French 4/AP French Language and Culture

Mme Derfeuil - Salle 110

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Google Classroom code : iivqdx2

Bienvenue dans le cours de Français 4/AP Langue et culture française!


C’est avec plaisir que je vous souhaite la bienvenue dans le cours de Français 4! Vous avez su montrer votre enthousiasme pour la langue de Molière pendant toutes ces années pour arriver à cette étape dans votre parcours linguistique! Cette année, vous allez approfondir vos connaissances grammaticales tout en étudiant des aspects divers de l’identité française et de l’histoire de France. D’ici quelques mois, des noms tels que Napoléon, Victor Hugo et Emmanuel Macron deviendront de bons amis! En même temps, vous allez développer vos compétences linguistiques de telle sorte que vous pourrez vous exprimer librement et longuement à l’écrit et à l’oral avec confiance d’ici le mois de juin. Apportez votre bonne volonté ainsi que le meilleur de vous-même. Bonne route! 




  • Our textbooks are Thèmes and the AP French Language and Culture Exam Preparation workbook. Please bring these to class each day we work in them. 

  • Each trimester, we will read a major piece of literature in French -  the fable Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the first trimester and the plays Simone fait bonne impression by Helen Aduddel Huis clos by Jean-Paul Sartre in the second and third trimesters. 

  • Bring either a computer or notebook for note taking each day as well as a writing utensil.


Homework (40% of the trimester grade)

  • Homework assignments will be written on the board each day in the classroom and posted on the Google Classroom website.

  • Homework could consist of revision of material, listening to a song or video, a writing assignment, an oral assignment, completing grammar exercises or doing research. 

  • You will be graded on each assignment that you submit. The grade scale is as follows :  a + (corresponds to 95),(85) and - (75) system.  Any effort that warrants less than a 75 will receive a number grade such as 65 or 50. For outstanding work, you will receive a ++ - the equivalent of 100 in the gradebook. 

  • Your effort on these assignments will be taken into consideration as well as your creative approach. 

  • No late homework is accepted unless with a valid excuse such as illness. 

  • Any assignment you do not submit will be counted as a zero in the grade book.


Quizzes - (vocabulary/culture quizzes are worth 25% and grammar/culture quizzes are worth 25% of the trimester grade)

  • You will have two types of quizzes in this course : vocabulary and grammar/culture

  • You will be given the dates of upcoming quizzes at least one week prior to the quiz. 

  • For all quizzes, there will be a period of revision the day before. 

Participation (10% of the trimester grade) - attitude + effort

  • Do you come to class on time each day with all materials?

  • Do you try hard on each activity and try to speak French as much as possible?

  • Are you respectful of your classmates, the teacher and the classroom?

  • Do you ever come to class with a new French website you have found, article or song that could benefit everyone?


How are year end grades determined?

Trimester 1 grade - 25%

Trimester 2 grade - 25% 

Midterm Exam - 10%

Trimester 3 - 25%

End of the Year Final Project - 15%


French is not just work in the classroom!

  • There will be plenty of opportunities to use French outside of the classroom this year! 

  • We will have ciné nights, French lunches, guest speakers and Skype calls with French friends, play French games and read a French magazine all to practice our French.

  • Interested in sports? We will play and follow French-themed sports and events throughout the year!


Great websites 










  • Great videos that explain French concepts in less than 2 minutes – UN JOUR UNE QUESTION –



Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time about any aspect of the course. I welcome your questions, feedback and suggestions. Let’s make this a great year together! ~Mme Derfeuil


Course Sequence


Trimester 1 

Trimester 2

Trimester 3

Les points de repère 

  • What is culture?

  • What shapes our identities?

  • Expressions pour communiquer

  • Expressions qui indiquent un registre soutenu

  • Expressions pour citer une source

  • Faux-amis

  • Erreurs fréquentes à éviter


Thème #1 - La famille et la communauté

The family

  • Childhood and adolescence

  • Friendship and Love

  • Social dynamics

  • Customs, values and traditions

  • Citizenship

  • SHORT FILM : Crevette


Film #1 : Argent de poche


Grammaire #1 : Past tenses and Conditions


Thème #2 - La Quête de Soi

  • Alienation and assimilation

  • Linguistic identity

  • Nationalism and patriotism

  • Multiculturalism

  • Beliefs and values

  • Sexuality 


Grammaire #2 : Pronouns


Lecture #1 : Le petit prince - by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

Grammaire #3 : Subjunctive


Thème #3 : L’esthétique

  • Beauty

  • Cultural heritage

  • Literary arts

  • Visual art

  • Architecture

  • Music and performing arts


Lecture #2 : Simone fait bonne impression


Grammaire #4 : Passive Voice


Thème #4 : La Science et la Technologie

  • Technology’s effects on society

  • Discoveries and inventions

  • Moral choices

  • Copyright and communication

  • New horizons

  • The future of technology


Thème #5 : La vie contemporaine

Rites of passage

  • Education and work life

  • Sports and leisure

  • Travel

  • Marketing and advertising

  • Housing

  • Celebrations, holidays


Film #2 : Nos 18 ans


Grammaire #5 : Comparatives and Superlatives


Thème #6 : Les défis mondiaux


SHORT FILM : La dame dans le tram

  • Economics

  • Ecology/Environment

  • Food and health

  • Human Rights

  • War and peace


Grammaire #6 : Les infinitifs compléments de verbe


Les derniers préparatifs pour l’examen AP 


Lecture #3 : Huis clos by Jean-Paul Sartre