Ap French Essay Sample

Tips for the persuasive essay:

The persuasive essay has to have an introduction, treat the opposing views of the two sources of information, and give the student's personal opinion, then conclude.One should use "on" in the AP essay where a student will read + listen + view a neutral graph. (these + antithese + sythese) 5 paragraphs are a goal. What is sure is that students must present different viewpoints (including reference to viewpoints in the sources provided) and then defend their own opinion. How they organize their essay may well be in 5 paragraphs but not necessarily. Students must cite all three sources in their essay.

1) All three sources are clearly referenced using verbal strategies such as "d'après la seconde source...". Allusions and just stating the name of the person who talked is not sufficient.


2) Our students will need

      a) to demonstrate understanding of what was written and  said,

      b) to say why it is important in order to support their argument

      c) to provide justification, or an extension as to how their supporting details promote or impede the topic of the argument. In other words, "what is the difference that the example will make" in the argument.


3) Rich language, a variety of sentence structures and complex sentences: relative pronouns EX: ceux, auquel, ce dont and gerunds.


4) Students should write on the same level of complexity as the sources. -James O'Donnell.

Audio Files

Here are some sample student responses to the questions in the speaking section of the 2017 AP French Language and Culture Exam. Please see the text following the files for more information about using these audio files. Commentary that goes along with these audio files can be found in PDF format on the French Language Exam page.

2017 AP French Language and Culture Student Sample 3A (Score of 5)


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Student Sample 3B (Score of 3)


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Student Sample 3C (Score of 2)


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Student Sample 4A (Score of 5)


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Student Sample 4B (Score of 3)


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Student Sample 4C (Score of 1)


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Part B Directions


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Task 2 Persuasive Essay


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Task 3 Conversation


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Task 4 Cultural Comparison


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2017 AP French Language and Culture Part B End of Directions


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Downloading Files

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  • After you have downloaded the MP3 file, double-click on the file name to play it.

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