AP French Language and Culture

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About the Course

Develop your French language skills and learn about the cultures in French-speaking parts of the world. You'll practice communicating in French and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Understanding French when you hear it and read it

  • Holding conversations in real-life situations

  • Writing stories, letters, emails, essays, and other texts

Equivalency and Prerequisites

College Course Equivalent

An intermediate level (typically third- or fourth-semester) college course in French language

Recommended Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites, but students are typically in their fourth year of high-school-level study. In the case of native or heritage speakers, there may be a different pathway of study leading to this course.

Exam Dates

  • Fri, May 15, 2020,
    8 AM Local

    AP French Language and Culture Exam

    This is the regularly scheduled date for the AP French Language and Culture Exam.

About the Units

The course content outlined below is organized into commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. Your teacher may choose to organize the course content differently based on local priorities and preferences.

Course Content

You’ll learn French language skills in the context of studying family life and values in French-speaking societies and explore contemporary beliefs and challenges that families face.

Skills you will practice may include:

  • Interpreting promotional materials
  • Understanding the elements of a formal letter
  • Describing data from a table, chart, graph, map, or infographic
  • Participating in an informal conversation
  • Crafting an email reply
  • Giving a presentation related to family and society

You'll build your vocabulary and learn about how language and culture shape and reflect evolving ideas about identity in French-speaking societies.

Skills you will practice may include:

  • Identifying the main idea and summarizing short stories
  • Interpreting audio recordings and interviews
  • Comprehending articles and charts
  • Drawing connections between texts and their larger cultural context
  • Justifying ideas and opinions in writing
  • Giving a presentation comparing French cultural concepts to familiar ones

You'll explore how ideas of beauty and art influence and reflect culture in French-speaking communities.

Skills you will practice may include:

  • Reading articles about art and exploring museum websites
  • Interpreting classic texts
  • Understanding what is included in the format of typical letters and interpreting their meaning
  • Practicing conversational skills
  • Analyzing graphs, tables, and infographics
  • Replying to emails
  • Giving a presentation on art and French-speaking culture

You’ll examine how developments in science and technology affect daily life in French-speaking communities and use your growing language skills to help you interpret unfamiliar words and engage in more complicated texts.

Skills you will practice may include:

  • Interpreting charts, tables, and infographics in context
  • Reading articles about technological advances
  • Understanding interviews
  • Following written and verbal instructions
  • Comprehending oral presentations
  • Writing essays and citing sources
  • Giving a presentation on the impacts of scientific and technological developments

You'll learn more about contemporary life in French-speaking communities and how social status, cultural perspectives, and access to jobs and resources can make an impact on the quality of life.

Skills you will practice may include:

  • Connecting literary texts to larger cultural topics
  • Interpreting data and articles
  • Identifying perspective, tone, and attitude in a conversation
  • Interpreting audio and video recordings
  • Understanding and following recipes and instructions
  • Crafting an email reply using idioms and expressions
  • Participating in conversations and giving advice
  • Giving a presentation comparing cultures and daily life

You'll explore how complex global issues affect people’s lives in French-speaking communities and engage in deeper discussions to suggest possible solutions.

Skills you will practice may include:

  • Analyzing articles, charts, and infographics on environmental changes
  • Listening for connections and meaning in audio reports
  • Making cultural connections among presentations
  • Writing essays to address global issues and suggest solutions
  • Giving a presentation on global challenges

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