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After attending this workshop, participants will be able to apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP French Language and Culture curriculum, drawing from the Curriculum Framework, develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and integrate "authentic materials" into language instruction, implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP exam, and develop or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.

Meet the Facilitators:

Instructor: Margaret Schmidt

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Margaret Schmidt is an experienced AP French teacher and consultant. She taught AP French at Shorewood High School, in Wisconsin for eighteen years. In addition, she has served as a reader and table leader for the AP French exam reading held annually in June, since 2004. Margaret is a consultant for the College Board, and facilitates both one-day workshops and summer institutes for AP French Language and Culture. Margaret holds a BA and MA in French, and an MS in Curriculum & Instruction. 

Contact: mschmidtdess@gmail.com

Presenter: Heather Allen

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Heather Willis Allen is Associate Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she joined the Department of French and Italian in 2011. At present, she serves as Course Chair of elementary-level French instruction at UW-Madison and oversees the professional development of new Teaching Assistants in French in her department. She has served on the national Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Development Committee since 2014, whose works consists of preparing and updating the Course Description and new versions of the French AP exam. She also serves annually as a visiting faculty member in Southern Oregon University’s Summer Language Institute, in Angers, France, which is an M.A. program for high school teachers of French. Her research focuses on language-learning motivation, multiliteracies instruction, and teacher development. Heather is co-author of two textbooks, A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (2015) and Alliages Culturels: La Société Française en Transformation (2013). 

In her free time, Heather can be found exploring Madison with her husband and her two year-old twins. 

Contact: hwallen@wisc.edu

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