AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTUREAP World Language and Culture Interactive Online Modules

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Developed by educators with expertise in AP world languages and cultures instructional design, these interactive online modules offer strategies, resources, and activities to help you teach your AP world language and culture courses. They also help build students' competencies in the courses leading up to AP.

Building an Effective Program

Narrated by AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher Ken Stewart, this module explores strategies for aligning and articulating all levels of instruction to build an effective and cohesive world language program, including:

  • designing esential questions
  • spiraling language skill development and content across levels
  • setting appropriate proficiency targets
  • planning instruction that will lead to enhanced student performance
  • how to suceed on the AP world language and culture exams
(~ 40 min)

Diagnosing Student Progress: Setting Learning Targets and Using Formative Assessments to Provide Feedback

Narrated by world language and culture educator and curriculum coordinator Greta Lundgaard, this module explores strategies to help you set learning targets and use formative assessments to give students feedback. Topics include:

  • the importance of learning targets; how to develop and apply them; and how to connect learning targets to formative assessments
  • why formative assessment is important to both teachers and learners
  • how to tell students about their progress towards learning targets and empower them to own their learning
  • how to make consistent progress moving students along the proficiency continuum
  • the benefits of descriptive feedback in teaching and learning
(~ 60 min)

Strategies for Maintaining Student Motivation in World Language and Culture Courses

Narrated by AP Japanese Language and Culture teacher Yo Azama, this module explores strategies for motivating and engaging students in their world language and culture courses, including:

  • helping students persist and stay motivated when facing challenges or setbacks throughout their language learning experiences
  • exploring the concept of students' mindsets and how mindsets can affect motivation
  • a variety of ways to extrinsically motivate and engage students
  • tapping into students' abilities to motivate themselves
(~ 40 min)

Interpersonal Communication - Speaking and Writing

Interpersonal Communication: Developing Speaking Abilities

Narrated by AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher Clarissa Adams-Fletcher, this module explores strategies for developing students' abilities in interpersonal speaking communication, including:

  • evaluating, selecting, or designing appropriate activities with accompanying print and audio resources
  • developing students' confidence and skills in producing spontaneous speech
  • incorporating a variety of speaking tasks throughout students' course of study to build skills for success in AP
  • increasing proficiency by providing appropriate scaffolding and support when needed
  • applying rubrics and using peer evaluations to measure performance and give meaningful feedback
(~ 40 min)

Interpersonal Communication: Developing Writing Abilities

Narrated by Mandarin language educator Nyan-Ping Bi, this module explores strategies for developing students' abilities in interpersonal written communication, including:

  • using themes as a foundation for writing
  • selecting and using authentic print and audio materials
  • having students collaborate to produce stronger written work
  • integrating cohesive devices and transitions to enhance a final written product
(~ 40 min)

Presentational Communication - Speaking and Writing

Presentational Communication: A Focus on Speaking

Narrated by AP German Language and Culture teacher Angelika Becker, this module explores strategies for developing students' abilities in presentational speaking, including:

  • designing and selecting level and age appropriate activities for presentational speaking and presentational writing
  • incorporating a variety of presentational speaking activities throughout students' courses of study to build skills for success in AP
  • scaffolding activities to help students learn
  • diagnosing and measuring students' progress as defined by the ACTFL Performance Guidelines
  • applying rubrics to measure performance and give meaningful feedback
(~ 40 min)

Presentational Communication: A Focus on Writing

Narrated by Italian language educator Federica Santini, this module explores strategies for developing students' abilities in presentational writing, including:

  • connecting the requirements for presentational writing in each AP world language and culture exam to best practices for teaching presentational writing
  • reflecting on students' engagement and direct involvement in class writing activities
  • analyzing different resources to enhance presentational writing skills
  • integrating creative and collaborative writing in the classroom
(~ 40 min)

Building Students' Skills in Developing Effective Written Arguments

Narrated by AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher Ann Mar, this module explores strategies for increasing students' abilities to develop written arguments beginning with the earliest encounters with the target language. Topics include:

  • explaining the rhetorical underpinnings of effective argumentation (pathos, ethos, and logos)
  • incorporating close reading and listening strategies to enable students to effectively engage with sources
  • integrating strategies for teaching effective argumentation (such as crafting strong claims, citing relevant and thorough textual evidence, helping students to effectively incorporate their own viewpoint in written arguments, considering audience and purpose)
  • building students' academic vocabulary and their ability to organize arguments through effective use of cohesive devices
(~ 40 min)

Interpretive Communication - Listening and Reading

Interpretive Communication: Listening Comprehension

Narrated by AP French Language and Culture teacher Ed Weiss, this module explores strategies for:

  • identifying the types of listening materials best suited for student interaction aligning listening materials to assessments that require students to infer, as well as select main ideas
  • using a model audio resource
  • scaffolding resources for various language levels
(~ 40 min)

Interpretive Communication: Reading Comprehension

Narrated by AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher Lou Baskinger, this module explores strategies for:

  • evaluating and selecting appropriate print and visual authentic resources
  • integrating authentic text resources throughout a student's course of study
  • supporting student learning by integrating activities that occur before, during, and after reading
  • increasing student proficiency in reading by going beyond comprehension questions
(~ 40 min)

AP Latin - Reading and Comprehension

Reading and Comprehending Latin Texts: Developing Students' Literacy Skills

Narrated by AP Latin teacher Dawn LaFon, this module explores strategies for developing students' Latin literacy and analytical writing throughout their courses of study, including:

  • helping students acquire, retain, and use vocabulary over time
  • evaluating and selecting appropriate reading resources for all levels of Latin instruction
  • preparing students to engage with sight-reading passages and required readings for AP Latin
  • increasing students' reading proficiency by focusing on the comprehension, translation, and analysis of Latin texts
  • developing students' skills in writing effective essays that analyze Latin texts
(~ 40 min)

Interpersonal Communication - Speaking and Writing

Presentational Communication - Speaking and Writing

Interpretive Communication - Listening and Reading

AP Latin - Reading and Comprehension