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Strategies for improving understanding

Strategies for understanding (reading and listening) Read the questions first Start by...
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Oral Exam Techniques For A-Level Students

One of the main sources of worry for French A-Level students is the oral examination. There are...
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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Corporate Capital through Languages

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  • 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...
  • Just Jump Into The Deep Water With French

    French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture You choose French studies. You think it will be easy - a couple of words and phrases to memorise every week. Then you realise what you didn't realise before; that French Literature studies are really about Literature. OK, it has just got a bit more difficult but, hey, still it's 10 hours per...
  • How to become fluent in French: five top tips!

    A-level French Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture It's taken me almost ten years to get to the point where I feel comfortable describing myself as fluent in French. My learning has accelerated in the past four years, and most of all in the seven months I spent living and teaching in France. With this experience in mind, I'd like to share my...

 

  • Tips To Make Your Language Dream Come True

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...
  • French Perfect tense or Past Definite?

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture Comparing The Perfect tense and the Past definite or Historic Past    The Perfect tense is for written and spoken French. It describes an action completed in the past. It can be a recent past (ce matin, aujourd'hui) or something further in the past (1936 etc).   The Past Historic or Past...
  • The benefits of learning a foreign language

    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...