About a month and a half ago, Tristan took a countrywide English test. All students in his grade throughout France are required to take an English test. We, and all of Tristan’s class thought it wasn’t fair that Tristan take the test. Tristan’s english teacher insisted that Tristan take the test. I will tell you why… the boys have been studying “British” english this year. The english curriculum in France is based upon what is taught in England, because that is the most common english that would be spoken in this part of the world. Quite frankly, I enjoy the “proper” english over America’s versions of english! The test consisted of sentence structure, vocabulary (which is often different), factual information about education in England, and a few questions of English history. Tristan had to study for this test because there were definitely things about the english language he did not know. Naturally because english is his native language he had the advantage over every student in his school. But, again, the teacher really wanted Tristan to take the test.
It had been announced that the first 5 highest scores in the country would receive prizes, first prize being a laptop. Tristan was a little nervous on test day because he wanted to win that laptop! He came home upset because he knew he had answered one question wrong: “Mr. Pond calls to speak with Tristan (I am inserting his name because he could not remember the name of the person on the test.) Tristan answers the phone and says:”. There were four choices and he did not answer with the correct, “Speaking”. Tristan had never heard that expression before, which I was surprised because that is what I learned from my Dad growing up. I guess I never taught him proper phone etiquette!
Just last week the test results were announced and Tristan came in 5th place in all of France!!! He found out that the four students that placed higher than him were all British students. How funny is that!!!! Hooray for Tristan!!! Because he came in 5th place his prizes were not as glamorous as a laptop, but the trophy and clock sure put a huge smile on his face!!! Way to go Tristan! Everyone at the boys’ school were talking about the student who won 5th place! What a fun memory and souvenir to bring back to America!