Yurkis testimonial - AP® Spanish workshop in Spain

AP® Spanish Language and Culture participant testimonial

By Aurore Michelin | Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Over the last two weeks, the Centro MundoLengua team has been very happy to host a group of AP® Spanish  teachers and future AP® Spanish  teachers who teach at American schools all over the world. Yurkis Mercedes, an AP® Spanish teacher at the Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language, agreed to answer some questions about her experience with the workshop.

What made you decide to come to this AP® Spanish workshop in Sevilla?

My mentor for AP® Spanish Language and Culture was Ken Stewart and he introduced me to the program. He helped me get a scholarship to be able to come to this workshop.

Could you describe a typical day during the workshop?

We started the day at 8:30 am, Ken would start with an activity useful for our AP® Spanish classes. This activity obviously would be useful to have success in our exam. Then he would target the objective of the day (two sections of the test) and activities to do in classes.

AP Spanish workshop - Ken Stewart

What do you think about the academic portion of the workshop?

Everything is very useful. These activities gave us ideas how to organize our lessons, also sharing ideas with other teachers was an excellent resource.

How is the instructor Ken Stewart?

As I said, he was my mentor and the results for the AP® exam in my classroom were 4 and 5! He is excellent! ‘Él es una enciclopedia de AP®!

How was the atmosphere during the workshop?

All the teachers were very friendly and willing to share ideas.

What do you think about the cultural activities planned during the week?

The activities were amazing. I will definitely use these experiences when teaching in my classroom. The historical content learned for each historical site we visited gave us a new perspective on how to teach my units.

How were the guides during the cultural visits?

In each cultural visit, Mario made sure to keep us engage with the history, giving us an overview of every place. He also made sure to engage us in the conversation.

What about the team at Centro MundoLengua?

All the questions I had from NYC before visiting were answered immediately. Everyone at MundoLengua was very pleasant and helpful!

Would you consider attending another one of our AP® Spanish  workshops and bringing your students in the future?

The workshop prepares each teacher very well to teach the class. I teach high school in NYC and I would love to have my students be part of this program. Unfortunately, many of my kids do not have the financial means to pay, but I will have them apply for the scholarship. Hopefully at least one of them can qualify!

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