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How to increase exposure to a foreign language

As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even...
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Strategies for improving understanding

Strategies for understanding (reading and listening) Read the questions first Start by...
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Do girls do better than boys at French?

Statistically speaking, it is true that girls do better than boys in French when the GCSE...
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How to best memorize another language

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  • 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...

 

  • Get the most value out of your language lessons

    Chris Heaven French (general) Tutor (Exeter) Picture  Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely say anything intelligible in French at all. ( I could probably have written most of it down in grammatically accurate...
  • What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career Editor's Pick

    Joleen Carter French (general) Tutor (Rochester) Picture As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those languages? Teach?” It seemed it was my only option… but I’ve always been stubborn and I quickly decided to prove the naysayers wrong. After living all over the world and working almost exclusively with...
  • French? Why bother?..

    John-Paul Conway GCSE French Tutor (South East London) Picture “Why bother?”, “That’s just stupid”, “But Sir, why?” These are some of the things my students say about French and learning the French language. They don’t understand why the language has to be so different, from English, and then considering that it is why anyone would take the time to learn...