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Pre-AP® Strategies: AP Vertical Teams® in World Languages and Cultures

Improve language teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

This two-day workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers who will be forming and/or strengthening an AP® Vertical Team. Participants will develop standards-based instructional strategies for engaging students, align a curriculum and create an action plan for their AP Vertical Teams.

Workshop Goal:

  • Participants will learn how to align curriculum in order to develop students' linguistic and cultural proficiencies in AP world language and culture courses.

Learning Outcomes:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Implement a thematic approach to instruction using standards-based strategies for curriculum development.
  • Align a world language and culture curriculum vertically across grade levels.
  • Build an AP Vertical Team or strengthen an existing one.
  • Create an action plan for their AP Vertical Team.
  • Understand and incorporate the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century within a thematic curricular alignment.
  • Transfer new strategies to classroom practice.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Laying the Foundation (Workshop Guiding Question, Equity and Access, Overview of AP Vertical Teams)
  3. A Thematic Approach to Language Instruction
  4. Curriculum Alignment
  5. Sustaining the Vertical Team
  6. Workshop Summary and Closing

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