Learning Recommendations: In order to be successful in French 4, students should have demonstrated proficiency in French 3 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.
Freshmen or sophomores with previous French experience and near fluency (immersion program or native speaker) are strongly encouraged to meet with the teacher before the beginning of the school year to understand AP expectations.
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 six 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 six 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, editorials, emails, 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
An important part of the course is practicing all sections of the AP exam.
Homework: Students will have about 30 minutes of homework per day. Homework assignments that take longer such as the weekly grammar review in Reprise are scheduled for the entire year, giving students ample time to complete them throughout the week.
Course Fee / Materials: Students will purchase the AP Practice online workbook (Pearson/ Ladd workbook) for up to $50, a grammar workbook (Reprise), and an online subscription to Yabla.
AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.