FRENCH SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

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For candidates considering applying to McGill's Faculty of Law McGill's Faculty of Law offers its students the unique opportunity of studying in a bilingual learning environment. All students in the Faculty of Law take civil law, common law and trans systemic courses. !he reading material related to the civil law is primarily in French, whether the course is taught in "nglish or in French. !he Faculty's language policy is one of passive bilingualism# our students must be capable of understanding French and "nglish in both spoken and written form. $tudents may ask questions in class, submit written material %including e&ams' and fulfil their mooting requirements in the language of their choice in all classes. THE SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE (otential applicants often wonder whether their current ability in French will allow them to meet the linguistic demands of studying law at McGill. !o assist those applicants, we are offering a language self assessment questionnaire developed by the )entre for $econd Language Learning at the *niversity of +ttawa. !he questionnaire takes only ,- minutes to complete and will give you a good sense of the adequacy of your language skills for our programmes. COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE .ead each statement carefully, think about it for a few seconds and indicate on the answer sheet attached how well you think you can do what is described in each statement. /f you are not familiar with the situation, try to imagine how well you would perform and give yourself the appropriate score. !he meaning of the scores for each item is as follows0 a0 b0 c0 d0 e0 / / / / / cannot do this at all can seldom do this can do this about half the time can often do this can do this all the time

.emember to read each statement carefully, as the level of difficulty varies 1

A&MISSIONS OFFICE: !he Law 3dmissions +ffice is located at 5ew )hancellor 6ay 7all. your language skills are not strong enough for you to pursue your law studies at McGill at this time. please use the results as a general guide only. /f you have any questions about the self assessment process or about your score. IMPORTANT CAUTION: (lease note that we have only recently been offering this self assessment questionnaire to potential applicants. 4hile it has been carefully validated for other purposes. 89:: (eel $treet. Score %"$er 200: /f your score on the questionnaire is below . for further information. if your score on the questionnaire is over . we cannot yet be precise in defining the correlation between the standards set out above and the requirements of our programme. Many students pursue the intensive courses available at McGill during the summer. 1eep in mind that the purpose of the questionnaire to decide if your French language skills are strong enough for our programme.and . your language skills may be sufficient to cope with the linguistic demands of our programme.uebec. should you be accepted. /f you wish to apply at some future date. !he only person who will know the result is you.2-. 2 . !ry not to underestimate or overestimate your own abilities. we would strongly recommend that you improve your French before beginning your studies here.--. /nformation about McGill's French courses can be obtained from the 3dmissions +ffice. However. 783 <4=.2you are well equipped to meet the linguistic demands of studying law at McGill. Score be !ee" 200 #"$ 250: /f your score on the questionnaire is between . . (lease call %2<:' 8=> 99-. !herefore. Montreal. you should improve your French before doing so. /nformation about the French courses offered at McGill can be obtained from the 3dmissions +ffice.-. please contact the 3dmissions +ffice. INTERPRETING YOUR SCORE Score over 250: /n our view. so be as honest and as accurate as you can in answering each question.from one to another.

