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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...
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What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career

As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those...
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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and...
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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...

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  • Lack of language tuition in primary schools.

    Michelle C Gibson Key Stage 3 French Tutor (Wolverhampton) Picture Not sure parents are aware of this but I had a phone call the other day from a parent requiring French lessons.  They are in the same borough as my own daughters (who have French lessons in school) but their son has never been taught any French.  The parents were quite concerned and quite...
  • Finding similar words across languages

    A-level French Tutor (Birmingham) Picture Many people want to learn a new language, from scratch, whether they're going there on holiday, for work or simply for fun. Whilst starting from the very beginning can be very daunting, my experience of having learnt French, Italian, Spanish and English means I don't view learning these...
  • Useful Books For Tutoring French

    Magali Churchill French (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture To prepare for my lessons I use a mix of internet research and books but I always refer to the following: French Grammar and Usage by Roger Hawkins & Richard TowellThe key to French Grammar by Ian Lane I also have a range of various Revision Guides for exams but I prefer the Letts revision...


  • How to increase exposure to a foreign language Editor's Pick

    Christine Sautereau-Chandley French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even when you are busy in the house or driving along... A few changes every day can be a trigger and make such a difference, thanks to modern technology. Digital radios and the internet allow us to be...
  • Bande dessinée recommendations

    French (general) Tutor (Birmingham) Picture As an individual with an enthusiasm for French, I find it fun to read books and BDs, watch films and speak with French people in my local area in order to maintain my level of French and to keep learning new things about the language and culture of France. BDs, or comic books, are very popular...
  • It's easy to speak French

    Graham Prior French (general) Tutor (Reading) Picture It's easy to speak French. We just need to learn in the same way that we learn our mother tongue, by sound. For example, what sound conveys the past tense? At first, there is no need for grammar, reading or writing, or even perfection;these come later with more experience at using the language....