Coaching Students to Succeed on the AP Spanish Language Exam


For many teachers, preparing their students for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam may seem like a daunting task. We invited author José M. Diaz on the show to talk to us about how teachers can best help students prepare for the test.

Part 1: Interpretive communication and multiple choice questions

Part 2: Free Response Writing

Part 3: Speaking and Presenting

Podcast Guests:

José M. Díaz was a Spanish teacher at Hunter College High School in New York City. He has served as Chair of the AP® Spanish Language and Literature Development Committee and as Table Leader, Question Leader for the scoring of the examination. He has led workshops throughout the United States and Europe and continues to act as a consultant for the College Board. He has also written guides and articles for several College Board publications. He is the co-author of Abriendo paso: Temas y lecturas, Abriendo paso: Gramática and the AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language and Culture Exam practice workbook, among other publications. He has a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Hunter College and an M.A. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Adam Velthaus is the Product Marketing Manager for World Languages at Savvas Learning Company. He has been in educational publishing for over 25 years, and is passionate about language learning.

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Adam Velthaus

Product Marketing Manager for World Languages