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AP Chinese Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams and student samples

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Chinese Language and Culture course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop materials

At every AP Chinese Language and Culture workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Chinese Language and Culture Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Chinese Language and Culture and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Teacher's Guide

Curriculum Module: Teaching Students to Make Comparisons

This curriculum module demonstrates how AP Chinese Language and Culture students can develop a better understanding of the nature of language and culture by comparing Chinese language and culture to their own — here, the English language and American culture. Two units model opportunities to actively engage students in learning about language and culture. Teachers will not be learning to lecture or merely "pass on" linguistic and cultural information; rather, they will learn how to provide students with data and ask them to analyze, hypothesize and synthesize in order to draw their own conclusions about grammatical rules and cultural meanings. Lessons include:

  • Teaching the Auxiliary Verbs of Néng 能 and Huì 会
  • Comparing Cultural Products, Practices, and Perspectives

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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