AP French Curriculum 2011-2012

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					                            AP French Language
                            Curriculum 2011-2012

Course Overview
The Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Program is designed to parallel the skill
development of a third semester college course. It focuses on oral/aural skills, reading
comprehension, grammar, composition, and cultural knowledge with frequent opportunities to
integrate the four language skills through the use of authentic materials.

During the AP French Language and Culture class, students are required to use only French for
all communication. This includes classroom instruction, discussions, and socialization. During
the class period, a variety of opportunities are given to allow students to speak spontaneously as
well as on prepared topics. Students are encouraged to use the language as a personal tool for
communication as well as to seek and take advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom to
listen to and communicate in French.

With an emphasis on the use of French for active communication, the course has the following
objectives:
     To emphasize the use of language for active communication
     To develop the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts
     To develop a French vocabulary appropriate for reading newspapers and magazine
        articles, literary texts, and other non-technical writings without dependence on a
        dictionary
     To express themselves coherently, resourcefully and with reasonable fluency and
        accuracy in both written and spoken French
     To complete the study of advanced grammatical concepts and their applications
     To discriminate between oral and aural usages
     To develop the ability to understand the formal and deep culture as well as to broaden the
        knowledge of the history, literature, and current events of the Francophone world

Course Outline
The AP French Language and Culture Course is taught in French within an intensive schedule of
18 weeks, 90 minutes daily. The course material is divided into six themes. Each theme is
approximately three weeks of class incorporating advanced vocabulary, literature, reading,
writing, listening and speaking, as well as integrated skills activities in the interpersonal,
interpretive, and presentational modes.

Students individually review previously acquired grammar points, which are then fine-tuned in
class. That is, the study of structure is advanced to include discrete points, idioms, fine details,
nuances, and special cases.

The unit themes are our springboard for discussions, writing, and integrated skills activities.
Since the focus is on skills rather than the content of specific texts, the course seeks to develop
language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and
disciplines. Enrichment materials and topics are selected to reflect the intellectual interest shared

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by the students and teacher. Enrichment topics may include the arts, history, current events,
literature, culture, lifestyles, sports, etc. Authentic materials are used (including films,
recordings, videos, podcasts, advertisements, newspapers, and magazines) as suited to meet the
needs of the students in that particular class.

A note about literature
Although advanced language and communication skills are the focus of this class, literature, and
authentic resources are used to allow students opportunities to experience college-level material
and advanced culture. The literature selections are varied, with most of the selections from
Moments Littéraires. There is also an overview of Francophone literature, with excerpts from
major works.
Examples include:
     Excerpts from Le Petit Prince
     Excerpts from Carmen, the libretto or the story
     Selected poems of Prévert, Rimbaud, Lamartine, Apollinaire, Baudelaire, Senghor
     Selected fables of La Fontaine
     Excerpts from Notre Dame de Paris


Unit Outline
I.     Global Challenges
       A. Vocabulary
          a.   Diversity and Tolerance
          b.   Environmental Issues
          c.   Health Issues
          d.   Human Rights
          e.   Nutrition and Food Safety
          f.   War and Peace
          g.   Economic Issues

       B. Grammar
          a. The Subjunctive
          b. Imperatives

       C. Functions
           a. Identifying societies’ environmental problems and solutions
           b. Analyzing a local environmental issue and assessing its impact on the population
           c. Examining the impact of environmental problems on one’s quality of life (e.g.,
              health and finance)
           d. Examining the impact of environmental problems on nature
           e. Examining the impact of environmental problems on future generations
           f. Examining the changes and their relationships to the global economy
           g. Questioning the involvement of the western world in the war on terrorism
           h. Responding to the crisis in developing countries by the western world

         D. AP Practice
              Daily practice from the AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture
              Examination as well as from various sources, for example: Barron’s SAT II
              French Practice Workbook, AP French Released Exam, Amsco’s French Four

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              Years, Amsco’s Cours Supérieur, Concours Practice Tests, and additional
              materials.


II.    Science and Technology
       A. Vocabulary
          a.    Discoveries and Inventions
          b.    New Means of Communication
          c.    Technology and Its Effects on Society

       B. Grammar
          a. Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns
          b. Interrogative Pronouns
          c. Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns
          d. Disjunctive Pronouns
          e. Comparative and Superlative
          f. Relative Pronouns
          g. Personal Pronouns

       C. Functions
          a. Talking about technological changes that effect society
          b. Discuss ethical issues in scientific advancement
          c. Discuss how our everyday lives influence innovation

       D. AP Practice
          Daily practice from the AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture
          Examination as well as from various sources, for example: Barron’s SAT II French
          Practice Workbook, AP French Released Exam, Amsco’s French Four Years,
          Amsco’s Cours Supérieur, Concours Practice Tests, and additional materials.

