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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...
French (general)

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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and...
A-level French

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The Importance of Studying a Language

At a time when the take-up of languages at GCSE, 'A' Level and beyond is decreasing, I want to...
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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  • Get the most value out of your language lessons

    Chris Heaven French (general) Tutor (Exeter) Picture  Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely say anything intelligible in French at all. ( I could probably have written most of it down in grammatically accurate...
  • What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career Editor's Pick

    Joleen Carter French (general) Tutor (Rochester) Picture As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those languages? Teach?” It seemed it was my only option… but I’ve always been stubborn and I quickly decided to prove the naysayers wrong. After living all over the world and working almost exclusively with...
  • 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...

 

  • Linking words in French

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture La liaison= linking words together in spoken French: how does it work ? what is la liaison and what is its purpose ? Première partie La liaison refers to the action of linking words together when you speak French, as if they sound like a single word. You link the end of a word finishing with...
  • ‘L’Atalante’ and the Nouvelle Vague

    Emilce Sandra Rees University French Tutor (South West London) Picture ‘L’Atalante’ as precursor of the Nouvelle Vague     ‘L’Atalante’ (henceforth LA) is considered a precursor and inspiration of la nouvelle vague of the 1960’s. Truffaut, director of ‘Tirez sur le Pianiste’(henceforth TSLP) himself fell in love with LA in 1946 when he was 14...
  • Five ways you could be learning French

    Kate S A-level French Tutor (Croydon) Picture Let’s learn a language! It sounds like a huge task, but with some smart (and not-boring) choices, you can really help yourself along. Allow me to share five of my favourite tips and tricks on how to learn… French (or any language). Radio So many people nowadays have access to a smartphone or...