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Strategies for improving understanding

Strategies for understanding (reading and listening) Read the questions first Start by...
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6 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...
GCSE French

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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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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and...

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  • "I don't geddit sir"

    Gareth Robson GCSE French Tutor (South East London) Picture Why do so many struggle to make progress when learning an additional language in a classroom? Why do they not "geddit"? A better question would be "what's to get?"  I've thought about this a lot as I've observed language learners. Those who progress well seem to accept the additional language,...
  • Can you learn a language in 5 hours? Editor's Pick

    Maria A. French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture The answer is: you can't. Of all subjects, foreign languages are the ones that require the longest learning period, as they are, in fact, more than mere "subjects". They are skills, muscles, crafts, bits of a culture, bits of a world, different ways of seeing things, if you will. Therefore if...
  • The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language Editor's Pick

    French (general) Tutor (Southampton) Picture How many times have you been on holiday and been embarrassed to witness British tourists shouting in broken English to the locals in desperate hopes of getting their point across? The longer it goes on, the louder they get, with a poor waiter or shop-keeper becoming more and more confused,...


  • French Vocabulary for GCSE

    Hannah Lee GCSE French Tutor (South East London) Picture When I was studying for my GCSE French, a book that was invaluable to me was French Vocabulary for GCSE by Malvern Language Guides. This handy A5 book consists of lists of vocabulary arranged according to the main topic areas of the GCSE French syllabuses for all the exam boards as well as a...
  • Lack of language tuition in primary schools.

    Michelle C Gibson Key Stage 3 French Tutor (Wolverhampton) Picture Not sure parents are aware of this but I had a phone call the other day from a parent requiring French lessons.  They are in the same borough as my own daughters (who have French lessons in school) but their son has never been taught any French.  The parents were quite concerned and quite...
  • Finding similar words across languages

    A-level French Tutor (Birmingham) Picture Many people want to learn a new language, from scratch, whether they're going there on holiday, for work or simply for fun. Whilst starting from the very beginning can be very daunting, my experience of having learnt French, Italian, Spanish and English means I don't view learning these...