La classe de seconde SES anglais a profité de l'accueil des jeunes américains au lycée et de la participation d' Elisabeth en cours pour l’interviewer. Voici l'article réalisé par Doïna et les photos de Leï Swann ( A suivre).
Nous avons fait le lien avec les différentes actualités économiques ou sociologiques présentées par différents élèves chaque semaine et sa réalité ( le port d'armes légal, le coût des études, l'image des français vu des US...)
Elizabeth, is an 18 years old girl from Baltimore, next to Washington. She came to our high school with 15 other kids from her french class. She came here to be able to speak more french, it’s her first time out of the USA. She went to Paris, visited the Eiffel Tower, she went to Quimper by train, she’s staying with Maïwenn (204). She has a few problems communicating but she does her best. She takes French, Physics, Science, Calculus and two english classes. She wants to go to New York’s University to study music composition. She had to apply and send her finals’ scores to try to get in.
Q-How do you find the money for school loans?
A-We have tuition loans, the government pays for our tuition. My family pays for a part of my tuition, but I don’t have to pay back until I graduate.
Q-Is it harder to get some tuition loans?
A-It depends on the school. Sometimes some schools give you financial aid, it works based on how much money your family has and how good your record is. So if you haven’t paid back previous loans, it can get harder for you to get another one.
After the school shooting in Florida, Trump thought that it would be better to give the teachers guns instead of regulating gun laws. The students in our school protested last week, those gatherings are happening everywhere in America. The police is involved with problems concerning racism, and the teachers who now have guns might also shoot black students if they consider them ‘threats’.
Elizabeth is 18, so she could go in a sport store and legally buy a machine gun. There’s a background check, but it’s not even serious. Purchasing a gun is really easy.
Q-What are the differences between France and the USA?
A-When each class ends, the students have to move around, and our classes are based on conversations, the teacher mostly watches us. It’s the opposite of France.
Q-What do you like about France?
A-There’s a lot of bread! The food is good! It’s like a slower pace here too. In the USA, we usually go out everyday, here you’re more with your parents.
Q-What do you eat in Baltimore?
A-We eat hamburgers. My dad owns a pizza place so I eat a lot of pizza. My family is greek, so we a lot of that too. Also we eat Mexican food, there are a lot of food chains, there are everywhere. In Baltimore there is an issue with providing food. We don’t have decent grocery stores, so we eat a lot of take out. The life spence of richer people is like 10 years longer than poor people.
Q-What can you do when you’re adult?
A-I can vote and drive at 18, but at 21 I’ll be allowed to drink.
Q-What job do want to do?
A-I want to write songs for people. Music is my passion!
Q-What kind of music do you like?
A-I like pop music, acoustic music, rock music, a lot of stuff.
Q-What are the stereotypes about french people in the USA?
A-Bread, smoking (we aren’t encouraged to smoke as much), stripes.
Q-How many hour of classes do you have everyday?
A-We go from 8am to 3pm everyday, even Wednesday. Our break is at 1pm, it’s one (1) hour long.
Q-How long do your lessons last?
A-70 minutes for each.
Q-Do you have homework?
A-We have a lot of homework, it’s 2 to 3 hours of work.
Q-How do marks work?
A-We work with 100 marks, it’s a percentage. We have two semesters, our final grades are the average of the two. We also have letters, if you get a 90%, then it’s an A.
Q-Do you wear a uniform?
A-No we don’t. But at other schools it happens. I don’t want anyone anyway.
Q-Do you hear french music on the radio?
A-Not really, we have more spanish music. I only know Céline Dion!