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									                 2012 Syllabus for AP French Language and Culture

Institute Overview

Thank you in advance for your participation in the Indiana Academy 2012 AP Summer
Institute program! I look forward to meeting you in June in our AP French Language and
Culture “atelier.” The AP French Language and Culture course has just finished its very
first year with the new curriculum, and students in that course have taken the very first
AP French Language and Culture exam. For those of us who weathered those changes
directly, we will gather with a huge “ouf” of relief and an eagerness to debrief together;
for those of you who have not yet taught the course, we will help you prepare to do so.
I know that in our group there will be a lot of experience from which to draw! During our
work together we will review the curriculum framework and the exam blueprint, share our
resources and materials, and have the opportunity to work together on the student
samples from the May 2012 exam. For those teachers who have not yet taught the
course, we will look at the syllabus requirements and the audit process. We will come
together with different levels of teaching experience, different levels of experience with
the AP program, and varying degrees of knowledge as concerns these changes that
have taken place. My hope, however, is that every participant will have his/her needs
met and gain much from our few days together.
Many participants will be traveling to attend this institute and will not have direct access
to books, activities, etc. We need to plan ahead for the sharing process that will enrich
our courses. Please bring with you (if possible on your laptop or on a flash drive)
resources (print, audio, audiovisual), activities, assessments, etc. that you feel could be
beneficial to our group. Since the course focuses on authentic materials, you may have
examples from outside any text to share. I will request some publisher samples, but I
usually do not know until I arrive what they are sending and in what quantity. Collegial
sharing will play a significant role in our work. I really look forward to meeting you,
speaking French with you, sharing with you and learning with you.
I would like to close with my warmest wishes for a successful final quarter! A bientôt le
plaisir de faire votre connaissance!

Consultant background
Davara Potel
I started the AP French program at Solon High School, Solon, Ohio, and have taught
French there for 25 years; I have also chaired the Foreign Language Department. I
have served as an AP Exam Reader and consultant for the AP French Language
program for the College Board since 1993. I began work as a Table Leader and/or
sample selection specialist for the AP Reading in 1998. I contributed an article on
improving composition skills to the AP French Language composition theme book, wrote
a sample course syllabus for the former AP French Language Teacher’s Guide, co-
authored the first curriculum module for the new AP French Language and Culture
course (“L’environnement: quels voeux pour notre planète?”), and wrote the AP® French
Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 1 for the AP Central website.
I have worked on test development for the SAT Subject Tests in French, the AATF
Grand Concours, and the Test de français international. I started conducting
professional workshops around the country in 1995. I served as a member of the AP
French Language and Culture Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee for
the College Board, and I am currently a member of the AP French Language and
Culture Development Committee. If you have any questions, I can be reached at
TENTATIVE INSTITUTE SYLLABUS AND OUTLINE (will be modified as appropriate to
better meet the needs of the participants in the group)

   Introduction of participants
   Introductory remarks
         a. 3 modes of communication
         b. 6 learning objectives
         c. 6 themes
         d. recommended thematic contexts
         e. essential questions
         f. achievement level descriptors
   General course materials: authentic materials to frame a thematic unit
   Thematic Units of Instruction
   Overview of the exam blueprint
   Begin work with the Interpretive Communication items of the exam (multiple choice
              items): format, suggestions/strategies, materials
                   promotional material
                   literary text
                   article and chart
                   letter
                   audio report and article
                   conversation and chart
                   interview
                   instructions
                   presentation

    Finish work with the Interpretive Communication items of the exam, if necessary
             (see outline above)
    Writing multiple-choice questions
    INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION : format, suggestions/strategies, materials,
         a.       formal e-mail
         b.       directed conversation

   PRESENTATIONAL COMMUNICATION: (format, suggestions/strategies, materials,
         a.   persuasive essay
         b.   directed conversation

      COMPUTER TIME: research materials, unit / syllabus design

    PRESENTATIONS (based on computer work on day three)
    Final questions
    Closing activities

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