AP/Advanced French Part 1 is designed for students who already possess comprehensive knowledge of the French language, as the course's instruction is entirely in French. In this course, students will explore issues within a Francophone framework. For example, students will learn about the use of information and communication technologies, the political dimension of language, the diversity of French-speaking cultures, global issues, and science and medicine. Students will use authentic written and audiovisual texts to reflect, analyze, and discuss course topics. Students will be expected to complete written and speaking activities. Each lesson will review grammatical concepts and vocabulary enrichment as they pertain to the topics in the unit.
It is recommended that students have successfully completed all French courses up to and including French III before enrolling in this course. Students should be generally conversant about Francophone cultures and able to apply the language in a variety of contexts and tenses.
These courses include auditory comprehension assessments that require students to listen to audio files and to record themselves speaking. For these courses, it is essential that students have either a headset equipped with a microphone or access to an internal microphone within their computers.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore a variety of issues related to the digital age, including social media, cyber bullying, the decline of print media, and the role of social media in the Arab Spring.
- Create a publicity campaign on a chosen topic with various components, such as a radio ad, a public service flyer, and a PowerPoint presentation.
- Recognize and distinguish different language registers.
- Interpret poll data.
- Use vocabulary to express opinions, ask questions, and give warnings.
- Identify and compose an explicative text.
- Review structures such as the future tense, uses of the infinitive, and collective nouns.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Discover the Francophone world and the status of the French language in various countries.
- Explore and compose a descriptive text.
- Apply different ways to describe something.
- Plan a virtual trip to a Francophone destination and describe the trip orally and in written form.
- Review adjectives, the present tense, the passé composé, the imparfait, and using prepositions before geographical places.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore contemporary global challenges such as the economic crisis, immigration, armed conflict, and environmental issues.
- Explore the roles of the United Nations and European Union as mediators and actors in a globalized world.
- Apply vocabulary to discuss global issues.
- Compose a written and oral presentation on a topic related to the theme of global challenges.
- Review the conditional mood, the passive voice, the present subjunctive, adverbs, and vocabulary to describe the near future.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore the scientific, medical, and philosophical contributions of France.
- Explore the National Center for Scientific Research and the Palace of Discovery.
- Read about the French health care system, the baccalauréat, and the organization known as Doctors without Borders.
- Prepare an entry for a hypothetical science contest.
- Apply vocabulary to talk about science, math, and philosophy.
- Review object and adverbial pronouns, relative pronouns, the pluperfect, and the past conditional.
- This course is textbook free.