This literature course will focus on the themes for the Spanish Literature and Culture Curriculum (Las sociedades en contacto, La construcción del género, El tiempo y el espacio, Las relaciones interpersonales, La dualidad del ser y La creación literaria). Throughout the institute, participants will create units of study for the six themes which will be shared at the end of the institute. The institute will also address the components of the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam (interpretative listening, reading analysis, text explanation, text and art comparison, analysis of a single text, and text comparison).
Participants will practice grading exam samples; they will also analyze and review published texts and digital materials for the course. Strategies and teaching methods for different types of students will be addressed. Throughout the week participants will share in creating strategies for preparing students for the test, incorporating culture and literature, finding and using authentic materials, integrating skills and using them in class and for the exam, and any other AP related matter that may be of interest.
Yolanda Soliz teaches Spanish III and AP Spanish Literature and Culture at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. She taught all levels of Spanish in the Texas Public School System for 36 years and is currently teaching at an Independent College Prep School for the last 8 years. She was an AP Spanish Reader for 15 years and has been a CB Spanish consultant for the last 21 years. She has lead AP Spanish Language and Literature Institutes in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Houston.
Ms. Soliz has presented AP Spanish Language and Literature workshops at TFLA, SWCOLT, ACTFL and College Board AP National Conferences. She is a Texas Foreign Language Association past president. She currently serves as past president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Brazos Chapter and also served as National Spanish Exam coordinator. She was named TFLA Spanish Teacher of the Year in 2007 and AATSP Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013.