Course Outline


Course Outline French 4 AP

2014-2015 Mrs. Mihevc 708-386-0127 X289 [email protected]

Course Description: AP French is an elective honors course designed to prepare students to take the AP French Language and Culture exam in May. The focus of the exam is written and spoken communication, both rehearsed and extemporaneous. A subtext is contemporary Francophone culture divided into 6 categories: global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, beauty and aesthetics, families and communities, and personal and public identities. To prepare for the exam the course will be taught in French and include a focus on reading, listening, speaking and writing, and a review of grammar. Students will create independent study projects on culture and current events that generate oral reports and essays, practice spontaneous and rehearsed speaking, as well as develop persuasive and analytical writing skills. Texts and ancillary materials:

Allons au-delà!


AP French Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination,


Le Petit Prince

In addition to the above, a wide variety of authentic materials are used, including newspaper and magazine articles, French films and novels, articles, videos, songs, interviews, and news reports from the Internet. Samples of the AP exam will also be used for practice and assessment. Students need: a pocket French/English dictionary to leave in class, a folder exclusively for this class and notebook for taking notes. Method of Grading: 93-100 A 83-92 73-82 B C 63-72 D 62 and below F All assignments will be assigned a point value. Grades are determined by dividing the total points received by the total points possible. Semester grades are calculated at 80% semester work and 20% final exam. Assessments: Vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading exams Oral presentations

Culture projects Essays and in class writing Speaking exams and discussions Grammar, vocabulary, reading homework Current Events Regulations: All previous French class policies regarding academic integrity, homework, respect, and Fenwick policies apply to this class. I expect you to exercise responsibility for yourself, your learning and the class community. Online Sources:

(le Journal et Sept jours sur la planète)

(Institut national études démographiques)

(current events, statistics)




Entre les murs Joyeux Noël Paris je t’aime Aurevoir les enfants

Other: AP practice exams National French Contest French poetry anthology

Trésor du Temps


Assessments and Activities: Current events “Actualités” due every other Friday, use the website Everyone will have an oral presentation from these actualités once a semester. Articles presentations Listening Once a week I will assign someone to find a French podcast that the class can listen to and prepare 3-5 questions for the class to answer. In class listening and replies to AP prompts Writing Email replies, persuasive essays, film and novel critiques Speaking In class participation, oral presentations, and AP speaking prompts Reading

Le petit prince

, current events,



Trésor du Temps

Vocabulary Words related to each of the 6 themes, expressions used in written and spoken discourse, and words from novels and readings Country ambassador presentations on


themes Culture


, films,


, online sources, actualités, lectures and field trip Grammar There is no longer a section devoted solely to grammar on the AP exam, but it is still an important part of writing and speaking. We will review as needed with

Bien Dit

. Extra activities include: field trip to the Art Institute, a French mass, and guest speakers. AP practice exams will be used throughout the class and intensively in April. The teacher reserves the right to make any changes to the course outline or classroom expectations. Such changes will be announced in class.

Exam Format 3 hours 2 Sections: Part I, 50%, 95 minutes Multiple Choice A: Reading comprehension, 30 questions, 40 minutes B: Reading & listening combined C: Listening only, (parts B and C) 35 questions, 55 minutes Part II, 50%, 85 minutes Free Response A:1 Email response, 15 minutes B:1 Persuasive essay, 55 minutes C:1 Guided conversation, 5 prompts at 20 seconds each D:1 Cultural comparison speech, 5 minutes