Presented by
Lou Baskinger & Ed Weiss
APAC 2014
1
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 50% of the exam
 4 sections with equal weight – 12.5% each
 All 3 modes in action
 Interpretive
 Interpersonal
 P...
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 The total time needed to complete the free response
section is approx. 1h30
 The email is the first free response tas...
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 Testing Conditions
 Your school
 Conversations you need to have
 Tech director
 AP coordinator
 Exam proctor
Free...
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 The email will be done in the same room as the
multiple choice sections
 The cultural comparison is done in an enviro...
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 15 minutes of reading and writing
 Skill sets that begin in year one
 Skills that can be practiced at all levels
 A...
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 Interpretive Mode
Reading the email
This task should take approx. 3 – 4 minutes
 Interpersonal Mode
Writing the email...
 Maintains the exchange with a response that is
clearly appropriate within the context of the task
 Provides required in...
 Fully understandable, with ease and clarity of
expression; occasional errors do not impede
comprehensibility
 Varied an...
 Mostly consistent use of register appropriate for the
situation; control of cultural conventions appropriate
for formal ...
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 Opening salutation
 Answer the 1st question
 Answer the 2nd question
 Ask for information
 Closing salutation
The ...
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 The register is FORMAL despite the fact that
students usually are informal in their emails
 Avoid using conventions o...
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 The email is formal and is not coming from a friend
or family member
 Because it is task oriented, it will be from so...

 While reading, underline or highlight key words
 This will prompt the student to elaborate on these
key ideas
 While...

 Have students read a variety of communicative
pieces i.e. letters, emails, Q & A
 The length of the email is brief an...

 Provide concise replies BUT take the time to add
conventions of politeness
 Thank you for having contacted me
 I app...
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 When responding to the questions, provide sufficient
details – go beyond the simple “yes” and “no” type
answers
 Elab...
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Strategies for each step of the email
18
Let’s look at the BIG 5
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 Remember the register – FORMAL
Open with a “Dear Sir or Madame” (& last name)
-pay attention to spelling of “Dear” (M/...

 This polite register which follows cultural conventions
addresses the rubrics demand for:
 Elaboration
 Maintaning t...

 Examples of opening politeness:
 “Thank you for your correspondence”
 “I appreciate having received your email”
 “I...
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 The responses give the student the opportunity to:
 Personalize their email
 Demonstrate the ability to form compoun...
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 There are generally two questions in the original
email to be answered by the student
 The questions offer the opport...
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 THIS IS THE MOST FORGOTTEN ITEM OF ALL
THE FIVE TASKS THAT STUDENT MUST
PERFORM!!!
 The omission of this one item can...
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 Examples
 Would you be able to send me a detailed brochure
about your program?
 The question would be asked in a FOR...
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 There are any number of appropriate closing
salutations for the email – these formal email
closings tend to be shorter...
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 To demonstrate varied, appropriate and idiomatic
language as well a control of cultural conventions,
these expressions...
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 Email reading and writing can begin in level one
Preparing students for
the Email
Dear French 1 student,
This week we ...
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 Opening salutation
 Answering questions
 Closing salutations
 The concept of formal vs. informal communication
Skil...
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Level 2 Email Prep
Dear Central Hgh Student,
The teachers and administrators of Central High want our
school to be numbe...
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 The ability to express oneself in present and past
tenses
 The capacity to express preferences
Skills acquired at lev...
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 Students in a level 2, 3 or 4 class are asked if they
would like to participate in a study abroad program
for three we...
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 I am quite interested in your three week study abroad
program. I have traveled a lot with my family and
love learning ...
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 Like all skills on the AP exam, student exposure
begins on day one of level one
 The email is an activity that is eas...

The Cultural Comparison
Presentational Speaking
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 Effective treatment of topic within the context of the
task
 Clearly compares the student’s own community with
the ta...

The What?
These three dimensions/descriptors of the
Presentational Scoring Guidelines are
the…Gate Keeper
The Task – El ...
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 Organized presentation; effective use of transitional
elements or cohesive devices
 Fully understandable, with ease a...
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 Accuracy and variety in grammar, syntax, and usage with
few errors
 Mostly consistent use of register appropriate for...

