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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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Practicing your French in London

My son has moved from a London French school to an English school whilst our daughter has only...
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"I don't geddit sir"

Why do so many struggle to make progress when learning an additional language in a classroom?...

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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...
  • 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!

    Francoise 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...

 

  • Strategies for improving understanding Editor's Pick

    Daniele Bourdais GCSE French Tutor (North London) Picture Strategies for understanding (reading and listening) Read the questions first Start by reading the questions, they’ll give you an idea of what the text is about and what you’re supposed to look out for. Read the text once through, keeping in mind what you’re asked to do with it. Remember,...
  • "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,...
  • 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...