Preparing Students for Advanced Placement French Language & Culture

AP 533.100 Rita Davis

This course will provide an overview of the structure and content of the thematically-organized AP French Language and Culture exam. Relevant materials and specific instructional techniques for teaching the curriculum will be presented, discussed, and evaluated. We will explore the new AP resources that will help you plan and focus instruction and will give you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need addition focus: unit guides, personal progress checks, and the AP question bank. Participants will develop materials for use in their own classes and will work together to clarify the expected levels of proficiencies in Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational Communication. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately building students’ proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standard for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. In addition, we will explore techniques to transition past activities into strategies and exercises that meet the objectives of the French Language and Culture exam. There will be extensive practice by reviewing the rubrics and the achievement level descriptors that are used by the AP readers in assessing the Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication segments of the AP exam. Considerable time will be devoted to reviewing and interpreting assessment performance from the June 2020 exam’s student samples. Time will be set aside for creating strategies and resources in order to create an updated course syllabus that will need to be completed by January 2021.  Throughout the week, you will gain deeper insight in the following key takeaways: Understanding the Course, Teaching the course, Assessing Student progress, and Planning the course.


Rita Davis

Rita Davis

Rita Davis was born in Clermont Ferrand, France. She has taught Middle and Upper School French for the last 36 years. She serves as a consultant to the College Board, presenting workshops for new and experienced teachers of AP French. Over the last couple of years, Rita has presented workshops in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Switzerland, and Las Vegas (National AP Conference- summer of 2013). She has served as an AP Exam Reader for many years and was appointed a Table Leader in June 2012. Since the implementation of the newly-designed AP French Language and Culture exam, she has reviewed content for various publishers (Barons, Pearson, and Vista in Higher Learning) who have developed textbooks for the AP Exam. Rita served as co-president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of the Teachers of French from 2009-2013, and she is currently a member of the executive council. Last fall Rita was reelected to serve a 2nd three-year term as vice-president of the American Association of French.