AP French Language and Culture

This course follows the guidelines and procedures specified by the College Board® AP French Language and Culture curriculum. It is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the French language through the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and expanding cultural knowledge.

The course is conducted almost exclusively in French. Students are expected to communicate in French using the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. These three modes of communication are the foundation of the AP® French Language and Culture course.

Students in the AP French Language and Culture course should be able to make connections, draw comparisons, move fluidly between their native language and the target language (French), and use French in simulations of real-life settings. Assignments are meant to prepare students for, and emulate, the actual AP exam that they are likely to take upon successful completion of this class. The themes for this course are: global challenges, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, and writing in French.

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SEMESTER 1

Unit 1: Introduction to the AP Exam

  • Introduction to the AP French Exam
  • Preparation for the Exam
  • Thematic Organization
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Replies to Emails
  • Persuasive Essay Writing: Part I
  • Conversation: Parts I and II
  • Cultural Comparisons

Unit 2: Global Challenges

  • Global Challenges
  • Economic Problems
  • External Debt
  • Environmental Problems
  • Perspectives on Environmental Issues
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Population and Demography
  • Human Migration
  • Social Well-being
  • Social Awareness
  • The Vocabulary of Description
  • Types of Reading

Unit 3: Contemporary Life

  • Introduction to Contemporary Life
  • Education and Professions
  • Entertainment
  • Lifestyles
  • Personal Relationships
  • Traveling as a Departure
  • Traveling as an Experience
  • Traveling as a Destination
  • Types of Texts
  • Listening Comprehension
  • The Cornell Method of Note-taking

Unit 4: Personal and Public identity

  • Introduction to Personal and Public Identity
  • Language and Culture
  • Alienation
  • Assimilation
  • Historical Figures and Heroes
  • National Identity
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Personal Beliefs
  • Self-Image
  • Academic Discourse
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Styles of Reasoning

SEMESTER 2

Unit 5: Families and Community

  • Introduction to Families and Communities
  • Customs and Traditions
  • Values
  • Educational Communities
  • Family Structure
  • Global Citizenship
  • Human Geography
  • Social Networks
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Unit 6: Beauty and Aesthetics

  • Beauty and Aesthetics
  • Architecture, Beauty, and Nature
  • Architecture and Beauty
  • The Perception of Beauty
  • Beauty and Self-Esteem
  • Creation and Creativity
  • Fashion
  • Design and Development
  • Language
  • The Literary Experience
  • Punctuation: Part I

Unit 7: Science and Technology

  • Science and Technology
  • Access to Technology
  • The Effects of Technology
  • Health, Government and Technology
  • Medicine and Science
  • Innovation
  • Natural Phenomena
  • Science and Ethics
  • Punctuation: Part II
  • Description Techniques
  • Anglicisms

Unit 8: Written Expression

  • Textual Consistency
  • Cohesiveness in Writing
  • Citing Sources
  • Transitional Words
  • Punctuation: Part III
  • The Writing Process
  • Prefixes
  • Syllabic Structure: Part I
  • Syllabic Structure: Part II
  • Rules of Accentuation: Part I
  • Rules of Accentuation: Part II
  • Suffixes
  • Idiomatic Expressions