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GCSE French

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Strategies for improving understanding

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

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Learning a language by listening to audiobooks

Different resources for different learning styles The web is full of resources for learning...
French (general)

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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...
A-level French

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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 increase exposure to a foreign language Editor's Pick

    Christine Sautereau-Chandley French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even when you are busy in the house or driving along... A few changes every day can be a trigger and make such a difference, thanks to modern technology. Digital radios and the internet allow us to be...
  • Bande dessinée recommendations

    French (general) Tutor (Birmingham) Picture As an individual with an enthusiasm for French, I find it fun to read books and BDs, watch films and speak with French people in my local area in order to maintain my level of French and to keep learning new things about the language and culture of France. BDs, or comic books, are very popular...
  • It's easy to speak French

    Graham Prior French (general) Tutor (Reading) Picture It's easy to speak French. We just need to learn in the same way that we learn our mother tongue, by sound. For example, what sound conveys the past tense? At first, there is no need for grammar, reading or writing, or even perfection;these come later with more experience at using the language....


  • Multilingualism and the brain

    French (general) Tutor (West London) Picture Like many multilingual children, my eldest took a little longer than other children his age to start talking.  And when my child talked, his language wasn’t very clear and I found myself translating for other adults.  I wasn’t worried (yet) but I was concerned enough to do try and educate...
  • To be or Not To Be Bilingual Editor's Pick

    GCSE French Tutor (South West London) Picture I was brought up in London by my English father and Brazilian mother, who chose to send me to school at the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulles, where I was educated from ages 3 until 16 in French and following the French curriculum. This gave me a steady platform of language skills on which I...
  • Passe compose ou imparfait?

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to think in terms of each tense’s specificity (description, repetitive action, or one-off action?) , and the emphasis you give it in the sentence...