial and arbitrary: while some regional traditi... Dear fellow students, I am the one that linked flamenco to Francoism and I feel I could share some more info on that -Well, these student reviews are turning info an interesting debate on Spanish culture. First, flamenco has its deep roots in Spanish history as it was first mentioned in the late 18th century. Nobody will deny neither its history nor its aesthetic value. However, it is a widely studied how flamenco, historically just performed by a minority and just in Andalusia, became an artificial national icon during Francoism. There is a lot of scholarly work in this matter. This is from Wikipedia: "Franco's Spanish nationalism promoted a unitary national identity by repressing Spain's cultural diversity. Bullfighting and flamenco were promoted as national traditions, while those traditions not considered Spanish were suppressed. Franco's view of Spanish tradition was somewhat artificial and arbitrary: while some regional traditions were suppressed, Flamenco, an Andalusian tradition, was considered part of a larger, national identity." In a similar fashion, after Franco´s death, those holding the power both in Madrid and Andalusia continued promoting, and intensively funding, an ´official´ flamenco and frequently including it in public events and national and regional TV and other media. Therefore: \- Flamenco has never been a Spanish national tradition and it is neither representative of our culture nor our nation. Same applies for any of the 20 Spanish speaking countries, as the Peruvian commentator stated below. \- Flamenco obtained its status only by the force of an totalitarian regime, in a similar way a lot of cultural expressions were imposed over others in some non free countries in the 20th centuries. This would never have happened in a free Spain, as it suggests the total indifference towards it that the majority of the population keeps today. \- Flamenco maintains its status today as a artificial icon only because of the political agenda, which in culture issues is not so far from the Francoist one. While most cultural expressions are ignored, in Andalusia flamenco permeates any cultural Government-funded cultural initiative, causing a fake image of majority cultural expression. I am very sorry that an artistic expression has become so entangled with repression and the use of culture as a political tool of corrupted elites, but that is our history and our reality, as it is true that only a negligible fraction of the world´s Spanish speaking population would consider flamenco as a symbol of our culture.
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4/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
Hi, I am Catalan and whether I feel Spaniard or not see this "flamenco" picture just ofended my region and culture. Come on...could you please stop using these stereotypes. Spain is far more than flamenco and food, in fact we are several countries living in there with different languges and culture.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
I am a Spaniard. I was reading preview reviews from my Spanish colleagues and some on them were really annoying. Once again Spanish’s idiosyncrasy arise. I was reading though the EdX course contents and I was really proud to see that St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is delivering a course based on Spanish language and culture. I encourage them to keep going doing so. I am from the very north of Spain and I don’t enjoy “flamenco” nor dance ( In an average, northern Spaniards don’t have really good skills in dancing), I have been living in Andalucia for five years of my life, but I don’t understand To use a flamenco dancer picture to attack one of the best parts of Spain and start taking about “Franco”, corruption... For general knowledge Franco was dead in 1975. Due to so I don’t see any point to link Franco with flamenco on February 2015! My goodness! we are in the XXI Century! Forget about Franco once and for all and look at the futu... I am a Spaniard. I was reading preview reviews from my Spanish colleagues and some on them were really annoying. Once again Spanish’s idiosyncrasy arise. I was reading though the EdX course contents and I was really proud to see that St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is delivering a course based on Spanish language and culture. I encourage them to keep going doing so. I am from the very north of Spain and I don’t enjoy “flamenco” nor dance ( In an average, northern Spaniards don’t have really good skills in dancing), I have been living in Andalucia for five years of my life, but I don’t understand To use a flamenco dancer picture to attack one of the best parts of Spain and start taking about “Franco”, corruption... For general knowledge Franco was dead in 1975. Due to so I don’t see any point to link Franco with flamenco on February 2015! My goodness! we are in the XXI Century! Forget about Franco once and for all and look at the future, keep an eye in our recent past and try to build a joint project. I think that these comments have very narrow minded approach ,as well, it is a biased interpretation of Spanish culture and with these comments ,sorry to say this, you only portrayed plenty of ignorance about your country and culture.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Even when flamenco could be representative of Andalucia, a region of Spain, it doesn't represent the entire country. Moreover, it does not represent the Spanish speaking world at all (I'm from Peru and flamenco means nothing to me but a nice artistic expression, as maybe for Chinese people). There are lots of very different cultures, traditions and even particular words that can be quite different from one country to another. Maybe the course should be just focused on culture from Spain or some country in particular.
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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
I agree with the edX student below. I acknowledge its cultural, aesthetic value but flamenco a) it is just related to the western area of 1 of 17 Spanish regions (BTW there are 17 regions not 50) and b) despite being overfunded and insanely promoted by both central and regional governments for decades, it attracts the attention of very little people in Spain; and less people will be attracted in the future as the old, less educated generation with its roots in the isolated period of Franco´s regime, is replaced by a younger, cultivated, international generation with broader horizons. Actually flamenco and flamenco dresses are mostly linked to Western Andalusia´s political clique, a currupt and incompetent minority that keeps tirelessly using the cultural discourse of Francoism, including all its musty icons. For those able to understand written Spanish, there is plenty of information online. N.B. Please disregard my rating, it was co... I agree with the edX student below. I acknowledge its cultural, aesthetic value but flamenco a) it is just related to the western area of 1 of 17 Spanish regions (BTW there are 17 regions not 50) and b) despite being overfunded and insanely promoted by both central and regional governments for decades, it attracts the attention of very little people in Spain; and less people will be attracted in the future as the old, less educated generation with its roots in the isolated period of Franco´s regime, is replaced by a younger, cultivated, international generation with broader horizons. Actually flamenco and flamenco dresses are mostly linked to Western Andalusia´s political clique, a currupt and incompetent minority that keeps tirelessly using the cultural discourse of Francoism, including all its musty icons. For those able to understand written Spanish, there is plenty of information online. N.B. Please disregard my rating, it was compulsory and I just wanted to make my point.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
A photo of a flamenco dancer is very useful to students like myself who browse the courses offered to choose an appropriate one to enrol on. It is a quick shorthand and draws attention. I have a home in Andalusia and flamenco and flamenco dresses are an integral part of the local culture. This course says it is for people who want to know more rather than knowing it already. What would you chose as an image? I am afraid you can't have an image from every single region of Spain, and even if you did , then novices like me would have no idea what was being portrayed. Take the course and then say whether or not the content is merely stereotypes or is more inclusive \- but don't write it off for getting our attention and a simple and effective manner.
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1/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Hello, no offense, but the image of a "flamenco dancer" illustrating and advanced course of spanish culture is just hilariuos (from an spanish person point of view). Spanish people are used to be represented just for paella and flamenco, but it's a fact this is reductionism. Spain is rich in dancing culture and fooding, beyond "tapas", "paella" and "famenco". Spain has 50 different regions (with their own political structures depending on the main goverment). Every region has it's own gastronomic and cultural folklore. This image of a flamenco dancer is reducing all the cultural differences of Spain to just one of the multiple dancing styles of one (over 50) regions of the country. Flamenco is nice and it's appreciated across the country, but it comes from just from a part of south Spain. Definitely, choosing a flamenco dancer as a symbol for the whole spanish culture is inopportune.
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