'. / can distinguish between a question and an order. /f someone describes the campus to me in French. ?. /f / attend a lecture given in French in my field of speciali@ation. / understand enough to be able to answer all the questions. 2. / can catch a few words here and there. . /f / am asked in French for my opinion in an opinion poll.9. the place and the time of the lecture. and at what price'. / understand details such as the place and the time of the appointment. 6uring discussions in student meetings. <9. . <8.>.:. <=. etc. <>. / can determine the psychological state of the participants. / understand the general meaning of the remarks and some details. address. =. From the content of a discussion in French recorded on tape. / understand what / am being told about my friend's absence.SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE (lease record your answers on your answer sheet half# d often# e always P#r 1: L'( e"'") score code0 a never# b seldom# c <. +ver the phone.. / understand everything spoken to me in French. / understand enough to be able to choose the one that corresponds to my taste. /n a set of directions given in French at normal speed. /f a course announcement is made in French over the campus radio. / understand the main details %who is selling what. . <<. 8. / will understand where the main buildings and services are located. . 4hen / hear two persons speaking French. . 4hen people speak foreign languages around me. /f / phone a friend and someone else answers me in French. when. /f someone comments in French on the food quality at the cafeteria. / can tell those speaking French. <2. / can understand the gist of what / am being told. / can follow a short conversation in French between two native speakers. <. / understand questions in French about my name. 9.8.. /f someone addresses me in French. . From a detailed e&planation given in French in class. / understand when someone tells me in French the room number where classes will be held. phone number. /f / hear a conversation in French where two professors are being compared. 4hen someone is introduced to me in French. /n radio advertising in French. / can catch enough details to be able to find my way %including numbers. . / can understand the directives given in French in class without having to hear them again.2. . / understand his name and his field of work. .<. /n the usual e&change of greetings between two people. :.-. where. / can easily recogni@e the role of each character. . / understand the title. /f someone gives me an appointment in French. / can understand what the person wants. <-. etc. . /n French.. / can get the main idea and one or two other supporting ones. / will understand provided some details are repeated. 4hen / watch a movie in French with a lot of dialogue. / understand when someone gives me the time in French.?. <:. / understand when someone e&plains to me in French how to get to a university building. when a caller speaks only French. >. /f an advisor e&plains to me in French how to register for an elective course. / recogni@e most of the technical words. <?.

/ will understand most of the regulations. / can understand the thrust of the answers and draw some personal conclusions from the content. / can give a description of the product. 8. :<. 82. 4hen / read a detailed course description.=. :?. 4hen / get a postcard in French. :9. /n a . / can understand unilingual traffic signs in French. 8>. / remain in class since / will understand almost as well as if it were in "nglish. / understand a speaker giving a lecture in French on a familiar topic. / understand enough to decide if / would like to Aoin. :. /f / borrow a friend's course notes written in French. / am able to use them efficiently to answer that day's home work assignment. 88. 22. when and where it is being sold and how much it costs.. 4hen / see something being offered for sale in French. and 8-. 8<. 8 page te&t. / understand each contribution despite the diversity of accents. :-. :>. /f a menu is written only in French.. 28. /f / need help with an assignment. /f / have to fill out a detailed scholarship application form in French. even when his sentences are very long. / can tell whether the book will be useful to me or not. 2-. / understand most of the information requested. 4hen / read an article in French on budget cuts at the university. / understand discussions in French Aust as well as those in my mother tongue. 3t a party. 89. 2<. / am sufficiently fluent in French to understand any of the popular e&pressions used by today's teenagers. P#r 2: Re#$'") the only help available is in French.. / can order knowing what / will be eating. :=. / understand enough for it to be very useful. 4hen / read a short report on an accident written in French. 8:. / understand what is written on a poster in French when it is also illuminated by some form of picture. 8=. . 4hen a course is given in French in my field. describing a club to which he belongs. / can understand a telegram written in French even though many words are omitted in the telegraphic style. 4hen / get unilingual advertising mail in French. / can understand how the course will be organi@ed. / understand the usual formulae people write in postcards. /n a short te&t describing some action in French. / understand most of the Aokes made in French. / understand what they are and what their effect will be. ::. 4hen / look at a well detailed table of contents of a book written in French. From an interview written in French in the student newspaper. / can determine who is doing what and to whom. :2. / understand enough to be able to do the work related to that course. /f a student offers me a flyer in French . / can understand a one page te&t in my field of speciali@ation when there are titles and subtitles to guide me./ understand enough to form an opinion about some of the ideas e&pressed. /f a unilingual administrative memo in French on e&am regulations is distributed in my class. /f a professor who is replacing my usual professor states that he will give his course in French. 2. / can tell what it is about at first glance. /f / happen upon a round table in French concerning fee increases for foreign students. / can tell how many persons were inAured and what their condition is. / can find the details that / need to answer specific questions. 8?. 2:. :8.

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