Alternatives to university

You are preparing a debate about the pros and cons of going to university. Listen to the following conversations and then answer the questions that follow.

You can then use some of the language featured to prepare your own short presentation on the topic.

Quels sont les autres possibilités au lieu d’aller à l’université?

On peut faire un apprentissage ou suivre une formation professionnelle dans une entreprise, spécialement si on veut devenir mécanicien ou plombier par exemple. Cependant il y a aussi des formations plus courtes. Souvent on peut continuer d’habiter chez ses parents, donc c’est moins cher et on a leur aide et leur soutien. Une autre possibilité c’est de trouver un boulot et de gagner un peu d’argent.

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Why might you do an apprenticeship or vocational training?

To become a mechanic or plumber. She says devenir mécanicien ou plombier.

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What advantage does she give to doing vocational courses?

You can live at home, which is cheaper, and you have your parents' help and support. She says on peut continuer d’habiter chez ses parents, donc c’est moins cher et on a leur aide et leur soutien.

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What other option does she suggest is available if you don’t want to study or train?

You could get a job and earn some money. She says c’est de trouver un boulot et de gagner un peu d’argent.

Translation

What are the other possibilities instead of going to university?

You can do an apprenticeship or vocational training with a company, especially if for example you want to become a mechanic or plumber. However there are also shorter courses and qualifications. Often you can continue to live at home, so it’s cheaper and you have the help and support of your parents. Another possibility is to find a job and earn some money.

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