FLF6150T: APFrLa+ (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
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:
AP© French is an advanced study of language and culture. Instructional materials, activities, assignments, and assessments are comparable to a third-year college course. The materials include a variety of authentic literary and listening texts as well as audiovisual materials, which support the various topics taught throughout the year. This course is designed for students who wish to develop strong proficiency in the language by incorporating activities that focus on interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication. Students who enroll should possess a relatively sophisticated knowledge of French through prior sequence of study or equivalent experience.
This course is comprised of modules which address various aspects of the six themes on the AP© exam: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. Each unit also contains a review of pertinent grammatical structures with exercises and contextualized activities for student practice.
By the end of the AP Foreign Language class, students demonstrate growing independence as readers or listeners, and comprehend what they read and hear without relying as much on formally learned vocabulary. They move beyond literal comprehension toward more critical and abstract reading and listening. Students use the language increasingly more appropriately and with confidence. They communicate with a high degree of facility when making oral and written presentations about familiar and well-researched topics. Students use culturally appropriate vocabulary and idioms, demonstrating a higher awareness of cultural perspectives and practices. When addressing literature students show they are developing an awareness of tone, style, and author perspective. Students demonstrate some notable fluency and may often be understood by natives not used to dealing with foreigners.
At the core of the AP French Language and Culture course are six groups of learning objectives identifying what students should know and be able to do across the three modes of communication:
- The student engages in spoken interpersonal communications.
- The student engages in written interpersonal communications.
- The student synthesizes information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources.
- The student synthesizes information from a variety of authentic written and print resources.
- The student plans, produces, and presents spoken presentational communications.
- The student plans and produces written presentational communications.
The degree to which student performance meets the learning objectives in each area is articulated in the achievement level descriptions, which clearly define how well students at each level perform.
When communicating, students in the AP French Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics, make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures, and use the target language in real-life settings.
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
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
Semester Exam and AP exam practices
Semester Two Module VII: International Organizations
- The Olympic Games
- Nongovernmental Organizations
- Humanitarian Aid
Module VIII: Diplomacy
- Relations between the United States and France
- Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Companies
- Multinational Companies
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
Essential Software: Recording software provided through local school
Textbook: The textbook in this course is digital and can be located inside of the online course.
The DoDEA adopted textbook is recommended as a resource, but is optional to the course.
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.
Additional Resources/Materials: Access to the Internet, a headset, microphone, and recording software are necessary to complete listening and speaking assignments. Synchronous conversations are conducted via telephone and web conferencing.
Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam (+ indicated Weighted)