French AP

9-12

Course Outline

 

French 4:

Course Overview

Students continue to sharpen listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. They learn to express themselves using an expanding vocabulary; present, past, future, and conditional verbs; articles; adjectives; and increasingly complex grammatical structures. Grammar is introduced and practiced with a variety of learning styles in mind. Throughout the course, students experience the culture, people, geographical locations, and histories of the French-speaking world.

Course Length

Two Semesters

Prerequisites

French III (or equivalent)

Course Outline

SEMESTER ONE

Unit 1: Les Gens (People)

  • Skills: students talk about family members

  • Grammar topics: irregular plural noun patterns, irregular feminine adjectives, and adjective-adverb placement

  • Cultural topics: French families, weddings, and well-known French speaking personalities.

Unit 2: La Réalisation (Achievements)

  • Skills: students explain things they have accomplished, talk about activities that involve uncertainty or doubt, and express what others want them to do

  • Grammar topics: object pronouns, the subjunctive mood, and impersonal expressions

  • Cultural topics:  early French history.

Unit 3: Les Désires (Desires)

  • Skills: students talk about the environment as well as their personal hopes and desires

  • Grammar topics: irregular verbs and impersonal expressions

  • Cultural topics: French history and other French-speaking countries

Unit 4: Les Activités (Activities)

  • Skills: students talk about activities, what others want them to do, and what happened by a certain time

  • Grammar lessons: present participles

  • Cultural topics: French history and some modern-day events in the French-speaking world

Unit 5: Les Fêtes (Celebrations)

  • Skills: students talk about things that are happening, will happen, and happened in the past, as well as days and dates

  • Grammar topics: the present, past, and future tenses

  • Cultural topics: special dates and holidays in French-speaking countries

SEMESTER TWO

Unit 1: Possibilités (Possibilities)

  • Skills: students talk about future and conditional activities

  • Grammar topics: patterns in words and the sequence of tenses

  • Cultural topics: France's contributions in music and art

Unit 2: Le Passé (The Past)

  • Skills: students talk about their past and food

  • Grammar topics: adverbs, verbs in the past tense that take on a special meaning, and suffix patterns

  • Cultural topics: history of Belgium, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Georges Simenon

Unit 3: Les Arts (The Arts)

  • Skills: students talk about what others have said or asked of them

  • Grammar topics: correct sequencing of tenses for expressing thoughts and conditional statements

  • Cultural topics: fine arts, French artists, and Quebec's history

Unit 4: Maintenant (Now)

  • Skills: students talk about electrical items and actions that happen that were not planned

  • Grammar topics: irregular verbs and colloquial expressions

  • Cultural topics: energy alternatives in Europe and French-speaking countries in Africa

Unit 5: C'est fini! (It's Over)

  • Skills: students talk about how they do things and about others

  • Grammar topics: using relative pronouns and past infinitives

  • Cultural topics: African architecture, French writers, and traditions

 

AP French:

Course Overview

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.

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 six themes required by the College Board, namely:

  • 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.

Course Length

Two Semesters

Prerequisites

Strong success in WLG310: French III, or success in WLG410-AVT: French IV (or equivalents), and teacher/school counselor recommendation.

Course Outline

Overall Course Objectives

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 Organization

The course contains 10 units 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 exams practices or mock exams to get students used to the format of the test.

Each unit is based on an overall theme and highlights a specific francophone country or region of the French-speaking world. Each unit 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.

Recurring Content

Students write several paragraphs and/or forum posts in which they respond to and interact with the teacher and other students.

  • The various prompts (typically related to one of the six themes) ask students to analyze a specific aspect of a theme, make cultural comparisons, and comment on the posts of other students. These paragraphs/posts are evaluated based on a student’s use of various vocabulary words, grammatical structures, language structures in context, and overall fluency to convey meaning.

Students record themselves speaking in French. The teacher listens to and provides feedback on all the recordings.

  • Students respond to prompts/authentic resources where they are asked to express their thoughts and opinions about various topics.

  • Students provide oral summaries and interpretations of various authentic and semi-authentic audio, visual, and audio-visual resources.

  • Students engage in interpretive communication through regular activities based on podcasts, maps, charts, and photographs. They are challenged to convey that they have captured main ideas and significant details of various types of texts.

  • Students give oral presentations about various themes and topics.

Students understand and synthesize information from a variety of authentic written and print resources. Example resources include, but are not limited to, articles from Le Monde, Le Figaro, l’Express, France-Soir, l’Internaute, Courier International.

Sample activities include:

  • respond to forum prompts provided by the teacher or other students

  • write summaries

  • write comparative essays

  • provide personal response and interpretation of material

  • answer multiple-choice comprehension questions

  • write emails

  • prepare and give oral presentations

  • complete activities where new vocabulary can be reinforced

  • write a report presenting essential information about a Francophone country

  • write an essay about which Francophone city they would like to visit

Students make comparisons between and within languages and cultures.

