The College Board suggests the following guidelines for an Advanced Placement course in French/Spanish language: “The students who enroll should already have a strong command of grammar and vocabulary and have competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Most will be in the final stages of their secondary school training.” The course emphasizes the use of language for active communication through the study of six overarching themes and has as its objectives the development of:
- The ability to understand the spoken language in a variety of contexts;
- A vocabulary sufficiently ample for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other non-technical writings; and
- The ability to express oneself coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both writing and speaking.
The AP French/Spanish Language and Culture courses are designed to achieve proficiency at the high intermediate level.