French AP Syllabus by mmehenderson


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Course Syllabus Français AP
Instructor Mme Andrea Henderson

The AP French Language Course is corresponds to a 300 level course in grammar and conversation. The course is taught in French and the students communicate in class (and online) in French. The emphasis of this course is on communication. Students will use authentic documents to improve communicative skills in everyday life context. At this level, emphasis is placed on independent reading, written expression, group products, and oral communication. Finer points of grammar are studied as aids to improving students’ oral and written communication. Students are able to connect the French language with other disciplines, compare the French language to their own, and participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. The main goals of this course are: 1. To develop the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts, 2. To develop a vocabulary in French that will be sufficient for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other non-technical writings with dependence on a dictionary, and 3. To develop the ability to express oneself in French, both orally and in writing, coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy. In addition to the goals of the AP Language Course, students will be able to increase the autonomy of their learning experiences use the Internet to provide real life situations for using the French, prepare for varied assessments in French language.

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Targeted proficiency levels Mid Intermediate to Mid Advanced (ACTFL) Levels B1/B2 (European Portfolio)

UNIT INFORMATION Course Objectives Listening and Oral Comprehension Students will ...  Perform objectives of previous levels.  Understand verbal instructions and normal conversation in standard French on familiar topics.        Understand brief lectures on known topics. Infer meaning of simple new words from context. Infer meaning of new words belonging to known word families. Comprehend correctly the meaning of a word with more than one meaning when used in context. Begin to recognize and understand a variety of voices and accents. Understand authentic narrative and dramatic passages within appropriate vocabulary and grammar range. Comprehend materials related to the text presented by French native speakers at near-native speed.

Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.)
  Listen to and understand the major ideas of short stories, speeches, lectures, and films in French. Listen to and comprehend educated native speakers of French using standard language, speaking at normal speed, and speaking on familiar topics.

Speaking and Oral Proficiency Students will...  Speak effectively enough to be understood by a sympathetic French native speaker not accustomed to dealing with non-natives on subjects familiar to the student.  Be able to handle successfully most uncomplicated communicative tasks and social situations.              Perform objectives of previous levels. Pronounce known vocabulary with near-native pronunciation. Respond to questions in short phrases or sentences. Originate dialog with other students. Give oral definitions and explanations in French. Give appropriate high-frequency commands. Give oral presentations. Perform simple original dialogs. Originate questions to seek information or clarification on a known topic. Express self simply but clearly with appropriate use of known vocabulary and idiom Re-tell or summarize short passages in French. Participate in informal discussions on topics within the student's realm of vocabulary and experience. Initiate, sustain and close a general conversation within range of vocabulary and experience.

READING Students will...  Read materials in French with minimal reference to the dictionary.  Use skills in reading to gain meaningful information.  Read consistently with almost complete understanding simple connected texts dealing with topics about which the student has personal interest and/or knowledge.  Get main ideas and some details from longer prose selections on familiar topics that have clear underlying structure and that use familiar sentence patterns.  Perform objectives of previous levels.  Read and comprehend edited and abridged materials with minimal use of the dictionary.  Read and comprehend appropriate authentic texts, such as letters, newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, poetry, and excerpts from plays and novels, with minimal use of the dictionary.  Comprehend new vocabulary in context.  Learn new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions through reading.  Gain "knowledge of the world" through reading in French. WRITING Students will  Express impersonal information and personal ideas through writing.  Write French with minimal use of the dictionary.  Write French well enough to be understood by sympathetic educated native speakers.  Be able to meet most practical written needs and limited social demands.  Perform objectives of previous levels.  Take adequate notes in French during lectures or discussions.  Write short essays and compositions.  Write essay answers to written questions.  Write simple and moderately complex answers to evaluate prior reading comprehension.  Re-tell or summarize reading materials.  Express the ideas of a paragraph written in one language in the other language by using paraphrase, equivalent expressions, and circumlocution.  Use new vocabulary and grammar effectively in writing French. Page 2

Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.)
   Write original stories and/or poems. VOCABULARY Develop an active vocabulary for basic personal and social needs. Broaden passive vocabulary understanding of low-frequency words and expressions in order to permit students to learn through use of the French language.

