AP French Resources

AP French General Resources

AP French Language Exam practice activities
  1. Audio activities 2011
  2. powerpoints-all themes, grammar, etc. excellent
  3. Graph of the 6 AP themes>
  4. Exam 2012 pacing guide samples

  1. Curriculum guide 2/2011 with examples for new test:
  2. AP French Language AP course page
  3. AP French Course materials-Yale
  4. AP recording with Audacity
  5. Practice French Placement Test: password-cyclones1
  6. French Resources wiki
  7. AP scoring guidelines

AP French syllabus information: French AP course audit information

  1. Syllabus Development Guide
  2. Kelley's Spanish syllabus:

AP French Synthesis writing

  1. They want the email in the formal register, even including the closing. We discussed the fact that emails are usually not formal, but that's what they want. At the workshop I attended over the summer, the instructor said that the email task could require a formal response. The students need to pick up on that from the message that they read. They should know strategies and appropriate formulas for both situations. The students will have 15 minutes to write the response to the email - This is not an essay!
    It should be FORMAL!! In the email, the student should answer two questions and they should also ask one question before ending the email.
    At the end they should use a formal closure such as:
    "Veuillez agreer, M/Madame mes salutations les plus distinguees" etc. One should use "vous" in the E-mail. Formal E-mail writing is very alive and needed on a daily basis. The extended closings however have been shortened. The three best closings should be added to the wiki. I have learned to use the longer ones, as I see them regularly in the weekly mail. French III is a good year to start formal writings.

    New pages have been created on the wiki where one can add info and practice activities for the various parts of the exam.

    When will you need to write a formal E-mail ? Let's see now...

    Getting married / divorced
    Buying a house - to lawyer, to the seller, to the realtor
    building contractor / architect
    Requesting a birth certificate
    Requesting information on any number of items while living in a francophone region from the Hotel de ville or maison communale.
    une carte de résidence,
    local schools, sports + recreation clubs, vacation reservations where one rents a house for two weeks.
    making a complaint
    1) about a neighbor's trash in front of your house
    2) bad hotel or vacation package deal
    Reimbursement for a bill
    Argument over a phone bill, water bill, electric bill
    Writing the 3 month notice in advance to stop your cable TV or cellular phone subscription
    Rental property with bad renters
    Requesting information for a field trip to a local museum or theater
    Writing a proposal to participate in any type of event
    All letters coming from a buisness, a bank

    The DELF B2 requires a formal written letter of the "argument" type. Last year, students had to complain about a bad language camp and to request an reimbursement. The B1 and A2 used the informal E-mail. Format, register and content are all scored seperately.

    Most E-mails will be short, but the formality remains. There are many "fill in the blank" generic letters on the internet for all types of situations.

    Je vous prie, Mesdames et Messieurs, d'agréer l'expression de mes salutations sincères.

    James O'Donnell

  2. The persuasive essay has to have an introduction, treat the opposing views of the two sources of information, and give the student's personal opinion, then conclude.One should use "on" in the AP essay where a student will read + listen + view a neutral graph. (these + antithese + sythese) 5 paragraphs are a goal. What is sure is that students must present different viewpoints (including reference to viewpoints in the sources provided) and then defend their own opinion. How they organize their essay may well be in 5 paragraphs but not necessarily.

  3. The conversation will always be informal (tu). One should use "tu" in the simulated dialogue.
  4. Essay writing: a good idea for the students to have one reference from each section ( written and audio), and to discuss and then give their own opinion as well. I think the main theme of the essay will always have a pro and a con in the sources, and then they have their own opinion to express.
  5. We were told that the essay should use the pronoun "on" along with "il(s)", and to avoid 'vous' and 'tu'. If the student is to keeping the tone impersonal, then is there a need for a personal opinion?
  6. Though there is no required number of paragraphs, four to five is a good number: intro, source 01, source 02, synthesis, and conclusion.
  7. Our facilitator said to tell students to recognize each source, paraphrase, but not quote directly and not to be critical of any of the sources in giving their own opinion.
  8. From an English teacher background, in a persuasive essay, you always mention the opposite point of view, discredit it, and then explain why your point of view is correct. I have always understood this to be the case for the AP essays as well. I will teach my students to write a thesis statement along the the lines of:
    • Though source A states this and this to be true, if one looks at source B (the neutral graph) and considers factors 1 and 2 from source C, one will see that... (their opinion).

