Learning Recommendations: In order to be successful in French IV, students should have demonstrated proficiency in French III with a B- or better, be comfortable speaking French in class at all times, be a self-motivated learner and be prepared to develop their language skills and cultural awareness.

General Description:  AP French is a rigorous course equivalent to the third- year college course in French language and culture. French IV strives to promote fluency and accuracy in the target language while exploring culture in both contemporary and historical context. Students will develop their awareness and appreciation of Francophone cultures, practices and perspectives.

Through the study of 6 major themes (see Content), students will develop their skills in the three modes of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. They will use a variety of authentic media (print, audio, video, etc) and support (books, movies, articles, music, etc…) to further their language proficiency and their written, speaking, reading and listening skills.  Students will investigate and express different views on real world issues, make connections to other disciplines and compare aspects of Francophone culture with their own.

Content

  • Comprehensive review of grammar, syntax, and verb tenses equivalent to the 300 level of college French.
  • The study of 6 major themes interwoven throughout the year: global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, beauty and aesthetics.

Strategies:

Students will learn through an interrelated series of lessons and activities that promote the use of language in a variety of contexts.

  • Spoken interpersonal and presentational communication: exchange and presentation of information, ideas and opinions in conversations, dialogues, skits, etc. in formal and informal settings.
  • Written interpersonal and presentational communication: exchange and presentation of information, ideas and opinions in a variety of media on a variety of topics in formal and informal setting. Includes writing essays, compositions, poetry, editorials, etc.
  • Audio, visual and audiovisual interpretive communication: use of authentic audiovisual sources for listening comprehension.
  • Written and print interpretive communication: use of a variety of written and print resources for reading comprehension.