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Course Updates

AP Italian Language and Culture has been updated for the 2019-20 school year to make things clearer for you and your students and to better align with college-level expectations.

Course and exam information is now more clearly presented in an updated course and exam description (CED).

The updated CED organizes the course into six thematic units.

  • This series of units represents a sequence that is found in widely adopted college textbooks and that many AP Italian Language and Culture teachers have told us they follow:
    1. Families in Different Societies
    2. The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
    3. Influences of Beauty and Art
    4. How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
    5. Factors that Impact the Quality of Life
    6. Environmental, Political and Societal Challenges
  • By organizing the course content and skills into units, we’re able to give you and your students free formative assessments—personal progress checks—that you can assign throughout the year to measure student progress.
  • We want to respect your time and expertise by providing a road map you can modify and adapt to your local priorities and preferences. You can choose to follow this suggestion for how content can be sequenced and paced. As always, you’ll have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

The CED defines skills and more learning objectives for students.

  • The course framework outlines specific skills that AP Italian Language and Culture students should practice throughout the year, like interpreting written and audio texts, speaking and writing to others, and giving written and spoken presentations.
  • Additional learning objectives are included in the framework so that it’s clearer what students should be able to do.
  • Each learning objective is clearly connected to the defined skills. With this kind of specificity, you and your students will know how course content and skills will be assessed on the AP Exam.
  • Throughout the CED, you’ll find thoughtful suggestions for pairing course content with skills.

Exam Updates

Starting in the 2019-20 school year:

  • The AP Italian Language and Culture Exam will have question types and point values that stay consistent every year so that you and your students know what to expect on exam day.
  • The structure of the multiple-choice section of the exam will align with the other AP European language and culture exams:
    • There will be fewer multiple-choice questions, and students will have more time to complete them.
    • The multiple-choice section will begin with reading, followed by reading and listening. This is a more student-friendly way to start the exam.
    • Students will have time to preview the questions before listening, and all audio sources will be played twice.
    • Stimulus materials will be tied to course themes, with all 6 required course themes represented. Most stimuli will now be authentic sources.
    • All multiple-choice exam tasks will include advance organizers that give students information about what they’ll read or listen to.
  • There aren't any changes to the free-response section of the exam.
Exam Updates
2019 Exam Starting with the 2020 Exam

Section I: Multiple Choice

70 Questions | 1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: 30–34 Questions; 25 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts
  • Part B: 36–40 Questions; 55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts

Section I: Multiple Choice

65 Questions | 1 Hour, 35 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

The questions are in 9 sets, each with fixed numbers and types of questions.

  • Part A: 30 Questions; 40 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts (4 sets)
  • Part B: 35 Questions; 55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Paired Print and Audio Texts—new type of task where students interpret thematically aligned print and audio texts together (2 sets)
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts (3 sets)

Section II: Free Response

4 Tasks | 1 Hour, 28 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: Written Tasks; ~70 minutes
    • Interpersonal Writing: Email Reply 
      • 1 prompt; 15 minutes
    • Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay
      • 1 prompt; 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write
  • Part B: Spoken Responses; ~18 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation
      • 5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison
      • 1 prompt; 4 minutes to prepare, 2 minutes to respond

Section II: Free Response

4 Tasks | 1 Hour, 28 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: Written Tasks; ~70 minutes
    • Interpersonal Writing: Email Reply
      • 1 prompt; 15 minutes
    • Presentational Writing: Argumentative Essay (new name, but same task as before)
      • 1 prompt; 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write
  • Part B: Spoken Responses; ~18 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation
      • 5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison
      • 1 prompt; 4 minutes to prepare, 2 minutes to respond

Key Dates for AP Italian Language and Culture Teachers

  • 2019 AP Summer Institutes begin. Updated AP Italian Language and Culture workshop materials will be available to provide context on the CED, unit guides, and other new resources.
  • 2019 CED binders are available. You can preorder your free copy now using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • August 1: The AP Classroom system resources—including unit guides, personal progress checks, progress dashboard, and question bank—become available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the system and ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP Italian Language and Culture course in 2019-20, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.*
  • Mid-August: 1-day workshops begin.
  • Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections in the system. If your coordinator chooses not to create class sections, you can create your own.
  • Familiarize yourself with the system and start exploring the resources.
  • As you create your sequencing and pacing calendars, use the Course at a Glance and unit guides in the CED to inform your decisions. These can also help you determine how to fit the personal progress checks into your instruction so you and your students can receive timely instructional feedback.
  • Access the AP question bank to see what questions are available for you to assign to your students for instructional and assessment purposes throughout the year.
  • Before classes start, log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections.*
  • Post the join code for your class section on the board or distribute it to your students. Tell students to log in and join you class section before the next class.*
  • October 4: Preferred deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams. 
  • Use your progress dashboard to see where students are demonstrating strength and where they have opportunities for further growth.
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline to submit your AP Italian Language and Culture Course Audit form and have it approved by your administrator for 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.*
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • Use the AP question bank and feedback on the progress dashboard to help students prepare for their AP Exams.
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

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