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AP French Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in French. Students cultivate their understanding of French language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and community, personal and public identity, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.
AP French Language and Culture Course and Exam Description
This is the core document for this course. Unit guides clearly lay out suggested thematic course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED was updated in the summer of 2020 to include scoring guidelines for the example questions.
AP French Language and Culture CED Scoring Guidelines
This document details how each of the sample free-response questions in the course and exam description (CED) would be scored. This information is now in the online CED but was not included in the binders teachers received in 2019.
To provide context and content for students to develop their skills in the modes of communication, AP French Language and Culture takes a thematic approach. This framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand to qualify for college credit or placement. There are also many suggested authentic resources to support instruction throughout.
The AP French Language and Culture framework is made up of six units. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
|Unit 1: Families in Different Societies|
|Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity|
|Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art|
|Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives|
|Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life|
|Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges|
The AP French Language and Culture framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like speakers of French.
|1. Comprehend Text||Comprehend written, audio, audiovisual, and visual text (text, pictures, and numbers).|
|2. Make Connections||Make interdisciplinary and cultural connections.|
|3. Interpret Text||Interpret the content of written or audio text (words).|
|4. Make Meanings||Make meanings from words and expressions.|
|5. Speak to Others||Communicate interpersonally by speaking with others.|
|6. Write to Others||Communicate interpersonally by writing to others.|
|7. Present Orally||Communicate through spoken presentations.|
|8. Present in Writing||Communicate through written presentations.|
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Meet the Development Committee for AP French Language and Culture.