Course Goals:

  • To familiarize participants with the content and the different components of the AP® test: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • To share materials and strategies that will assist the participants and will help their students to succeed in the AP® test.
  • To present samples of the AP® tests and the grading system for each part, including all recent changes in the test format and its grading.
  • To provide the participants with time and opportunity for collegial interaction and exchange of successful strategies.
  • To provide the participants with ideas, techniques and strategies that will
    enhance their curriculum leading to the AP® level.
  • To incorporate the use of technology (French computer software) in the AP® curriculum in order to enhance the learning of all components for the AP® test.


  • Monday, Day 1
    The AP® 2019 exam – general overview
    Components of the AP® 2019 exam
    Provide ideas and strategies for the lower level French classes
    Problem solving – discussion of challenges in the classroom
    Textbooks, workbooks and supplemental materials
  • Tuesday, Day 2
    Listening/reading and speaking
    Listening and reading section of the AP® test
    Strategies for teaching listening and reading (including sample materials)
    Using literature for the reading portion of the AP® test
    Working the speaking portion of the AP® test
    2019 exam (section 1 portion)
  • Wednesday, Day 3
    Writing the composition 2019
    Strategies for teaching composition development
    Support materials
    Test samples from these sections
    Syllabus writing
    2019 exam analysis (section 2 writing portion)
  • Thursday, Day 4
    The use of technology in the AP® curriculum
    Ideas and projects of utilizing the internet
    Support materials (French software)
    Games (Trivial pursuit)
    Movies and TV 5 (television)
    Membership in AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)
    Utilizing Songs and their lyrics in the AP® Curriculum
    Present Modified Syllabus
    Group activity
    Wrap up

Materials to Bring: 

  • Your syllabus (AP Audit) if you completed one
  • An extra flash drive for music and videos.
  • Your primary textbooks (level 1, 2, 3, AP)
  • Your personal laptop.


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

Instructor Biography: 

François is a native of Paris, France. He attended the University of Oregon and Cal State University at Northridge, where he received his B.A. in French. He attended UCLA to obtain his teaching credential, then Pepperdine University in Malibu, where he graduated with a M.A. in Psychology.  For over 30 years, François has been teaching High School French. He has taught French, Health and E.S.L. for the Alhambra City School District and all levels of French, including AP® Language and Literature at Beverly Hills High School.  For 26 years he has taught all levels of French at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, CA as well as AP® Psychology.  François also taught French 1,2,3,4,8,10 at Los Angeles Valley College from 2007-2013.  François is currently teaching French at Granada Hills Charter High School and he is also the Head Cross country and Track coach.

In 1996, François started serving as an AP® reader for the College Board and has been a Table Leader since 2011. He served as a member of the SAT II French Language test development committee from 1999-2005.   François was a contributing writer to the AP French textbook Thèmes by Vista Higher Learning.   He is a member of AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), and also teaches at the Alliance Française de Los Angeles.