    • I think that's what the college board means by "discuss all sources and express your own opinion". However, as in the previous exam, I strongly expect language skills and fluency to supercede content and analytical skills. They have to in order to give an equal opportunity of success to the wide range of students taking the AP test.

AP French wikis

  1. AP French Planning DMD
  2. TAP-FLC Collaborative wiki for AP French teachers
  3. Sources and prepared units for A1, B2, etc
  4. DELF exams listening sections use
  5. Infos de Suisse
  6. AP French links for each theme-well- organized all materials
  7. Le Plaisir d'apprendre-excellent exercises
  8. Over 200 French texts
  9. PowerPoints for French themes
  10. Educavox-site for education and tech-readings and videos
  11. Sitioguide-themes divided up with links.
  12. Liens pour la classe d'AP French
  13. AP French Planning
  14. French PBL wiki
  15. Monsieur Doehla
  16. Frenchified-blog with excellent activities
  17. Le Cahier du FLE excellent resource for listening and reading
  18. Netvibes organized theme suggests for activities
  19. Sitothèque des sites-AP
  20. AP site of resources and organization>
  21. ICT magic-languages, culture
  22. Practice reading selection from Scotland
  23. Practice French tests from Austrailia

Online practice tests from other resources

AP French Listening Exercises
  1. Reportages de la télé. etc. (authentique)
  2. Audio Lingua-Short passages to use at all levels-excellent source
  3. AP audio examples:
  4. Publicités, etc.
  5. Medecins sans Frontières audio et vidéo avec des exercises
  6. Espace Apprendre-AP listening exercises taken lots from here
  7. Baladodiffusion et enseignement podcasts and other listening exercises
  8. La guinguette-articles and listening recordings with scripts
  9. Podcasts Facile-great for Fr. 1, 2, 3
  10. French Listening Comprehension: About.com-excellent for levels 1-4
  11. Les 7 jours sur la planète-les dossiers
  12. Culture Box-site video-actualités de la France-vidéo/régions
  13. Ecoute
  14. BBC-GCSE Listening sources
  15. African resources from many countries
  16. ONU-United Nations Radio
  17. Montreal:short clips on a variety of topics
  18. Newsmap of world events about France in French
  19. La vie contemporaine-Univ.
  20. 6 avril 2009 : « Vox pop : Qu’est-ce qu’un chercheur ? » (3:13) Thème du cours : La science et la technologie
  21. La Belgique-webcasts radio
  22. Radio Belge-podcasts
  23. French Today listening and text
  24. Les publicités françaises
  25. Autour de la Gastronomie
  26. Health podcasts
  27. La rentrée scolaire>
  28. Media, écoles, etc.-great simple resources

AP French theme resources and activities
  1. UNICEF: La voix des jeunes: Les défis des enfants
2. Racism: Identités:
3. Immigration:Organisation International pour les migrations
4. Tahar Ben Jelloun
5. La Banque Mondiale
6. Series of Readings on many topics to match many themes with questions-very useful.
7. Series of worksheets at all levels-excellent
8. Le clé de l'actualités-(science aussi)
9. Québec et son identité
10. Using short films to teach languages
11. Metro Paris-current news-appeals to youth
12. Val de Marne:Interesting collection of video from the Val de Marne département south of Paris covering many of the topics in a local newsy type of way.

AP Practice in General
  1. Trésors du temps-quia-listening, reading and videos to prepare and synthesize for the test
  2. DelfB Junior Livres du Clé International
  3. Delf B exam Practice
  4. Les 93 expressions texto en français
  5. Radio Canada pour la Jeunesse
  6. AP@Share:blog to share new AP ideas

Grammar, art, literature resources
  1. PowerPoint resources and activities
  2. Free online books and magazines
  3. France Interactif-Univ of Texas
  4. Vidéo clips-French 1/2
  5. Kiffe, kiffe, demain-roman> >
  6. Lire, récréer lire>
  7. Languaguesonline.org.uk has some good reading but not in the multiple choice format.

Charts, etc to analyze
  1. Polls and charts
  2. Mangerbouger
  3. Fraîcheattitude>

Special notes
e-mail would always be vous and the conversation would always be tu.

New AP French Notes 2011