AP French

  • Rationale for taking AP French

    “The proficiencies acquired through the study of languages and literatures endow language learners with cognitive, analytical, and communication skills that carry over into many other areas of their academic studies.”
    (https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-french-course-and-exam- description.pdf.)


    AP French is a rigorous, college level, class designed to prepare students to take the AP French Language and Culture exam. Students practice all language modes on a daily basis, communicating exclusively in French. Students access authentic and time-sensitive materials to explore the six core themes of the AP exam. Authentic materials include audio, audiovisual and print such as literary texts, newspaper and magazine articles as well as declarations, charters and other historical documents.

    Vocabulary at AP level is taught using a Quizlet.. We will speak French in the classroom 90% of the time. French will be used in communication in the classroom, to give directions and to ask and answer questions. Students will be successful if they pay attention in class and participate in all activities. Regular attendance is absolutely necessary for your student to be successful.

    In the French language classroom it is expected that students treat each other with courtesy.

    Students will be learning social skills for productive communication with one another. Language is a social exercise and students will interact with each member of the classroom community. Students will address all components of the language in every lesson: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition to learning the language, your student will learn about the culture of France and francophone countries to include art, music, dance, theatre, literature, history, as well as local customs and courtesies.

    Course Description

    This is a rigorous college prep course which will require students to engage in French through all four modalities; speaking, listening, reading, and writing. As such, the course will focus on three modes of communication: interpretiveinterpersonal, and presentational.

    Course Objectives/ Student Learning Outcomes

    • Describe, narrate, and ask/answer questions in the target language in the present time about a variety of topics related to family, friends and daily activities per course textbook.
    • Interpretive mode: students will use the target language to understand what is heard and read
    • Interpersonal mode: students will use the target language to speak with another and write informally
    • Presentational mode: students will speak in front of others and write formally
    • Expand awareness and understanding of the target language culture.
    • Understand and expand knowledge of how the target language functions.

    Standards to be Covered

    2009 World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools  Stage IV; http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/worldlanguage2009.pdf

    →Content, Communication, Functions, Cultures, Structures, Settings

    Methods of Instruction

    Authentic text materials such as real news articles, current media, journals, etc.

    Direct group instruction with visuals, graphic organizers, and textbook

    Large/small/ paired conversations and presentations

    Literature selections

    Music, art, and games to utilize and exemplify language

    French films

    Methods of Evaluation

    Class participation in oral/written work, tasks, games, music and projects

    Class work, Homework, Notebook

    Tests: Individual oral tests, Written Vocabulary tests



    I encourage parental interest and questions. You can contact me at school at ( 909-591-3902) or via e-mail at nathalie_marsh@chino.k12.ca.us