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Important Updates

2021 Exam Information
AP Exams will cover the full content in each course, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit and placement.

Given the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year, some students may feel unsure about taking AP Exams in May. So that students feel comfortable registering by the fall deadline, this year there will be no fees whatsoever if a student decides not to test or to cancel their exams. Every AP student should keep their options open by registering for the exam on time because there will still be a $40 fee for late orders.

View the latest information on testing.

2020-21 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

If you’re teaching an AP French Language and Culture course for the first time in 2020-21, you’ll need to submit two items:

  • A subject-specific AP Course Audit form
  • Documentation showing your understanding of course scope—choose 1 of 4 options:
    • adopt a sample syllabus
    • adopt the AP unit guides
    • claim identical to a colleague’s approved syllabus
    • submit your own course syllabus for review (For help creating your syllabus, sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click on the Resource section.)

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP French Language and Culture course, you won’t need to submit anything. Your school administrator can simply renew your course for 2020-21.

Once authorized, you’ll receive:

  • Access to AP Classroom (practice exams, formative assessments, etc.) in July 2020
  • Inclusion in the AP Course Ledger published in November 2020
  • Access to online score reports in July 2021

Designing Your AP French Language and Culture Course

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the course and exam.

AP French Language and Culture Course and Exam Description


Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP French Language and Culture curricular requirements:

  • The teacher uses French almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary course content and develop skills through the 6 required themes: Families and Communities, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, and Global Challenges.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives of the target cultures.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to make cultural comparisons.
  • Instructional materials include a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual sources and authentic written texts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to practice and develop the skills in each skill category:
    • Skill Category 1: Comprehend written, audio, audiovisual, and visual text (Interpretive Mode)
    • Skill Category 2: Make interdisciplinary and cultural connections (Interpretive Mode)
    • Skill Category 3: Interpret the content of written and audio text (Interpretive Mode)
    • Skill Category 4: Make meanings from words and expressions (Interpretive Mode)
    • Skill Category 5: Communicate interpersonally by speaking with others (Interpersonal Mode)
    • Skill Category 6: Communicate interpersonally by writing to others (Interpersonal Mode)
    • Skill Category 7: Communicate through spoken presentations (Presentational Mode)
    • Skill Category 8: Communicate through written presentations (Presentational Mode)
  • The course prepares students to use the target language in real-life situations.

AP French Language and Culture resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a copy of printed course materials for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school provides audio and video equipment and materials that allow for ongoing opportunities to develop proficiency across the 3 modes of communication. This equipment can include video or DVD players, computers, digital language labs, handheld digital recorders, or compact disc players. iPads and Chromebooks can be used in the classroom for instruction and may be used for recording exam responses only if using the Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app.

Because world language instruction targets proficiency building, which can be accomplished in multiple ways with or without a specific textbook, the AP French Language and Culture course does not have a list of example textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP French Language and Culture.

This annotated sample AP French Language and Culture syllabus shows how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

AP French Language and Culture Sample Syllabus 1 (.pdf/604KB)

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