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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

  • Pronounce vocabulary with near-native pronunciation
  • 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

III. Reading

  • 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

IV. Writing

  • 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.

RESOURCES (non-exhaustive)

I. Grammar

  • Reprise

  • Une fois pour toutes

II. Thematic vocabulary

  • Réseau

  • Imaginez

  • Bravo

  • Face-à-face

  • Interaction

III. Literature / reading

  • L’Etranger

  • Les jeux sont faits

  • Littérature du monde francophone

  • Contes de Guy deMaupassant, Histoires du Petit Nicolas

  • Paris Match

  • Jeune Afrique

  • Phosphore

  • Textbooks mentioned above

IV. Test Prep

V. Aural and oral exercises

  • Triangle

  • AP French: Preparing for the language examination

  • Released AP Exams

  • 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 !):



Vocabulaire thématique


Rédaction / projet

1 – 2
7-18 septembre

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs, imperative

(Reprise chapters 1, 2, 5)

Les relations familiales et interpersonnelles

“Je t’épouse”

Mariama Bâ

“Jour de mariage”


L’influence familiale
17 septembre

3 – 4
20 sept – 1 octobre

Past tense – passé compose / imparfait

(Reprise chapters 6, 7)

Les vacances, les voyages

“Vos plus belles vacances?”

Marion Sevenier

“Le départ du petit Nicolas” (Sempé/Goscinny)

Mon album d’été

1 octobre

4-8 octobre

Reflexive Verbs (Reprise chapter 8)

La tolérance, les croyances

“L’interdiction de la burqa”


Pour ou contre la burqa?
7 octobre

(en classe)

6 – 7
11-22 octobre

Future and conditional tenses, phrases avec si (Reprise, chapters 9, 10)

Le travail et les finances

“Mon chef est une femme…et alors?” Pierre-Yves Lautrou


“Les fractures de la France”


Un entretien
Préparer une lettre de motivation et un CV
22 octobre

25-29 octobre

Negative and Interrogative Sentences (Reprise, chapters 3, 4, 21)

La technologie

“SMS textos: dites “Je t’M avec le pouce!”

Louis Asana

(Face à Face)

Le piratage / téléchargement illegal


Quelle technologie vous est indispensable?

29 octobre

(en classe)

9 – 10

1-12 novembre

Subjunctive (Reprise, chapters 24, 26)


“Le solaire, solution d’avenir?”


Sauvez notre planète! (dépliant)
12 novembre

15-24 novembre

Nouns: gender, number, articles; stress pronouns (Reprise, chapters 13, 14)

Le logement / la ville / la vie urbaine

“Semblant de Domicile Fixe”

Yann Ohnona


Abdelkader Djemai

(Face à Face)

Comparez les 2 textes de cet unité.
24 novembre

(en classe)

29 nov-3 déc

Possessive and demonstrative adjectives (Reprise, chapters 15, 16)

La société: immigration, et assimilation

“Comment la CGT a délogé des sans-papiers”

Laetitia Van Eeckhout




3 décembre

14 – 15
6-17 décembre

Comparative and superlative, adverbs (Reprise, chapter 17, 20)

Les loisirs et le sport

Choix de lecture: le ciné, les sports, les loisirs

Compte rendu d’un film français
17 décembre

3-7 janvier

Object pronouns, y,en (Reprise, chapter 18)

L’histoire française I

Reading from Amsco: French Three Years

Présentation d’un personnage ou d’un événment important

(power point)

14 janvier

10-14 janvier

Numbers, time, dates (Reprise, chapter 19)

L’histoire française II

Reading from Amsco: French Three Years

17-21 janvier

Prepositions and relative clauses (Reprise, chapter 22, 23)

Les fêtes et les coutumes, le patrimoine

Lectures diverses sur la francophonie et les pays francophones: le Tahiti, les Antilles, le Canada, la Belgique, etc.

Les traditions
21 janvier

25 – 27 janvier

Revision and semester exam

  • In addition, you are required to do weekly grammar exercises, 4 per chapter. Due dates will be posted online on both the JCP website and on Impact (student portal). BUDGET YOUR TIME WISELY!!!

  • Details for essays and projects will be provided separately, closer to the due dates.

  • Generally, grammar assignments will be due on Thursdays, and essays / projects on Fridays.

A few reminders that you should not need to be reminded of…

  • No cell phones!

  • Tardies and cuts will negatively affect your grade!

  • Participation is a MUST! EN FRANCAIS!

  • As always, no late assignments will be accepted.

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