• Exam Format

    Section I

    Multiple Choice — 65 Questions | ~ 1 Hour, 35 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

    • Part A — 30 questions; 40 minutes
      • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts
    • Part B — 35 Questions; ~55 minutes
      • Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)
      • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts

    Section II

    Free Response — 4 Tasks | ~ 1 Hour, 28 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

    • Part A — Written Tasks; ~70 minutes
      • Interpersonal Writing: Email reply (1 prompt; 15 minutes)
      • Presentational Writing: Persuasive essay (1 prompt; ~ 55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write)
    • Part B — Spoken Responses; ~ 18 minutes
      • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response)
      • Presentational Speaking: Cultural comparison (1 prompt; 4 minutes to prepare, 2 minutes to respond)

Course Expectations

  • Course Code (Google Classroom):
    p2shc9
     
    The AP French Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP French Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in French. The AP French Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
     
     
    The AP French Language and Culture course is centered around six themes:
     
    • Beauty and Aesthetics
    • contemporary Life
    • Families and communities
    • Global Challenges
    • Personal and Public Identities
    • Science and Technology

    Themes facilitate the integration of language, content, and culture and promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts.  All students enrolled in the course are required to take the AP French Language Exam. To record oral French assignments, all students will be assigned a headset with a microphone.

    Texts and materials:  Delfosse, G., Kurbegov, E., & Draggett, P. (2016). Thè€mes: AP® French language and culture. Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning and various authentic materials.

    Grading policy: A percentage is assigned to the two main portions of the course: the unit content including vocabulary, grammar, and culture, and exam practice which includes reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing. Assignments, quizzes and tests are worth a number of points witihin the percentage category. Use of English and or incomplete work will result in a lower marking period grade.

    Late work and makeup policy:  Assignments turned in late will automatically be worth half the grade

    Class participation:  French will be used for communicationin class.  The use of English will result in loss of points from the marking period grade.

    Classrooom expectations:  Please arrive on time with your Chromebook charged.  Be prepared to work when the bell rings.

    Cell phone policy:  All cell phones should be left in your backpack OR placed in the assigned slot in the cell phone holder in the front of the room upon entering the classroom unless specifically directed by the instructor to be used for class purposes.

    Teacher availability:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school until 3:35 pm in F-43 (World Language Office) or before/after school by appointment. 

     

    AP FRENCH GRADING SYSTEM

    *The grading system will closely reflect the system used on the AP exam.  All materials assigned in class will be assessed for a grade in an ongoing manner.

    Reading comprehension:  20%

    Listening comprehension: 20%

    Speaking performance: 20%

    Writing assessments:  20%

    Vocabulary/Grammar: 20%