Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish IV or who can demonstrate that they have achieved the Intermediate-High level of proficiency in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) according to the ACTFL. You will look at global challenges, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, and families and communities. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3; evidence of strong work habits; solid study skills and self-motivation; high school Spanish IV or a minimum of 3 years study at a previous school or evidence of skills and knowledge as demonstrated on a CATS placement test; instructor approval.
AP French Language and Culture is a college-level course intended for students in their fourth year of study of French. The three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to the AP French Language and Culture course. Course work provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the three modes in the intermediate to pre-advanced range as described in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K–12 Learners. Students who enroll in this course should already have a good command of the grammar and considerable competence in listening, reading, speaking and writing. When communicating, students in the AP French Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics (connections), make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures (comparisons), and use the target language in real-life settings (communities). Exclusive use of French by teacher and students for active communication is de rigueur in the classroom. Because this course is designed as a test preparation course, we follow the AP curriculum guide: students communicate about global challenges, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, and families and communities. These topics, as well as literature, film, and French and Francophone history and culture, are the contexts for analysis, comparison, conversation, translation, interpretation, and much of the vocabulary that students study during this course. Students use several primary textbooks and other authentic materials and resources that are in accordance with those suggested on the College Board website. Students are expected to take the AP French Language and Culture exam at the end of this course. Although CATS AP French students are expected to take the French AP test, students are also encouraged to take the SAT French Subject Test if they so choose. Assessments include exams, tests, compositions, presentations, and projects.
Prerequisites: ESL Level 3; evidence of strong work habits, solid study skills, and self-motivation; high school French Level IV or a minimum of 3 years of study at a previous school or evidence of skills and knowledge as demonstrated on a CATS placement test; instructor approval