III.   Contemporary Life
       A. Vocabulary
          a. Publicity and Marketing
          b. Housing
          c. Pastimes and Sports
          d. Professions
          e. Rites of Passage
          f. Travel and Vacation

       B. Grammar
          a. Present Tense – narration and description in the present
          b. Imperfect Tense – background description
          c. Passé Composé – completed actions
          d. Pluperfect Tense – completed action prior to a past action
          e. Present Participle – narration of two events occurring at the same time
          f. Passé Simple

       C. Functions

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         a. Discuss how the quality of life and the rites of passage differs in various cultures
         b. Examine lifestyles among various Francophone nations
         c. Discuss travel and how the ease of travel has impacted the way the world
            communicates
         d. Talking about where you will go to college and what you would like to study
         e. Describing your “ideal” job

      D. AP Practice
         Daily practice from the AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture
         Examination as well as from various sources, for example: Barron’s SAT II French
         Practice Workbook, AP French Released Exam, Amsco’s French Four Years,
         Amsco’s Cours Supérieur, Concours Practice Tests, and additional materials.

IV.   Personal and Public Identities
      A. Vocabulary
         a. Alienation and Assimilation
         b. Morals and Beliefs
         c. Language and Identity
         d. Nationalism and Patriotism
         e. Immigration

      B. Grammar
         a. Negative expression
         b. Prepositions

      C. Functions
         a. Evaluate the power of religion over humanity
         b. Examine immigration and its impact on society
         c. Discuss the response of the government to new immigration challenges

         a. Compare and contrast the American political system with that of Francophone
            country
         b. Debate the pros and cons of Quebec’s Independence

      D. AP Practice
           Daily practice from the AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture
           Examination as well as from various sources, for example: Barron’s SAT II French
           Practice Workbook, AP French Released Exam, Amsco’s French Four Years,
           Amsco’s Cours Supérieur, Concours Practice Tests, and additional materials.

V.    Families and Communities
      A. Vocabulary
         a.    Social Relationships
         b.    Childhood and Adolescence
         c.    Customs and Traditions
         d.    Family
         e.    Friendship and Love


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      B. Grammar
         a. “If” clauses
         b. Present/ future
         c. Imperfect/conditional
         d. Pluperfect/ past conditional
         e. Futur Antérieur

      C. Functions
         a. Talk about your future plans concerning the state of marriage, divorce, and family
         b. Compare full-time careers and full-time parenting; which has more important
            and/or which has more significant challenges
         c. To marry someone from a different country
         d. The PACS (pacte civil de solidarité - civil union) versus traditional marriage
         e. Discuss the evolution from a traditional family structure to a blended family
         f. Compare full-time careers and full-time parenting; which has more important
            and/or which has more significant challenges

      D. AP Practice
          Daily practice from the AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture
          Examination as well as from various sources, for example: Barron’s SAT II French
          Practice Workbook, AP French Released Exam, Amsco’s French Four Years,
          Amsco’s Cours Supérieur, Concours Practice Tests, and additional materials.

VI.   Beauty and Aesthetics
      A. Vocabulary
            a. Patrimony
            b. Architecture and Visual Arts
            c. Music
            d. Theater

      B. Grammar
            a. Indirect Discours
            b. Passive Voice

      C. Functions
          a. Compare and contrast literature within the French-speaking community
          b. Evaluate the French influence on the Francophone world
          c. Analyze the faces of the Francophone world
          d. Discuss the great French designers and their influence on fashion

      D. AP Practice
           Daily practice from the AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture
           Examination as well as from various sources, for example: Barron’s SAT II French
           Practice Workbook, AP French Released Exam, Amsco’s French Four Years,
           Amsco’s Cours Supérieur, Concours Practice Tests, and additional materials.




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Course Level Assessments and Assignments
A cumulative evaluation will be given to measure a student’s ability to integrate the vocabulary
and structure acquired and refined throughout the course. The format may include tasks that
require a student to demonstrate knowledge in listening and reading comprehension, writing,
cultural concepts, and speaking proficiency.

All students will be assessed in the following areas:
       A. Reading
          a. Multiple choice
          b. Question/answer
          c. Summarizing
          d. Paraphrasing
          e. Outlining
          f. Selective Translation

       B. Writing
          a. Journal entries
          b. 40-minute timed essays
          c. Informal writings
          d. Letter writing
          e. Completing applications
          f. Summarizing
          g. Persuasive essays
          h. E-mails

       C. Speaking
           a. Picture sequences
           b. Cartoons
           c. Informal
           d. Debates
           e. Prepared dialogues
           f. Impromptu dialogues
           g. Discussions
           h. Oral presentations
           i. Summarizing
           j. Dramatic readings
           k. Skits
           l. Songs
           m. Memorization of poems
           n. Games

       D. Listening
          a. Multiple choice
          b. Fill in the blank
          c. Question/answer
          d. Dictation
          e. Summarize
          f. Rejoinders

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E. Culture
   a. Question/answer
   b. Fill-ins
   c. Research
   d. Presentation
   e. Comparison
   f. Analysis

F. Grammar
    a. Verb completions
    b. Specific grammar quizzes
       1) Multiple choices
       2) Completions/one word/short answers
       3) Sentence translations
       4) Open-ended response questions

G. Vocabulary
   a. Matching
   b. Fill-in the blank
   c. French/English – English/French
   d. Synonyms
   e. Antonyms
   f. False cognates
   g. Idiomatic expressions

H. Projects
   a. Research projects
   b. Oral presentations
   c. Editorial writing
   d. Technological presentations

I. Common Final Exam




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