The British international section
Please find below the application form to apply to the British International Section for the 2019-2020 school year, to be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the application deadline is : APRIL 8, 2019.
Admission in the International Section is selective and requires a lot of extra work from students (please refer to: “Les parcours linguistiques au LFIDURAS” ).
Please see below for details about the application and admission processes, a general presentation of the section, its objectives and general recommendations.
ABOUT THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL STREAM
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SECTION IS OPENING FOR LYCEE IN 2019-2020
The International Section at Marguerite Duras wishes to offer students a bilingual but also bicultural education. This stream combines the traditional French curriculum, together with high-level, literature and history-geography classes.
Native English-speaking teachers or Anglophone trained teachers teach the International Section classes. They are certified to teach their subject in the language of the section and are responsible for teaching literature, language and history-geography according to the British National Standards.
In addition to their teaching certification, International Section teachers must attest to a C2 level in all language skills. An international teaching experience is an added value.
The International Section at Marguerite Duras follows the students from Sixième through Terminale (1st OIB exam session: June 2021).
In 3eme, students can they sit the International Option of the DNB (OIDNB) in Literature and History-geography.
In Terminale, they can sit the International Option of the Baccalaureate (OIB) in Literature and History-geography
- LITERATURE: teaching of a literature class in English:
- 6e: 4h LV1 + 4h literature
- 5e, 4e, 3e and 2nd: 3h LV1 + 4h literature
- 1ere: 2h30 LV1 + 4h littérature
- HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY: the French syllabus is adapted to include a greater emphasis on the history and geography of the section country (4 hours a week instead of the usual history-geography provision, with 2 hours taught in English).
- NEW 2021 BACCALAUREATE: OIB subjects in Lycée will be taught next to the 3 compulsory « Enseignements de Spécialité » in 1ere and 2 compulsory « Enseignements de Spécialité » in Terminale.
- EXAMS AND DIPLOMAS: Pupils enrolled in the International Section sit the International Option of the DNB (OIDNB) in literature and history-geography at the end of 3e, in June, and the International Option of the Baccalaureate (OIB) during the second term of Terminale (March-April).
à The International Option of the DNB (OIDNB) :
- All standard written exams in French.
- Two specific oral exams in language and literature and history-geography each with a coefficient of 1. Both exams are in English.
- The OIB distinction is granted to candidates with a minimum grade of 25/50, for each of the OIB oral exams.
- A student following the International Section stream can choose not to sit the OIDNB exams and sit only the regular French DNB exams.
→ The International Option of the Baccalaureate (OIB):
- Written and oral exams for each of the OIB subjects (Literature and history-geography).
- Students will sit the OIB written and oral exams in Terminale, during the second term (March-April).
- The final exam grades, in both subjects, will also take into account the ongoing assessment of 1ere and Terminale.
- The new History and Geography curriculum is now being revised.
- The OIB grades will account for 25% of the final Baccalaureate global grade.
- It is compulsory to follow the International Section stream in 1ere and Terminale to be allowed to sit the OIB exams.
- However, a student following the International Section stream can choose not to sit the OIB exams and sit only the regular French Baccalaureate exams.
ADMISSION AND APPLICATION PROCESS:
* Please note that the admission in the British International Section is subject to availability and is very demanding in terms of work from the students.
- Deadline to submit the application form to be downloaded from Eduka: APRIL 8, 2019 to be sent to: email@example.com
- Students following the English + stream in CM2 are required to fill an application form.
- Only for new applicants and actual 3eme LFID students in IS: compulsory written entrance test:
- Wednesday, April 24, 2019: for LFI Duras students. Information in the exact times will come soon.
- For newcomers, distance testing (to be organised with their school and a referent teacher. A Skype interview may be required).
- Language commission: May 2019.
- June: Final validation given by the Conseils de Classe
- End of June: Final results will be published on Eduka.
THE LANGUAGE COMMISSION: ITS MISSIONS
- Every year at the end of May, the Language Commission meets to study and to rule on the applications in the language streams offered by the school (Bi-Langue, British International Section). The Commission is chaired by the headmaster, and is composed of teachers, mainly principal teachers (for the students already in Bi-Langue or International Section), French, Maths, History and Geography and English teachers.
- The main criteria reviewed are : the results in all the language skills (from the diagnostic evaluations and/or admission tests), the results in History and Geography, French, Maths and finally, the general profile of the student.
Role and function:
- For outside applicants, the Commission rules in favor or against the applications, based on the school records sent by the families, as well as on the distance admission tests.
- For LFI Duras applicants, the Commission rules in favor or against the applications, after an admission test. The ruling will then be validated during the last ‘conseil de classe’ of Term 3, for secondary students, or by the Primary school Director, for CM2 students.
- For students already in International Section or Bi-Langue, the commission and the teaching team study their overall results and can rule on whether a student remains in the section or not. The commission will examine the results of each student (from the results in all the language skills, in History and Geography, French, Maths and finally, from the general profile of the student). The ruling will then be validated during the last ‘conseil de classe’ of Term 3.
- When a student leaves the International Section, the headmaster will contact the families, and he will return to the regular language stream and will be able, if he wishes, to apply again for the International Section, a year later.
PRIVATE READING AND SUMMER READING LISTS
In order to allow full exposure to the English language, and for your child to meet
English in its various forms, we strongly recommend private reading. The following reading lists have been drawn up by the English teachers. They are intended to be suggested reading ideas, and are by no means to be regarded as compulsory lists.
SUMMER READING LISTS
All students will have to complete two summer readings. These readings are compulsory and will be used in class. A summer Reading Study Guide will have to completed by the end of summer (one for each novel).
Please note that copies of the books are available at school and will be lent to the students in June. For newcomers, you will be given the Summer reading Lists once the admission in International Section is validated at the end of June.