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Typical Everyday Lives ?

Publié le 28 mai 2010 à 16:38 ♦ Mis à jour le 13 juin 2010 à 19:19

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 The typical class day of a French student:

In France, a high school student takes the bus at 7:30 a.m approximately and starts his lessons at 8:00 a.m. We have 9 classes with two optional ones during the week. In  the morning, we have 4 classes and we eat at 12:00 a.m at the school restaurant. Then classes start again at 1:30 p.m and finish at 5:30 p.m. We have two breaks, the first at 10:00 a.m and the second at 3:30 p.m. Our timetables can change, so we can start and finish earlier or later. Finally, when we have finished our school day, we go back home by bus.

As an example we are going to describe a typical school day in our high school. On Tuesdays we start with two hours of Physics/Chemistry and we have a 15 minute break, then one hour of Biology and one hour of Economics then we go to lunch. In the afternoon we start at 1:30 p.m with another hour of Economics and after 30', we have a break, and we finish with one hour of Spanish and one of English. 

 

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The typical class day of an American student

or so we think !

An American student takes a yellow bus at 7:30 a.m then classes begin at 8:00 a.m. For example: English, Mathematics, Physics, History... We think an American student finishes at 2:00 p.m and has the afternoon free and goes back home by bus.

For example, we are going to describe a typical Monday for an American student. First, he wakes up at 6:30 a.m to take the bus at 7:30 a.m. Before going to school,  he watches a video on You Tube. Then at 8:17 a.m, he has Sports. At 9:08 a.m,  he goes to an Algebra class but before he takes the pledge of Allegiance. He eats during his lunch time, then classes start again at 11:47 a.m.  He goes to the Art class. At 12:38 a.m he has Spanish and at 1:28 p.m, he has English. He finishes his school day at 2:15 p.m.

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  • They have yellow buses and we don't
  • They finish earlier
  • They have a sports activity after academic classes
  • We have more classes in the week than they
  • We have more holidays than they
  • We eat in the canteen while they have a lunch box

 

Emilie, Laura and Mathilde

Our Eco-friendly High School !

Publié le 28 mai 2010 à 16:12 ♦ Mis à jour le 13 juin 2010 à 07:50

Our Eco-friendly High School !   

 

We are going to show you on this page our high school which was built with ecologic materials in order to protect and respect the environment !

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Our high school was built with the following materials.

The main materials are bricks, metal, and glass. The front of the high school is made of glass and just in front of the windows there are layers of red bricks. Between two layers we have sun-proof screens.

We use the sunlight as an ecological way to limit the use of heating in the winter and the use of electricity all year round. We also use a wood stove which is completely natural.

There is a lot of grass on the rooftop in order to isolate it with natural material.

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Ecology is our future! More than one century of industrial development, economic growth and intensive exploitation of nature has led to a world where we can travel cheaply to anywhere in the world, import food, clothes and materials from any country, yet we are slowly destroying the very earth which keeps us alive.

What a shame to destroy such a Beauty !

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Means to protect the environment in France:

-Sorting our waste.
-Using low energy lights
-Building ecological houses and buildings
-Using renewable energy (water, wood, sun, wind)
-Using new and less polluting cars
-Recycling.

Means to protect the environment in the United States:

The United States is currently the largest single consumer of energy. The U.S. Department of Energy categorizes national energy use in four broad sectors: transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial.

- buses begin to use some organic fuel oil.
- Using low energy light.
- Using renewable energy (water, wood, sun, wind).

In the United States, people recycle  aluminium cans and plastic bottles. They save water by being quick in their shower and filtering tap water instead of buying bottles of mineral water. The United States has an agency which is dedicated to the environment and its protection.

The agency that deals with the environment in the United States is called the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency. Not only do they help and protect the environment, they also raise awareness about the risks of certain actions people take and their effect on the environment.

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Please take care of Mother Nature !!!

 

 Léa and Elina

Clichés Clash!

Publié le 31 mai 2010 à 14:20 ♦ Mis à jour le 13 juin 2010 à 07:47

 CLICHES CLASH!

 France Etats-Unis

What is a stereotype?

It's a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.

Questionnaire to the class :

  • Do you think that American teenagers are big?

Yes -> 82,6%      No -> 17,4%

 

  • Do American policemen eat doughnuts as shown on U.S TV series?

Yes -> 47,8%         No -> 52,2%

 

  • Do you think that there are amazing parties on American campuses?

Yes -> 91,3%         No -> 8,7%

 

  • Do American people go to school with big yellow buses?

Yes -> 91,3%         No -> 8,7%

 

  • Do you think that American people drive enormous cars and that they drive since the age of 16?

