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AP English language and composition for new and experienced teachers

Below is information from AP Summer Institute workshops that were held in August 2014. Please stay tuned for next year's lineup.

Workshop Description

This AP English Language and Composition session will focus on providing participants with the strategies, techniques, and content necessary to design a college-level course in rhetoric and argumentation. Participants will learn key strategies for critical reading and analysis of nonfiction, including the key aspects of employing the Aristotelian Triad and the canons of rhetoric. Since the primary purpose of the course is to emphasize academic writing as well as reflective writing, participants will receive several ideas for different kinds of writing exercises and writing assignments, with a focus on the Toulmin model of developing an argument. A simulated reading of the 2014 questions will be conducted, and participants will receive sample student papers and strategies for using those samples for instructional purposes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identifying the skills and concepts necessary for success in AP English Language and Composition
  • Incorporating nonfiction to develop rhetorical reading skills
  • Designing and implementing an academic writing program, with a focus on argumentation
  • Implementing key learner-based discussion strategies to develop confidence and improve college-level reading and writing success.
  • Developing strategies to achieve synthesis

Agenda Overview:


  • Overview of AP English Language course expectations
  • Course outline options
  • Rhetoric (rhetorical situation, canons of rhetoric, rhetorical analysis)


  • Rhetoric connections to 2014 exam: essay response and multiple-choice
  • Developing writing skill (implementing a pedagogy, modeling and imitation)


  • Argumentation (structuring arguments; types of arguments)
  • Argument connections to 2014 exam


  • Developing synthesis skills (writing exercises, jigsaw discussion, researched argument)
  • Synthesis connections to 2014 exam

Consultant Bio

Dr. Teri Marshall currently teaches ninth grade English and AP English Language at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas, where she also serves as English Department Chair K-12 and AP English Vertical Team Leader.  Next year marks forty years that Teri has been an educator, and she has been a Pre-AP/AP instructor and consultant for the College Board for nineteen years.  She is the primary author of the College Board’s national workshop Pre-AP: Setting the Cornerstones for the AP Vertical Team, and she has been a reader, table leader, and exam leader for the AP English Language exam since 2004.  In addition, Teri is a member of the College Board AP English Language Development Committee.  She is an active member of several national organizations, and she served as President of the Texas Council of Teachers of English from 1997-98.  In 1997, Teri received the AP Special Recognition Award for English.



Important Registration Details & Directions

The next AP Summer Institute will be June 23-26 at the downtown campus for Pre-AP courses, and August 4-7 at the main campus for AP courses. Please use the sign-up below to receive an email alert when registration opens.

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