  • Students discuss similarities and differences between practices and products of their home culture and Francophone cultures, and how they might reflect different cultural perspectives.

  • Students discuss similarities and differences between France and other Francophone countries.

  • Students watch authentic news broadcasts from different areas of the French-speaking world and discuss cultural and linguistic differences.

Students use the French language in real-life settings.

  • Students attend (in person or by viewing online) lectures, film nights, performances or other cultural events conducted in French.

  • Students read and write summaries from current articles in French newspapers.

  • Students listen to authentic French songs, videos, and podcasts.

  • Students make a regular schedule for conversing in French with native French speakers (in the Intermediate to Advanced ranges), gathering information from authentic sources, and participating in cultural events of French-speaking communities. They check in regularly with their teacher to report on their progress and adherence to the schedule.

Students read passages from “AP French Preparing for the Language Examination”

  • Students become familiar with and practice the various question types found on the AP Test.

Students synthesize and analyze information gleaned from podcasts, songs, film, online interviews, video clips, montages, artwork, and photos.

Sample activities include:

  • respond to forum prompts provided by the teacher or other students

  • write summaries

  • write comparative essays

  • provide personal response and interpretation of material

  • answer multiple-choice comprehension questions

  • write emails

  • prepare and give oral presentations

Students practice speaking through our weekly “Elluminate” sessions where students and teacher meet online as a class.

  • Students interact spontaneously as well as more formally in French with other students and with the teacher.

  • The teacher reviews and practices important concepts from the course.

  • Students are able to give oral presentations to other students.

  • Students review and practice grammar with various grammar activities and exercises where they use verbs/grammatical structures in context.

  • Games and activities practice specific grammatical concepts.

  • Teachers evaluate students’ use of grammar in speaking and writing assignments, presentations, and essays

Students keep a graded journal where they write their ideas, make guesses, write opinions, and provide answers pertinent to the themes.

  • Students practice their writing skills through making regular entries into their journals about Francophone themes and topics.

Workload

Students are expected to spend several hours a week on this course. The course was designed to give them at least an hour a day of French immersion, Monday through Friday. The material has been specifically gathered and organized to provide them an intensive French experience.

We have designed this course to help students:

  • Prepare for the AP French Exam

  • Thoroughly review French grammar

  • Learn more about French and Francophone cultures and civilizations

  • Acquire new vocabulary covering many genres and disciplines

  • Fine-tune skills in reading and understanding French

  • Perfect ability to write clearly and coherently in French

  • Instigate and/or carry on involved conversations in French on a wide variety of topics

  • Express themselves verbally with rich vocabulary, and clear pronunciation

  • Persist in their study of French by providing a wide and interesting variety of activities

Addressing the 6 Themes:

Contemporary Life

  • French educational system

  • Life in France

  • Bon voyage

  • At the hotel

  • At the restaurant

  • Health and well-being

  • Money matters

Example assignments
  • Discussion Board - Students discuss issues of health and well-being, based on a variety of audio, and print sources.

  • Essays – comparative, opinion, summary, expository, and/or argumentative

  • Speaking – oral presentations, speaking submissions, and/or discussions with other students

Sample Resources (including but not limited to)

Personal and Public Identities

  • Linguistic identity: the advantage of knowing French

  • National identity

  • Citizenship laws

  • The European Union

  • Leaving the nest

Example assignments
  • Discussion Board - Students discuss national identity issues after consulting maps, public opinion surveys and a variety of expository texts

  • Students research citizenship laws examine the effects of their enforcement on the lives of immigrants and discuss what it means to be a citizen.

  • Essays – comparative, opinion, summary, expository, and/or argumentative

  • Speaking – oral presentations, speaking submissions, and/or discussions with other students

Sample Resources (including but not limited to)

Families and Communities

  • Family structure in France, China, Africa, United-States

  • Family life

  • Family sports

  • Men & women who make a difference

  • Customs and ceremonies

Example assignments
  • Discussion Board - Students discuss issues related to families and communities

  • Essays – comparative, opinion, summary, expository, and/or argumentative

  • Students investigate the developments in city life over time by researching online sources. A report is written and submitted detailing their findings.

  • Speaking – oral presentations, speaking submissions, and/or discussions with other students

Sample Resources (including but not limited to)

Global Challenges

  • Nongovernmental organizations

  • Humanitarian organizations

  • Relations between the United States and France

  • Food industry

  • Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical companies

  • Multinational companies

  • Terrorism & war

  • Global warming

Example assignments
  • Discussion Board - Students discuss themes of natural resource conservation in response to a podcast on global warming

  • Essays – comparative, opinion, summary, expository, and/or argumentative

  • Speaking – oral presentations, speaking submissions, and/or discussions with other students

Sample Resources (including but not limited to)

Science and Technology

  • Newspapers and magazines

  • Television

  • New medias

  • Technology advances

  • Science and Ethics

  • Doping and the Olympic Games

Example assignments
  • Discussion Board - Students address the social impact of new communications technologies based on current news sources.

