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I happened to hear Ralph Messenger on the radio this morning  some kind of popular science magazine programme. He was being interviewed about "wearable computers". I switched on in the middle of the discussion, but as far as I could gather somebody's just written a book suggesting that as computers get smaller and cheaper in the future they could easily be worn on the person or
5 actually implanted in the body, to monitor your pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, muscular tension, blood sugar level, etc., etc., and anyone with access to this information on their own wearable computers could tell from it what you were thinking and feeling. Is this feasible? he was asked.
"Well, it's technically feasible," he said. "Computer chips are getting smaller and smaller and more
10 and more powerful all the time. They're improving faster than any other machine in history. It's been calculated that if cars had developed at the same rate as computers over the last thirty years, you'd be able to buy a RollsRoyce today for under a pound, and it would do three million miles to the gallon... So there's no reason why wearables shouldn't become cheaply available in the nottoo-distant future". But why would anybody submit to being fitted with them? he was asked. "Well, one
15 suggestion is that domestic appliances could respond to the information and anticipate your needs when you came in tired from work, say, the Teas maid would make you a cup of tea and the TV find you a suitably relaxing programme without your having to lift a finger, " he said. "But wearables could also be made compulsory in certain contexts. For instance, suppose there was a wearable that triggered a red light on the roof of your car when your bloodpressure and pulse rate went above a
20 certain level. " A sort of roadrage meter? "Exactly. It could prevent a lot of accidents. Wearing one might be made a condition of holding a driving licence.

David Lodge, Thinks, 2001.
Consignes d'ordre général :

Respecter strictement ces consignes de correction !

Il faut absolument mettre une appréciation (en reprenant les grandes rubriques : compréhension/expression)

Ne pas mettre de note intermédiaire : seulement la note sur 20 sans sous-total (compréhension / expression).

Conserver pendant un an le décompte des points de chaque copie.

La note finale est en points entiers.




1  GENERAL COMPREHENSION
3 points (1 x 3)

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1  The text is about computers that ( you can have in your car.
( you can carry in a special case,
( you can dress with.
( you can have inside you.

2  These computers ( are already in use today.
( were used in the past.
( might be used in the future.
( will never exist.



3  Ralph Messenger is ( the narrator.
( the name of a popular magazine.
( the journalist.
( the interviewee.


II  DETAILED COMPREHENSION

Consignes d'ordre général :

Ne pas pénaliser le candidat si le numéro de ligne n'est pas indiqué ou est erroné .

Accepter les points de suspension dès lors que les bornes de la citation sont clairement délimitées.

Ne pas pénaliser l'absence de guillemets.

Si la citation est introduite par une expression du style : he says : "…" (y compris grammaticalement incorrecte) : ne pas pénaliser.

Contrairement aux années précédentes, compter zéro pour un candidat qui aurait reformulé la réponse sans citer le texte.

Pas de demi-points : compter juste ou faux.


1) Right or wrong. Circle the correct answer. Justify your choice by quoting the text precisely:
6 point (1 x 6)

 The narrator heard the entire programme.

( Right ( Wrong (Line ) I switched on in the middle of the discussion.

Accepter : "in the middle of the discussion". Ne pas accepter "in the middle".

 Computers are becoming cheaper and cheaper.

( Right ( Wrong (line ) : As computers get smaller and cheaper.

Accepter : "computers get … cheaper".
Accepter " computers get smaller and cheaper"
Accepter : "if cars were developed …. for under a pound" (lignes 11/12)

 The information given by wearable computers would be kept secret.

( Right ( Wrong (line ) Anyone with access to this information (…) what you were thinking and feeling.


 Computer technology isn't changing quickly.

( Right ( Wrong (line ) computer chips are getting smaller (…) all the time.

Ne pas accepter : "computers get smaller and cheaper".

Accepter : "they're improving faster than any other machine (in the world)".