COURSE CONTENT The course is thematic based. The primary themes are based on the Bravo textbook and the secondary themes are based on the Au Point textbook from the UK. The Au Point textbook is written at the Intermediate-Advanced level and the topics are very appropriate or teens. In addition, the Au Point textbook has strategies for test taking which are very beneficial. The themes studied may vary from year to year, but a checklist ensures that all of the necessary grammar has been covered . Primary themes Bravo Textbook: Unit 1 Theme Le Voyage Skills Fonctions: Comment saluer, se présenter et prendre congé; comment demander ou offrir un service Reviser: Les verbes: Le présent, Pser une question, l’impératif Apprendre: suivre, courir, mourir, rire, conduire, savoir, connaître; les expressions de temps, les noms, le conditionnel Fonctions: Comment inviter; comment accepter ou refuser un invitation; comment offrir à boire ou à manger; comment poser des questions et répondre Reviser: Quelques verbes irreguliers: le présent, les articles, les mots interrogatifs Apprendre: boire, recevoir, offrir, plair; articles: choisir l’article approprié; quel et lequel Fonctions: Comment identifier les objets et les personnes; comment décrire les objets et les personnes; comment décrire la routine quotidienne et les rapports de famille Réviser: L’adjectif possessif, l’adjectif qualitif, verbes pronominaux Apprendre: C’est/il est pronoms possessifs, Fonctions: Comment dire qu’on se souvient/ ne souvient pas de quelquechose; comment raconter une histoire; comment raconter une histoire (conclusion) Assessment Writing: A résumé or summary from a magazine or newspaper


L’université; l’invitation; la nourriture et les boissons

Writing: Comparison and contrast of two restaurants or courses


La Famille

Writing: Description of people, places, or things


Les Vacances; les moyens de transport, la douane, l’hôtel

Writing: Personal narrative in which students will tell or narrate something that happened to themselves or someone they know

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Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.)
Unit Theme Skills Réviser: Le passé composé, l’imparfait, le plus-que-parfait Apprendre: Le passé composé, l’imparfait, le plus-que-parfait Fonctions: Comment dire ce que l’on veut; comment exprimer les sentiments et les attitudes; comment persuader et donner des ordres Réviser: Subjonctif Apprendre: Subjonctif Fonctions: Comment engager, continuer et terminer une conversation, comment exprimer une opinion, comment exprimer la probabilité Réviser: Pronoms objects directs and indirects, la position des pronoms objets Apprendre: y et en; la position des pronoms objets multiples, les pronoms disjoints, devoir, les adjectifs et les pronoms indéfinis Fonctions: Comment parler de ce qu’on va faire; comment faire un hypothèse, conseiller, suggérer et avertir, comment faire des concessions Réviser: le future Apprendre: le futur antérieur, les phrases conditonnelles, le subjonctif après les conjonctions Fonctions: Comment se plaindre et s’excuser, comment demander, donner, et refuser une permissions; comment demander et donner des explications Réviser: L’expression negative:ne... pas, qui, que Apprendre: le négation, prépositions exigées par certains verbes, les prépositions et les noms géographiques, les pronoms relatifs Fonctions: Comment ce qu’on préfère ; comment comparer; comment donner des instructions, des indications et des ordres Réviser: Les adjectifs démonstratifs, les adverbes Assessment


Les médias, (la presse, la télévision, la radio)

Writing: Point of view on a controversial topic: introduction, examples and strong conclusion.


Les actualitiés, les arts

Writing: An argumentative paper to convince someone of point of view: A. La possession d’armes à feu devrait être interdit B. Les Etats-Unis doivent rester neutres en ce qui concerne les conflits à l’étranger à moins qu il ne s’agisse d’une question de sécurité nationale. C. Les responsables d’attentats terroristes devraient être condamnés à la peine de mort. Writing: A formal business letter


La carrière; l’économie, le logement


Les tribulations de la vie quotidienne

Writing: Narrative fiction (fairy tale, science fiction, etc)


La maison, les vêtements, les ordinateurs, la cuisine

Writing: Describe steps in a process

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Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.)
Unit Theme Skills Apprendre: Les adjectifs démonstratifs, les adverbes, le comparatif et le superlatif, faire causatif et les verbes de perception Fonctions: Comment faire un complment et féliciter; comment exprimer le regret et faire des reproches; comment résumer Apprendre: Les mots exclamatifs, le participe présent, le conditonnel passé, les phrases conditionelles, la voix passive Assessment


Les loisirs (les sports et le cinéma)

