APSI: AP French Language and Culture for New and Experienced Teachers, Week 3

New and experienced teachers are welcome to attend this 4-day institute. Designed to familiarize AP French teachers with the different components and rubrics of the AP French Language and Culture exam, this workshop will provide sample questions covering the three modes of communication – interpersonal, interpretive and presentational – that make up the exam. 

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Participants will receive samples of students' responses for the May 2018 exam. The course will include authentic resources such as reading and listening material, music, videos and useful websites. Time will be devoted to methods to integrate authentic material and technology in the AP curriculum. The presenter will conduct the workshop entirely in French; participants, however, should feel free to express themselves in either French or English. You are encouraged to contact the presenter if you have any questions.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42803 Francine Shirvani On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Instructor: Francine Shirvani

Lead Consultant

Francine Shirvani is a native speaker of French with over 40 years of experience teaching French.  She was the recipient of a number of awards for teaching excellence at Head-Royce School in Oakland, Ca.  She is an endorsed College Board Consultant and presents workshops for experienced and new teachers.  She has served as a College Board reader and table leader for the AP French Language exam for 20 years. At Head-Royce School, Ms. Shirvani served as chair of the language department, was president of the Foreign Language Association of Northern California and was on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of French. She holds a BA from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a MA from Middlebury College.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 31, 2018

End Date: Aug. 03, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • The six themes at the base of the AP French and Culture curriculum
  • Designing and preparing an AP French course
  • How to interpret achievement-level descriptions in order to evaluate student work
  • An opportunity to have actual samples of students' May 2017 exam
  • Materials, successful activities and strategies
  • Writing a syllabus for the AP audit
  • Laptop computer
  • USB key, at least 4 GB
  • The textbook(s) or the name the textbook(s) you used this last year or the one you intend to use for 2018-2019.
  • List of books used in your French program (for discussion of vertical team concept)