This is the year to visit an AP Summer Institute for German! We have been preparing our students for the AP German Language and Culture Exam for five years. How have your students fared? How have you fared with the new curriculum?
In this institute, participants will review how the exam is constructed and how best to prepare for it. Participants will also be assisted in revamping their syllabi for the AP audit, will work on preparing thematic units for the classroom, and practice developing their own materials for all levels based on authentic materials. We will be looking at some textbooks used in classrooms in Germany and decide whether we can use them in our classes. We will also discuss the role of graded readers in a classroom based on authentic materials.
Beth Smith recently retired after teaching German for 42 years. After graduating with a B.A. in modern language from Kansas State University, she received her M.A. in German education from the University of Kansas. She has served as table leader and a question leader for the AP reading and has been presenting workshops on the teaching of AP German as a College Board consultant since 1993. She co-authored a workshop for the College Board on Vertical Teaming in the Language classroom and has collaborated on a book published by the College Board to prepare students for the exam. She is a reviewer of materials on the website, AP Central, and has contributed to focus materials on reading and writing for the College Board. She worked with the College Board on materials for use in workshops to train teachers for the new AP Exam. As past national president of the American Association of Teachers of German, she has had the opportunity to work with the latest materials and pedagogy. She was honored by the AATG as National German Educator of the Year at the Secondary Level in 2006.