Thursday, February 21st, 2019


AP Italian Language and Culture

The AP Italian Language and Culture course takes a holistic approach to language proficiency and recognizes the complex interrelatedness of comprehension and comprehensibility, vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. Students should learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning.  The AP Italian Language and Culture course strives to promote both fluency and accuracy in language use and not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. In order to best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught in the target language.

The AP Italian Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products, both tangible (e .g ., tools, books, music) and intangible (e .g ., laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions that underlie both practices and products).

At the core of the AP Italian Language and Culture course are six groups of learning
objectives identifying what students should know and be able to do across the three modes of communication.  These objectives outline expectations of student abilities in the following areas:

  • Spoken Interpersonal Communication
  • Written Interpersonal Communication
  • Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication
  • Written and Print Interpretive Communication
  • Spoken Presentational Communication
  • Written Presentational Communication