First, what are the goals of AP:
1. Develop proficiency in the Advanced Low-Mid range in each of the three modes of communication. By this we mean students are expected to:
- Engage in spoken interpersonal communication
- Engage in written interpersonal communication
- Synthesize information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources
- Synthesize information from a variety of authentic written and print resources
- Plan, produce, and present spoken presentational communications and
- Plan and produce written presentational communications.
2. The other goal of AP is to develop Global Competence! What does this mean to you? For me, it is about authentic texts as well as immersing our learners in new perspectives and the products and practices of other cultures. Take a look at ACTFLs newest position statement around Global Competence!
How do we achieve this? start with vertical articulation!
Resources: Special Interest Groups
Try the strategy small talk to help students improve on simulated conversations. Vocabulary development is critical in assisting in spontaneous communication.
Give students effective feedback! For personalized feedback, record your notes using audacity or other voice recorder to listening prompts submitted by your students.
Want students to keep a listening portfolio where they can track their progress? Have them use Audio Boom!
For student reflection feedback, use the error corrections handout to help students self reflect when engaging in presentational writing.
Here are a few resources around building skills within the interpretive mode. Engage students in active reading by completing the Draw, Speak, Summarize handout. While reading, have students engage in active reading using decoding symbols!
Allow students time to self assess and compare themselves to other AP students. Rubric Calibration amongst students and teachers really goes a long way.
AP Conferences and Workshops