spanish language

<p>is barrons w/ the CDs a good choice? or should i get REA, 5 steps to a 5, stuff like that?</p>

<p>bump bump bump</p>

<p>im taking AP spanish lang also and im not ready for not a spanish speaker either...i really need to prepare myself...someone pleeease tell us which book we should buy to prepare!</p>

<p>I teach Spanish. We recommend Barrons, Tri</p>

<p>gracious! i should go and buy these books asap</p>

<p>does anyone know what the AP is like? is it very difficult for non-native people?</p>

<p>It can be pretty difficult. There are listening and speaking sections that can be difficult because it is different from what you are used to-- different situations and different voices. Whatever book(s) you get, be certain that they include CDs so that you can practice the vocal stuff. Also, practice reading and writing a lot. But, don't really worry about it. APs are not used for admission, just for placement after you are accepted. The fact that you are taking the class is sufficient for the rigor of your program. You don't even have to report the score if you don't want to.</p>

<p>kk thanks!!</p>

<p>is the class (on avg) sufficient enough to get a 3 for a non-native speaker?</p>

<p>Well, it depends on how involved both the class and the teacher are. If your teacher is good and the syllabus is varied as to what you are doing, stepping away from the textook, using authentic resources (newspapers, magazines, literature, etc.), including lots of reading, writing, speaking, listening, etc. then, s/he is preparing you well. If the class is involved in the work, not suffering from lack of motivation, etc. then, the class is doing well. My students are practically all non-native speakers. We have some, and they often struggle more in the formal language classes than the non-native speakers. Another story for another time. So, the long and short of it is that yes, good classes should result in at least a 3. The tests are designed for non-native speakers.</p>

<p>Great. My teacher is horrible so I guess I'm going to have to study alot. :P
franglish, what would the test be like for a native speaker?</p>

<p>What types of things should one be good at to do well ie 4 or 5? </p>

<p>I'm pretty good at writing although it could use some work. Also, I can better myself for the MC which is also kind of easy. The speaking and listening could use some work I think.</p>

<p>There have been a bunch of threads in the past on this forum about AP Spanish, many of which I've posted in... </p>

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<p>For the listening, I highly recommend something I've recently discovered ... news podcasts in Spanish. NPR puts out a really good one called La Matinal. The AP Spanish exam likes to use radio interviews for the listening, so listening to them on La Matinal is really helpful. Also, you get to hear a variety of accents, including speakers from Spain. </p>

<p>Also, if all of you who are preparing felt like it, you could start a thread just for writing to each other in Spanish. That would give you some extra practice.</p>