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Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

  Learn a new word each day It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so...
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What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career

As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those...
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The Beauty Of French Poetry

This article is all about poetry and the extraordinary world of French poems. As French poetry...
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Transition from GCSE to AS level French

Achieving a good grade at GCSE French does not necessarily guarantee an easy transition to AS/A...

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  • How to become fluent in French: five top tips!

    Jessica Wells A-level French Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture It's taken me almost ten years to get to the point where I feel comfortable describing myself as fluent in French. My learning has accelerated in the past four years, and most of all in the seven months I spent living and teaching in France. With this experience in mind, I'd like to share my...
  • Tips To Make Your Language Dream Come True

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...
  • French Perfect tense or Past Definite?

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture Comparing The Perfect tense and the Past definite or Historic Past    The Perfect tense is for written and spoken French. It describes an action completed in the past. It can be a recent past (ce matin, aujourd'hui) or something further in the past (1936 etc).   The Past Historic or Past...

 

  • The benefits of learning a foreign language

    Madeleine Gillies GCSE French Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture There are many advantages to learning a foreign language It increases your intellectual adaptability Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your...
  • Working with Languages

    Jennifer O'Brien French (general) Tutor (Southend on Sea) Picture It is almost the start of a brand new school year, and at this point every year I pose the question to my lower school students about the benefits of learning a language. 9 times out of 10 the response to my question is that languages will never be useful to them, so why bother learning one! It...
  • Tips to prepare for tests and exams

    Marianne Ellalasingham A-level French Tutor (Cambridge) Picture Tips to prepare for tests and exams Imagine this is September and you have just learnt about the conditional in French in today’s lesson.  At home, write on a piece of paper a few questions about the conditional. Give your page a title and the word “QUESTIONS”. Then you write questions...