Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP German Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP German Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in German.
The AP German 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 (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.
The Course Description Audio Files are also available.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
Refer to the validated achievement level descriptions (.pdf/507KB) for descriptions of student performance on the exam in each of the modes of communication at each of the five AP score points.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
The Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century (.pdf/2.59MB) explores the five C's of language instruction.
The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages details the 2014 reviews and updates to the standards.
The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners details the 2012 updates to the document previously known as the Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP German Language and Culture curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.
AP German Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 1 (.pdf/825KB)
AP German Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2 (.pdf/907KB)
AP German Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 3 (.pdf/1MB)
AP German Language and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 4 (.pdf/1MB)
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page has full details about the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
Access online score reports for your students.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has course planning resources, such as curricular requirements, syllabus development guides, sample syllabi, and more.
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Access to secure practice exams
The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming AP German Language and Culture workshop to register.
Developed by experts in AP instructional design, the following interactive online modules will provide you with strategies, resources, and activities for teaching an effective AP world language and culture course and building students' communicative competencies in the courses leading up to AP.
View the full suite on the online interactive modules page.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.
The AP German Language and Culture Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP German Language and Culture publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP German Language and Culture.