Strategies for Success on the AP® French Language and Culture Exam


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Kyra Behnke
over 2 years agoFebruary 1, 2018
Would you be willing to share out the self-assessment worksheets you give students to reflect on their persuasive essays and cultural comparisons?  It would save me a ton of time to not have to re-type them.  Thank you!
Nicola Houston
over 2 years agoFebruary 2, 2018
Hi Kyra, 

If you attended the webinar, you should have received the follow up email with a link to the handouts. Let me know if you didn't receive that!

Nicola, Vista Higher Learning
Amos Etukudoh
about 2 years agoMay 5, 2018
What is the perfect time to begin teaching grammar? It has been difficult for my students to keep up with it.
A. Etukudoh
about 2 years agoMay 5, 2018
Merci! Une Présentation très utile.
Nicola Houston, Vista Higher Learning
about 2 years agoMay 18, 2018
Thanks for the great feedback! If you have questions, please email them to
Parthena Draggett
almost 2 years agoJune 16, 2018
Hi Amos,
I apologize for the delayed response to your question. Grammar is a complicated topic and I have personally changed my approach over the years. Grammar taught just to teach grammar does not seem to accomplish much...just rules and conjugations without meaningful context ends up being empty and a wast of time. I have seen this over and over again. I had a boy in French III H my first year at my current school who always got A's. In fact his father came to see me concerned that his son had a C in my class. But, the student could not understand or communicate anything in French. When I spoke to him, he would shrug his shoulders and look at me with such questioning eyes. It was a classic case of: He memorized well, learned verb conjugations for tests, etc., but could not create or use the language for communication. This is how language used to be taught and why so many students in the past commented, "I got all A's but I could not read a newspaper or communicate French." 
So, my answer is as follows: Model grammar from the onset...use French and ask questions to the students. For example, I may be communicating about what I ate for dinner the night before and I may ask students, Pourquoi est-ce que j'ai dit "j'ai mangé au lieu de je mange"? I have students explain and connect the dots in communication. Do I "teach" what that grammar is? Of course I do, but in context to actually communicate something so that it matters and makes sense to them. Always model and teach in context. That is what we do in our materials, such as D'accord, Imaginez, Thèmes, etc. Give students the context for communication, use authentic resources, give them the opportunity to interpret and create with the grammar concepts you teach, and they will LEARN TO COMMUNICATE, TO FUNCTION IN THE LANGUAGE, not just LEARN ABOUT LANGUAGE.  I hope that my explanation makes sense to you and thank you for the question!
Sharwin Snelson
over 1 year agoNovember 2, 2018
Bonjour Parthena,

I have a few questions I'd like to ask. Do you have any advice for teaching AP on a block schedule(classes for 1.5 hours for 1 semester)? Is there any suggested strategy for implementing themes in earlier levels? 

What are some of your favorite movies to show for each theme that are hopefully free?

Lastly, have you ever taught a combo class with AP? If so, how do you manage to give each student the attention they deserve?
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