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Summer Institute: AP Japanese Language and Culture Your leader : College Board Consultant Hiroko C. Kataoka California State University, Long Beach Most handouts adapted from Kataoka & Tohsaku, and Kataoka
Goal of the Institute To prepare participants to teach an AP Japanese Language and Culture course by writing an AP Japanese curriculum, examining sample test items, and developing sample activities for the course.
Logistics Agenda for the week (Schedule) Computer use Handouts Assignments Daily Announcements
AP Program College-level studies at high school Developed and administered by the College Board since courses in 19 subject areas AP Courses and AP Exams Close to 60% of U.S. high schools and over 90% of U.S. colleges and universities participate College credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam grades AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and Exam: Overview
AP Courses Course descriptions developed by a committee of college faculty and HS teachers Covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignment in the corresponding college course Usually equivalent to second-year college- level course Taught by highly qualified high school teachers
AP Exams Administered in May, each year Developed by committees of college faculty and AP high school teachers Free-response section (scored by exam readers) and multiple-choice questions (scored by computer) Modern languages – speaking and listening components On average, 62% of the exams receive a grade recommended for college credit, advanced placement, or both.
Benefits of AP Program for Students Saving on college tuition Higher GPA (HS) Early graduation (College) Taking more advanced courses(College) Double majors (College)
Benefits of Japanese AP Program Raising the quality of Japanese education Articulation between high school and college programs More enrollment in Japanese courses Highly motivated, excellent students Professional development activities for teachers
AP Japanese Language and Culture:Timeline Spring 2003: Board of Trustees resolution Fall 2004: AP Japanese Task Force Fall 2005: AP Japanese Development Committee Fall 2006: First AP Japanese Course May 2007: First AP Japanese Exam
AP Japanese Language and Culture: Contents Standards-based: 5C’s; Interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communications 4 language skills Equivalent to 300-hour college-level instruction Target Level:ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Intermediate Low to Mid Range Authentic task-based questions No discrete measurement of grammatical knowledge Online test Developed by ETS
Test Takers Those who complete an AP Japanese course in high school Anyone over 14 years old including those who have NOT taken an AP Japanese course (e.g., native speakers and learners of Japanese as a heritage language)
AP Japanese: College Perspectives Qualifying AP Scores (3, 4, and 5) College credits Advanced placement College credits and Advanced placement Nothing
Student Grade Distributions AP Examinations May 2005
AP Policy Different from school to school More than 90% US colleges and universities participate in AP Program Refer to your school catalog, web site, or College Board site You may be asked to make a decision on AP Japanese
College Board’s Equity Statement: Equity and Access What do you know about CB’s Equity Statement? In pairs read take notes on “Equity and Access” in AP Japanese Language and Culture Teacher’s Guide. If you’re interested and would like to know more about it, go to and read articles. Discuss what we can do.
Resources Available for Teachers General information about the AP neselang.html?japaneselang neselang.html?japaneselang AP World Languages AP Japanese Language and Culture Send an to Provide your name, school affiliation, mailing address, and address, and ask for
Resources Available for Teachers Course Description Teacher’s Guide AP Central Teacher’s Resource Catalog Electronic Discussion Groups College Board Store Pre-AP world language workshops Books and materials (no single text will teach the course)
AP Japanese Language and Culture: Professional Activities National Conference (July) Workshops (Pre-AP, AP Japanese) Weeklong Summer Institutes (AP Japanese) AP Central--> Professional development-->
Other Issues Building/District level decisions on taking /requiring the exam Cost and fee reductions; exam dates for 2007 Special needs students Make-up exams Security issues Test day administration/proctors/equipment/ language labs Grade reports July, September statistical reports Grades by phone-July 1
AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and Exam: Specifications Specifications and format Kanji list
Activity 1 Exam Format: Which part of the exam tests each of the following? Inter- personal Mode Inter- pretive Mode Present- ational Mode Listening Speaking Reading Writing