AP French Language and Culture Online
Our online AP French Language & Culture course is a language course in which students acquire proficiencies at the Intermediate to Pre -Advanced range, as described in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K–12 Learners. This course is designed to expand the students’ cognitive, analytical and communicative skills by promoting fluency and accuracy in the language. Language structures are introduced in context and students are asked to use them to convey meaning.
This course uses as its foundation the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) in writing and speaking, as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Furthermore, students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives.
The course is designed as an immersion experience requiring the students to use French exclusively in their reading, listening, speaking and writing. The course contains a forum where students share their own opinions and comment on other students’ posts under teachers’ supervision. The course makes great use of the Internet for updated and current material.
The course develops the six themes as required by the College Board, namely,
1. Global challenges
2. Science and technology
3. Contemporary life
4. Personal and public identities
5. Families and communities
6. Beauty and aesthetics
Materials: A French -English dictionary is recommended.
Prerequisites: High School French III/IV. The AP French course is a college level course. The intensity, quality, and amount of materials can be compared to a third -year college course.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Prepare for the AP French Exam
• Comprehensively review French grammar topics in context, ranging from basic verb conjugation to complex sentence formation
• Learn about advanced topics in French culture and civilization such as the conception of beauty, non -governmental organizations, and specific industries such as aerospace engineering, mass transit, and fashion
• Acquire new vocabulary and expressions covering the College Board’s six themes
• Achieve Intermediate to Pre-advanced proficiency levels in reading and understanding French
• Achieve Intermediate to Pre--advanced proficiency levels in writing and speaking French
• Instigate and/or carry on involved conversations in French on a wide variety of topics
• Encourage students to explore the language beyond the walls of the classroom and to become Life -long learners of French