AP French Language Syllabus

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					                       AP® French Language
I. Course Overview
Learning Objectives
Teacher: Marie-Theres Pirker

Required materials:
      Textbooks:
           1. AP FRENCH, Barron’s (3rd edition), by Laila Amiry
           2. French grammar book
      Binder, pencils / pens
      French – English Dictionary (for home use)

Course objectives:
The AP French Language program has for its objectives the development of:
   1. The ability to understand spoken French in a variety of contexts;
   2. A French vocabulary sufficiently ample for reading magazine and newspaper artivles, literary
      texts, and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary;
   3. The ability to express oneself coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and
      accuracy in both written and spoken French.
The class will be taught entirely in French. The use of English is not permitted in the AP
French Language class.

Section I      Listening
“ You are required to understand some fairly complex structures, such as passive voice
construction and tense usage.
You should possess a fairly broad vocabulary.
You should be able to capture some overtones conveyed by the spoken language, such as
humor and irony.”

Listening comprehension activities in the AP French class
     Songs: Kyo, Edith Piaf, Calogero etc.
     Movies in Original: Bienvenus ches les Shtis, Cyrano de Bergerac, etc.
     News live (M6, TF1 etc)

Section II      Writing
“On this part of the examination, students are asked to demonstrate knowledge of French
structure by filling in omitted words or verb forms within paragraphs. Theyare also asked to
show their ability to express ideas in written French, by writing a 40 minutes essay on a given
topic. The essays are evaluated for appropriatness and range of vocabulary, grammatical
accuracy, idiomatic usage, organization and style.”

Writing perfomance activities in the AP French class
    Essay writing
    Paragraph writing
    Dialog writing

Section III Reading
“The AP French candidate is expected to have attained enough reading proficiency to read
expository and narrative French prose with good overall comprehension, despite perhaps
missing some details or experiencing gaps in vocabulary and a limited recognition of subtle

Reading comprehension activities in the AP French class
    Books: St. Exupery, Antoine: „Le petit prince“
            Maupassant, Guy: „La parure“
            Perrault, Charles: „Contes“
            Zola, Emile: „Trois contes“
            Moliere: election of his oeuvre

    Short stories: topic related
                    Taken from different ressource books

Section IV      Speaking
“ AP language candidates should have attained a speaking proficiency that allows them to
Communicate ideas and facts in a form of speech that a native speaker would easily
Express personal opinions and discuss current topics;
Describe, narrate, and explain using appropriate grammatical structures;
Have a fairly broad range of vocabulary and thus sepak with a certain fluency and accuracy.”
Speaking activities in the AP French class
    Class discussion about different topics (mentor system)
    Individual presentation (Marking period projects)
    Interactive group activities (dialogs etc.)

Course Planner
Week 1 and 2

Communication Functions and Content: describing people, inquiring about people,

Grammar: Review of the Présent of irregular verbs and reflexives

Culture: Reading “Les petites annonces classées” (Easy French reader), Analyses of French

Literature/ Music/ Arts: Ionesco Conte pour les enfants de moins de trois ans / Le Théatre
de l’Absurde

Assessments :
      Quiz : irregular verbs, reflexive verbs
      Writing/ Reading: Answering the comprehension questions to “ Conte pour les enfants
      de moins de trois ans. “/ essay 1
      Speaking : Each student describes his / her ideal partner. In form of a game, they pick
      someone from the school / famous and take rounds guessing the person.

Week 3 and 4

Communication Functions and Content: Prepare a short speech about a specific topic.

Grammar: Subjonctif

Culture: Text: “les discours” (Easy French Readers)

Literature/ Music/ Arts: “les guignols de l'info”, chosen examples video.
       Quiz: Subjonctif
       Writing : essay 2
       Speaking : choose a topic and make a speech about it.
       Listening: les guignols de l'info, chosen examples

Week 5 and 6

Communication Functions and Content: talking about activities, describing the natural
environment, talk about the weather and natural phenomena

Grammar: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait

Culture : Variations of fairy tales in France.

 Literature/ Music/ Arts : Charles Perrault «Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de verre »,
fairy tale

Assessments :
      Quiz : Passé Composé vs Imparfait
      Writing : Answering comprehension questions on Cendrillon and writing a character
      analysis of one of the characters in the story/ essay 3
      Speaking: conferences with each individual student. What outdoor activities do you
      like? What did you do last summer?
      Listening: extracts of Disney's “Cendrillon” in French

Week 7 and 8

Communication Functions and Content: shopping for various items, at the post office,
asking for a variety of services

Grammar: The pronouns: me, te, se, nous, vous/ le, la, les/ lui, leur/ y, en/

Culture : shopping in France, research on internet for items, prices etc.

