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THE INTERNATIONAL ANGLO-AMERICAN SECTION

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I° - INTRODUCTION

International sections aim at enabling the French students who are admitted to learn, speak and write a foreign language at an advanced level, through the study of the literature of the partner country, and the use of the language in another subject (history and geography). International sections also aim at facilitating the arrival and integration of foreign students into the French educational system whilst also offering them the opportunity of education in their native tongue.

22 high schools in France and abroad offer an international Anglo-American section. 800 students will sit the Anglo-American option of the international baccalaureate in 2013.

The aims of our section:
- Develop bilingual students with an in-depth knowledge of American civilization, culture, literature and history.
- Enable students of different nationalities, bilinguals, francophones and Anglophones to mix together in a same group

II° - WHO IS THE INTERNATIONAL ANGLO-AMERICAN SECTION INTENDED FOR?
- English-speakers of all nationalities and bilingual English speakers
- French speaking students with a high level of English
- All students who are highly motivated to read literary works in English

III° - WHAT SKILLS ARE DEVELOPED IN THE INTERNATIONAL ANGLO-AMERICAN SECTION?
- Students completing the section achieve a high level of written and spoken proficiency in English
- Good knowledge of a wide range of Anglo-American literary classics
- Literary analysis skills
- Confidence in public speaking
- Wider understanding of world issues and awareness of students’ roles as world citizens
- Greater autonomy and organizational skills in response to a challenging workload
- Methodological skills necessary for post-Baccalaureate studies

IV° - TEACHING PROGRAM
All the members of our teaching team are graduates of l’éducation nationale. All teachers are bilingual and bicultural and the vast majority are English native speakers.

IV°a – Anglo-American Language and Literature:

Introductory Year: Class of Seconde -Grade 10- (7hrs per week)
Literature Program: the study of several Anglo-American literary classics from a variety of genres (prose, poetry, drama) covering several centuries
Drama: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Short Stories / Poetry: Edgar Allan Poe Prose: Black Boy by Richard Wright
General English Program: complements the work done in literature with a focus on written and oral comprehension and expression

Two-year cycle leading to the OIB exam: Classes of Premiere & Terminale -Grades 11 & 12- (6hrs per week)
Content: 13 works of literature are prepared for the OIB examination over the 2 year period. Roughly half of these works are studied in common by all schools in the OIB program.
1. One Shakespeare play
2. Two English-language works of prose fiction, one of which should be American
3. Two English-language plays, one of which should be American
4. Two English-language selections of poetry, one of which should be American
5. Four works of World Literature which may be in translation
6. Two English-language non-fiction works

IV°b – History and Geography:
Seconde (4hrs per week) explores American history (texts: Alan Brinkley’s The Unfinished Nation, vol.1, to 1877) as well as world history from Antiquity to 1848 (textbook: collection Sébastien Cote, Les Européens dans l’histoire du monde).
Geography: study of societies and sustainable development on a global scale (textbook: edition Magnard, Sociétés et développement durable).

Première and Terminale (4hrs per week) explore modern world history (texts: Norman Lowe’s Mastering Modern World History and collection Sébastien Cote, Questions pour comprendre le XXe siècle and Regards historiques sur le monde actuel, Nathan)
In geography, while students in Première study France and Europe in the dynamics of globalization (textbook: Hatier), the Terminale program aims at giving them a better understanding of the world they live in through the analysis of globalization and its dynamics (textbook: Hatier: Globalisation et dynamiques des territoires).

V° - THE ANGLO-AMERICAN OPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (OIB):

Students enrolled in the section sit the same exams as their classmates in the same series (ES, S, L).
However they take specific exams in language and literature and in History-Geography.
These specific exams in Language and Literature and in History-Geography replace the normal exams in LV1 English and in History-Geography.

Language and Literature Examination:
The written and oral examinations cover the two-year program of 1ère and Terminale.
Exam questions are written and answered in English.
- Written composition in English Length : 4 hours Coefficient : 5 in ES and S, 6 in L
- Oral commentary in English Length: 30 min. Coefficient : 4
The written examination contains a choice between two essays (each analyzing two different literary works on the program), or one essay and one literary commentary on an unseen passage of prose or poetry.
After 30 minutes of preparation time, the oral examination is divided into two parts:
I. Presentation of an extract from a work studied chosen by the examiner, intertextual analysis
II. Discussion on other works of the program

History-Geography:
The written and oral examinations cover the program of the final year of Terminale.
Exam questions are written in English.

- Written: Composition and critical analysis of one or two documents
- Length : 4 hours Coefficient : 5 in ES and L, 4 in S

- Oral: Presentation on a theme selected at random from the Terminale program (history or geography) followed by a discussion on the themes of the program
- Length: 20 min Coefficient : 4 in ES, 3 in L and S

The written examination contains 2 parts: one composition on a history or a geography question and one exercise on the subject not covered in the composition. Candidates answer either in English or in French according to the choice made at their enrolment for the baccalaureate (writing in English is highly recommended).

For the oral examination candidates have 20 minutes of preparation time. They select a subject (history or geography) at random. The oral examination is in English.

VI° - THE OIB AND THIRD LEVEL EDUCATION:
- The OIB is internationally recognized and enables motivated students to pursue their third level education in English-speaking Universities
- For students wishing to pursue third level education in France (or other non-English-speaking countries) the OIB offers an advanced level of English in relation to normal LV1 level

VII° - EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
In addition to the intensive academic program, students in the section also have the opportunity to engage in a diversity of extra-curricular activities.
These include:
- An exchange-program with a reputable American High School where students both host American exchange students in France, and stay with them in the USA
- Educational and cultural outings throughout the year
- Participation in special cultural events: show for Thanksgiving, school Open Day, End of Year Graduation Ceremony, drama performances
- Cinema Club featuring English language films

VIII° - OUR PARTNERS:
A dynamic parents’ association: AMERICA
web : https://sites.google.com/site/americamontpellier/ - mail : america.montpellier@gmail.com

SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL
125 Kent Pl Blvd, Summit, NJ 07901, United States of America
http://www.summit.k12.nj.us/

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