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Our daugther

Our daughter is 14 and is in year 3 eme she as been told that she needs to do a presentation in front of her class mates. she as been told that if she does not speak about her self and the future she will not be put forward for her diploma. Not to happy with one or two other teachers and considering prehaps other options than this school. Would welcome any ideas many thanks
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Re: Our daugther

Why are you unhappy for your daughter to give a presentation of her future self
Does she not have future aspirations
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My first reaction is that (to use some of my former life management-speak) you should see this as an opportunity rather than a threat.

I rather doubt that any teaching staff would be looking for presentation perfection from a youngster of 14.  Far from it, just the confidence to stand up and deliver 2 minutes (?) worth of rational arguement .............. and in a language that isn't her natural tongue.

They're pushing her - perhaps no bad thing for any youngster.

My only worry would be whether she has been singled out as the only one to have to do this - if that were to be the case, then I'd be much more concerned, in fact it would be totally out of order. I'd be staggered if that was the case.


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Don't forget that the rather wooden and mechanical 'je me présente, je suis NormanH, je suis d'origine anglaise alors vous allez avoir beaucoup de difficultés à me comprendre à cause de mon mauvais accent...j'ai plus que 65 ans bla bla bla' is very standard in hundreds of situations in France.

If you go for a job interview it is one of the first things they ask it :  'Présentez_vous, vous avez 15 minutes' was the first  thing I heard when I started looking for work, and I was completely tongue- tied as I had ben expecting a question led interview.

In a similar way if you go on a course or attend a meeting where people don't know each other this sort of 2 minute postage stamp of who you are is expected to say in front of the whole group.


I wouldn't see it as anything to get worried about, just as Gardian says an opportunity to practise in a controlled and safe environment something that will be expected later.

I was recently introduced to a French MP who is one of the few in Europe Ecologie les Verts to have been actually elected.  I managed to to blurt out "Je suis NormanH . je suis plus alcholo que écolo"  ...Devil [6]

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Yep, scared the pants off me when  realised I would have to do this on a first aid course, its not as if it was alcoholics anonymous.

I wished that I had had the opportunity to polish my presentation in more relaxed surroundings.


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Our two boys are in the French education system. There are several stages in the exam procedures that come later (the History of Art exam for example) that need your child to be able to assimilate a lot of information and produce a short presentation. TPE for the BAC is another good example. The more your child practises it, the easier it will become. I taught in a Leadership school and supervised presentation preparation. IMO you should get your child to practise in front of you, time it, watch examples on YouTube etc give help advice.

Which diploma are you taking about? I doubt they can stop her taking the Brevet!
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I wish they had done more of this type of thing in English state schools. Just the sort of preparation needed for the real world.
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Alan, it is a requirement for English GCSE in England.

Hoddy
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