Spanish

Acceso (Second Edition)

The Acceso curriculum, which debuted in Fall 2008, has been adopted by numerous colleges and universities and is widely used by Spanish teachers at the secondary level, particularly those teaching Advanced Placement courses. The new edition of Acceso will update existing materials, removing items that have become less relevant with the passage of time, and creating new modules that reflect more current issues like the Dreamers, Puerto Rican statehood in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Catalonian movement toward independence from Spain, and the Venezuelan government’s crackdown on political opposition.  This new edition of Acceso will also absorb content from the subsequently produced El español en los Estados Unidos, which focuses on issues of cultural identity of Spanish speakers in the United States, and will also include upgrades to the inline quizzes, the online glossary, and the explanatory grammar videos.  The new revision of the website will be released publicly in the summer of 2019, with additional modules added serially through the summer of 2022.  To aid in the adoption process, the revised edition will also debut an improved instructor resource area that will include updated daily lesson plans, sample tests, and other curricular supports, including discussion fora.

This work will be accompanied be a renewed push to promote Acceso both as an Open Access resource and as a venue for sharing curricular materials.  A series of three-day summits will be held starting in Year 2 of the grant, bringing together K-16 teachers with Dr. Rossomondo and other national leaders in Spanish language pedagogy.  Work at the initial summit will also be guided by Dr. Chris Mohn of Fort Hays State University, who will host the second summit during the summer of 2021 at her home institution, approximately 230 miles from the KU campus.  The third summit will be held at Johnson County Community College, located approximately 40 miles from the KU campus in the Kansas City metro area.