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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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Strategies for improving understanding

Strategies for understanding (reading and listening) Read the questions first Start by...
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"Shift Happens"

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Tips On French Pronunciation

One of the difficulties related to French pronunciation is that it is not a phonetic language....

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  • Useful idiomatic expressions for written work

    Isabelle Stevenson GCSE French Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Here are a few popular expressions you might want to use in your oral or written GCSE/A level work (for bonus points!) :   *Ça vaut la peine / ça ne vaut pas la peine : it is (isn’t) worth it *Ça a piqué ma curiosité : it caught my attention *Tout est bien qui finit bien : all is well...
  • Tips On French Pronunciation

    Cettina Russano GCSE French Tutor (South West London) Picture One of the difficulties related to French pronunciation is that it is not a phonetic language. In a phonetic language each letter has a single corresponding sound and spelling matches pronunciation. French and English are not phonetic: they have letters that can be pronounced in different ways...
  • A quick guide to French tenses - the basics

    Jan Gore GCSE French Tutor (Twickenham) Picture Many students struggle at first with using different French tenses. Here is a quick guide to the main ones. The present tense is used to describe things that are happening now. For example, je lis un livre = I am reading a book, il cherche ses lunettes = he looks for his glasses.  The near...

 

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Be prepared for GCSE French Oral exam!

    GCSE French Tutor (South West London) Picture Having recently tutored students for their French GCSE oral exam, I realised how ill-prepared some of them were. So here are a few tips: - Keep your answers simple and short so that you find them easy to remember. - Use some key phrases and basic function phrases. - The pronunciation...