Correction Anglais LV1 - Bac ES 2017 Polynésie

Correction Anglais LV1 - Bac ES 2017 Polynésie

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Les deux textes concernaient le Brexit (la sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’Union Européenne). Le registre de langue apportait des difficultés supplémentaires car les deux textes étaient tirés de journaux. Au niveau du vocabulaire, le document B était le plus compliqué. La notion était Espace et Echanges. Il fallait avant tout s’intéresser au sens global du texte sans pour autant se piéger dans l’incompréhension d’un mot.

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1. a. What is David Adams’s nationality?

a) David Adams’ nationality is Welsh. He lives in “Newport, Wales” (L-1).

b. What is his job?

David is a painter, he “co-owns a painting business” in Wales.

2. Pick out the two benefits of European membership for him.

There are several benefits of European membership for David. Here are two of them.  “Grants from the European Union have funded many of the project he works on” (L-3) and “European Union funds also helped him hire apprentices, including his own son.” (L-5)

3. What did he decide to do on referendum day?

On the referendum day David did not vote, “he said he could not bring himself to support staying in the union and chose not to vote.” (L-20)

4. Pick out three benefits of European membership for Britain.

Here are three benefits of European membership for Britain. “What the money has done is made the infrastructure of Wales much better” (L-16), “everywhere much more accessible” (L-17) and “Wales gets back far more money from the European Union than it pays in.” (L-6)

5. a. What was the result of the vote in Newport?

a) “56 percent of voters in Newport voted to leave” (L-30) the European Union.

b. What made people vote the way they did?

b) People were told that they would receive more money if they left the European Union “Promises were made by the leaders of the so-called Leave campaign that exiting the European Union would lead to a bonanza of money” (L-9)


6. When was the article published?

a. before the referendum

b. after the referendum

Justify by quoting from the text.

b. This article was published after the referendum because “a week has now passed since the vote” (L-1). 

7. What was the general mood of British people at that time? Pick out one word from the text to justify your answer.

The general mood of British people was anxiety because to a lot of people, Brexit is a concern for the future. It is illustrated in the text among other thing by “anxiety” (L-21)


8. What was the position of universities concerning Brexit? Give one quote from the text to justify your answer

According to Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK “the vote to leave EU was not one we wished for” (L-10).

9. Pick out the two reasons that explain their position.

Universities have a lot to lose with the Brexit. Indeed, “higher education has much at stake” (L-5) and membership of the EU strengthens universities and enhances their positive impact on the economy and society.” (L-9)

10. Line 9 - Who does “we” refer to? 

“We” (L-9/10) refers to British people and particularly those in charge of universities.


11. What is the reputation of British universities? Pick out one quote from the text.

British universities are reputed to be “the best in the world” (L-14).

12. What are their strengths? Justify by quoting from the text.

British universities strengths are the openness to the outside world, and its bond with it “we are best when we are outward looking, globally networked and welcoming to the world.” (L-14)


13. Explain why “there is understandable anxiety among the 125,000 EU students […] and the 43,000 university staff from other EU countries.” l.20-21

For the majority of students and staff of the university Brexit is an important concern. They are confused because they do not know what future holds. They receive contributions from the European Union and some of them have “immigration status” (L-25) or “tuition fee loans” (L- 26). It is a prominent question to know if they will still be able to work in UK or continue they courses. They hope Brexit will not have a major impact on them.


15. Compare and contrast the two points of view presented in the documents.

The two documents are dealing with the consequences of the Brexit. In the first document, we follow David Adams in Wales who is explaining the results of the Brexit on his island.

Welsh people were highly concerned by money issues and in spite of all the grants received by Welsh people to develop their country; they still decided to vote at 56 percent in favour of leaving the European Union.

 It is contrasted with the second document where no one agreed with the Brexit. It has a major impact on British universities and its renown in the world.  

British people try to limit damage on members of universities (staff and students). It is interesting to see how they are determined to force the government to take important measures about the consequences of the Brexit on universities whereas Welsh people accepted it with no strong resistance.


A – David James’s son, Steve, a student at the University of Wales is discussing the results of the referendum with his father. Imagine and write their conversation. (300 mots +/- 10 %)

“Dad, what is going to happen to us with the Brexit?” asked Steve worried.

“I don’t know yet son, but I don’t think that it was a good decision.” 

“We both voted against the exit of the European Union but how dumb people are! We received so much funds from them, it helps us developing our country and make it more accessible to the outside world.” 

Steve burst into tears.

“Son, people are angry, government won’t let us like that. I heard at the radio that they are trying to limit damage on students in universities. If they don’t help us, we will find the money I promise.” said David in a reassuring tone.

David was powerless in front of his son’s dismay. He was also anxious about this brand-new situation. What a silly idea to leave the European Union. As an agent in a travel agency he knew better than anyone that openness to the outside world is essential. 

“I’m worried for my foreign friends studying here. I don’t know what is going to happen for them. Most of them receive contributions from the European Union and maybe they won’t be able to finish their university course.”  

“It’s like going backwards” replied David demoralized.

“We had a chance to make our country great again. It was the perfect deal; they gave us more money than we put in. Now, without money, our country will crumble due to the crisis and soon we’ll go bankrupt.”

“People will leave our poor island. However, as native it’s our duty to help our proud country whatever it takes.” 

We can’t accept this, let’s start a boycott! claimed Steve.


B – Studying abroad is definitely an asset on your CV. After Brexit, would you consider applying to a British university? Explain why or why not. (300 mots +/- 10 %)

After Brexit I think that I still consider applying to a British university.

Although studying abroad is definitely an asset on a CV, it is for me more important as our personal development. 

There are so many good reasons to study abroad. 

First, you learn a new language. As English, is one of the languages the most spoken in the world, it is relevant to be able to speak it and you can learn from a different way of teaching.

Then, abroad you have the marvellous opportunity to discover a new culture with its own customs. There are so many wars in the world due to the lack of communication. If you move in to a foreign country you can understand people a little bit more. What a chance! To be open-minded it is our duty to visit other countries; taste new flavours, see different things.

For the artists, visiting new architecture or any new form of art can be a useful tool to inspiration. Do you think the greatest figures of all times, created wonders just staying at home during all their lives? There is no way to invent without comparison or previous ideas. You have to see the world.

Furthermore, if you are social and a lover of people, you can make some friends there and you will be able to visit them wherever they will be. 

Finally, you can add it on your resume. Employers are particularly fond of people who studied abroad. They have potential to make a significant contribution to the company.

Never underestimate the power of exchanges. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, don’t hesitate. This is your chance to blossom more deeply. 

My ears are wide opened; tell me why would not you go studying abroad? 


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