Analysis Of Speech About Homework Given By Year 12 French Student

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In 2012 the French President Francois Hollande proposed a ban on homework within French schools. In support of this a year 12 student and student representative council member from Gardendale Secondary College prepared a speech. Aimed at educators within her school, the student makes some steering comments and convincing facts to turn the heads of principles, teachers, parents and fellow students against the giving and completing of homework.
Beginning her speech with rhetorical questions provokes in depth thinking in the minds of the listener. Strong statements linking homework with serious disease and then death causes there to be worry. Although it is the teachers they have to convince, the stressful statements about children’s health would have a larger effect on the parents of students as they do not like to think of their children as ‘stressed and nervous’ due to unnecessary excess work. Although she clarifies that she does not blame premature death on homework she does believe it has little to no effect ones academic achievement. By mentioning the President and his backing for the cause the student provokes support as he is a trusted name and source of intellect making her views and opinions appear more credible. Her informal use of language when saying words such as ‘ton’ appeals to the younger audience placing her on the same level as them but is also a tad ironic as her vocabulary is not to a high standard and therefore maybe more English homework would be beneficial.
The basis of the argument stems from the Presidents main contention that ‘students come from vastly different backgrounds in terms of access to support and resources for completing homework. She argues that some are lucky enough to have doting and encouraging parents but others do not and therefore their ability to reach the potential of the other children is at a disadvantage. This is something that teachers can relate to as they often find that students that are not gaining...

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