The How?
These dimensions/descriptors of the
Presentational Scoring Guidelines score
the language performance
El Lenguaje
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 7 minutes
 1 minute to read directions
 4 minutes to read theme of the
presentation and to prepare it
 2 minutes to...

 Skill sets that begin in year one
 Skills that can be practiced at all
levels
 A task that has real world applicatio...

 Interpretive Mode
Reading the theme and relating it to what the student
has experienced throughout his/her years of st...

 Introduction – Topic of the presentation
 Information of the World Language-speaking culture
 Information of the stu...
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 The register is FORMAL
 Information that is accurate and detailed
 Similarities and Differences emphasized
The Big P...
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 Organized with effective use of transitional elements
or cohesive devises
 Fully understandable
 Ease and clarity of...
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Así como
Igual que
De la misma manera
Semejante
En cambio
Al contrario
A diferencia de
Sin embargo
Sino
Transitional Ele...
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 Accuracy and variety in grammar, syntax and usage
 Consistent use of register appropriate presentational mode
 Pronu...
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A formal presentation which explains a
product, practice or perspective of a
world-language speaking culture and
clearly...
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 Products - the things people make and use. The can be
tangible (item of clothing, an artesian work, a monument) o
inta...
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Read the prompt, underline key words
Be sure to focus on the intent of the question
Think product, practice, and/or pers...

 Provide an introductory statement…
Inform the audience what you will be
presenting
 Provide information of the target...

Presentational Speaking is no
different than Presentational Writing
It is not merely Uds. – It is formal in
tone – conve...
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 Address the audience
 Inform them of the topic
 Inform them of the focus on
comparison of cultures
Opening Statement
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If time allows, bring the presentation
to closure…
restate what you have accomplished
in your presentation.
Closing
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… quisiera comparar…
… una semejanza entre esto y mi comunidad es…
… lo que hay en común en las dos comunidades…
… un ne...
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A look at level 1
Scaffolding the Cultural
Comparison
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Conocer and Saber
to know and to know
Hay
there is, there are
Acabar de
to have just
Me gusta – to like
Dibujar – to dra...
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Avancemos 1 – McDougal Littell
Murals of Mexico
Introduce Frida Kahlo
 ¿Qué opinión tiene tu comunidad del arte?
 ¿Hay...
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Preterite and Imperfect Tenses
Irregular Conjugation of Ir
Demonstratives
Skills acquired in level 2

