Le document in the French oral
The document is an optional part of the oral Leaving Certificate examination. Here are a few tips if you are thinking of preparing one.
What can it be?
The document can be anything made of paper and cannot be an object. If you would like to bring an object, bring a picture of it instead.
The document can be a single picture, a selection of pictures, a text in French (newspaper article, literature extract, etc...)
How does it fit with the conversation part?
The document is part of your 12 minute oral. Depending of the topic you choose, examiners try to wait until you are half way through. Sometimes though if the topic comes up it can be earlier.
There is not set time for the document so sometimes it will be over a couple of minutes and sometimes it will last until the end.
The examiner does not mark you separately for your document it is part of your total mark.
If you document is something like a collage or has several parts, the examiner might not ask you about every picture or part of your document. Remember it is be to discussion.
What do examiners report?
Examiners report every year that a candidate with a well prepared document usually improves his/her grade.
Obviously a student who does not prepare their document will not gain from it.
Here is why:
Think of the 4 sections you are marked on:
Prononciation: Because you have prepared the document, the vocabulary you will need, you will have researched and you will know how to pronounce. Don't forget our partner's site free vocabulary lists with audio files to hear the pronunciation! Click here to have a look.
Vocabulaire: Again, you will have researched all your keywords so you will not fail short of something to say and you will be accurate. Sometimes you will have "technical" vocabulary which will impress the examiner.
Structures: This is like the use of language, the grammar. Again, you will have prepared possible answers. You will know what tense you will need and be able to practise your verb tenses.
Communication: Well surely if you have a document, you will talk and develop your answers. You will also most likely understand every question.
How to prepare a document?
1) Pick a topic you want to talk about.
2) Avoid topics where it will be hard to get on another topic. i.e pets/family... There is only so much you can say!
3) Check with other people in your year what they are doing. You do not want to all have the same document.
4) Collect some material (pictures, articles etc...)
5) Think of the presentation - Remember that the examiner does not know what you have prepared and s/he only has a couple of seconds when they see it to assess what it is about. Give them clues to help them!!!
6) Prepare a little bit on all the aspects of your document. You will not be asked to describe it (esp. photos) but you need to say where it was taken, what it is about etc...
7) Think of where your document will bring you next. For example: for a document talking about a holiday, you could be asked about travels you did, you may do in the future, the type of holidays you like etc...