Literature/ Music/ Arts: Histoire de la chanson française, La musique des jeunes, La
musique fancophone en Amérique / French Music

Assessments :
      Quiz : pronouns
      Writing : students choose one French chanson and write an essay about it giving
      background information, talking about the singer, and about the message of the song./
      essay 4
      Speaking: in groups of 3, students prepare dialogues pretending to be in a shop they
      can choose
      Listening: different french songs (e.g. Carmen by Bizet)

Week 9 and 10

Communication Functions and Content: planning a trip abroad, going through customs,
making travel arrangements, reserving a room, asking for service in a hotel

Grammar: Future Tense, Negation

Culture: Asterix (text from Regents June 2006)

Literature/ Music/ Arts :

Assessments :
      Quiz : Future Tense, Negation
      Writing : Letter of application for a scholarship abroad
      Speaking: Conferences with individual students: What are your plans for the next
      Listening: Movie “Asterix” in French

Week 11 and 12


Individually, students prepare a project about one cultural topic of their choice (literature,
music, art, daily life etc.) related to a country where the target language is spoken.

    Do a presentation
    Prepare a Power Point presentation
    Related information to neighbouring countries (give an overview of time period)
    Bring in related material (songs, extracts of literature, artwork etc.)
    Prepare a poster board
    Time Line: 2 Weeks

       Students present their work (assessment through rubric, gallery walk for self-

Week 13 and 14

Short Review of the History of France (Discovering France p 216-225)
Functions: Review of week 1-14
Grammar: Review of week 1-14

Week 15


Week 16 and 17

Review of midterm results
Self assessment of the 1st semester progress and setting goals for the second semester
Short Review of the History of France, 1970 till now (Discovering French p 252-257)
Listening : Movie

Grammar : Le comparatif/ Le superlatif

Assessments :
      Quiz : Le comparatif/ Le superlatif
      Writing : Movie Review, essay 5
      Listeinig Comprehension: Questions about the movie
      Speaking : Oral discussion about movie, different points of view

Week 18 and 19

Victor Hugo (Discovering French p224/ 225)
Poetry of Victor Hugo
Video Excerpt: Les Misérables

Grammar : les pronoms interrogatifs, le pronom démonstratif

Assessments :
      Quiz : les pronoms interrogatifs, le pronom démonstratif
      Writing : Poetry Analysis/ essay 6
      Listening : Comprehension Questions on Les Misérables
      Speaking : discussion about literary currents

Week 20 and 21

Communication Functions and Content: telling stories using all tenses and modes

Culture: Text: Sempé-Goscinny: Je fréquente Agnan

Grammar : Le subjonctif : temps et modes

Literature/ Music/ Arts : short stories in France

Assessments :
      Quiz : Le subjonctif
      Reading/ Writing : Answering Comprehension Questions to Je fréquente Agnan essay
      Speaking: Students prepare a dialogue between two characters of the story
      Listening: French songs w/ grammatical content (Sinsemilia: Tout le bonheur du
monde; Patrick Bruel: Pour la vie; Chimène Badi: Si, etc)

Week 22 and 23

Communication Functions and Content: making a date and fixing the time and place,
explaining where one lives and how to get there, discussing the advantages and disadvantages
of city life, describing your neighborhood

Cultur: Text: les villes françaises

Grammar : La construction si + présent, imparfait, plusque parfait

Literature/ Music/ Arts : Text: Les Pêches by André Theuriet (p 327-332)

      Writing: Essay on the topic: “Country vs. Citiy life” essay 8
      Speaking/ Reading: Questions on Les Pêches
      Listening: Songs (Gerard Lenormon: Si j'etais president; Joe Dassin: Si tu; etc)

Week 24 and 25

Communication Functions and Content: : Personal relationships, friendships, and family
life, describing degrees of friendships, expressing feelings, congratulating, comforting, and
expressing sympathy

Culture: Text: Les amis et la famille (Discovering French p 345)

Grammar : Les pronoms relatifs qui and que

Literature/ Music/ Arts : chanson by Edith Piaf La vie en rose, excerpts from the movie La
vie en rose

      Quiz : les pronoms relatifs
      Writing : Essay 9 : students describe their family life, or the family life of an
      imaginary family and with their friends
      Speaking: Questions on Les amis et la famille
      Listening : Vidéo-drame : Dispute et réconciliation : Comprehension Questions

Week 26 and 27

Functions : deciding on a college major, planning for a career, looking for a job,

Culture: Text: ce fameux bac (discovering French p 383)

Grammar: La construction préposition + infinitif/ le participe présent

Literature/ Music/ Arts : Song : Je ne veux pas travailler, Text : Le portrait by Yves

Assessments :
      Reading/ Writing : Expression écrite p 408 Le portrait/ essay 10
      Speaking : Conference with each student “a job interview”

Week 28 and 29

Preparation for the AP Exam

AP French Language Exam 2003

Discussion of results

AP grammar fill-in packet: 1991-1996

Current events: TV5, “Le Monde”

