Bing tracking

COVID-19: Updates and Plans ›

French Language & Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

During this online AP French Language and Culture Summer Institute, we will explore the course framework, the exam, and the new AP resources that will help you plan and focus instruction, including the new unit guides and  the AP Classroom platform. Participants will practice scoring student performance, including samples from the 2021 exam, to better understand the holistic scoring guides used by AP exam readers. 

We will examine culturally rich and diverse materials as well as instructional techniques for teaching the curriculum. Participants will explore sample syllabi as they begin to create their own course syllabus for January 2022. We will discuss approaches to vertical planning and spend time developing instructional units. Finally, participants will share and discuss best practices and tips to assist colleagues in the day-to-day classroom context

Throughout the week, participants will gain deeper insight in the following key takeaways: Understanding the Course, Planning the Course, Teaching the Course, and Assessing Student Progress.


consultant: margaret schmidt

Margaret Schmidt, French consultant

Margaret Schmidt lives in Milwaukee and is a dual citizen of Luxembourg & the United States. She has been teaching French language and culture at both the high school and university level for over 25 years. Margaret has a BA in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA in French from the University of Texas-Austin, Teaching Certification (French, ESOL), MS in Curriculum & Instruction and MS in Educational Leadership all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Margaret was one of the first French teachers in Wisconsin to obtain National Board Certification and has mentored other world language teachers through the process. Margaret has presented workshops and seminars at the annual AP convention, ACTFL, AATF, and CSCTFL. Margaret also served as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AATF, as well as on the Executive board of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teaching. She has been both an AP reader and table leader for the AP French language exam. Margaret also serves as a national consultant for the College Board, presenting workshops and APSI all across North America. She recently authored an AP French sample exam for French Four Years (4th edition). She also shares her love of French at the Alliance Française de Milwaukee, where she teaches an occasional course and serves as a DELF examiner.