  • Essays – comparative, opinion, summary, expository, and/or argumentative

  • Speaking – oral presentations, speaking submissions, and/or discussions with other students

Sample Resources (including but not limited to)

Beauty and Aesthetics

  • Art

  • Architecture

  • Haute couture

  • Sports clothes & shoes

  • Perfume & fabrication

  • Image of the woman

Example assignments
  • Discussion Board - Students express opinions about women’s roles in France and countries

  • Essays – comparative, opinion, summary, expository, and/or argumentative

  • Speaking – oral presentations, speaking submissions, and/or discussions with other students

  • Students investigate and present the history of a French-speaking city through its architecture and monuments.

Sample Resources (including but not limited to)

Sample Authentic Texts and Resources

The following lists are examples of the types of authentic resources provided in the course. This is not a comprehensive list.

Literature

  • Lettres Persannes (Montesquieu)

  • L’art d’aimer (Ovide)

  • L’Almanach des gourmands (Grimod de la Reynière)

  • Physiologie du goût (Brillat-Savarin)

  • Les Confessions (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

  • Le Malade Imaginaire (Molière)

  • Candide (Voltaire)

  • Pantagruel Gargantua (Rabelais)

  • Le dormeur du val (Arthur Rimbaud)

  • Les enfants pauvres (Victor Hugo)

  • La conscience (Victor Hugo)

  • Le chêne et le roseau (Jean de La Fontaine)

  • La cigale et la fourmi (Jean de La Fontaine)

  • L’enfant noir (Camara Laye)

  • Pas si fous, ces Français (Jean-Benoît Nadeau et Julie Barlow)

Authentic Online Resources (Audio)

  • France-culture

  • Radio France

  • France Inter

  • Le journal du net

  • TV5.org

Authentic Online Resources (Video)

  • TV5 Monde

  • Tf1

  • Ina.fr

  • Passeportsanté.net

  • Essec.fr

Authentic Online Resources (Written)

  • L’Express

  • Le Figaro

  • Le Monde

  • L’Internaute

  • Infovisual.info/index_fr

Semester 1

Unit

Unit Themes

Grammar

Culture

1

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

2

Tourism in francophone countries

 

Transportation/ Vacations

 

Hotels/vacations

 

Francophone food/restaurants

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 dialects

Algeria

Importance of food in France & Senegal

3

Written press

 

Weather

 

Television

 

Media

 

Demonstrative pronouns

Reflexive

The imperative

Passé composé & past participles

Imperfect

Simple past

Freedom of the press

Old French weather song

La Fontaine fables

Idiomatic expressions

Victor Hugo poem

French & leisure & culture

Haiti

Midterm and AP Exam Practice

4

Art

 

Art & architecture

 

Passé composé vs. Imperfect

Plus-que-parfait

Relative pronouns

Verbs : vouloir, savoir, devoir, pouvoir Adverbs

Statue of liberty: gift

Rodin / Monet

Museums

Paris/its bridges/

History/ monuments

Tunisia

Ecological habitat

Lyon/its monuments/bridges

5

Technology & people

 

Latest technology & the industry

 

Science & health

 

The simple future

Futur anterieur

Conditional

Past conditional

Making 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

6

Fashion

 

Sport clothes

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 perfume

Yannick Noah & other French sport celebrities

French customs in stores

Large companies’ accountability

Ecological clothes

Final Exam and AP Exam Practice

 

Semester 2

Unit

Unit Themes

Grammar

Culture

7

Olympic games

 

The NGO’s

 

International organizations

Verbs attached by prepositions

Partitives

Tout & all its forms

Fencing

Doping in Olympic games

Languages of the Olympics

Humanitarian relief

Doctors w/o borders & other organizations

The UN/Becoming a translator

Francophone humanitarians

World catastrophes & humanitarian aid

Haiti & humanitarian aid

8

Franco-American relations

 

The European unión

 

European elections

 

Francophone politics

 

Acronyms

Subjunctive: how to form it

Subjunctive & irregular verbs

Subjunctive: when to use it

NATO

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

 

9

Agricultural/ food companies

 

Cosmetics

 

Multinational companies

Subjunctive & conjunctions

Subjunctive w/ doubt & probability

Impersonal expressions

Self-reliant/sufficient living

French agricultural high school

Farming life

Cheese making

Pharmaceuticals & medical research

Medication safety

Commercial beauty

French pharmacies

French cinema

French car manufacturing

Luxury items/ counterfeit

Belgium & diamonds industry

Midterm and AP Exam Practice

10

Life after high school

 

Living healthy

 

Money

Past Subjunctive

The infinitive form

Indirect discourse

Direct discourse

A French apartment

Renting

Dating

Going back to natural food

French meals & its social aspect

French resumé/

job hunt

Interview/how to dress

AP Exam Practice

Final Projects

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