HSC French Extension
What to expect in the exam
Two questions phrased in English and French.
Answer one question.
Questions relate to the prescribed issues, and will specify
the audience, purpose and context of the response, and
will require the same text type.
Text types: short essay, article, script of a talk, formal
letter or report
Need to present and evaluate or justify a point of view.
The expected length of response will be approximately
What is it worth?
Allow about 40 minutes for this section
What are we expected to write about?
The outsider versus social order
– breaking down versus creating barriers
– asylum seekers
– peer group pressure.
The power of attachment
– attachment to people, places, possessions, ideas…
– positive and negative effects of attachment
– tradition versus progress
– coping with change.
Our relationship with the environment
– the impact of the environment on human behaviour
– spiritual connection to the land
– working with or against nature.
In your answer you will be assessed on how well you:
Present and explain your point of view
Write text appropriate to context and/or purpose and/or
Structure and sequence information, opinions and ideas
Demonstrate control of a range of language structures
and vocabulary in French.
What are the markers looking for?
Presents and develops a sophisticated, coherent argument,
discussion or explanation
Writes effectively and perceptively for a specific audience,
purpose and context
Demonstrates breadth and depth in the treatment of
Writes with a high level of grammatical accuracy, and
breadth and sophistication of vocabulary and sentence
This is the 13–15 mark range
Presents and develops a coherent argument, discussion or
Writes effectively for a specific audience, purpose and
Demonstrates breadth and some depth in the treatment
of relevant ideas
Writes accurately using a range of vocabulary and
This is the 10–12 mark range
short essay: a discussion, intro, body, conclusion
article: title if you want, clear format, facts backed up by
evidence (don’t have to give statistics but back up what
you say= depth)
script of a talk: address the audience, use of rhetorical
questions, clearly outline what the topic is in the intro,
thank the audience at the end
formal letter : correct salutation, be specific in the intro
about why you are writing, end appropriately
report: descriptive, factual, 3rd person
Question 3 (15 marks)
Vous participez à un concours d’expression écrite organisé par
L’Alliance Française sur le sujet suivant: «Les plus grands rêves
sont toujours les plus difficiles à réaliser.»
Ecrivez la composition que vous allez envoyer.
You enter a writing competition organised by the Alliance
Française on the following topic: ‘The greatest dreams are
always the most difficult to achieve.’
Write the essay that you are going to submit.
OR Question 4 (15 marks)
Vous assistez à un forum de jeunes réunis par le gouvernement
dans le but de discuter de thèmes importants pour le futur de la
planète. Un des ateliers a comme sujet: «L’économie est plus
importante que l’environnement. »
Ecrivez le texte d’un discours où vous allez exprimer votre opinion
sur ce sujet.
You are part of a forum of young people brought together by
the government to discuss important issues for the future of
the planet. One of the workshop topics is: ‘The economy is
more important than the environment.’
Write the text of a speech in which you present your views
on this topic.
Plan, plan, plan! Intro, 3 ideas in depth, conclusion
Edit, edit, edit! Try to ensure you haven’t been repetitive
and that you’ve used a variety of tenses, expressions, etc
Breadth and depth: give examples to back up your
Try to stick to the word limit as lengthier responses are
not necessarily the best and responses that are too short
don’t give the required breadth and depth
Prepared responses don’t work! You must be able to use
the information you have to properly address the
Practise at home in the time limit
Prenons le cas de …
En ce qui concerne …
Il est significatif que …
Very final advice!
Read the question well
Plan your intro, 3 ideas with supporting details and your
Aim for grammatical accuracy
Have some nice, sophisticated expressions up your sleeve
A variety of tenses
Watch the time: if you are running out then get the