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Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institutes 2015

Spanish and French Language

Please do not call the Department of World Languages and Cultures with questions regarding this Institute.  Instead, send an e-mail to and someone will get right back to you!  Merci/Gracias!

This year's Institute is now full!  Thank you for your interest!

Winthrop University, with funding from the South Carolina Department of Education, is pleased to offer summer institutes for new and/or experienced AP Spanish Language and AP French Language teachers.  The institutes will allow teachers to explore in more depth the AP Spanish or French course, engage in specialized study for one of these courses, and earn 3 graduate Spanish or French education credits.  This fulfilling professional development experience is designed for current AP Spanish and French Language teachers and individuals hoping to add the AP endorsement to their teaching certificate to teach AP Spanish and French in the future. However, any high school Spanish or French teacher who is interested in knowing more about the AP Spanish or French Language program or theme-based language curriculum design is welcome. The course will fulfill the 45-hour requirement for the AP Spanish or French endorsement. 

Course Details

Meeting Schedule 2015

The online portion of the course will be available in early June, and assignments will be due on or by Friday, June 19th, 2015.  The on-campus portion of the course will be held on Winthrop's campus from Monday, June 22th, 2015 to Friday, June 26th, 2015.  Affordable on-campus housing and food will be available at an extra cost for the on-campus portion of the Institute.  

Course Fees

Although the Institute is tuition-free, a $200 course and registration fee will be required.  This fee includes:

  • 3 graduate credits in Spanish or French education coursework
  • AP teacher resources including practice test questions and guides for the classroom

Course Structure

The purpose of the course is to strengthen teachers' knowledge of topics and themes on the AP Spanish and French exams and to provide guidance on creating or modifying a course that promotes student success.  Participants will explore the revamped structure and content of the exam (the French exam was recently changed, and the new version of the Spanish exam will be given this May), will use the target language with the other participants and the instructors, will explore links between AP course expectations and the ACTFL standards, and will be introduced to additional tools and strategies to help their students succeed on the AP French or Spanish exam.  The institute faculty will consist of current and former AP Spanish and French high school teachers, Winthrop professors from the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and current AP readers (graders) who are up on the latest changes to the exam. Participants will investigate advanced language teaching strategies, resources in and out of the classroom, test preparation strategies, syllabus development, and the ability to reflect on experiences with other AP teachers. 

Housing Information

Housing for Winthrop University's AP Institutes will be available in Phelps Hall for $20 per night for a single room.  Cash or a credit card may be used to buy meals and snacks at any of the dining locations.

Soon after your registration is complete, we will provide you with a link to sign up for housing. Last minute requests will be considered if space is available and should be directed to

  • Each room will have a sink, but bathrooms are shared in two to four room groupings
  • Linens, sheets (extra-long), and toiletries must be provided by the participants
  • Building has Wi-Fi
  • Newly renovated (completed during the 2012-2013 academic year)
  • Laundry on site

Bills for housing will be due after the start of the course.  If your school is paying and needs to do so in advance, please contact

Parking Information

We are asking that when on-campus, you park in the following lots:
  • Residence Parking behind Phelps Hall
  • Legions Lot (Corner of Cherry Rd. and Alumni)
  • College Ave Lot (Corner of College and Myrtle)
The link below will take you to a map of on-campus parking areas:

Campus Information

A printable map of Winthrop's campus can be found here: (pdf - 347 KB)

Of particular note on the map: 
  • Phelps Hall (# 31)
  • DiGiorgio Center (campus center, activities, dining options, Starbucks) (# 16)
  • Thomson Hall (cafeteria) (# 26)
  • West Center (athletic facilities) (#14)

Other AP Institutes Offered at Winthrop

Calculus AB and Calculus BC

Please send an e-mail to with any questions you might have about any of Winthrop's Summer AP Institutes.

Gracias and Merci, and we hope to see you this summer at Winthrop!