Français IV/V IB (AP)
French IV IB stresses oral skills, written composition, and grammar while emphasizing the use of French for active communication. Students will develop the following skills: expression of ideas orally with accuracy and fluency, acquisition of vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of a variety of genres and registers. This course will prepare students for the International Baccalaureate French Language Exam (SL) while giving students the tools to self-study for the Advance Placement test.
French V IB stresses oral skills, written composition, and grammar while emphasizing the use of French for active communication and advanced reading skills. Students will develop the following skills: expression of ideas orally with accuracy and fluency, acquisition of vocabulary, a grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of a variety of genres/registers and critical reading of culturally relevant literary texts. This course will prepare students for the International Baccalaureate French Language Exam (HL) while giving students the tools to self-study for the Advance Placement test.
At the end of the course, students are expected to be at a Intermediate Mid (IV) to Intermediate High (V) according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
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In this course, Pre-AP is self-study. We are touching on subjects and skills relevant to the AP exam through the IB curriculum but students should study independently the structure of the AP exam.
Speakers at the Intermediate Mid sublevel are able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is generally limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival in the target culture. These include personal information related to self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel, and lodging.
Intermediate Mid speakers tend to function reactively, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for information. However, they are capable of asking a variety of questions when necessary to obtain simple information to satisfy basic needs, such as directions, prices, and services. When called on to perform functions or handle topics at the Advanced level, they provide some information but have difficulty linking ideas, manipulating time and aspect, and using communicative strategies, such as circumlocution.
Intermediate Mid speakers are able to express personal meaning by creating with the language, in part by combining and recombining known elements and conversational input to produce responses typically consisting of sentences and strings of sentences. Their speech may contain pauses, reformulations, and self-corrections as they search for adequate vocabulary and appropriate language forms to express themselves. In spite of the limitations in their vocabulary and/or pronunciation and/or grammar and/or syntax,
Intermediate Mid speakers are generally understood by sympathetic interlocutors accustomed to dealing with non-natives. Overall, Intermediate Mid speakers are at ease when performing Intermediate-level tasks and do so with significant quantity and quality of Intermediate-level language
Intermediate High speakers are able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with the routine tasks and social situations of the Intermediate level. They are able to handle successfully uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to their work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence.
Intermediate High speakers can handle a substantial number of tasks associated with the Advanced level, but they are unable to sustain performance of all of these tasks all of the time. Intermediate High speakers can narrate and describe in all major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length, but not all the time. Typically, when Intermediate High speakers attempt to perform Advanced-level tasks, their speech exhibits one or more features of breakdown, such as the failure to carry out fully the narration or description in the appropriate major time frame, an inability to maintain paragraph-length discourse, or a reduction in breadth and appropriateness of vocabulary.
Intermediate High speakers can generally be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-natives, although interference from another language may be evident (e.g., use of code-switching, false cognates, literal translations), and a pattern of gaps in communication may occur.
(ACTFL proficiency level guidelines 2012)