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A-level French

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Crossing the bridge from GCSE to A-Level French

To become a successful linguist at Advanced level you will need to be prepared to develop these...
A-level French

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Going from no confidence to A* in four days

I recently tutored a girl for her French oral A-level exam. She was home for Easter from...
French (general)

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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...
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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  • Why Learn Another Language?

    Stephane Sudrot A-level French Tutor (South West London) Picture When people ask me why they should learn French or any other language, the first thing that come to mind is the desire to find out about other people and their culture, to share experiences from food to music, art to humour. Basicaly it is the best way to broaden your horizon. But it's not only...
  • 6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Editor's Pick

    Philippa Harrington French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture   Learn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which soon adds up.. Use memory aids such as flashcards - There are a number of memory aids to help with memorising  new words, expressions and grammar, such as: flashcards, recording...
  • Why learn a new language?

    Fatima Bida-Foster French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture While I was doing my PGCE, a lot of the pupils I was teaching kept asking me why they had to learn another language. Having grown up in a bilingual family, speaking two languages has always been normal for me. So I looked into it and was amazed by the findings which i eagerly shared with...

 

  • French Films

    Suzy Murdoch French (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture Lesson time is precious, students are juggling other subjects, courses, commitments, social life etc...so how can you maximise out of classroom learning? I always give my students a list of films which are chosen specifically to appeal to young people. Also films which relate to an area of the...
  • 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...