FLF615: APFrLa+ (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Advanced Placement
COURSE TITLE: AP French Lang+
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: French I, French II, French III, French IV
About the Program:
The course contains 10 modules divided into two semesters. Every 2-3 weeks, a new sub-theme is introduced within the 6 themes required by the College Board. Within that theme, students work on all aspects of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Activities include the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Student work is continually assessed based on various writing and speaking assignments which are graded according to the AP guidelines. In addition, a final assessment is given at the end of each theme.
The course contains several AP exam practices or mock exams to get students used to the format of the test.
Each module is based on an overall theme and highlights a specific francophone country or region of the French-speaking world. Each module is divided into either two or three smaller lessons, each of which contains approximately thirty to forty different activities, practices, and assessments for students to participate in and complete.
The activities and assignments in this course are specifically designed to help students improve their skills in all French communicative areas and to prepare them for the AP Exam. Not only are the tests, midterms, semester final exams, and AP test practices structured to assess the students’ complete understanding of all the information presented and skills practiced, they give them great practice for the AP test.
Major Concepts/Content: Our online AP French Language course is an advanced language course in which students acquire proficiencies that expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. The AP French Language course prepares them for the AP French exam. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.
Major Instructional Activities:
The course is designed as an immersion experience requiring the use of French exclusively. The online learning coach only uses French to communicate with students. In addition, all the reading, listening, speaking and writing is in French.
The course is based on the folloowing six themes required by the College Board:
- Global challenges
- Science and technology
- Contemporary life
- Personal and public identities
- Families and communities
- Beauty and aesthetics
The course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives.
The course contains a forum where students share their own opinions and comments and comment on other students’ posts.
The course makes great use of the Internet for updated and current material.
DoDEA Foreign Language Standards
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Listen, read, understand, and interpret a wide-variety of authentic French-language materials and sources.
- Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication using French.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Francophone world.
- Use French to connect with other disciplines and expand knowledge in a wide-variety of contexts.
- Develop insight into the nature of the French language and its culture.
- Use French to participate in communities at home and around the world.
Course Outline: Semester One
Module I: French, It’s My Choice!
- The Advantages of French
- French Programs of Study
- Living in French-speaking Countries
Module II: Tourism in the Francophone World
- Bon Voyage
- At the Hotel
- At the Restaurant
Module III: Communication Tools
- Newspapers and Magazines
- New Media
- Midterms and AP French exam practices
Module IV: Art and Architecture
Module V: Industry and Science
- Industry and Technology
- Science and Technology
Module VI: Fashion
- Haute Couture
- Sports Clothing and Sneakers
- Semester 1 Exam and French exam practices
Course Outline: Semester Two
Module VII: International Organizations
- The Olympic Games
- Nongovernmental Organizations
- Humanitarian Aid
Module VIII: Diplomacy
- The Relations between the Moduleed States and France
- Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Companies
- Multinational Companies
- Midterms and AP exam practices
Module IX: International Business
- Agricultural Industry
- Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Companies
- International Companies
Module X: Life after High School
- Leaving the Nest
- A Sane Life
- Money Matters
- Semester 2 Exam and AP exam practices
Textbook/ Additional Materials
The textbook and supplemental materials used in this course are:
- Tresors du Temps: ISBN: #0-02-67-6651-5
- French for Oral and Written Review: ISBN: #0-03-075899-8
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Students will be provided a log in for the Pearson AP French website, which includes 2 AP French resources, activities and assessments. Students will be assigned and expected to practice authentic listening, reading, writing and speaking activities from this website.
Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam (+ indicated Weighted)