Yes -> 65,2%         No -> 34,8%

 

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A typical French as seen by an American

Here is the vision of a young Californian girl :

Now I can tell you clichés that Americans have about French people.

Yes it is true that many Americans believe the French are arrogant people.

Another cliché is that French people rarely bathe and French women do not shave.

Also, when Americans think of France and Paris they relate those places to love stories and romance.

One last cliché is that French only eat cheese and baguettes and drink a lot of wine.

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A typical American as seen by a French

In France we have many clichés about American people because American films and TV series distort the truth.

For example we think that all male students play basket-ball in their school team, and that each female student is a cheerlader.

We also believe that policemen always eat doughnuts!

Another cliché is that students go to school taking yellow buses. For French teenagers, Americans drive big cars. The rest of the world think that American people are big and always go to Mac Donalds or Fast-food shops.

Last but not least, American girls are believed to undergo plastic surgery to have their bodies transformed when they are 16 !...

 

Alexandre and Clément 

Rugby vs Football

Publié le 28 mai 2010 à 16:16 ♦ Mis à jour le 13 juin 2010 à 07:46

We are to tell you about two famous sports : rugby and football

football or soccer

Football is a team sport involving two teams of eleven players in a stadium. The aim of each match is to kick a spherical ball into the opponent's goal without using one's hands, and to do so more often than the other team.

Codified by the British in the late nineteenth century, football developed an international federation, FIFA, in 1904. Undertaken in 2006 by approximately 264 million players worldwide, soccer is the number one sport in most countries. Some continents like Africa, South America and Europe, are almost entirely dominated by the same sport. The simplicity of the game and the limited ressources necessary for its practice partially explain this success.

The calendar is dominated by two types of tournaments : those for clubs and those for national teams. The World Cup is the most prestigious international event. It has taken place every four years since 1930. For clubs, national championships and other trophies are planned competitions. The Champions League of UEFA, which is held in Europe but which has equivalents on other continents, is the most coveted trophy in that sport, despite the recent establishment of a World Cup for clubs, which is still to be legitimized.
 

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The principle of rugby is to score more points than one's opponent. For this, there are several ways.

Bring the ball on the ground with hands or arms, or by exerting vertical pressure on the ball with any part of the body between the waist and neckThe basis of the opposing goal posts is also part of the in-goal. This action is called "trial" and its value is five points today.

Originally, the points were not counted. The objective then was to cross the opponent's goal line for the right to "try" to score a "goal" by passing the ball at the foot of the posts. The winner was the one who scored the biggest number of goals. Between 1875 and 1877, the winner was always the one who scored most goals, but the tests were used to break a possible tie.

A penalty try may be granted if the defending team commits a voluntary anti-game fault , without which, according to the referee, the attacking team would have scored a try. They are generally awarded following a foul in a ruck, a scrum, maul or a defensive offside near the goal line. The offending player is generally warned or excluded. A penalty try is worth five points and is scored between the posts.

After scoring a try or a penality try, the scorer of the team attempts to kick the ball between the goalposts and over the crossbar opponent's goal, since the perpendicular from the point where the ball was flattened. This action is called a transformation and is worth two points.

Kicking the ball between the goalposts and above the horizontal bar of the opposing goal is worth three points. Possibly as a result of a penality or a drop. In the latter case, the ball must be dropped by the player who kicks into it.

 

We organized a poll on football and rugby in our class, here are the results :

  • people who prefer football to rugby: 13
  • people who prefer rugby to football26
  • people who will watch the world cup of football: 11
  • people who won't watch the world cup of football: 25

 

In conclusion, in our class people prefer rugby to the football !

Arnaud, Béranger and Nicolas

 

Groups and affinities in our class

Publié le 28 mai 2010 à 16:09 ♦ Mis à jour le 13 juin 2010 à 07:36

In every class, you can find groups. The groups depend on styles. In our class there are different groups of friends. They don't form according to their clothing styles but according to their characters.

 

¤ There are three girls who are preoccupied with their physical appearance and who always stay together.   "The Threesome"

¤ There is a group of ten boy who are funny, who like partying. " The funnies " Two of them are like Laurel and Hardy, and call themselves Rathino and Bekeninho after their family names !

¤ There is a group of six who hardly became part of the class.  " The natural "

¤ There is a group of five girls who are cool, they like simple things.  " The quiet girls "

¤ There is a group of three girls who are always three.  " The CMM " (after their names initials)

¤ There is a group of five boys who always try to make the class laugh.  " The cool boys "

¤ There is a group of three girls who are very well integrated in the class, they speak with all the other students in the class.  " The infernal trio "

 

In the class, two groups of girls get on well with a group of boys because they have the same likings and they also see each other except during lessons.

The groups are really separate except for three groups which sometimes mix.

 Adeline and Charlène

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