Seville: The City where AP Spanish Literature Becomes Exciting
I signed up to take AP Spanish Literature next fall, during my senior year of high school, and as soon as I decided to take the class I became nervous. In an effort to prepare myself for what I am expecting to be a very challenging class, I decided to come to Seville and take Centro MundoLengua’s Pre-AP Spanish Literature class, and I could not be happier that I made this decision!
The program changed my outlook on AP Spanish Literature entirely and taught me so much beyond the class material. The teacher, María José, is hilarious and energetic, and her obvious excitement about literature rubbed off on my classmates and me. We rapped romances from the middle ages and turned challenging texts like Don Juan into comical role plays, complete with costumes and terrible acting.
The class was a great mix between challenging concepts and fun activities. Sometimes it was frustrating that we were the only class that had homework, but the homework was ultimately worth it because it never took long, and it allowed us to spend more class time analyzing the texts and gaining a deeper understanding of the concepts.
As much as I enjoyed my time in the classroom, the best part of the Pre-AP course was definitely the field trips. We went out into the city several times to find important literary sites. We walked around Barrio Santa Cruz to find the plaza where Don Juan originated, and we went to the Palacio de las Dueñas where Antonio Machado was born. While we were there, we read his poem “Retrato,” which mentions the garden we were sitting in. I loved seeing how the literature we were studying connected to Seville. The way we studied literary concepts in class erased my fears about AP Spanish Literature, but the field trips actually got me excited about taking the AP course in the fall. That type of connection to literature can only be experienced by travelling to the place where it originates, and I’m so grateful that Centro MundoLengua gave me the opportunity to do just that!