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AP FRENCH LANGUAGE SYLLABUS Athens Drive High School Mrs. Hoang Ho Robinson Course Overview In this class, I will be using many different sources to help the students prepare for their AP French Language exam in May. For grammar review, the students will go over important grammatical structures as they complete the exercises in the grammar book Une Fois Pour Toutes. For listening, reading, writing, and speaking, the students will work out of two different books: Preparing for the Language Examination and How to prepare for the Advanced Placement Exam. In addition to the books listed above, students will be required to read newspaper articles from France-Amérique and current news from the web sites provided. Other types of reading will come in the form of excerpts, short stories, poetry, and a novel. The teacher will work with the students on their listening and speaking skills on a daily basis through activities such as discussions, debates, exposés, summaries of passages read out loud, and dictées. French films are used to further improve students listening comprehension as well as an enrichment activity. The students will also work on their own time on their listening skill by watching French TV programs available on the Internet and listening to radio stations from various French-speaking countries. In addition, the students will practice regularly in class and outside of class the speaking portion of the Barron’s AP French book. Portable tape recorders will be provided for students’ recording during class and at home throughout the semester. Practice for informal and expressive writing will come in the form of a diary once every other week. Students will also write a formal paper once a week on a topic chosen by the teacher. In order for students to expand and retain their vocabulary, a growing notebook of essential vocabulary and idiomatic expressions is required during the course of the semester. The class is conducted entirely in French. The students are required to communicate with the teacher and classmates in French at all time. On rare occasions, English may be used as a last resort for the purpose of clarifying a difficult or ambiguous concept. Books used 1. Une Fois Pour Toutes by Hale Stures II, Linda Cregg, and Henry L. Herbst, published by Longman Inc. 2. AP French, Preparing for the Language Examination by Richard Ladd and Colette Girard, published by Scott Foresman and Addison Wesley 3. How to prepare for the Advanced Placement Exam by Laila Amiry, published by Barron’s 4. Novel, Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Other sources 1. Literary excerpts from various writers and short stories from different francophone countries 2. Poetry from Victor Hugo, Jacques Prévert, and Paul Verlaine 3. Notes on existentialism from MSN Encarta 4. Newspaper, France-Amérique 5. French films: Le Château de ma mère, Jean de Florette, Manon de sources, Chocolat, Astérix et Obélix, mission Cléopâtre (optional) 6. Guest speakers (Former students, French-speaking parents, professors from colleges/universities, and other French-speaking people in our school and community) 7. Field trips: Visiting at least one local French pastry shop and one French restaurant operated by French families, attending one class session with a French class at NCSU, participating in a guided tour given by a French- speaking docent at the NC Museum or Art. A combination of class time and after school hours will be utilized for the field trips listed. Dates for field trips will be announced by early February. 8. Web sites: a. TV shows Tf1.fr France2.fr Canalplus.fr Antenne2.fr Tv5.fr M6.fr b. Radio Stations Nrj.fr Radiofrance.fr Europe1.fr Radio-Canada.ca Radiobelge.be Rfo.fr c. Grammar Tex’s French Grammar www.uni.edu/becker/grammar.html d. Culture France.com History+of+france French cuisine french.glencoe.com COURSE PLANNER FOR BLOCK SCHEDULE Last week of January (Our AP French Language course is always offered 2nd semester) 1. Discuss: Components of AP exam Strategies for listening, writing, reading, and speaking kills Course load and expectation 2. Grammar: Overview of verb tenses and modes Passive voice Lesson 1, Une Fois pour Toutes 3. Reading: 2 literary excerpts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance 4. Informal writing: one journal entry in French February 1. Grammar: Lessons 2 – 5, Une Fois pour Toutes 2. Test on grammar 3. Listening, reading, and writing, AP book, Longman Unit 1, series 1 – 4 Unit 2, dialogues 1 – 4 Unit3, readings 1 – 5 Unit 4, function words, series 1 – 4 Unit 5, writing verbs, series 1 – 4 Unit 6, 3 formal compositions in French from selected topics Poetry: read one poem by Victor Hugo and write an original poem in the romantic style in French Other reading: 2 literary excerpts from 19th century French writers 4. Speaking, AP book, Barron’s Picture sequences, series 1 – 4 Comparing and contrasting, series 1 – 4 5. Presentation of current events in France or francophone countries in French. 6. Informal writing: two journal entries in French 7. Film & discussion: Le château de ma mère 8. French speaker (To be announced) March 1. Grammar: Lessons 6 – 9, Une Fois pour Toutes 2. Test on grammar 3. Listening, reading, and writing, AP book, Longman Unit 1, series 5 – 8 Unit 2, dialogues 5 – 8 Unit 3, readings 6 – 11 Unit 4, function words, series 5 – 8 Unit 5, writing verbs, series 5 – 8 Unit 6, 3 compositions from selected topics Poetry: read one poem by Jacques Prévert and write and original poem in French Other reading: Short story in French 4. Speaking, AP book, Barron’s Picture sequences, series 5 – 8 Comparing and contrasting, series 5 – 8 5. Presentation of current events in France 6. Informal writing: two journal entries in French 7. Film and discussion: Chocolat (French version) 8. French Speaker (To be announced) April 1. Grammar: Lessons 10 – 12, Une Fois pour Toutes 2. Test on grammar 3. Listening, reading, and writing, AP book, Longman Unit 1, series 9 – 12 Unit 2, dialogues 9 – 12 Unit 3, readings 12 – 18 Unit 4, function words, series 9 – 12 Unit 5, writing verbs, series 9 – 12 Unit 6, 2 formal compositions in French from selected topics Poetry: read one poem by Paul Verlaine and write an original poem in French Other reading: short story in French 4. Speaking, AP book, Barron’s Picture sequences, series 9 – 12 Comparing and contrasting, series 9 – 12 5. Presentation of current events in French 6. Informal writing: two journal entries in French 7. COMPREHENSIVE EXAM 8. Film and discussion in French: Jean de Florette 9. Speaker: Former student who has lived and studied in France. The speaker will be asked to talk about his/her experience in French. Classroom students will use this opportunity to ask relevant questions in French. May 1. Additional practice for the AP Exam with online resources from the College Board websites 2. AP FRENCH LANGUAGE EXAM 3. Introduce the theory of L’existentialisme and Jean-Paul Sartre’s l’existence précède l’essence (Some notes are in English but presentation and discussion of existentialism will be done in French) 4. Book: Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 5. Formal writing in French: Two papers with topics related to the book Le petit prince and l’existentialisme 6. Presentation in French: Narrate and analyze 2 different chapters from Le petit prince 7. Two tests on Le petit prince 8. Project: Original play in French by students 9. Francophone guest speakers (Optional) 10. Film and discussion in French: Manon de sources June - Final exam Students are required to use French for all activities listed above including assignments from the grammar textbook Une Fois Pour Toutes, in which grammar concepts and exercises are presented completely in French.
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