Avancemos 2 – McDougal Littell
Copa Mundial
 ¿Participabas en un deportes?
 ¿Fuiste a un partido profesional de un dep...
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Open Ended…
Use the AP Question Format
- Fashion the question to the unit that you
are presenting in class
Level 3
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Nuestra comunidad
The “Anchor” Unit
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 Create and distribute graphic organizers for the task
 Keep these graphic organizers as a log of information
 Teach ...
CULTURAL COMPARISONS
Tema de la presentación: _________________________________________________________________
5 Product...
Contact information
Lou Baskinger – lgbaskin@aol.com
Ed Weiss – edweiss@comcast.net
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  1. 1. Presented by Lou Baskinger & Ed Weiss APAC 2014 1
  2. 2.   50% of the exam  4 sections with equal weight – 12.5% each  All 3 modes in action  Interpretive  Interpersonal  Presentational The Free Response Section 2
  3. 3.   The total time needed to complete the free response section is approx. 1h30  The email is the first free response task  It lasts 15 minutes  The cultural comparison is the final task of the exam  It lasts 7 minutes Free Response Facts 3
  4. 4.   Testing Conditions  Your school  Conversations you need to have  Tech director  AP coordinator  Exam proctor Free Response Logistics 4
  5. 5.   The email will be done in the same room as the multiple choice sections  The cultural comparison is done in an environment where recordings can be done such as a language lab, library or computer lab Free Response Logistics 5
  6. 6.   15 minutes of reading and writing  Skill sets that begin in year one  Skills that can be practiced at all levels  A task that has real world applications The Email 6
  7. 7.   Interpretive Mode Reading the email This task should take approx. 3 – 4 minutes  Interpersonal Mode Writing the email This task will take approx. 10 minutes Modes of Communication 7
  8. 8.  Maintains the exchange with a response that is clearly appropriate within the context of the task  Provides required information (e.g., responses to questions, request for details) with frequent elaboration What the Scoring Guidelines Tell Us The Task 8
  9. 9.  Fully understandable, with ease and clarity of expression; occasional errors do not impede comprehensibility  Varied and appropriate vocabulary and idiomatic language  Accuracy and variety in grammar, syntax, and usage with few errors What the Guidelines Tell Us Language control 9
  10. 10.  Mostly consistent use of register appropriate for the situation; control of cultural conventions appropriate for formal correspondence (e.g., greeting, closing), despite occasional errors  Variety of simple and compound sentences, and some complex sentences What the Guidelines Tell Us Language control 10
  11. 11.   Opening salutation  Answer the 1st question  Answer the 2nd question  Ask for information  Closing salutation The Big 5 11
  12. 12.   The register is FORMAL despite the fact that students usually are informal in their emails  Avoid using conventions of speaking  Ask questions in a more formal method than “pitch of voice” method  Use a mix of simple and complex sentences  Use a variety of tenses and grammatical structures The Big Picture 12
  13. 13.   The email is formal and is not coming from a friend or family member  Because it is task oriented, it will be from someone proposing an opportunity or an invitation  Examples  Join a study abroad group  Be a part of an environmental study group  Work at a summer camp The Nature of the Email 13
  14. 14.   While reading, underline or highlight key words  This will prompt the student to elaborate on these key ideas  While reading, underline or highlight the questions  This will remind the student to answer them First Job - Reading 14
  15. 15.   Have students read a variety of communicative pieces i.e. letters, emails, Q & A  The length of the email is brief and must be read in 2-3 minutes so, have students read a variety of readings at that length Reading Strategies 15
  16. 16.   Provide concise replies BUT take the time to add conventions of politeness  Thank you for having contacted me  I appreciate receiving your email  Respond to all questions in a complete manner  Demonstrate a sense of organization Writing Strategies 16
  17. 17.   When responding to the questions, provide sufficient details – go beyond the simple “yes” and “no” type answers  Elaboration!!!  With only about 10-12 minutes to write, this is an exercise requiring spontaneous (yet organized!) writing Writing… 17
  18. 18.  Strategies for each step of the email 18 Let’s look at the BIG 5
  19. 19.   Remember the register – FORMAL Open with a “Dear Sir or Madame” (& last name) -pay attention to spelling of “Dear” (M/F) -Cher vs Chère Distinguido/a -Caro / Gentile Sehr Geehrte  Include an expression of politeness to begin the message Opening Salutation 19
  20. 20.   This polite register which follows cultural conventions addresses the rubrics demand for:  Elaboration  Maintaning the exchange  Appropriate language  Cultural conventions Opening… 20
  21. 21.   Examples of opening politeness:  “Thank you for your correspondence”  “I appreciate having received your email”  “I thank you for having sent me this note” Opening… 21