 These computers would know in advance what you need.
( Right ( Wrong (line ) Anticipate your needs

Accepter que l'exemple ( cup of tea…, relaxing programme…) soit ajouté.


 They could be imposed on some people.

( Right ( Wrong (line ).wearables could also be made compulsory

Accepter : wearing one might be made a condition of holding a driving licence"



2) Pick out two examples from the text of what wearable computers could do for you at home.
3 points (1.5 x 2)

a) (it) could make you a cup of tea.

b) Find you a suitably relaxing programme.

Donner les 3 points si les réponses sont données en une seule phrase.
Ne pas accepter des réponses sans le verbe (ex : a cup of tea)



3) Pick out one sentence showing that the new technology might soon be available.

 Tick the correct answer :
2 points.

Wearable computers could ( control angry drivers.
( cause road accidents.
( make your blood pressure rise.
( make your heart beat faster.
Quote the text to justify your choice :
(Line ) It could prevent a lot of accidents.

Il y a eu problème sur cet item : un fax a prévenu qu'il fallait ignorer le première ligne. Mais tous les centres d'examen n'ont pas reçu ce fax… Dans d'autres centres, ce fax a été lu après le départ de certains candidats. Donc, quelle que soit la réponse à " Pick out one sentence showing that the new technology might soon be available" neutraliser la réponse, et ne compter que les points attribués pour la suite.

Attribuer 2 point ou zéro.

Accepter aussi : "A sort of road-rage meter" / "triggered a red light … above a certain level"






4) find in the text synonyms for
5 points (1 x5)

( A sort of (line ) Some kind of (ou A kind of)

( From what I understood : (line ) As far as I could gather.
Ne pas accepter "I gather"

( Machines used at home : (line ) Domestic appliances

Ne pas accepter "appliances" seul.

(Activated : (line ) Triggered

Accepter "Trigger" sans le "ED"

( Avoid : (line ( ) prevent



5) Who or what do the underlined words refer to ? :
5 points (1 x 5)


I happened (line 1) The narrator

Ne pas accepter : the author, the writer, David Lodge

your pulse rate (line 5) people/anyone/anybody.

Accepter toute réponse qui montre clairement que le candidat a compris qu'il s'agissait de gens en général : Everybody , all people (!) ; somebody ; a person ; persons ;

Ne pas accepter "the people" (pourtant donné dans le corrigé !)

on their own wearable computers (lines 6/7) Même réponse qu'à la question précédente.

he was asked (line 7) Ralph Messenger

Wearing one (line 20) A wearable computer

Accepter : "a computer"



III  Expression

On attend des réponses avec une implication personnelle. (Pas de généralités ou de résumé d'un film qui traite de ce sujet).

Ne pas tenir compte du nombre de mots dans les points attribués au respect de la consigne. Mais attribuer une note au prorata du nombre de mots. (Noter sur 8 pour une expression écrite de seulement 100 mots). Respecter la tolérance de 10% : ne pas pénaliser les candidats qui ont écrit 180 mots., Ne pas pénaliser ceux qui ont écrit plus de 200 mots.

Le hors sujet total qui pourrait suggérer une expression écrite préparée à l'avance est compté zéro. (C'est une forme de fraude).

Pour le hors sujet qui est une "dérive" à partir du sujet à traiter : ôter les points attribués au respect de la consigne.


Answer both questions one and two

1) Would you accept to have a wearable computer implanted in your body ? (80 words)
6 points

1 point pour le respect de la consigne, nombre de mots.
2 points pour la cohérence des idées (texte structuré).
2 points pour la correction lexicale et grammaticale.
1 points pour la richesse lexicale et grammaticale.



2) Does new technology frighten you ? (120 words)
10 points

1 point pour le respect de la consigne, nombre de mots.
4 points pour la cohérence des idées (texte structuré).
3 points pour la correction lexicale et grammaticale.
2 points pour la richesse lexicale et grammaticale.