AP French Language and Culture Online

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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.

Course Objectives

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

Semester 1


Unit Themes




French school system

College & higher education

Life in France

Present verbs ending in –er, -ir, -oir Definite/indefinite articles Possessive adjectives

Numbers/dates review

Irregular Verbs: etre, avoir, faire, aller Adjective agreement

Double verb sentences Near future Negative

Parental authority and grading system in school

French regions


Tourism in

Francophone countries

Transportation/ Vacations

Hotels/vacations Francophone


Il y a

Geographical prepositions

Interrogatives Adverbs of location Indefinite pronouns Comparatives Expression: il faut Linking words

TGV & Eurostar trains French people &

vacations French castles

Tourism in Francophone countries

Eiffel tower French dialectsAlgeria

Importance of food in

France & Senegal


Written press Weather Television


Demonstrative pronouns


The imperative

Passé composé & past participles Imperfect

Simple past

Freedom of the press OldFrenchweather song La Fontaine fables Idiomatic expressions Victor Hugo poem French & leisure &



Midterm and AP Exam Practice

Semester 1 (Continued)


Unit Themes





Art & architecture

Passé composé vs. imperfect Plus-­­-­­-­­que-­­-­­-­­

parfait Relative pronouns

Verbs: vouloir, savoir, devoir, pouvoir


Statue of liberty: gift Rodin / Monet Museums

Paris/its bridges/

History/ monuments Tunisia Ecological habitat Lyon/its monuments/



Technology & people

Latest technology & the


Science & health

The simple future Futur antérieur Conditional Past conditionalMaking hypotheses

Idiomatic expressions w/ avoir, faire, prendre

French gadgets & inventions

Conquest of the air Air France & the Concord Difference between

French & American health systems

French scientific contributions/ Nobel prizes

Women & science


Fashion Sport


Possessive pronouns Present participle & gerund Direct object pronouns Indirect object pronouns Y vs. en

French fashion schools

Fashion & body image Fur

French perfume Baudelaire poem about


Yannick Noah & other French sport celebrities

French customs instores

Large companies accountability

Ecological clothes

Semester 2


Unit Themes




Olympic games

The NGO’s

International organizations

Verbs attached by prepositions Partitives

Tout & all its forms


Doping in Olympic games Languages of the

Olympics Humanitarian relief Doctors w/o Borders & other organizations The UN/Becoming a

translator Francophone


World catastrophes & humanitarian aid

Haiti & humanitarian aid


Franco-­­American relations

The European union

European elections

Francophone politics Acronyms

Subjunctive: how to form it Subjunctive & irregular verbs Subjunctive: when to use it


Terrorism French military

Victor Hugo and Europe

Comparison of European

& American flags Stereotyping

Europe & the treaty of Rome

European Bill of rights Colonialism/ Immigration French bill of rights European institutions

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