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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports that launched in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching a new AP Japanese Language and Culture course in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Japanese Language and Culture unit guide

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Japanese Language and Culture course, make sure your school administrator renews your course in 2019-20.

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization by going through the AP Course Audit.

Designing Your AP Japanese Language and Culture Course

Overview

The AP Japanese Language and Culture course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course that develops students’ proficiencies throughout the intermediate-mid to intermediate-low range of the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K–12 Learners. Your course should be designed to support students as they develop the productive, receptive, and cultural skills necessary to communicate with and understand native speakers and writers of Japanese.

Students enrolling in AP Japanese Language and Culture are typically in their fourth or fifth year of language study, or have had equivalent experience with the language.

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 AP course and exam.

AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Description (.pdf/2.26MB) -

This is the core document for this course and is new for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out suggested thematic course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Course Requirements

Use these resources to design your AP Japanese Language and Culture syllabus.

 

Your course must fulfill these requirements, and your syllabus should make it clear how the requirements will be addressed.

AP Japanese Language and Culture curricular requirements:

  • Instructional materials include a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual sources and authentic written and print texts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary course content and develop skills through the suggested course themes or another organizing approach integrating language, content, and culture.
  • 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.
  • 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 settings.
  • The course provides students with opportunities to develop skills in handwriting Japanese Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana and using the appropriate writing systems in their writing.
  • The course provides students with opportunities to develop keyboarding skills.

AP Japanese Language and Culture resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a copy of the texts utilized in the course for use inside and outside of the classroom, and has frequent access, during instruction, to a computer capable of inputting and displaying Japanese text.
  • The school facilitates student use, outside of instructional time, of in-school or public library computers capable of inputting and displaying Japanese text.
  • 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 or computers, language labs, handheld digital recorders, iPads, or compact disc players.

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