Questions

To make sure you have understood the article, try to answer the questions below.

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What do you need to choose carefully?

The city where you are going to study.

The article says il faut choisir avec précautions la ville dans laquelle vous voulez étudier.

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Why do you need to choose this carefully?

The cost of student life is expensive.

The article says le coût de la vie étudiante est de plus en plus élevé.

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Where do university students live? State two options.

Some get an apartment or a room in university accommodation/halls. Others stay with parents and commute between home and university every day.

The article says certains prendront un appartement ou une chambre dans une résidence universitaire alors que d’autres feront le trajet tous les jours.

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What other factors are also taken into consideration when deciding on a university?

Exam results, university facilities eg condition of the classrooms, how lessons are taught eg interactive whiteboards, student life.

The article says (d’autres facteurs sont) les résultats aux examens, les infrastructures (l’état général des salles de classes, les moyens utilisés pour enseigner par exemple les tableaux blancs interactifs, etc), mais également la vie étudiante.

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What might eventually be the deciding factor when pupils are making their choice?

If the town is lively/dynamic.

The article says si la ville dans laquelle se trouve l’université est animée, (cela encouragera le futur étudiant à faire son choix.)

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(a) What do pupils need to focus on doing before going to university?

(b) Why is this important?

(c) What could be the consequence of not doing this?

(a) Pass their Baccalaureat exams (equivalent to Higher/school leaving exam).

The article says réussir leur Baccalauréat.

(b) You need it to get into university/to do further studies.

The article says car en France, sans lui, vous ne pouvez pas accéder à des études supérieures.

(c) You have to stay at school another year to pass the exam.

The article says vous devez rester au lycée afin d’essayer de l’obtenir l’année suivante.

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