Course: AP Spanish Language

Informal Speaking-Simulated Conversation

Informal Speaking-Simulated Conversation

This is an example of the interpersonal mode of communication. This task integrates listening and speaking in an informal setting of a conversation role-play.

It is important that you recognize the context in which this simulated conversation occurs. You must understand the context and instantly recall vocabulary and grammatical forms you will need to express yourself in that situation.

Tips for Part B - Informal Speaking

Below are some suggested activities to help you practice your ability to integrate listening and speaking skills simultaneously as well as improve your “comfort zone” level for impromptu speaking in public.

  1. Speak only in Spanish when in your AP course. Daily practice will build fluency, perfect accent and intonation, increase vocabulary and the use of circumlocution to express more complicated ideas. Your conversations with neighboring partners should also be exclusively in Spanish.

  2. Participate in and organize classroom debates. Choose controversial topics of interest and divide yourselves in groups according to the position that each one takes. Either the instructor or another student can facilitate as moderator.

  3. Record a podcast or another form of recording and submit the audio recording to your instructor. Discuss the topic in extended discourse. Analyze both positions of a topic and take a stand on one side. You should be able to speak for at least three continuous minutes. You may not use any notes nor should you pause from time to time.

  4. Have a telephone conversation with another student and practice a topic over the telephone.

  5. Research presentations by using authentic Spanish language newspapers published outside of the US. Submit a summary of facts and personal opinion to the class without notes. Have a short question/answer period from your classmates.

  6. Play the role of a political candidate. Prepare a campaign speech or a state of the union address, in which you attempt to persuade the audience to vote for you or to agree with the way in which you are running the country.

  7. Familiarize yourself with an appendix that lists useful expressions for Informal Speaking (simulated conversation). This list should include but not be limited to the following conversational expressions for the following subtopics.

    1. Accepting an invitation

    2. Turning down an invitation

    3. Expressing apathy

    4. Expressing agreement/disagreement

    5. Expressing probability

    6. Expressing surprise/regret

    7. Expressing an alternative

    8. Asking for permission

  8. Review verbs in conversation such as
    Acepta Comunica Da Explica Menciona Pregunta
    Aconseja Convence Describe Expresa Ofrece Recomienda
    Agradece Cuenta Di Finaliza Pide Sugiere



Test Taking Strategies

  1. Familiarize yourself with the College Board official AP rubric for this task.
  2. Read the conversational outline carefully before beginning. Follow the natural course of the conversation.
  3. Make sure you say something when prompted.
  4. Check your responses as you speak. You can self correct yourself in mid speech.
  5. Stay within the general theme of the conversation.
  6. Be sure to fill the entire 20-second allotment, even if you must repeat or rephrase what you have already said.
  7. Be mindful of pronunciation, grammatical structures, and suitable vocabulary.
  8. Speak clearly and loudly.
Now let's take a look at and listen to an actual Informal Speaking - Simulated Conversation from the 2007 AP Spanish Language and Composition Exam.