Writing: A critical review of a film, book, play

Secondary themes: Au Point textbook
Topic Youth Themes Communication Grammar Exam and Study Skills Youth Giving one’s opinion Nouns: gender Listening for details Young people and Complaining Interrogatives Answering questions in adults Talking about rights Expressions with the English and in French The rights and and duties infinitive Recognizing synonyms responsibilities of Discussing Present tense Making a summary young people controversial issues Modal verbs Young people and the law Friendship Prioritizing 'Quelqu’un de' + Talking about statistics Peer pressure Giving personal adjective Taking notes Marriage, divorce and explanations Relative pronouns: 'qui' True or false living with a partner Convincing and 'que' Writing a short Disjunctive pronouns paragraph Perfect tense Prepositions with the infinitive Possessive adjectives Perfect infinitive Education Expressing Modal verbs Reading and listening Career choices possibility Conjunctions comprehension The world of work Expressing Negatives Written and oral Equal rights necessity Adjectives formulation Contrasting events Future tense Text summaries Imperative mood Essays Food Giving one’s opinion The partitive article 'de' Analyzing ideas Fitness and view Adverbs Essay writing Smoking, alcohol, Talking about trends Imperfect tense Writing a summary drugs and AIDS Holidays Expressing one’s Prepositions after 'aller' Interpreting statistics Leisure desires and wishes The use of 'on' Interview skills Protection of the Referring to statistics Pluperfect tense Summarizing texts in environment Giving one’s opinion 'Tout' (all, every, very) English tactfully Present participle Writing paragraphs Expressing uncertainty




Tourism and travel

Social issues

Attitudes towards

Expressing one’s

Conditional mood

Paraphrasing idiomatic

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Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.)
Topic Themes money The world of work Homelessness The Third World Communication opinion: agreeing with and contradicting Stating one’s view of work and unemployment Protesting Defining and describing abstract ideas Talking about one’s cultural and artistic preferences Making an oral presentation Grammar Introduction to the subjunctive mood Demonstrative pronouns and adjectives Exam and Study Skills expressions Answering questions in English and in French Writing a summary Putting sentences in the correct order Reading and writing a summary Matching the beginning and the end of sentences Multiple-choice Writing an article


The Arts Literature Cinema Impressionism Architecture and the National heritage

'Ce qui', 'Ce que' Passive voice 'de' followed by an adjective or a noun Impersonal verbs Past historic tense


The Press The influence of the media Advertising

Politics and citizenship

Politics Europe Citizenship Working abroad

Making objective and subjective evaluations Criticizing Presenting polite counter-arguments Showing awareness Making promises Participating in a debate

Relative pronouns Direct and reported speech Comparatives Superlatives Revision: future tense, conditional and subjunctive mood Direct and reported speech 'N’importe…' 'Se faire' + infinitive Nationalities and capital letters Past historic tense Past infinitive Direct and reported speech

Answering questions in French Analyzing newspaper articles Writing a letter Textual analysis Reading and writing a summary Writing a letter of application Essay writing Interpreting Reading and listening comprehension Oral practice Creative writing Playing with grammar Explaining in your own words Transcriptions Summaries Noting details Multiple- choice Transposing statistical information Writing a summary


The German Occupation in France The new world order The new national service in France Corsica The life of refugees

Expressing one’s emotions

Moral dilemmas

Animal rights Modern days’ slavery Violence The French judicial system: crime and punishment

Making moral judgements Doubting and saying the truth Providing further evidence

The Future

Adulthood Scientific and medical research Technology Progress

Expressing future obligations Commenting on poetical images Writing your own literary critique Asking for clarification

Revision: interrogatives 'Pouvoir', 'devoir', 'vouloir', 'savoir' 'Faire' + infinitive Compound tenses: perfect, pluperfect, future perfect, conditional perfect Revision: subjunctive mood Negative constructions 'jusqu’à' Future perfect Subject-verb inversion

Completing sentences Explaining sentences Making an oral presentation Multiple-choice questions Oral examination Factual and discursive essay writing Writing a summary in English


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Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.) In keeping with my goals for my students to be more autonomous in their learning and to use Internet to provide authentic sources for their learning, I use Nicenet, an internet classroom assistant. Students post their assignments here, use the online bulletin board, create and respond to surveys, and post their writing here. Independent learning Each week, students are required to turn in a learning log (see Appendix B) of out of class learning experiences. Students are required to have a minimum of 5 activities a week and they post these logs to Nicenet.

