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AP French Language and Culture Themes

The AP French Language and Culture Test covers the following themes and sub themes: 

  • Global Challenges
  • Science and Technology
  • Contemporary Life
  • Personal and Public Identities
  • Families and Communities
  • Beauty and Aesthetics

  • Theme 1: Global Challenges / Les défis mondiaux

  • Diversity Issues / La tolérance

  • Economic Issues / L’économie

  • Environmental Issues / L’environnement

  • Health Issues / La santé

  • Human Rights / Les droits de l’être humain

  • Nutrition and Food Safety / L’alimentation

  • Peace and War / La paix et la guerre

Overarching Essential Questions:
  • What environmental, political, and social issues propose challenges to societies throughout the world?

  • What are the origins of those issues?

  • What are possible solutions to those challenges?

  • Theme 2: Science and Technology / La science et la technologie

  • Current Research Topics / La recherche et ses nouvelles frontières

  • Discoveries and Inventions / Les découvertes et les inventions

  • Ethical Questions / Les choix moraux

  • Future Technologies / L’avenir de la technologie

  • Intellectual Property / La propriété intellectuelle

  • e New Media / Les nouveaux moyens de communication

  • Social Impact of Technology / La technologie et ses effets sur la société

Overarching Essential Questions:
  • How do developments in science and technology affect our lives?
  • What factors have driven innovation and discovery in the fields of science and technology?
  • What role does ethics play in scientific advancement?

Theme 3: Contemporary Life / La vie contemporaine

  • Advertising and Marketing / La publicité et le marketing

  • Education / L’éducation et l’enseignement

  • Holidays and Celebrations / Les fêtes

  • Housing and Shelter / Le logement

  • Leisure and Sports / Les loisirs et le sport

  • Professions / Le monde du travail

  • Rites of Passage / Les rites de passage

  • Travel / Les voyages

Overarching Essential Questions:
  • How do societies and individuals define quality of life
  • How is contemporary life influenced by cultural products, practices, and perspectives?
  • What are the challenges of contemporary life?

  1. Theme 4: Personal and Public Identities / La quête de soi

  • Alienation and Assimilation / L’aliénation et l’assimilation

  • Beliefs and Values / Les croyances et les systèmes de valeurs

  • Gender and Sexuality / La sexualité

  • Language and Identity / L’identité linguistique

  • Multiculturalism / Le pluriculturalisme

  • Nationalism and Patriotism / Le nationalisme et le patriotisme

Overarching Essential Questions:
  • How are aspects of identity expressed in various situations?
  • How do language and culture influence identity?
  • How does one’s identity develop over time?

    1. Theme 5: Families and Communities / La famille et la communauté

  • Age and Class / Les rapports sociaux
  • Childhood and Adolescence / L’enfance et l’adolescence
  • Citizenship / La citoyenneté
  • Customs and Ceremonies / Les coutumes
  • Family Structures / La famille
  • Friendship and Love / L’amitié et l’amour

Overarching Essential Questions:
  • What constitutes a family in different societies?
  • How do individuals contribute to the well-being of communities?
  • How do the roles that families and communities assume differ in societies around the world?

  1. Theme 6: Beauty and Aesthetics / L’esthétique

  • Architecture / L’architecture

  • Contributions to World Artistic Heritage / Le patrimoine

  • Ideals of Beauty / Le beau

  • Literature / Les arts littéraires

  • Music / La musique

  • Performing Arts / Les arts du spectacle

  • Visual Arts / Les arts visuels

Overarching Essential Questions:
  • How are perceptions of beauty and creativity established?
  • How do ideals of beauty and aesthetics influence daily life?
  • How do the arts both challenge and reflect cultural perspectives?

Related Links

AP French Language & Culture Syllabus

AP French Exam Description

AP French Test Sample Papers

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