Exam time… and now more vacation time

Today was the big phonetics final exam for my first year students, and I worked for 5 hours straight with a seemingly never-ending number of students. The actual test only took them about 5 minutes to do, but I was supposed to figure out their grade in the one minute before the next student started pronouncing words, which I always find a bit stressful.

The French grading system is based on qualitative scores instead of quantitative, so a 10/20 is considered moyen and passing and basically no one receives 18 to 20. To my American mind that is used to percentages, it doesn’t make any sense and it hurts my head to try to figure out grades. I seriously stress over if I’m being fair or not, because it seems like grades are based on the momentary whim and mood of the teacher and not on the actual work done.

Anyway, that was my first experience in giving final exams as a lectrice. It wasn’t too bad, especially since the time went by so fast with so many students to get through. And now I have yet another week off, because the second semester doesn’t start until January 19. And even then, it’s only 3 classes a week because my 8 labs don’t start until February.

Have I mentioned lately that my job is awesome?

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  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com/ Sally

    I’ve said it before … I want your job!!

    What do the students have to do for their phonetics exam? I am just remembering my own phonetics exams when I was doing my Speech Therapy masters… and having to produce and identify every single sound in the IPA amongst other things. It was so difficult!

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  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com Sally

    I’ve said it before … I want your job!!

    What do the students have to do for their phonetics exam? I am just remembering my own phonetics exams when I was doing my Speech Therapy masters… and having to produce and identify every single sound in the IPA amongst other things. It was so difficult!

    Sallys last blog post..Lightbulbs

  • http://frenchforawhile.blogspot.com/ French for a While

    I love hearing about the experience of other teachers. I still find it odd when my students are pretty happy with a 12/20. That’s a D- isn’t it? Glad you love your job. My wife’s a speech pathologist so she’s interested in all the phonetics stuff.

    French for a Whiles last blog post..Haute Cuisine

  • http://frenchforawhile.blogspot.com French for a While

    I love hearing about the experience of other teachers. I still find it odd when my students are pretty happy with a 12/20. That’s a D- isn’t it? Glad you love your job. My wife’s a speech pathologist so she’s interested in all the phonetics stuff.

    French for a Whiles last blog post..Haute Cuisine

  • http://nouvellevieenfrance.blogspot.com/ Katie

    hey jennie,
    a question a little off topic but what is your lectrice salary like? I’m considering all of my options for next fall and I need to know if I’d make enough to start paying off my student loans. thanks!

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  • http://nouvellevieenfrance.blogspot.com/ Katie

    hey jennie,
    a question a little off topic but what is your lectrice salary like? I’m considering all of my options for next fall and I need to know if I’d make enough to start paying off my student loans. thanks!

    Katies last blog post..It’s my birthday!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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