In her letter, your friend Morgane covered the following points:
- a description of the facilities at her school
- a description of her school day
- details of the school rules
- opinions about her subjects and teachers
- what further studies she wants to do
Mon collège s’appelle le Collège Diderot. Il est assez grand car il y a huit cents élèves et soixante-dix professeurs. C’est un collège assez moderne avec un gymnase, une grande bibliothèque et trois salles d’informatique.
Normalement, j’arrive au collège à huit heures moins le quart. Je vais au collège en vélo car ce n’est pas trop loin de chez moi. Nous commençons à huit heures et nous avons jusqu’à sept leçons par jour. Heureusement, nous avons aussi des heures libres où nous pouvons aller à la bibliothèque ou rentrer chez nous ! Les cours durent cinquante-cinq minutes et nous finissons la journée à cinq heures. La récréation dure vingt minutes le matin et nous prenons une pause déjeuner de deux heures. Je rentre à la maison pour le déjeuner, mais mes amis qui habitent plus loin mangent à la cantine.
Le règlement de mon collège est assez strict, mais je pense qu’il est efficace. Nous devons être ponctuels et apporter nos affaires et les devoirs pour chaque leçon. Nous n’avons pas d’uniforme, mais nous devons être habillés de façon respectable et pratique. Par exemple, pas de T-shirts avec des slogans offensifs, de grandes boucles d’oreille ou piercing qui pourraient être dangereux, etc. Nous n’avons pas non plus le droit de manger ou d’utiliser notre portable en classe.
J’étudie les maths, le français, les sciences, la technologie, l’histoire-géo, l’éducation physique et l’éducation civique. Comme je suis en quatrième, je dois étudier deux langues vivantes. J’ai choisi l’anglais et l’espagnol et j’adore vraiment ça ! Mon cours préféré, c’est l’espagnol car le prof est vraiment très sympa et il explique bien les choses.
Plus tard, j’aimerais continuer à étudier les langues. Je voudrais apprendre le chinois car c’est une langue vraiment fascinante. J’espère avoir mon baccalauréat et aller à l’université.
Et toi, comment est ton collège ?
My school is called Collège Diderot. It is quite big as there are 800 pupils and 70 teachers. It is quite a modern school with a gym, a big library and three ICT rooms.
Usually, I arrive at school at quarter to eight. I cycle to school as it is not too far from my house. We start at eight o’clock and we have up to seven lessons a day. Fortunately, we also have some free periods when we can go to the library or go home! Lessons last fifty-five minutes and we finish our day at five o’clock. Break time lasts twenty minutes in the morning and we have a two-hour lunch break. I go home for lunch but my friends who live further away eat in the canteen.
My school rules are quite strict but I think that they are effective. We must be punctual and bring our equipment and homework for each lesson. We do not have a uniform but we must be dressed in a respectable and practical way. For example, no t-shirts with rude slogans, no large earrings or piercings that could be dangerous, etc. We are not allowed to eat or use our mobile phone in class either.
I study maths, French, science, technology, history and geography, PE and citizenship. As I am in Year 9, I must study two foreign languages. I chose English and Spanish and I really love them! My favourite lesson is Spanish because the teacher is really friendly and he explains things well.
Later, I would like to continue to study languages. I would like to learn Chinese as it is a really fascinating language. I hope to pass all my A levels and go to university.
What about you, what is your school like?
Michael M. Mueller, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Ajamu Nkosi, Ph.D., BCBA-D
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