Cours Stage - Citoyenneté et mondes virtuels (EE)

Expression écrite - The internal communication system at school


Your school wants to upgrade its internal communication system. The school’s website asks students to post their opinions on three options :

  1. written messages on flat TV screens in the halls and corridors.

  2. announcements made by a synthetic voice over the school intercom system.

  3. a daily radio news bulletin recorded by students and broadcast at lunchtime over the intercom system.

Question 1

Which option do you choose and why?

1) Written messages on flat TV screens in the halls and corridors : Over the intercom system I would choose written messages on flat TV screens in the hall and corridors. This is, in my opinion, the more appropriate option because it is annoying to be interrupted during classes by messages from the administration. Then, if the messages are on flat TV they could be running all day without interruption, and it will allow a maximum amount of students to acknowledge (prendre connaissance) them, because they will have multiple opportunities to read them. Besides (De plus), some students have hearing problems (problèmes d’audition), and then have difficulties to understand what is said via the intercom. Some of them, do not feel comfortable enough to ask someone to explain to them what was said, if they could see the information directly, that would solve their issues. Finally, even when people do not have hearing problems the sound is distorted when it goes through the intercom system, which distract us from the messages, whereas it could be very important to know about new security measures for instance.


2) Announcements made by a synthetic voice over the school intercom system: I think it is better to implement a synthetic voice to make announcements over the school intercom system. Firstly, because it will allow a feeling of neutrality and seriousness into the school announcement system, indeed (en effet) students will not be focused anymore on the voice of the principal or the school secretary but only on the information given. Students tend to assign (accorder)more importance to the mistakes said by the principal (or his secretary) than to what they are saying. Secondly, if the announcements are made by a synthetic voice it could be registered at anytime of the week, which will take less time and organization for the administration. Besides (De plus), they would not have to stop what they are working on to register messages, several times a day. Finally, these messages may be broadcast (diffusé)multiple times a year, and even for two or three years as long as (tant que)it is still relevant (pertinent).


3) A daily radio news bulletin recorded by students and broadcast at lunchtime: In my view (A mon avis), it would be better if a radio news bulletin is recorded by students and broadcast at lunchtime. On the one hand, students will feel more included in their school activities and daily life. It could lead them to participate more in school’s events, or even organized some of them. Studies have shown that when students are included in their school’s life, they tend to be better students, participate more in class, and are generally more invested in their education. On the other hand, I think that lunchtime is one of the best times to broadcast school’s news because that it won’t interrupt professors during their classes, and everyone would be more willing to hear what is delivered by the radio news. Then, it could become a special event during the day when everyone takes 10 to 20 minutes to collectively listen to the work of their peers. Finally, if the implementation (la mise en place) of a radio show works very well, it maybe possible to transform it into a TV show with maybe interviews, and discovery reports (reportage découverte)about students, teachers or even the administration.