  22. 22.   The responses give the student the opportunity to:  Personalize their email  Demonstrate the ability to form compound and complex sentences  Use a variety of appropriate vocabulary  Demonstrate language control Responses to Questions 22
  23. 23.   There are generally two questions in the original email to be answered by the student  The questions offer the opportunity for elaboration, certainly beyond “yes” and “no”.  Coming later, a scaffolded example based on….  Example: The email concerns an invitation to join a student travel group. A question asks if the student is interested in travelling during the summer to study abroad. Responses to Questions 23
  24. 24.   THIS IS THE MOST FORGOTTEN ITEM OF ALL THE FIVE TASKS THAT STUDENT MUST PERFORM!!!  The omission of this one item can result in the difference of a point on this task  Remember the register - FORMAL Request for Information 24
  25. 25.   Examples  Would you be able to send me a detailed brochure about your program?  The question would be asked in a FORMAL manner  You would not use the “voice intonation” method  Vous pourriez m’envoyer une brochure?  Pourriez-vous m’envoyer une brochure?  Est-ce que vous pourriez m’envoyer une brochure? Request for Information 25
  26. 26.   There are any number of appropriate closing salutations for the email – these formal email closings tend to be shorter than those used in letters  Cordially  Sincerely Closing Salutation 26
  27. 27.   To demonstrate varied, appropriate and idiomatic language as well a control of cultural conventions, these expressions can add to the quality of the email:  Thank you in advance  I am looking forward to your answer  Pending a favorable response  I thank you for having contacted me Helpful Expressions 27
  28. 28.   Email reading and writing can begin in level one Preparing students for the Email Dear French 1 student, This week we have a test. There is a help session today after school. Would you like to come? Cordially, Monsieur Bib 28
  29. 29.   Opening salutation  Answering questions  Closing salutations  The concept of formal vs. informal communication Skills acquired in level 1 29
  30. 30.  Level 2 Email Prep Dear Central Hgh Student, The teachers and administrators of Central High want our school to be number one in the area. Please answer the following questions: 1) In which sports or activities did you participate this year? 2) What new activities would you like at CHS? Thank you for your cooperation, Mister Javert, principal 30
  31. 31.   The ability to express oneself in present and past tenses  The capacity to express preferences Skills acquired at level 2 31
  32. 32.   Students in a level 2, 3 or 4 class are asked if they would like to participate in a study abroad program for three weeks in the summer  Yes  I would like to participate  I would like to participate in the study abroad program  I am interested in participating in your three week study abroad program. I love travel. Question answering skills scaffolded 32
  33. 33.   I am quite interested in your three week study abroad program. I have traveled a lot with my family and love learning about other cultures, especially the food and fashion.  The idea of taking part in a three week study abroad program fascinates me! Having already traveled to nine different countries with both my parents and youth groups, I have a passion for expanding my horizons through exposure to new cultures. Question answering skills scaffolded 33
  34. 34.   Like all skills on the AP exam, student exposure begins on day one of level one  The email is an activity that is easily adaptable to all levels  Spontaneous writing is a skill that will be fostered across our curriculum  Your students can reach a high level of proficiency with the email early in the AP course In summary… 34
  35. 35.  The Cultural Comparison Presentational Speaking
  36. 36.   Effective treatment of topic within the context of the task  Clearly compares the student’s own community with the target culture, including supporting details and relevant examples  Demonstrates understanding of the target culture, (despite a few minor inaccuracies) What the Scoring Guidelines Tell Us The Task
  37. 37.  The What? These three dimensions/descriptors of the Presentational Scoring Guidelines are the…Gate Keeper The Task – El Umbral
  38. 38.   Organized presentation; effective use of transitional elements or cohesive devices  Fully understandable, with ease and clarity of expression; occasional errors do not impede comprehensibility  Varied and appropriate vocabulary and idiomatic language What the Scoring Guidelines Tell Us Language control
  39. 39.   Accuracy and variety in grammar, syntax, and usage with few errors  Mostly consistent use of register appropriate for this presentation  Pronunciation, intonation and pacing make the responses comprehensible; errors do not impede comprehensibility  Clarification or self-correction (if present) improves comprehensibility What the Scoring Guidelines Tell Us Language control
  40. 40.  The How? These dimensions/descriptors of the Presentational Scoring Guidelines score the language performance El Lenguaje
  41. 41.   7 minutes  1 minute to read directions  4 minutes to read theme of the presentation and to prepare it  2 minutes to record the presentation The Cultural Comparison
  42. 42.   Skill sets that begin in year one  Skills that can be practiced at all levels  A task that has real world applications The Cultural Comparison
