French students just can't handle the word 'coping'

FRENCH students are calling on their country's education minister to cancel a tricky question in their final year English exam.

The question that appears to have stumped students used a passage from novelist Ian McEwan's book 'Atonement'.

It asked students to list three of the central character's concerns and asked how he was "coping with the situation".

The word "coping" appears to have been the crux of the problem.

Following the exam students took to Twitter to voice their frustration using the hashtag #BacAnglais.

Twitter user @Zahnerosky wrote (in French):

"today I passed my test of written English incomprehension", while @Tota_lement was even more emphatic, tweeting: "WHAT WAS THIS QUESTION M IN THE BAC D'ANGLAIS SERIOUSLY"

By Monday an online petition calling on Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the education minister, to 'Cancel Question M', started by one baffled baccalaureate student, had gathered more than 10,000 signatures.

But not everyone has been as sympathetic to the students' difficulties.
 


The baccalaureate English exam is taken by students, typically at age 17, in their final year at school.



SWITCHED ON: Yamba NBN to go-ahead in June

SWITCHED ON: Yamba NBN to go-ahead in June

Redesign of fibre path gives Yamba's NBN the green light

Rare property up for sale on lakefront

Rare property up for sale on lakefront

You could wait many a year to get a spot on this village's lakefront

KIDZCHAT: Lawson tells us what is on his mind

KIDZCHAT: Lawson tells us what is on his mind

Lawson from CVAS tells us what's on his mind

Local Partners