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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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Get the Best Out of Your Curent Knowledge

If you are at the stage where you are about to sit GCSE exams in languages, then you will...
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GCSE: what the reform means for Modern Languages

When I did my PGCE I always felt a little uneasy following the traditional methods of teaching...

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  • How Tutoring Helps With The New French GCSE

    Wahiba Mani-Saada GCSE French Tutor (Watford) Picture The French GCSE with its rehearsed coursework and prepared speaking exam is no longer with us. Here comes the new GCSE, all exam based, with 'writing and speaking on the spot'. Students needn't worry as teachers are determined to facilitate the change as smoothly as possible, but with some year...
  • Preparing For GCSE French

    Dr Michele Baret GCSE French Tutor (South West London) Picture To prepare students for the GCSE French examination the approach to learning the language is based on the study of the topics that are exploited for their linguistic and cultural content. As part of the learning process, students will be presented with the key vocabulary and grammar to ensure...
  • GCSE: what the reform means for Modern Languages

    Marie Fohr GCSE French Tutor (Bath) Picture When I did my PGCE I always felt a little uneasy following the traditional methods of teaching modern languages in the state school system. I couldn’t help thinking that learning languages was more than rote preparation for exams.  I wanted to teach the language but I was asked to implement...

 

  • A Few Tips On French Oral Exams

    Florence Yeoman GCSE French Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Your examiner is not a monster: Their objective is to guide you and help you to succeed and not to trick you and make you fail! Smile, say hello, thank you and goodbye: Although examiners try to be as objective as possible, basic social skills such as smiling and greeting are likely to...
  • Useful idiomatic expressions for written work

    Isabelle Stevenson GCSE French Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Here are a few popular expressions you might want to use in your oral or written GCSE/A level work (for bonus points!) :   *Ça vaut la peine / ça ne vaut pas la peine : it is (isn’t) worth it *Ça a piqué ma curiosité : it caught my attention *Tout est bien qui finit bien : all is well...
  • Tips On French Pronunciation

    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...