I. Le vocabulaire
1) Les professeurs
- the teacher : le professeur
- the headmaster/ the headmistress : le (la) principal(e)
- to teach someone something : enseigner quelque chose à quelqu'un.
- lenient : indulgent
- authoritarian : autoritaire
- to earn respect : se faire respecter
2) Les cours
- to go to school : aller à l'école
- to attend school : assister aux cours
- a schoolgirl/ a schoolboy : un écolier/ une écolière
- a pupil : un élève ; a student : un étudiant
- a sixth former (UK)/ a senior : un élève de terminale
- a subject : une matière
- a term : un trimestre
- a course : un cours
- a period : une heure de cours
- a break : une récréation
- a timetable/ a schedule : un emploi du temps
- homework : les devoirs
3) Les résultats scolaires
- to be good at : être bon en/ to be weak in : être mauvais en
- a mark/ a grade : une note
- a written test : une interrogation écrite
- a mock exam : un examen blanc
- to sit for an exam : passer un examen
- to pass : réussir
- to fail : échouer
- to go up into : passer dans la classe supérieure
- to repeat :redoubler ; a repeater : un redoublant
- to drop out of school : quitter l'école
- talented : doué ; bright, smart : intelligent
- hardworking : travailleur
- lazy : paresseux
- absent-minded : distrait
- an average student : un élève moyen
4) Le règlement
- to break the rules : enfreindre le règlement.
- to cut lessons : sécher les cours ; to play truant : faire l'école buissonnière
- to be kept in detention : être retenu.
- to be suspended : être exclu.
- to continue one's studies : poursuivre ses études
- to go to university : aller à l'université
- further education/ higher education : les études supérieures
- to win a scholarship: obtenir une bourse.
II. Les questions d'expression types
1) Would you agree to wear a school uniform? Why or why not?
- Wearing a school uniform wouldn't bother me. It would be out of question.
- I would agree to wear a uniform. I wouldn't mind wearing a uniform.
- I would agree because I believe it would be a good way to erase social differences between the pupils.
- If we all wear the same uniform, we can't tell who is rich and who is poor.
- Teenagers care about their looks too much.
- Teenagers want to be trendy/ fashionable : they want their parents to buy them the most fashionable pair of jeans.
- Pupils who come from a poor background can't afford to buy the latest items of clothing.
- I would totally disagree to wear a uniform because I think it would prevent me from feeling free.
- I would most probably feel like a sheep if we were all dressed alike!
- I wouldn't feel different and unique
2) Do you think school results are important? Why or why not?
- I think our school results are essential since they reveal/ they show/ they express how good or how weak we are in a given subject.
- Grades are the only fair way to assess our progress/ our knowledge/ how much we have worked.
- I'm not sure grades reflect what we are worth.
- Some pupils forget everything they know when they are under the pressure of an exam.
- School results don't take into account the state you were in or how you felt the day you took the exam.
- I believe school results are not very fair ; they don't always reflect the time spent studying the subject.
- Some students are talented and don't need to work a lot and will still get high grades but other students, maybe less bright, will work a lot and won't get good results.