Today has been one of the most horrible days ever!! My year 12 students have their HSC (matriculation) speaking exam tomorrow. Basically, an external examiner will come to our school *yes on a Saturday* and run a 5 minute conversation in Italian with each of them.
Are they prepared? I hope so. I have taken every step to ensure that they have learnt and practised the content.
Are they ready? Well, this is open to interpretation. I asked one of my boys a question typical of the exam: “What type of person are you?” His reply in 3 words “kind and boring”. Uh oh!!! We thought about the point of the exam, to be able to converse in Italian, which means giving more than 3 word responses. I think we finally understand the point. After a long drawn out process he is going to say “kind and sporty, in fact I love swimming….etc”
Are they going to do well? Only time will tell!!
Me, I’m going to go soothe my nerves at the watering hole