Listening , Speaking, and Viewing Students sit in groups of four which greatly facilitates communication. French is the language of communication in the classroom. Lessons are conducted in French and students are expected to communicate in French at all times. English is used only briefly to explain difficult grammatical concepts. I use broadcasts from TV5, French podcasts, French radio, Francophone films, and the audio from various textbooks to provide an immersion like atmosphere. Francophone songs are also used as a springboard to reinforce themes or grammar Reading Using authentic materials is a priority. Students read summaries from Le Monde (I subscribe and receive a summary of the news each day). Students use the summaries of Le Monde to discuss current events in French as well as to increase their vocabularies. Students create personal lists of vocabulary from the Le Monde summaries as well as other authentic articles that are related to the themes of study. These articles are also used as models for the students’ writing. I also use authentic news articles to create AP free response exercises (See Appendix C). The students’ textbook, Bravo, contain many literary selections and I supplement these according to the theme of study. I supplement these readings with Tresors du Temps. I supplement with material used at the AS level in the United Kingdom as well because the level is appropriate and the materials are also age appropriate. I also have many children‘s books and authentic French reading materials in class. I like to use a few minutes each week for sustained silent reading and the students keep of log of their reading and their responses to their reading. I keep the AP literature list next to the sustained silent reading books so that students from all levels can see the selections and choose their reading accordingly.

Writing Students use all stages of the writing process to refine their writing skills. The use of Nicenet has allowed students to write for an audience other than the teacher. As students draft a composition, their drafts are placed on the conferencing board so that other students can peer edit and respond to their writing. Assessments Students prepare for the Advanced Placement exam as well as for the SAT II. At the beginning of the year, students assess their current level of French by using the Self Assessment Grid of the European Portfolio Students use this information to set goals for the year as well as to guide their learning log choices. Students are encouraged to assess their skills with as many different instruments as possible. The practice the SAT II, French AP exam as well as the Test de Connaissance de Français and sample assesments from Edexel’s AS exam. In class, a variety of formative and assessments are used. Students are assessed with dictées, vocabulary and grammar test and quizzes, performance assessments, online participation, classroom participation, compositions and exposés. AP Preparation At the beginning of the year, students take a mock AP Examination to serve as a baseline. The students evaluate their strengths and weakness and use this as a guide in preparing their independent assignments each week. In class, we practice the free response, listening, and reading sections of the test by using Preparing for the French AP Exam. Students keep a chart of their progress and choose the best one out of two assessments to record as a grade. Students learn to write their compositions by doing careful planning first. Each composition starts with the listing of key words and phrases in French as well as transition words. Drafts are then submitted to the conferencing board at my Nicenet page for peer editing. Final drafts are shared via Nicenet as well. For the speaking portion of the exam, I use transparencies from all levels of several textbooks to give the students a stimulus with which to speak as a warm-up. Students practice the picture response with hand held tape recorders and Page 7

Course Syllabus Français AP (cont.)
keep a tape so that they can evaluation their progress. I am fortunate to have daily access to the language lab and the students are able to use the lab for listening practices from my various AP preparation books. Websites My main website is my account at This account generates a URL that can be shared with my students and others. There are hundreds of URLS here that I refer to often. My students also have account at Ikeepbookmarks to use find activities for their learning logs. Students can access my account by adding my first and last name after they access the initial page. Bravo website: Primary Text th Bravo 4 Edition, Heinle and Heinle, 2002- Myskens, Harlow, Vialet, Brière Supplementary Materials French for Fluency- Valette, Valette En Bonne Forme- Dietiker, Hooff Trésors du Temps- Lenard Une Fois pour Toutes, Sturges, Nielsen, Herbst En Avant la Grammaire- Grammaire en situation, Niveau avancé, Garcia Interactions Révision de Grammaire Française- St. Onge, St. Onge, and Kulick Au Point French AS.A2 (UK) – Deane, Powell, Armstrong Mise en Scène, Cinéma et Lecture, Krueger, Webber, and Martin Test de Connaissances du Français activités d’entraînement, Dupleix, and Vaillant Le Nouvel Entrainez-Vous DELF- Lescure, Grandet, Parizet, and Rausch DELF pour Adolescents- Lescure, Grandet, Parizet, Rausch Advanced Placement French- Ladd and Girard Triangle- Demaray, Smith AP French Language- Knaeur Panorama Methode de français 3- Giradet, Frérot Barron’s Complete French Grammar Revie, White En d’Autres Termes, White Correct your French Blunders, Mazet French Podcast Daily French Podcast Radio France Internationale TV5 Le Monde A Level Preparation

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