AP French (Sem 1)

Enrollment Message:

This is a cognitively challenging course designed for the highly motivated student. See the Technical Requirements for device restrictions related to Middlebury Interactive Language courses. Students will need a headset with a microphone. ATTENTION: Due to the rigor and testing requirements of this year long course, we highly recommend that a student be enrolled for Sem 2 at the time of their Sem 1 enrollment. Enrolling early increases the likelihood that the student is able to stay with the same instructor all year which is advantageous for student success in this course. There is always the opportunity to drop once 2nd semester begins. This course includes REQUIRED due dates. All due dates in AP courses offered in Semester 2 occur prior to the national AP exam date published by the College Board.

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for French Language and Culture. AP French is designed as an immersion experience requiring the use of French exclusively. The online learning coach uses mostly French to communicate with students and almost all reading, listening, speaking and writing is in French. The course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored. Prerequisites: Three or more years of high school French.

Course Objectives: After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Listen, read, understand, and interpret a wide-variety of authentic French-language materials and sources.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication using French.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Francophone world.
  • Use French to connect with other disciplines and expand knowledge in a wide-variety of contexts.
  • Develop insight into the nature of the French language and its culture.
  • Use French to participate in communities at home and around the world.

Course Outline:

Unit I: French, It’s My Choice! Sub-themes:

  • The Advantages of French
  • French Programs of Study
  • Living in French-speaking Countries

Unit II: Tourism in the Francophone World Sub-themes:

  • Bon Voyage
  • At the Hotel
  • At the Restaurant

Unit III: Communication Tools  Sub-themes:

  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Television
  • New Media

Midterms and AP French exam practices

Unit IV: Art and Architecture Sub-themes:

  • Art
  • Architecture

Unit V: Industry and Science Sub-themes:

  • Industry and Technology
  • Science and Technology

Unit VI: Fashion Sub-themes:

  • Haute Couture
  • Sports Clothing and Sneakers

Semester 1 Exam and French exam practices

Resources Included: The following lists are examples of the types of authentic resources provided in the course. This is not a comprehensive list.

  • Literature: Lettres Persannes (Montesquieu); L’art d’aimer (Ovide); L’Almanach des gourmands (Grimod de la Reynière); Physiologie du goût (Brillat-Savarin); Les Confessions (Jean-Jacques Rousseau); Le Malade Imaginaire (Molière); Candide (Voltaire); Pantagruel Gargantua (Rabelais); Le dormeur du val (Arthur Rimbaud); Les enfants pauvres (Victor Hugo); La conscience (Victor Hugo); Le chêne et le roseau (Jean de La Fontaine); La cigale et la fourmi (Jean de La Fontaine); L’enfant noir (Camara Laye); Pas si fous, ces Français (Jean-Benoît Nadeau et Julie Barlow)
  • Authentic Online Resources (Audio): France-culture; Radio France; France Inter; Le journal du net

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: This course has unique device requirements.

Middlebury (MIL) CAP course content is delivered through LTI in Brightspace and rendered for view and submission of student work within iFrames embedded in Brightspace content pages.

MIL courses are NOT supported on Chromebooks, iPads, or Android devices for access via LTI in a third-party LMS.

BROWSERS: Minimum supported, compatible browsers include:

  • Chrome 66
  • Firefox 58
  • Safari 13 (desktop and laptop devices only; iPad or iPhone not compatible) *NOTE: Macintosh Safari 13 Browsers must have "Prevent cross-site tracking" turned OFF in order to permit sending of cookies.
  • Microsoft Edge 15

PC Device Minimum Requirements for MIL courses:

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Display setting 1280x1024 resolution or above; lower resolutions may require scrolling
  • 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card
  • Cookies enabled
  • JavaScript enabled

Macintosh (MAC) Device Minimum Requirements for MIL courses:

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or above
  • Mac OS X v10.9 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Display setting 1280x1024 resolution or above; lower resolutions may require scrolling
  • 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card
  • Cookies enabled
  • JavaScript enabled

Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: This is a cognitively challenging course for the highly motivated student.

Midterm and final exams must be proctored by the student's mentor.

The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at a http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself.  It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam.

There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. The calendar of AP exam dates is published by the College Board (Exam Calendar).

This course has specific device requirements and restrictions. See the Technical Requirements field of this syllabus for further details.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages,College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06132
MDE Endorsement Code: FA - French
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Middlebury
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Advanced Placement