GCSE : Best ways to learn a French speaking exam

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GCSE French Speaking Assessment Tips

Bonjour, here we are, another French-speaking control assessment. Sometimes they go really well, sometimes they go badly. Here are a few examples. Remember you’ve got between four and six minutes to fill in the conversation, so don’t try and get everything out in one breath. Make sure you speak clearly, make sure you’re certain about the time and the location of your test. Remember when Joey Martin did his first interview in France. Well, believe it or not, speaking English with a French accent is not the same as speaking French. If you forget what you plans to say, don’t panic, just try and answer the question with a simple phrase, don’t just stare at the professor in silence. You notes about to jog your memory, make sure you use them. Do your best to extend your answers whenever you can. Remember, it’s not a memory test, if you forget what you plan to say, just make something up.

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New GCSE French Speaking Exam – A Guide

Before you go into the exam, you’ll be given two cards, you’ll then have 12 minutes supervised time to prepare, where you can prepare notes on these cards. Make sure you make the most of you 12 minutes. Don’t forget, there’s no word limit on your notes, so feel free to make as many notes as you like. First part of the test will be the role play, now you don’t know exactly what your professors gonna ask you in this conversation, so look for clues on your card to guide you in what you need to say. When you see this symbol ( ! ), you’ll have to answer a question that you haven’t prepared for during your preparation time. And when you see this symbol ( ? ) you’ll have to ask your professor a question. Now a clue as to the information you need to get in your question is given on the card. The second part of the test is the photo card. During this part you’ll be asked questions based around a picture. Now, the first question is always the same. In French it’s Qu’est-ce qu’il y a sur la photo ? what’s on the photo. So make sure you’ve revised lexicon and phrases to do with describing what’s on a picture. After this, you professor lastly the two other questions that are printed on the card. Once you’ve answered those you teach will ask you further questions that you haven’t prepared for in your preparation time. So make sure you’ve thought about the sorts of things you might be asked on the same themes, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. The final part of the test is the general conversation. During this part you teach will ask you questions on the two remaining exam themess that haven’t been covered in the photocard. So make sure you revised and thought about the sorts of questions that you might be asked. It’s important here to try to extend your answers, try your best to reply with sentences rather than just words. You’ll also get marked on the variety of your language, so make sure you’ve used lots of different lexicon and try and surely use the range of different tenses : past tense, present tense, and future tense. You’ll also be given marks your accent, so try your best to sound French. Remember, this isn’t a memorisation test, so if your mind goes blank just relax and try and answer the question with a simple sentence.

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How I Revised & Got A 9 In Languages  – Writing, Listening, Revision & Lexicon Tips

Writing

I basically got all nine of my exam, so since then a lot of you guys have been requesting videos from me in which I talked about how I got a 9 in each subject. So, I’ve already done for math, I’ve done for English, and today I’m doing to do for languages. And a lot of you guys might say « why can’t you do them for other subjects », like geography and stuff. But I feel like so I’ve already told you guys higher advice for those subject through these videos, and also through the other videos. I have my channel such as the one about how I make my flashcards and higher advice for exams. I feel like I covered most of my revision tips in general for Eexams in those videos. So, this is the last like subject-specific, you’re gonna see I think, I mean, you might see one in the future of like a lot of people request it. So first, in case you’re wondering, I did Spanish, French and Italian exam, I did my Italian exam a year early, and then in Spanish and French I did in 2019. I’m going to split the video into four parts, so the first one I’m going to talk about the writing aspect of the exam, secondly I’m gonna talk about how to revise a vocab which was obviously helpful for pretty much all aspects of the exam, and I’m going to talk about how to do well in the listening and reading parts, and last thing we talked about how to do well in this speaking like oral exam. For the writing I have a few different tips for you. First of all, if it’s a writing where you are asked to include certain words inside the writings. I know I had an exercise where I had to include four words that they give you, make sure that you include those four words and tick them off, so that they can immediately see that you have used the words in your writing. If you forgot to use a particular word or didn’t know that they had to include all four, so they lost mark just for that, even if maybe their writing was really good and grammatically correct, so that’s just a really simple tip, but just make sure you’re including the words that they’re asking you to. And if it’s a writing where they ask you to talk about sand points, make sure you talk about every point they give you, don’t just use it as okay I can take those inspiration but I cannot include one things they talk about know. Make sure you have included every single one of the bullet points that they’ve given you, so secondly for the writing what really helps is just knowing your lexicon and knowing how to spell it well, so in the second part of the video as I said I’m going to talk about how you can remind the lexicon. But for the writing, knowing your lexicon is going to help you, it is going to help massively. But third of all, what I did to help me the most were revising for the writing aspects of my French and Spanish exams, was writing a kind of document with some ideal answers for a particular themes, but the writings they’re always going to be about particular themess it’s going to be about one of the themess that you’ve learnt in my class. So, for example, technology, cyberbullying, healthy, eating, school life routine, your house, your ideal home, your future job, like all those themess that you learn about in class. Your writing is probably going to be about one of those themess because they can’t ask you to write about something that you haven’t learned about so what I did is I prepared a document with some ideal answers for each of those themess. So for example, it had an ideal answer for the environment because one of the themess which could be « how do you care for the environment ? What do you think you should do to stop climate change ? », all that kind of stuff. So, I made an ideal answer with all the good lexicon and all the good phrases that I wanted to use, if that themes came up, and I basically did that for loads and loads of different themess. In the end, the document was about like 20 pages long it was crazy long because I had made all these specimen paragraphs for all these possible writing themess. I then didn’t learn each paragraph off word by word obviously, because that would be impossible but I just read through them loads and loads of times, especially the night before my writing exam, so that I just need some key words and phrases for each one. Because the thing is with the writing, the actual writing in the language is difficult, but I also found that coming up with ideas of what to write about is really difficult. So, if you have already learned like what you’re going to talk about for each themes you’re already going to make it so much easier for yourself, so if you’ve already decided for example that right if the themes of school comes, up I’m going to be talking about how my favorite subject is biology, because the professor is nice, then you already have the idea and you’re not going to be ok for the exam. You might have also learned some really good phrases for school. The themes in general which you can slide in there because you prepared it in your paragraphs.

