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What are the IB French B SL Oral presentations that you do as part of the final exams like? Is there one Individual and one group or how does it go? Are they really hard? [i hope not] Do you get any prep time? :P thanks

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Ummm, I don't do French B but I'm guessing it's like all other Language B orals, my friend does French B though. Your teacher will more than likely give you class time to learn about what is expected on the oral and they'll give you time to write it and fix things up etc. You'll definately get prep time :P Your oral assessment is made up of two parts; one oral which is individual and recorded and sent to be moderated, the other one is a class activity and it can be group or individual. For my Ab Initio one, ours was just a class activity.

Don't be worried about the oral though, because your teachers will do everything they can to make sure you get the best mark possible. and I do understand at the end of the oral, your teachers have to ask you some questions just to measure your conversational skills, but they'll give you a good indication as to what the questions will be about. they won't just spring them on you.

I hope I helped :P

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For your class oral(s), throughout your senior year you will have 3 or 4 chances at it. Your teacher gets to choose what type it is, but I know some common ones are discussion, class debate, a response (to a film or audio) and even just presentations. Out of however many you do, your BEST one (the one you got the highest mark in) is combined with your individual oral mark and averaged to get your overall oral grade. So it's not that bad, cause you have a few shots at it and you can even script something beforehand with your classmates to give everyone a better chance at getting a higher grade (a wise move I think haha).

The individual has 3 parts, around 10 minutes in total. The first is your actual speech, which you prepare in your own time on a french topic of your own choice :P The second part is then questions directed at you about your speech topic (so you really have to know your topic well, especially the vocab). And then finally the last part is a general 'conversation' between you and your teacher where he/she asks you generic questions about your life, family and all that jazz.

Like Asheee said, your teacher will (hopefully) help you out as much as possible, its important that you are prepared though - especially for the random questioning :P You're allowed to ask your teacher (in french haha) to repeat/rephrase if you have no idea what they are on about, so its no big deal.

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They are really subjective. Some teachers may give you choices for the class oral, some may not. Some may allow you to do practice ones and count the best as your actual score, while others may not, and so on. Ask your teacher how he/she will be doing it. I would probably approach him/her after class to get the details.

I thought the individual oral was very stressful. You're supposed to be able to just speak about a topic for about 3-4 minutes. Then answer questions about your topic [2-3 min] and generic questions about your life and your views for a few minutes. Make sure to elaborate on these answers. If you give 10 second answers, then the teacher will ask more questions to fill up the time, and there's a good chance that he/she may ask a question that you can't answer very well. It's scary because you're trying to remember the vocab and how to conjugate and so on. If you're good at speaking, then it's much easier. I advise you to get to know your teacher and to let your teacher get to know you so that he/she can ask you relevant things about your life in the actual individual oral.

The class oral was much easier because the teacher's attention is divided :P But it depends on what kind of activity you're doing. The more people you involve, the better :)

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For us, we had 4 opportunities for the interactive oral: a 3-4 people re-enactment of scenes based on a movie we watched, a 2-person discussion about educational systems in "La francophonie," a 2-person debate on any topic, and a presentation where we either told a story or taught everybody how to do a specific skill, such as guitar-playing or treating snake bites. Generally, most people's marks rose from oral to oral; on our first oral, hardly anybody managed to get a 4, and a mid-5 was the highest mark. My teacher picked our highest mark from the 4 orals that we did; the mark that my teacher used came from the last oral, which I did on yoga and received 24/30 for it. I'm sure most teachers will definitely give you more than one chance at a mark. <br><br>

The class oral was much easier because the teacher's attention is divided <img src="../../public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif" class="bbc_emoticon" alt=":D"> But it depends on what kind of activity you're doing. The more people you involve, the better <img src="../../public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif" class="bbc_emoticon" alt=":)">

<br><br>However, keep in mind that with bigger groups (if you have that option), it's less opportunity for you to speak and show off to your teacher. In the first oral, some people got 0/30 and 3/30 (yes, 3/30) because they hardly spoke compared to the others and our teacher couldn't evaluate them properly. <br><br>The individual oral was definitely extremely, extremely stressful though. I swear I was on the verge of having a panic attack immediately before. :) My topic was the "effects of French opera on the citizens of France," and no, I have no idea why I ended up choosing that, haha. Our teacher stressed the importance of having a good, specific topic that should relate to French language or culture in some sort of way, and because you can generally only talk for 3-4 minutes, try to avoid broad topics. It went relatively well (apparently), and I got 25/30 on it, which combined for a total of 25/30 for my internal assessment that got moderated down to a 24 in the end. <br><br>Generally, French orals were definitely one of the most stressful aspects of the course for me, but with lots of practice, you'll improve. Heck, my pronunciation was absolute garbage with the first oral, but I somehow improved. If you're failing at the beginning, don't stress; you still have time. Just don't procrastinate. :P<br> Edited by CommeDesEnfants
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