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Advanced Placement French Language and Culture, Part 1 (WLG510A)

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture, Part 1 (WLG510A)

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The AP French Language and Culture course is an advanced language course in which students are directly prepared for the AP French Language and Culture test. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. The course is conducted almost exclusively in French.

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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 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.

 

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 exam 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"

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites No
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.