l192 lxr122 open+university
My course results for L192 and the excellent LXR122 should be out tomorrow. The courses are like driving tests, a straight pass/fail (with the possibility of a distinction). There is a possibility of a distinction for me in L192 given that 85% is needed and that my coursework average is 92.3%. The first end of course assessment should be okay (it's essentially the sames as the TMA, teacher marked assessments). ECA2, the oral, might have let me down a bit... but I do have some safety margin.
The requirements are at least 40% in each of the elements, ECA1, 2 and the coursework, so there is still the possibility of catastrophe. Touch wood, I don't think that'll happen for me as the tutor seemed happy after
LXR122 I'm less worried about as a course as it does not lead to anything, per se. L192 on the other hand leads to LZX120. However I would be disappointed not to do well. The assessment here consisted of an oral and an essay, both in French. The essay was only 300 words, but that was enough. In the oral I had to give a presentation on a topic of my choice for a few minutes, and then I was asked questions about it. Both had to be based on France.
In the oral I discussed how Grandad was captured on his way to Dunkirk and then marched across France to a POW camp in southern Germany. In the essay I wrote about the Eiffel Tower.
A book arrived in the post today, it is entitled Matricule 42132, Stalag IIIB, written by Maurice Buisson. The reason I've been sent a copy is that the author saw this post. He wanted to use the image of the camp money, and promised to send a copy of the published book.
In my recent LXR122 course, we had to talk about France, be it French History, Culture or Today in France. For my topic I discussed how my Grandad was captured at Arras on his way to Dunkerque, so this book is well timed for me.
The note can be seen on page 40 of the book.
After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I have a draft for my essay. It's just under 350 words, not much you might think, but when those words are French it takes on a different complexion.
Most of the time was thinking to myself 'How the hell can I put this a different way?'
I won't be putting it into the post for a little while yet, I want to put it in a drawer and then return to it later.
The subject of my essay? La Tour Eiffel
LXR122 in Caen was simply excellent. LXR122 is a summer school in French. There was some preparatory work, which, to be fair, I didn't do too well at. When I arrived they'd bumped me from Falaises up to Dives (there were four classes).
I was a little unsure, but went with it.
The days consisted of classroom work, and some days we had trips/free time. For example, on one day we had to go to Caen to talk to locals (we did some work on a questionnaire for those who needed it, but for many of us we just ignored that and started talking).
We went to Bayeux and saw the tapestry, and we generally had a good time.
Nous parlions en franÃ§ais tout les temps, peut-Ãªtre aves les erreurs, mais il etait bien!
The group I was in was excellent, and we enjoyed the week. We had an oral at the end, which was good preparation for L192, and I now have to write a short essay (a few hundred words) which I prepared for during the week.
It is a course which has really boosted my confidence in both the OU and the language.
I've been out of the country for a while, doing the excellent LXR122 course (a French summer school in Caen). I've also had a few days in Brittany. Sufficed to say that things need to be done in the short term before I look at giving more info.
Photos will appear on Flickr.
This is a bit of a crunch weekend of me. Various deadlines coinciding, both work related and OU course related. The work deadline is slightly later than OU, so I'm doing the OU one first. I have been having a bit of a blitz.
A week ago I was about two months behind on my french course. As of now I'm about two weeks behind. Today accounts for about a third of that catchup.
Tomorrow, I need to get a little further, and then have a go at the TMA.
Actually I think I could probably do it now, with a little bit of bookwork for one or two bits. So the plan is to start it tomorrow morning when I'm fresh, then work on the course a bit more and then finally check the TMA before posting on monday.
If all is well, I can then slow up a bit and progress at a more sane pace, perhaps actually taking some time to internalise things. Crazy plan.
My next target is to get a little ahead of myself before LXR122, so that I can take full advantage of the experience, then to use the majority of the time following LXR122 prior to the conclusion of L192 to consolidate things in time for the oral examination.
So tomorrow, will be a busy day, but I'm now reasonably confident that I'll be getting a score for TMA05 - a few days ago I was considering passing on it as I've already got the score I need to 'get by'.
However much it might be true that I could have left it, I was never going to allow this to happen. I don't want to just pass, I want to pass well.
Today I've had to do a 'formative assignment' for LXR122. This will help to place me in the right group for the summer school. The instructions said not to look anything up. I followed this instruction. The first item is a comprehension. I found this very hard, lots of new language for me, and there was one section I simply could not get.
The second part was some writing. I couldn't do the future tense (not seen it in L192 yet), nor could I even parse Y va-t-il?, let alone negate it (it's the Y that confused). Subject to a slip or two, the passé composé should be okay.
The third part was a vocabulary test. A word was given and it hand to be put into a sentence (with marks for accuracy as well as style). I could only attempt about a third of this.
The final part was speaking. I did it 'by the book' and was very hesitant.
I've ticked the box for the bottom set.
In the summer I am off to a summer school in Caen. My task for today is to do some preparatory work for that. This will allow them to place me in the correct class. It's all jolly good fun, n'est pas?