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End of Year Examinations

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The Year 7 to 10 students have started their end-of-year assessments today. The gym transformed itself into an exam hall and will remain so for the rest of the week. The students were very focused and their level of willingness to do well was impressive. Well done to all for such a positive start! One day down, four more to go!

End-of-year examinations in French Foreign Language and French projects at NAISAK

All Secondary students studying French Foreign Language have already started their end-of-year French examinations, which consist of speaking and reading tests.

Each student is given 15 minutes to answer 20 questions combining all vocabulary and grammar points studied since September, related to ten topics covered in class. These topics are taught from Year 7 to Year 11, with an increasing complexity as the students are promoted from one year to the next, until they reach the French IGCSE. The students are given a selection of questions and they choose which ones to answer. Being able to choose the questions gives the students the opportunity to show their best abilities. The questions represent various situations that the students could face when travelling to France, such as being able to book a room in a hotel or buy a ticket to go to the cinema, order food at the restaurant or go to hospital, ask for directions or for help, …

All Secondary students have been working on various projects since January to maximise the number of real situations they could deal with. For example, students in groups of two created their own hotel’s leaflet on a PowerPoint document describing the location, prices, activities and rooms. Then, they went to interview various teachers at school to advertise their hotel and special offers, and ask if they wanted to book any room or activities. They used iPads to record and to visualise their performance so they could assess themselves and their peers. Some students were very ambitious as they interviewed Ms Gonzalès in French! Jermaine Chuah in Year 7, Vanshi Pathak in Year 8, Shesha Taylor in Year 9 and Zobia Zia in Year 10 won this French competition as they displayed the strongest speaking skills in their year group. French students are now taking part in another project where they are asked to imagine they are studying in France. They need to research on authentic French websites their own student accommodation and write emails to get information about the university fees, the transport, the supermarkets close to their university, etc...

Primary students from Year 3 to 6 have been working also on different projects at various levels of expertise. They created their own clothes shop using PowerPoint and the internet. They asked their peers or teachers if they wanted to buy from their shop. They learned how to write or just name the clothes in French adding colours or adjectives depending on their skills. They learned how to ask questions using simple sentences and revised numbers. Most of all, they developed self-confidence, which is paramount when expressing themselves in an unfamiliar language.

Primary and Secondary students have been developing their listening, reading and writing skills by working on the Linguascope website that the school subscribes to. Students also have access from home. They should work/play on the website with the supervision of an adult so they are guided efficiently.

Très bon travail tout le monde, bientôt les vacances !