Independent schools are schools which are not dependent on the government for financing their operation. The terms independent school and private school are often synonyms in popular usage. They are expensive schools that tend to be up-market and traditional. Some such schools teach religious lessons together with the usual academic subjects. Private schools may have a greater focus on sports and other associations than public schools. One of the first things you notice about most private schools is that the students are wearing uniforms
A public school is administered by government. It's a school which provides education free of charge to pupils. This usage is most common in the United States and a lot of other countries. It is synonymous with its British English equivalent, State school. Most of the middle class families send their children to such schools, which might be in their own city or far off, like Boarding schools. Many public schools are getting stricter in uniform, too
Part one (14 pts.)
I- READING COMPREHENSION (7 pts.)
Activity one :Find in the texts two differences between the independent school and the public school. Fill in this table ( 2 pts.)
Activity two: Answer these questions according to the texts: ( 3 pts.)
1- What's a public school in Great Britain?
2- Why do most of the middle class families send their children to public schools?
3- Does the independent school teach academic subjects to its students?
Activity three : Lexis ( 2 pts.)
Find in the text words, phrases or expressions closest in meaning to: private school - bigger
Find in the text words, phrases or expressions opposite in meaning to: cheap - receive
II- MASTERY OF THE LANGUAGE ( 7 pts.)
Activity one: Choose the correct prefix to find the opposites of the following words: ( 2 pts.)
Activity two : ( 2 pts.)
Write the verbs between brackets correctly:
1- If you (to send) me to an independent school, I ( to be) an excellent student.
2- I ( to look ) for a good school as soon as I (to pass) my final exam.
Activity three: In each list, copy the word with a different vowel sound: ( 3 pts. )
1- Class –Pass – Phrase - Half
2- Baccalaureate – Match –Understand – Student
3- Public – Teach – Meaning - Families
III- WRITTEN EXPRESSION( 6 pts. )
Imagine that you have a public secondary school and an independent one in your town. Which one will you choose if you pass your Middle school Brevet? Write a paragraph telling why you will choose such school? Will your parents accept? What will you do if they don't accept