From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!
Tomorrow is my first final, and it’s for the only class I’m taking for a Pass/No Pass grade instead of a letter grade: L’Investigative journalisme en face aux pouvoirs.
This is the only class I had the option to take an oral final for instead of a written exam, just because I’m a foreign student.
The thing is that oral exams are supposed to be easier: you’re focusing on the professor and the professor is focusing on you, so you can circumvent language difficulties if they come up.
But the problem is that this professor scares the crap out of me! Maybe it comes from the whole intimidation/power struggle with investigative journalism, who knows? If it is, he’s definitely winning.
It’s gotten to the point where I kinda feel like this every time I’m in the classroom!
And out of all my teachers, I understand him the least; it’s actually gotten worse, not better.
The first classes I had with him were fine and were heavily PowerPoint based, but then he started reading more off of papers (which is much faster) and asking for more participation instead of lecturing (and I have a really hard time understanding the French students in my classes). I understand pretty much 98%-100% of the things my other teachers say, but they’re something about this guy that makes him very hard to follow.
I don’t know if it’s articulation, intonation, speed, or what – because even when he slows down his rate of talking it doesn’t help – but when they’re nothing up on the board I don’t really know what’s going on. And it’s not just me who feels this way – all the other anglophone foreign students feel like this!
Sooo I don’t want to take an oral exam if I can’t understand what’s coming out of his mouth! So I’m going to take the written and hope for the best :)