University and high school students are encouraged to participate in the AATSP-GA composition contests held
each year. Students are given two topics from which to choose a theme for an essay that must be written in the length of an
hour. The themes for writing and the rubrics by which the writing is judged are created for each level of ability. Students who participate
each year during their academic career receive valuable feedback regarding their progress. The contest, generally
held in March, also affords an excellent opportunity for AP students to practice writing an essay on demand, and
to receive rapid feedback.
National Spanish Exam
Members of AATSP may enter their students in the National
Spanish Exam. At this time it is the most widely used test of Spanish in the United States. The National Association
of Secondary Principals has approved the NSE and has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of contests and
The NSE exam is now exclusively administered online. See our page on the National Spanish
Exam for more details. Further questions should be directed to Stan Tucker, the NSE-GA coordinator and his contact information
is given on the AATSP-GA Board page. Just click on a board member's name to get to their email.
Another enriching activity for students of AATSP members is
the annual Immersion Camp. This camp is for high school students enrolled in Spanish II or higher who want to experience a
weekend totally immersed in the target language. Fun workshops are planned for campers to attend, such as cooking, dancing,
singing and sports. It is a great way to meet students from around the state that are excited about learning Spanish. Teachers
are encouraged to participate as "family leaders", dorm chaperones, and activity leaders. Stay tuned to this site
for updates on this year's immersion camp. Contact information is listed on the AATSP-GA Board page and in the most current
edition of Al Día. General camp information for both students and teachers can be found on this website on the
Spanish Immersion Camp page.
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica / Sociedad Hispánica de
national honor societies for students who excel in the study of Spanish and Portuguese are sponsored by AATSP. Chapters may
be created at the high school level and at the middle school/elementary level by members of AATSP. For more information about
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (high school), click on the AATSP website link on our home page and go to "Student
Involvement" or contact Michelle Peace, the Georgia state coordinator for Sociedad. For information about Sociedad
Hispánica de Amistad (middle school or elementary), click the AATSP website link on our home page and go to "Student
Involvement" or contact Theresa Anderson, the Georgia state coordinator for Amistad.
AATSP-GA offers a fall conference
for its members each year. This is a day well spent amongst other professionals with presentations made by successful and
enthusiastic teachers in the field and noted speakers. On September 21, 2013 we will hold our fall conference at Norcross
High School featuring Paul Sandrock, a popular workshop presenter and Director of Education for ACTFL.
Watch for our flyer highlighting this conference in your FLAG bag
and journal and for more information to be announced on this website as it becomes available.
Contests and Awards
Other benefits for AATSP members and their students include the following: poster contests, nominations
for Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year nominations, Teacher Mini-Grants, and the Raúl Fernández
Travel-Study Award for teachers. New in 2013 we are taking applications for the AATSP-GA Secondary School Spanish
Program Award. Please refer to those listed as coordinators for these activities on the AATSP-GA Board page for more information.