Courrier International is also a very good newspaper which translates and publishes
in French articles from international newspapers. It is a good way to weigh up the
pros and cons of international issues.
The main news magazines are Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Express and Le Point.
Arte has introduced a new television programme called Le Blogueur dealing with various
topics including education, the environment and happiness. They compare the treatment
of these topics in France with other European countries.
Check pace and time
You need to be sure that you speak at the right speed, that is, a little slower than
everyday conversation. Do not be afraid of using short pauses where appropriate.
Sometimes people speed up when they are nervous. Try to be aware of this and avoid
speaking too quickly. It will be consequently easier to have a clear articulation
and to avoid mistakes.
In addition to this, check timing carefully and pace your presentation to build up
to your main points. Do not forget that your presentation will last for 10 minutes
and it is wiser to speak more slowly for 10 minutes than quickly for 5 minutes by
giving the impression that you have a train to take.
Dealing with nerves
If you become anxious, breathe deeply and try to relax. If you go blank, try to remain
calm, smile and keep going. It is quite likely nobody will notice.
Before the exam, if you can, practise in front of some friendly listeners.
At the very least, practise aloud to yourself,
you will feel much more confident on the exam day.