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New AP French Notes 2011

New AP French Notes 2011

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 AP French notes-May 2011
From AP French Digest:New AP Exam: Notes of Workshop 3/18/11General Comments: You dont have to cover all the recommended contexts but you do have to cover all the themes. Therecommended contexts are just suggestions for covering the themes. (so this is good if you dont want totalk about gender and sexuality) Having students perform memorized dialogues is of little use because they need to be ready forspontaneous speech. There is no separate cultural trivia section. Students are expected to understand cultural informationpresented but dont have to know cultural info outside of the source on the test. Audio will be given in accents from around the francophone world, not just France. Practice literary and journal texts but also announcements, ads, letters, maps, tables, etc. For audio, practice with scripted dialogues, interviews, podcasts (example: on how to do something; oron advice for reaching a goal), public service announcements, brief lectures, audio guides (like museumguides or travel guides) Instructions on every part of the test will be given in English and French in writing. So make sure kidsknow so they dont waste their time reading both (they shouldnt have to read either by the time they get to the test) the one thing I see as not super clear yet is the grading. There are preliminary rubrics online (final onesin April) right now but they said there would be no more counting simple/advanced structures todetermine scores on the writing and speaking, but it still wasnt clear then how they would determinescores. They said that the first test will determine the baselines. basically we have to start prepping this test format from French 1 with any authentic listening we can for the science and technology theme you dont have to do technical stuff. Consider topics of generalsocial interest like something on advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power. use the essential questions they have provided per theme to have a focus of what they should get out of each theme everything is scored 1-5 now.
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 The course and exam description is on the College Board site. It is 104 pages and includesenough sample questions for a whole sample exam.http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/AP
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angCED.pdf   There will also be a sample exam in June. all audio will be played twice. Each audio on the listening portion will average 2 -2 ½ minutes in length. None will be longerthan 3 minutes. Each task and source material comes with an advance organizer and time to preview thequestions. This situates the students to the topic, location, etc. of the text or audio material andalso tells them where the source is from (RT
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, magazine, etc.) and the length it will be if audio.Also tells them which theme it is from. when there is a table or a map on the test, it will never be alone. It will have test or audio with it. Multiple Choice section: there will be 4 reading sets during 40 minutes. Then 2 sets that combinereading and listening and then 3 listening sets.
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ocab will be in context, so kids are supposed to get the meaning from the context.
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mix of factual and interpretive questions
 
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should be able to identify purpose of text/audio, point of view of writer/speaker, audience, makeinferences and conclusions
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questions of cultural or interdisciplinary nature will be to show they understand the info in theaudio or text, not that they know something specific outside of that source.
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in reading an interpersonal text, students should be able to identify the appropriate reply to aletter or ad or choose the logical follow up question for an interviewer
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in a presentation text they should be able to identify how the author supports his arguments; andwhat secondary source one would use to present on the same topic
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for the combined sets in multiple choice: they should be able to identify how the audio and text source relate. And point out general phenomena, specific example, point of view, counterpoint of debate. This is the hardest part of the multiple choice.
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for listening sets: there will be 1 minute preview time to read advance organizer and skimquestions. Then they will play the audio the first time. Then there will be one minute to start answering questions. Then they will play the audio a second time. Then there will be more timegiven to finish answering questions. This time will be 15 seconds times number of questions
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Free response: there are 4 tasks: 1. interpersonal writing 2. presentational writing 3.interpersonal speaking 4. presentational speaking and they are in that order. More details below:
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 Free response part 1: interpersonal writing: students read a message and write a reply. Theyhave to respond to and questions or requests in the message and also must provide or ask forother details about something mentioned in the message. The writing in this section is to beformal register. They will have 15 minutes to read and reply. There is no word count here, thepoint is to reply and comment on everything. Include culturally appropriate responses like thanks,apology, etc. Organization isnt important. Its not an essay. It can potentially be very short. Whatsimportant is to answer and comment on everything, not to ignore anything.
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 Free response part 2: presentational writing. they will write a persuasive essay on a specifictopic. they will get a print source and an audio source that will have 2 different viewpoints. Therewill also be a third source (map, chart, etc) that is purely informational to cite from.
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They must provide examples and cite/describe/explain why they are relevant. They shouldinclude transition words, and be able to describe, explain, narrate, summarize, compare, persuade(variety of communicative functions).
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There will be 1 minute to read the directions (start reading text now). Then 6 minutes to read thetext, then the audio will be played twice. Then 40 minutes to write the essay. They keep the print material in front of them the whole time.
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They should take notes during the audio to remember examples.
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In citing sources in essay, they dont need to write the whole name of the source (that takes timeand the readers know the sources, so they can just write in source 1).
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the text is somewhat long so they should scan, underline examples to use in essay
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just like in the multiple choice, the context is given for the audio and text in an advance organizer.They get another 30 seconds to read that.
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ideas for how kids should learn to take the notes on audio: consider a t-chart where they put text ideas on one side and listening on other (since they have distinct viewpoints); or always expect them to pull out 2 ideas and an example from every audio source you practice with and get themto tell purpose/audience.
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focus on only audio before ever practicing persuasive essay
 
  Free response part 3: interpersonal speaking. This is the only part thats similar to the Spanishexam, but its still harder. This is a simulated conversation. Topic and situation are again definedin advance. They get an outline of the conversation. They have 1 minute to read the outline andthen the conversation starts. This will always be an informal situation with a friend.
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Suggestion was to have kids spend their minute underlining the verbs in their part of theconversation on the outline so they can focus on what they have to do. Then the conversationstarts.
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The person talking on the CD says their first part of the conversation and the kids have 20 secondsto reply. They are told what they need to talk about (like tell her what you think and give asuggestion). There will be fix responses of 20 seconds each. This will be graded as a whole, not aseparate grade for each response
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they should practice formulas to start and end conversations; react appropriately to situationslike sympathy, apology, etc.; state and support and opinion; reply to questions and requests in anexchange
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you could use some Spanish ones to practice but youll need to make the guided reply morespecific (apparently Spanish will say reply or answer her question, but we are more specific)
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 Free response part 4: presentational speaking. This is the hardest part. There is no sourcematerial. They refer to what they have studied and their own experiences. They get 4 minutes toplan and 2 minutes to speak. This is an oral presentation and will always be considered apresentation to your class.
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best grade needs to connect relevantly to the francophone world with own experiences
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bolded part here is the question that changes per test and non-bolded part is always the same:Dans votre communauté, quels genres dévénements ou dactivités sont considérés desmanifestations de patriotisme ? Comparez vos observations dune communauté où vous avez vécuavec vos observations dune région du monde francophone que vous connaissez. Dans votreexposé, vous pouvez faire référence à ce que vous avez étudié, vécu, observé, etc.
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need specific example
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pull something from own culture relevant to each theme to practice and compare with specificexample in francophone world
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if draw blank, start writing intro to get started
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rephrasing question is okay because you are performing an oral presentation so you can stateyour topic.
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consider practicing shorter amounts first 
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 AP Audit/course ideas: There are sample syllabi online and a checklist. you dont have to necessarily change everything you do now.
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ook at what you do that couldalready work. You can integrate the themes, some things cover more than one theme. You dont have to do one them at a time and be finished with it. you dont have to spend equal time on every theme. you can send the same syllabus as someone else in your district  consider reading just excerpts of novels rather than whole novels to fit more in. example: excerpts of the book un sac de billes (WWII)theme global challenges. Consider forthe audio source témoignages juifs from something like
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a France Divisée you can get from AATFSome resources: website of University of Montreal has some podcasts interviewing students from different parts

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