This course is the advanced placement French language course and follows the guidelines established by the AP College Board. In this course, students will strengthen their skills in French and also prepare for the AP French Language Examination in the spring (May 10, 2011).
This course encompasses listening and oral skills as well as reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. Goals include:
I. Listening and Oral Comprehension
Understand verbal instructions and normal conversation in standard French on familiar topics
Understand brief lectures on familiar topics
Infer meaning of new words from context or words belonging to known word families
Comprehend the meaning of a word with more than one meaning when used in context
Begin to recognize and understand a variety of voices and accents
Understand authentic narrative and dramatic passages within appropriate vocabulary and grammar range
Listen to and understand the major ideas of short stories, speeches, lectures, and films in French
II. Speaking and Oral Proficiency
Speak effectively enough to be understood by a native speaker
Be able to handle most uncomplicated communicative tasks and social situations
Respond to questions in short phrases or sentences
Initiate conversation with others
Give oral definitions and explanations in French
Give appropriate commands
Give oral presentations
Ask questions to seek information or clarification on a known topic
Express self simply but clearly with appropriate use of known vocabulary and idiom
Re-tell or summarize short passages in French, describe pictures
Participate in informal discussions on topics within the student's realm of vocabulary and experience
Initiate, sustain and close a general conversation within range of vocabulary and experience
Use skills in reading to gain meaningful information
Read consistently with almost complete understanding simple connected texts dealing with topics about which the student has personal interest and/or knowledge
Get main ideas and some details from longer prose selections on familiar topics that have clear underlying structure and that use familiar sentence patterns
Read and comprehend appropriate authentic texts, such as letters, newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, poetry, and excerpts from plays and novels, with minimal use of the dictionary
Comprehend new vocabulary in context
Learn new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions through reading
Gain cultural knowledge and expand knowledge of « la francophonie » through reading
Express impersonal information and personal ideas through writing
Write French with minimal use of the dictionary
Write French well enough to be understood by native speakers
Be able to meet most practical written needs
Take adequate notes in French during lectures or discussions.
Write short essays and compositions
Write essay answers to written questions
Re-tell or summarize reading materials
Use new vocabulary and grammar effectively in writing French
Write original stories and/or poems
To achieve the above, students will review vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and French grammar in order to be able to write and speak on given topics similar to those used in the AP exam. This is a 3rd year college level course; students will be expected to perform at college level. Success in this class will depend greatly on your ability to organize your time, work independently, and set and achieve goals for yourself. I am here to help you, but I will not hold your hand! With the ultimate goal being your ability to communicate in French at an advanced level, I will conduct this course almost exclusively in French; you are required to do the same.
Une fois pour toutes
II. Thematic vocabulary
III. Literature / reading
Les jeux sont faits
Littérature du monde francophone
Contes de Guy deMaupassant, Histoires du Petit Nicolas
Various songs, interviews, film excerpts, and other authentic recordings
VI. Primary Internet resources
Vocabulary and grammar exercises and quizzes
Practice AP exams including reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural components
Formal and informal essays and journal entries
Individual and group presentations / projects
Oral and written comptes rendus (story / film summaries)
Daily participation in class discussions and debates
To practice for the AP French Language Examination, the students will be tested periodically in conditions similar to those of the AP Exam, using practice exams or test prep workbooks. Approximately 40 minutes of reading comprehension, 40 minutes of listening comprehension with CD or cassette, or 40 minutes of compositional writing will be given in one session.
For the speaking portion of the AP exam, the students will train by speaking directly into headsets in the language lab using pictures from past exams or from their test prep workbooks. The students will get used to talking all at once and will get a sense of how long they should talk to give a well-developed answer. Feedback from the teacher will be given at regular intervals, using the AP scoring rubric.
I. Vocabulary lessons: Connected to the unit’s literary, cultural, or grammatical topic. Students are expected to study and learn the vocabulary independently throughout the week and use it in completing written assignments and participating in class discussions.
II. Listening: Video clips, movies, radio broadcasts, dialogues, and brief narrations are used as the basis for listening comprehension activities. Comprehension questions follow each listening selection. Depending on the content of the media, students may also be asked to respond orally and in writing to personal questions relating to the topic of the audio selection. Practice AP exams and test prep books will be used to simulate the listening portion of the AP test, including rejoinders.
III. Writing: Students receive composition assignments to write at home and in class. Feedback and assessment are provided using the AP scoring rubric. At-home compositions may be written with the help of a dictionary. Students may correct their essays based on my feedback and receive an improved score. In-class compositions must be written without the use of a dictionary or other resources, and must be completed within a 40-minute period.
IV. Reading: Reading selections form the basis of in-class discussions and generally integrate grammatical and vocabulary content of the week’s lessons. Activities related to the readings include: comprehension questions, analysis of characters and plot, comparisons with other texts or media, role-playing or other performance, student-led lessons, discussion of themes raised in the reading, viewing of a film version, compositions, and student presentations of relevant historical or cultural points.
V. Speaking activities: As the course is conducted entirely in French, students hear and speak French throughout their interactions in class. Typical classroom interactions include: discussion of readings, audio clips and videos; debates; informal conversations about personal opinions, perspectives and experiences; discussion of grammar; and general classroom housekeeping. Students will also use picture sequences to practice narration skills required to successfully complete the speaking portion of the AP test.
They engage with the pictures in a variety of ways, including brainstorming relevant vocabulary and expressions, narrating events to a partner, proposing different story endings, telling the story from different perspectives, or incorporating personal experiences. Students will also practice timed and recorded narrations of picture sequences, which will be graded using the AP scoring rubric.
VI. Grammar: Grammatical concepts and structures will be presented along with the thematic unit vocabulary. Students are expected to incorporate new and previously learned grammatical structures into their written and oral assignments.
Planning du premier semestre (les dates peuvent changer, bien sûr !):