Assessments :
      Quiz : Grammar chapters from the AP grammar fill-in packet
      Reading Comprehension: from TV5 or “Le Monde”
      Speaking: Picture story + questions
      Listening Comprehension: from TV5
      Writing: essay 11

Week 30 and 31

AP grammar fill in packet 1997-2004

Web Page Project: “Planning your career”
                     Students design their web page
                            writing their CV
                            talking about their hobbies
                            extra curricula activities
                            ambitions and dreams
                            aims for life
Current Events: TV5, “Le Monde”

Subjunctive (Schaum’s French Grammar Chapter 5)

Assessment :
      Writing : Web Page Project/ essay 12
      Reading Comprehension: from TV5 or “Le Monde”
      Speaking: Picture story + questions
      Listening Comprehension: from TV5

Week 32 and 33

Web Page Project

Current Events: TV5 and Le Monde

Subjunctive (Continued)

      Writing: Web Page Project (continued)/ essay 13
      Speaking: The students present their Web Page Projects
      Reading Comprehension: from TV5 or “Le Monde”

Week 34

AP grammar fill in packet 2005
Review expressing opinions

General review before the AP French Language Exam

After Week 35
After the exam, the students work on a research project and presentations. They will study
cultural aspects of diverse frenchspeaking countries and get a deeper knowledge of literature,
art, language etc. in order to continue French in college.

II Teaching Strategies

This curriculum incorporates the communicative and learning strategies that learners of a
second language should develop in order to maximize their interaction skills in the target
language. Communicative strategies refer to a wide range of skills students have to acquire to
be able to participate in conversations and to understand the target language. In light of this
picture of second language learning, this curriculum wants students to practice regularly the
four communicative skills, namely, speaking, listening, writing and reading. As students have
to be prepared for conversations outside the classroom, it is important that they can make free
        As far as grammar is concerned, the functional and not the formal aspects are taught.
The study of grammatical structures is embedded in a communicative context as students
need to know when and how to use them.
        The curriculum also underlines the fact that language has to be seen as a means of
communication; therefore it stresses the importance of authenticity in all areas. Students are
encouraged to pursue opportunities outside the classroom to extend and enrich their skills in
French, for example talking to native speakers.

To enhance listening comprehension:

Students will also analyse dialogues on tape, documentaries from and
will be able to work with for information on
current events.
Students will be tested on their ability to understand language spoken at a normal native speed
using structures covering a wide range of topics (culture, science, sports, etc.).
For assessing the students, I will use the directed response method and multiple choice

To enhance reading comprehension:

Students will analyse several short stories, texts and articles from the textbook, the Internet
and newspaper and practice on readings from previous AP exams.
Reading will be part of class discussion (in the target language to promote speaking skills),
through which students will read and summarize the various texts and articles.
Students will be evaluated on their participation in class discussions and their ability to
answer questions on the topic using the directed response method or the multiple choice

To enhance writing:

In addition to a wide range of idioms and structures, correct grammatical structure is
mandatory to achieve our goal in writing an AP essay. As we continue with writing short
responses, compositions, and short essays, the correct use of vocabulary and grammar will be
reviewed and refined with exercises from “Discovering French Rouge” as well as function
word fill-ins and verb fill-ins from previous AP tests.
Students will be assigned essay subjects related to a reading or a previous AP essay topic
every other week. Students will handwrite their essay, will not use dictionaries, but will be

allowed a rewrite for a final grade. The 200 to 250 words assignment is expected to last 40 to
50 minutes in the first semester, 40 minutes in the second semester

To enhance speaking

Since French 2, students have been required to communicate in class in the target language.
At this level, they will be expected to use varied vocabulary, correct grammar and idiomatic
Activities will include discussions of listening, reading and writing topics, as well as practice
exercises modeled on picture sequence and free-response tests.
As for listening comprehension, students will be evaluated on active participation. They will
also be graded according to the rubric suggested by the College Board.

In order to improve the four language skills, students are required to speak French only in
the classroom. Class is conducted in the target language.

III. Bibliography


Discovering French rouge

French magazines

Zola, Emile: Trois nouvelles

Lanquetin, Pierre : SOS Français. Revision systematique de la grammaire et du vocabulaire

Sempe-Goscinny: Le petit Nicolas.

Sauvard Jocelyne: Contes sous la lune.

Perrault, Charles: Contes.

Labrune, G. & Toutain, Ph: L’histoire de France.

De Roussy de Sales, R.: Easy French Reader.

Heminway, Annie: Better Reading French.

Goscinny & Uderzo : Asterix

Lamarre, Melanie : Dictees pour progresser.

Movies :


Au revoir les enfants

La vie en rose

Cendrillon (Disney version in French)

Coco before Chanel

Madame Bovary

Les Miserables

Songs :

Different songs from


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