This is one of the skills our students sometimes find difficult to master. Yet I feel they are more skillful than they think ! Just read what my 2nde students were able to write by the end of May. It was an "In the style of" exercise.
Here is the original text, found in their textbook, New Meeting Point 2nde, page 196.
I asked my students to choose a city, town or village they liked and to introduce it in the style of this paragraph. Enjoy !
This is a little city in the south of France, in front of St Topez, not far from Cannes. There are prints of a lot of sports players with their names. In this city, we can eat all the specialties from the sea, like mussels. Every year many people come from all over the world to admire the procession organized in the honour of WW2 Landing. To join another city on the coast, we can use the boat. At any time, there is always a very good atmosphere. The inhabitants are welcoming and warm. We can see a beautiful landscape thanks to the sea, the pine trees and the hills. This is Sainte-Maxime!
Victoire and Justine
This city is the city of lights. This place is inescapable. This is the centre of fashion. This is tourists in front of the Eiffel Tower and the most fabulous monuments you can visit. This the Champs-Elysées Avenue: The most famous street in the world. This is the best baguette and frog legs. This is Coco Chanel's clothes and perfumeries selling goods around the world. This is huge department stores. This is Montmartre and Rue de la Paix. It's cheering the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. It's Paris.
Alain, Charlotte and Eléonore
It's a European city. The city of love, the city of culture, the capital of France. It's the heart of France. A city densely populated with 10 million inhabitants. This is the city of the revolution and the city of evolution now. The city where there are many sport events. The Eiffel Tower and its illuminations. This is the most visited city of lights. Everywhere you go, you can eat in a bar. This is the city of fashion. Famous and fabulous monuments. Cars, planes, buses, subway, RER tube, trains, all the means of transport we can use. This is a cocktail of modernity and old times. This is Paris.
Anaïs and Safiye
It isn't a little city ; it's a big city ; it's the angels' city. This is Clippers in Staple Center. This is Californian wine and donuts. This is Beverly Hills and Hollywood with all the famous stars. This is Venice's beach with surfers and big waves. This is the E3 with new technology. This is the Walk of Fame. This is the place to be, an important place for movies. People go to parties, get a tan. This is cool, impressive. This is Los Angeles.
Alexis and Théo
This is not just any city. This is the city of Champagne. This is the place where many kings were crowned. This is the big city of Champagne-Ardennes Region. This is the most fabulous football matches you can see in Reims Stadium. This is Fossier biscuits. This is Notre-Dame Cathedral. This music at the Conservatoire. This is many stores in Vesle Street. This is using the train, the bus or the tramway. This is Croix-Rouge. People moving, going. Stress and happiness. This is many trees, parks and the canal. This is a lively city and happy people. This is the centre of France. This is Reims.
Julie and Gaétane
This year we worked a lot about Australia, from different points of view : historical, architectural, cultural, etc. We were extremely lucky as one of my trainee teachers had a friend in Australia who sent us a video about his home city, Melbourne.
Being optimistic, as teachers sometimes are, I asked my students to choose a place or a monument, they liked in Reims and to sum up information about it, explaining why they liked it. Of course I dreamt we would be able to make a video to answer Matt. But of course we had too many things to do before, and we never achieved this. Yet I don't want my students to have worked for nothing that's why I'm publishing here the texts they produced, as long as these texts are accurate.
Laure, Charlotte and Aïda. Lycée Chagall: "We like its vending machines for food, coffee, especially nut coffee. We're free, so we enjoy ourselves. We're proud to be in this high school where we get great marks. There are European classes, International classes, Design classes and Drama classes. And to finish, there is a "Drawing Wall" where students can express themselves.
Jade, Marie-Amélie and Léna. "The Boulingrin was restored recently. It's a (covered) market every weekend. There are many different restaurants around the market where friends, families can meet to spend a good time together. Particularly there's a restaurant called "The Clos" which is really famous, original and cosy. It's the meeting place of Reims's inhabitants.
Hugo, Axel and Paulin. Reims's Stadium is the only official football (soccer) stadium in our city. The place was restored in 2009. There are 21,000 seats for supporters, but there aren't so many people attending every match. This stadiums welcomes only football games.
Imane, Philippine S. and Clara. The Opera of Reims, well-known till recently as "Le Grand Théâtre", was built in 1873 by Alphonse Gosset. Unfortunately it was destroyed by WWI in 1914 but was rebuilt in 1931. As for the aesthetics, the front of this building is really beautiful with a neo-classic style. Moreover it can welcome 790 people. There are different kinds of shows such as ballet, opera, magic, street dance... It's a lovely place to visit with your family or your friends.
Clotilde, Morgan and Justine. The Porte Mars is a famous gate in Reims. It's situated near to the town centre. It was built during the Roman Era to glorify the God of War, Mars. That's why you can see his face at each end of the three arches which compose the gate. During Antiquity it was used to protect the city from enemies' attacks. It is being restored.
Marianne. Food Avenue is an original place where you can eat lots of different kinds of food. There are five restaurants in one.You can traditional American fast food. There is also a healthy restaurant where you can compose your own salad by putting many vegetables in it, but also meat, eggs or fish. So in my opinion it's a very good place to eat something with your family or your friends.
Laëtitia and Manon. Rue de Vesle (Vesle Street), this street is like the heart of the city because there are many shops. It's very easy to access by bus or on foot, so, if you want to do some shopping, it's the right place to go !
Unsigned: The Cartonnerie is a really good concert hall which attracts a lot of famous bands such as Machine Head or Amon Amarth. The hall is really comfortable, spacious ; it's cheap and the staff is very friendly. You will really enjoy the music, the artists and the time you spend there.
Test your knowledge about Bastille Day !
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The Day of the Results ! A good one for most of you I hope. If not, it's not the end of the world. You'll do better next time, and arrive better armed at university.
Whatever your studies and your plans, you need to practise your English, which is a good occupation in a rainy summer...
Let's start with poetry:
An interactive game to read and understand a poem. Practise your reading aloud!
And if you want to read more poems, on different topics, or listen to some, here is another website:
The L students who had AP with me already know about this website !
A rare and exciting opportunity to hear the poets read their own poems!
There's a kind of party spirit floating over Chagall High School these days.
After a superb "prom-night-party" where more than a hundred Terminales and Manaa students appeared in their most glamorous and smartest outfits, there was a barbecue offered to the Drama students by the MANAA.
Last week the three drama classes performed for our great pleasure and finally 6 of these students offered three performances of the play Le Prénom.
Great events to end this year in a lively and friendly way.