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Lexicon

o the second part is obviously you focus and as I said lexicon is really useful for your reading. It’s helpful for your writing, it’s helpful for you listening, it’s helpful for every single aspect of the exam, and I think it’s actually the most important part in general. So, first of all, ask your professor for the lexicon list that your exam board, has each exam board four languages, will release a lexicon list with loads and loads of words which they expect you to know. These are the words which they will be able to put in the listenings, in the writings, in the readings because they’re words that you are supposed to know. So ask them to have, it I’m sure you can find online, but my professor just gave it to us printed out directly from the exam board website, and I just went through and highlighted every single word from this very long list of words. I didn’t know that I wasn’t 100% familiar with, and I didn’t learn how to spell every single one because that would just not be possible. But I made sure I knew what each one meant, so that if I saw in a reading or heard in a listening I would be able to know what they were talking about. I also made a lexicon list throughout year 10 in year 11. So, every time he came across a word in class that I hadn’t heard, I would write this on a list and so in the end I had this huge list of words which I didn’t know, and I transferred all of those words into Quizlet. It is so good for languages especially for lexicon, I used it so much for both French and Spanish, so slowly over year 10 in year 11, I built up my lexicon quizlets on there and made sure I was practicing them on Quizlet slowly by slowly. In the end, I think I had like 600 words for French and 500 words for Spanish in my lexicon Quizlet, and that is a lot of wise if you wait to go through all of those the night for your exam you’re obviously not going to be able to do that. So make sure you’re going through the lexicon every week or five minutes every day. However, often you want to do it whatever fits your schedule, just make sure that you’re regularly going over that lexicon. So, by the time it gets to the exam all those words will stop in your head and you won’t have any problems with having to learn 600 words or lexicon that you don’t know. Quizlet is so good for lexicon, it has flashcards, it has these little exercises that can help you learn them, house little games, you can play in all that stuff. So, make sure you’re just making a list of lexicon as you go along, use the exam board lexicon list major Quizlet, and practice it over time.

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Listening and Reading

The next part is the listening and reading. I have put this in the same section because I feel like the way I revised for these two parts is really similar. I’m gonna reiterate, lexicon is the most important part especially for the listening. You don’t want to not be knowing what the people are talking about. If you know your lexicon, you’re going to be able to recognize certain words and it will just make so much more sense. When you hear the listening trap also doing past papers is really helpful. You can get these online just by typing in your exam board website, they will have loads of them from lots of different years and you’ll be able to see what style of answers they’re looking for, and what style of questions there are. Because you don’t want to walk into exam and see styles of questions that you’ve never seen before, and just be confused about how to answer. Make sure you know what to expect by doing past papers and they will help you improve your exam technique as well as your accuracy. For the listening I always wrote my answers in pencil and then the second time the audio was playing I would go back over them in pen just to finalize my answers. Especially at the end of the listening paper where there’s a lot of writing involved, just scribbling it down in pencil when the track is playing and then later going over in pen will help you so much, because it goes really quickly and you will not have time to write down everything. So, if you just quickly make some notes and pencil then at the end they I think they give you like two minutes to finalize your answers. Just go over these in pen quite quickly again and it will help you because you’ll be jumping from one part of the page to another, as the listening goes. So I really recommend, first answering in pencil and going back over and pen. The listening is often a part that a lot of people struggle with and I definitely found that the listening for my French exam was so difficult. It was the most difficult paper I’ve ever done for French but a tip that my professors kept giving me is listen to Spanish radio or French radio and Spanish podcasts as well, because you want to be able to get used to how people speak in that language. There are podcast dedicated to learning and language. So for example, there’s coffee break Spanish which I listen to pretty much every day going to the school, and I think it really did help me improve my Spanish listening skills just because I learn and got used to hearing people speak the language more. So for the oral questions I don’t know if it’s similar. I had a booklet of questions that we had to prepare answers for each language. I think I had about a hundred and twenty questions or something like that, so I obviously couldn’t learn them all word by word, but you had to have like a good idea of each one before you went to the exam. And then, it would be like a 15 minute conversation, so I would Rass around two to three questions a day from around January until my exam which was in April. 120 questions all in one go is just not going to happen, so you need to split up into small and manageable chunks that is the biggest thing I found for languages. You cannot do everything in one go, it is something that you need to do on an ongoing basis, little and often constantly repeating and practicing your vocab, your oral, you’re listening, everything in small chunks so that you can improve slowly but steadily. And by the time you exam comes during the best shape possible to answer the questions on there, also for the oral I recommend practicing with a friend or with a professor, with a family member, whoever just so you get used to people asking your questions. And doing it with a friend can also mean that maybe you help them and they help you and it will just work better. So I really recommend doing that. Those are all my tips for how to revise languages.

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