ESSENTIAL VOCABULARY: While we will be studying Theme specific vocab as we go through the AP curriculum, it is ESSENTIAl that students have a thorough grasp of the basic French thematic vocabulary. The following file contains lists of vocab by theme that students should ensure they have mastered:
TRICKS & TIPS TO SUCCESS IN AP FRENCH Tricks & Tips for Success in AP - hints, graphic organizers, keys to success in each of the 6 tasks. Make sure you read, learn & inwardly digest the whole of the following document:
There are no specific State standards for AP classes. Assuming most students will be taking AP French after their 4th year of French study, it stands to reason that the State Standards for level 5 should be applicable to students in an AP course:
Bring to the exam room: several sharpened No.2 pencils with erasers (for multiple choice answers)
black/blue ink pens (for free-response answers)
your 6-digit school code
*We use the program AUDACITY to record the conversation and cultural comparison sections for the AP exam. You should make sure you are familiar with the following procedure as YOU are responsible for ensuring your recording is saved to the computer desktop! We will of course practice in class:
Exam OverviewAP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: 3 HOURS Exam: questions are based on thesix learning objectivesand assess all themes. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the francophone world throughout the exam.
Format of Assessment:
Section I: Multiple Choice | 65 Questions | ~ 95 mins | 50% of Exam Score
Part A: 30 questions; ~40 mins - Print Texts: Reading Comprehension Part B: 35 questions; ~55 mins - Print & Audio Texts Reading & Listening Comprehension combined (Interpretive Communication)
***In order to be successful, students MUSTconstantly and consistently be reading French articles (online, magazines, newspapers etc.) watching movies in French, watching the news in French and ideally, reading several French novels.***
TV5Monde is a fantastic source of material, including the short FLASH bulletin of global news stories AND the bulletin of news events occurring in Africa and other Francophone countries: http://www.tv5monde.com/
There is NO prescribed AP French vocabulary list. Students are expected to read constantly and as much as possible to broaden their vocabulary repertoire.
Grammar is not taught extrinsically. It is assumed that students taking the AP French course have already mastered French grammar in previous years. Grammar use IS graded as part of the AP exam scoring:
- good, complex, accurate and well-expressed grammar will score highly - grammar that is poorly mastered will lower the score, especially if it impedes communication and forces the examiner to struggle to determine what a student is trying to express.
The textbook we will be using as a guide to our French AP course is Thèmes:
- parler des genres et formules d'art littéraire - utiliser les expression : "dès" et "avoir de la facilité" - apprendre les bénéfices de l'art dans la philosophie et connaître l'œuvre de Dai Sijie - utiliser les articles correctement et les omettre quand ils ne sont pas nécessaires
- utiliser les expression : "de toutes...forces" et "à sa façon" - connaître l'œuvre de Kazuyo Sejima et l'Exposition universelle de Montréal - apprendre des critiques de la Tour Eiffel - utiliser les prépositions et bien placer les adjectifs