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AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Home Page

Important Updates

Financial Assistance for AP Japanese Workshop

The College Board is pleased to announce financial assistance to Japanese instructors to participate in a full day AP Japanese Language and Culture workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). All instructions are included in this link. The deadline to apply for the financial support is Friday, October 6, 2017.

New Online Modules Available!

Developed by experts in AP instructional design, these interactive online modules will provide you with strategies, resources, and activities for teaching an effective AP world language and culture course. Be sure to check out the newest module: Building Students' Skills in Developing Effective Written Arguments.

New Exam for Classroom Use

A secure 2016 AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Updated Course Description

An updated AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Description (.pdf/2.26MB) is now available. Minor changes were made for clarity, and information related to College Board resources was updated to reflect current terminology (e.g., electronic discussion groups are now called Online Teacher Communities). The content of the course and exam has not changed.

Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japanese.

The course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of social, political, and educational issues (e.g., the role of religion in society, traditional versus modern gender roles), as well as more traditional topics (e.g., arts, customs, festivals, geography, and history).Throughout the course, students develop interpersonal skills that enable them to request and confirm the receipt of information, ask for and provide directions, and issue and respond to invitations. They also develop more cognitively challenging functional language skills, including the ability to compare phenomena, express opinions and preferences, and discuss life experiences. Additionally, students develop a command of a significant number of the most prevalent kanji characters used in Japanese writing.

Essential Course Resources

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP program in general.

The Course Description Audio Files are also available.

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.

You can access a secure exam for classroom use by logging in to your 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.

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

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.

Classroom Resources

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 Japanese Language and Culture Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

College Board Store

Find AP Japanese 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 Japanese Language and Culture.

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