Cultivate your understanding of French language and culture


This course provides opportunities for students to consolidate the communication skills required to speak and interact with increasing confidence and accuracy in French in a variety of academic and social contexts. Students will use their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and apply language learning strategies while exploring a variety of concrete and abstract topics. Students will increase their knowledge of the French language through the study of French literature from around the world. They will also deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

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AP French Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in French. Students cultivate their understanding of French language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and community, personal and public identity, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.

The AP French Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP French Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in French. The AP French Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).

Course Content

To provide context and content for students to develop their skills in the modes of communication, AP French Language and Culture takes a thematic approach. This framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand to qualify for college credit or placement. There are also many suggested authentic resources to support instruction throughout.

The AP French Language and Culture framework is made up of six units. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges
Skills Description
Comprehend Text
Comprehend written, audio, audiovisual, and visual text (text, pictures, and numbers).
Make Connections
Make interdisciplinary and cultural connections.
Interpret Text
Interpret the content of written or audio text (words).
Make Meanings
Make meanings from words and expressions.
Speak to Others
Communicate interpersonally by speaking with others.
Write to Others
Communicate interpersonally by writing to others.
Present Orally
Communicate through spoken presentations.
Present in Writing
Communicate through written presentations.

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