Grade 9 – French internal examination

As explained in class, your examination on May 5th will be based on our topic “Un repas à la française”.  It will include the following:

1) Three reading comprehension texts related to our current unit on French gastronomy and French celebrations. The texts will be similar in difficulty to the reading comprehension task that was given recently.

2) Two writing tasks also related to our topic: an invitation and a newspaper article in which you will describe how you celebrate important moments in your life and what meals you enjoy eating.

How can you prepare for your exam?

  • Go over your recent reading comprehension paper and highlight all the new vocabulary that you have come across. Check in a dictionary the meaning of the words in this particular context and copy them in your wordbooks. Memorize your new vocabulary.
  • With regards to your writing tasks, you are encouraged to make use of the Google doc. that includes all brainstorming ideas on writing an invitation. In preparation for the second writing task, you should try to complete all exercises in 2ème étape of your chapter 3 “Practice & Activity” sheets. Submit your work for feedback.

In class we will also spend time working on writing extensively on this topic. Here are some of the questions we will be answering:

  • Quelles fêtes passez-vous avec votre famille?
  • Décrivez la fête que vous préférez: dites ce que vous faites et ce que vous mangez ce jour-là.
  • Quels sont les plats que vous aimez le plus? Quand est-ce que vous les mangez?
  • Décrivez un repas de famille typique. (Incluez les informations suivantes: quels plats vous mangez, avec qui vous les mangez, où ça et à quelle heure.)
  • Est-ce que vous aimez les repas de famille? Pourquoi/pourquoi pas?
  • Ce week-end vous allez manger avec des amis: où aimeriez-vous aller et pourquoi?

How to tackle your reading comprehension on the day of your exam?

Steps to follow:

  1. Preview of the text: glance quickly at the layout of your reading selection to understand how it is organized.
  2. Skim the sections of the text by reading the headings, captions and the first sentences of paragraphs or blocks of text. Ask yourselves: What is the reading about? Who was it written for? Where is it set? What was it written?
  3. Scan the text to look for specific information: look for key words to guide you to the specific information you want to find. This is here that you need to be a good guesser: learn to use visual cues and context to help you guess the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. You should try to anticipate the meaning of the words and think about how they fit into the context of what you are reading.

By this time, you will be able to look for the main idea of what you are reading. Make sure you  also look carefully at any visual cues such as illustrations or photos.

(Suggestions compiled from our textbook Allez, viens! Level 2)

Bonne chance!

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