French

Websites

One of the best ways to read Higher level French is to visit French websites. This will help you improve your reading of colloquial and technical language.

Reading question: Websites

Here is a typical examination question. You have to match some organisations with a description of their website. In the exam it should take you up to 10 minutes.

Question

Descriptions

A. Des recherches sur la déformation, la structure et les erreurs de déplacement de la croûte terrestre.

B. Découvrez l'endroit où se rendent les pays lorsqu'ils ont besoin d'un prêt financier.

C. Le site de ce célèbre quotidien comprend aussi des mots croisés.

D. Une documentation pour les fournisseurs de produits pour la restauration des maisons.

E. Ce site examine les effets de l'introduction d'espèces étrangères dans les voies navigables côtières et intérieures.

Faites correspondre les sites-web avec les descriptions:

 

WebsiteDescription
1. Bâtiment traditionnel
2. Fonds monétaire international
3. Étude sur les poissons
4. Centre de Californie sur les tremblements de terre
5. New York Times

Worked answer with examiner's comments

Answer

 

WebsiteDescriptionExaminer's comments
1. Bâtiment traditionnelDPeople with an interest in traditional buildings ('le bâtiment traditionnel') will be interested in materials for restoring houses ('produits pour la restauration des maisons').
2. Fonds monétaire internationalBThis is the site of the International Monetary Fund. It will be of interest to countries seeking a loan ('les pays... ont besoin d'un prêt financier').
3. Étude sur les poissonsEThis is a scientific site that deals with fish. It looks at what happens when new/unfamiliar species are introduced into coastal and inland waters ('les effets de l'introduction d'espèces étrangères dans les voies navigables côtières et intérieures').
4. Centre de Californie sur les tremblements de terreAThis is a site about earthquakes ('les tremblements de terre') and the earth's crust ('la croûte terrestre').
5. New York TimesCThe New York Times is a famous daily paper ('célèbre quotidien').

Exam tips

  • Read the website names and descriptions at least twice. Don't worry if there are words that you don't understand. Look for key words in each description that will help you match it to the correct website. Examples of key words in this unit are: 'quotidien', 'bâtiment', 'terre'. What others can you find?

  • Keep your mind flexible. Be aware that sometimes a familiar word may have a different meaning. An example in this question is 'comprendre', which means 'to include', NOT 'to understand'.

  • Look out for words that may be similar to words you already know, for example: 'terrestre' - an adjective related to the noun 'terre', 'un prêt' - a noun related to the verb 'prêter', 'côtière' - an adjective related to the noun 'côte'.

  • Begin with the answers that you are most sure of. This helps narrow down the choice when you come to the harder parts.

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