  43. 43.   Interpretive Mode Reading the theme and relating it to what the student has experienced throughout his/her years of study  Presentational Mode An informative formal presentation that compares with detail two cultures Modes of Communication
  44. 44.   Introduction – Topic of the presentation  Information of the World Language-speaking culture  Information of the student’s own culture  Comparison of the two cultures with detail  Conclusion – Bringing the presentation to closure* The Big 5
  45. 45.   The register is FORMAL  Information that is accurate and detailed  Similarities and Differences emphasized The Big Picture
  46. 46.   Organized with effective use of transitional elements or cohesive devises  Fully understandable  Ease and clarity of expression  Varied and appropriate vocabulary and idiomatic language The Big Picture
  47. 47.  Así como Igual que De la misma manera Semejante En cambio Al contrario A diferencia de Sin embargo Sino Transitional Elements
  48. 48.   Accuracy and variety in grammar, syntax and usage  Consistent use of register appropriate presentational mode  Pronunciation, intonation and pacing - comprehensibility  Clarification or self-correction improves comprehensibility The Big Picture
  49. 49.  A formal presentation which explains a product, practice or perspective of a world-language speaking culture and clearly compares this product, practice or perspective to one of the student’s community The Nature of the Cultural Comparison
  50. 50.   Products - the things people make and use. The can be tangible (item of clothing, an artesian work, a monument) o intangible (laws, education system)  Practices - The actions of a people. The manners of celebrating holidays, special events but also can be daily practices… the way in which the members of a culture great each other, learn, work or interact on a daily basis  Perspectives - The things that indication how the people of a culture see the world, what their values are, what they believe, the relation between the humans and nature, their attitudes about life and death, religious beliefs, the concept of family and friends, the value of work. Products, Practices, Perspectives
  51. 51.  Read the prompt, underline key words Be sure to focus on the intent of the question Think product, practice, and/or perspective First Job - Reading
  52. 52.   Provide an introductory statement… Inform the audience what you will be presenting  Provide information of the target language culture  Compare this information with your own community Define your community! Organization Strategies
  53. 53.  Presentational Speaking is no different than Presentational Writing It is not merely Uds. – It is formal in tone – conventions of formality in organization and phrasing Speaking…
  54. 54.   Address the audience  Inform them of the topic  Inform them of the focus on comparison of cultures Opening Statement
  55. 55.  If time allows, bring the presentation to closure… restate what you have accomplished in your presentation. Closing
  56. 56.  … quisiera comparar… … una semejanza entre esto y mi comunidad es… … lo que hay en común en las dos comunidades… … un nexo entre las dos culturas … otra semejanza … en ambas culturas / comunidades … se puede concluir que… Helpful Expressions for Organization
  57. 57.  A look at level 1 Scaffolding the Cultural Comparison
  58. 58.  Conocer and Saber to know and to know Hay there is, there are Acabar de to have just Me gusta – to like Dibujar – to draw Skills acquired in level 1
  59. 59.  Avancemos 1 – McDougal Littell Murals of Mexico Introduce Frida Kahlo  ¿Qué opinión tiene tu comunidad del arte?  ¿Hay un artista o una artista en tu comunidad que conoces?  ¿Qué pinta o dibuja?  ¿Por qué te gusta su arte? Por ejemplo
  60. 60.  Preterite and Imperfect Tenses Irregular Conjugation of Ir Demonstratives Skills acquired in level 2
  61. 61.  Avancemos 2 – McDougal Littell Copa Mundial  ¿Participabas en un deportes?  ¿Fuiste a un partido profesional de un deporte?  ¿Qué opinión tiene tu comunidad sobre los deportes?  ¿Son importantes… por qué sí o por qué no?  Compara la copa mundial y The Super Bowl  ¿Cómo es La Copa Mundial como March Madness? Por ejemplo
  62. 62.  Open Ended… Use the AP Question Format - Fashion the question to the unit that you are presenting in class Level 3
  63. 63.  Nuestra comunidad The “Anchor” Unit
  64. 64.   Create and distribute graphic organizers for the task  Keep these graphic organizers as a log of information  Teach transitional devices… start with basic words and develop them into more sophisticated phrases  Practice often… starting at the beginning of the course  Critique presentations pointing out good efforts During the year…
  65. 65. CULTURAL COMPARISONS Tema de la presentación: _________________________________________________________________ 5 Producto 5 Práctica 5 Perspectiva País(es): ___________________________________________________________________________ ____ Puntos que discutir: _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Mi comunidad: _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ An example…
  66. 66. Contact information Lou Baskinger – lgbaskin@aol.com Ed Weiss – edweiss@comcast.net The entire presentation can be viewed at Eds site: Simply Google “Ed Weiss” The last link on Ed’s site is titled “APAC”

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