Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
Hey! Sign in to get help with your study questionsNew here? Join for free to post

French GCSE speaking exam - useful tips/phrases?

Announcements Posted on
Applying to Uni? Let Universities come to you. Click here to get your perfect place 20-10-2014
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I'm currently in year 10 doing my first French GCSE speaking exam a fortnight today with Edexcel. I was just wondering if anyone had some useful tips or phrases that would potentially boost my grade/confidence seeing as i'm quite worried about it. The piece is on new technologies (such as phones, iPods, the internet etc.), and then after i'm being asked questions about it about other things like the cinema, TV, literature etc. The whole thing needs to be roughly 4-6 minutes long so i'm just quite nervous, if anyone could help out it'd be really appreciated.

    Cheers
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Speak slowly. Even what you've memorized is over 400 words if you talk quickly then it won't be over 5 minutes, which if my memory serves me correct is essential for an A (at least for edexcel.) I ended up having to retake my exam just because I spoke too fast. Also if you speak slower then you're more likely to not make mistakes and the examiner will be able to understand what you're saying better.
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by aaron__)
    I'm currently in year 10 doing my first French GCSE speaking exam a fortnight today with Edexcel. I was just wondering if anyone had some useful tips or phrases that would potentially boost my grade/confidence seeing as i'm quite worried about it. The piece is on new technologies (such as phones, iPods, the internet etc.), and then after i'm being asked questions about it about other things like the cinema, TV, literature etc. The whole thing needs to be roughly 4-6 minutes long so i'm just quite nervous, if anyone could help out it'd be really appreciated.

    Cheers
    I'm in year 11, I've done two speaking exams and my grade for speaking overall is an A. So hopefully I can give you some useful tips.
    - Have a good French accent
    - Ask at least two questions
    - Be as confident as you can
    - Don't worry about hesitating, in the exam when you hesitate it feels like forever when it's only been a few seconds
    - Make sure you give opinions with reasons
    - Try not to speak English or any other language other than French (I know it sounds obvious but it's really easy to accidentally speak English etc)
    - Don't worry too much about it as long as you know what you want to say you'll be fine
    - Make sure you know how to pronounce words you're not sure of
    - And good luck!
    • 17 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I did my first one in the Summer of Year 10 and have another one next week Monday! I'm doing German though. I have learn from old mistakes! Make sure you actually listen to the little questions the teacher throws in, they definitely won't be difficult and you will most likely know them - it shows spontaneity and makes you get higher marks because of it. Don't learn your questions as far as to make it sound robotic, but make it sound like a natural conversation! Be engaging and full of expression with your voice, after all..your examiner will perk up a bit after listening to hours of the same monotone, nervous voice.


    And enjoy it! Try not to be nervous..
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Thank you everybody for the tips! More would be appreciated

    (Original post by JadeMay)
    I'm in year 11, I've done two speaking exams and my grade for speaking overall is an A. So hopefully I can give you some useful tips.
    - Have a good French accent
    - Ask at least two questions
    - Be as confident as you can
    - Don't worry about hesitating, in the exam when you hesitate it feels like forever when it's only been a few seconds
    - Make sure you give opinions with reasons
    - Try not to speak English or any other language other than French (I know it sounds obvious but it's really easy to accidentally speak English etc)
    - Don't worry too much about it as long as you know what you want to say you'll be fine
    - Make sure you know how to pronounce words you're not sure of
    - And good luck!
    JadeMay, what do you mean "ask two questions"?
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by aaron__)
    Thank you everybody for the tips! More would be appreciated



    JadeMay, what do you mean "ask two questions"?
    I mean ask your teacher questions in French about the topic you are talking about in your oral exam as it gives you interaction points if that makes sense. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JadeMay)
    I mean ask your teacher questions in French about the topic you are talking about in your oral exam as it gives you interaction points if that makes sense. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask
    Sorry i'm still not so sure I understand, do you mean say if I'm talking about the internet, when I finish I should ask something like "What about you?". My teacher hasn't said anything about that and I don't want it to take any time off my tape as I only have 6 minutes in total. :/
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    [QUOTE=aaron__;45268748]Sorry i'm still not so sure I understand, do you mean say if I'm talking about the internet, when I finish I should ask something like "What about you?". My teacher hasn't said anything about that and I don't want it to take any time off my tape as I only have 6 minutes in total. :/[/

    You could say 'et toi?' which means 'and you?'. But if your teacher hasn't mentioned it then don't worry. Don't worry about the time too much I got an A in just over 4 minutes so talking for longer may not necessarily help your grade but I guess it would vary from person to person.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    [QUOTE=JadeMay;45269227]
    (Original post by aaron__)
    You could say 'et toi?' which means 'and you?'. But if your teacher hasn't mentioned it then don't worry. Don't worry about the time too much I got an A in just over 4 minutes so talking for longer may not necessarily help your grade but I guess it would vary from person to person.
    Oh I see haha, so she wouldn't reply back? - It would just be almost like a rhetorical question?
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    im doing a French speaking ca in a months time and im pretty nervous! what did you find most effective for learning all of it and how long were your answers? I was thinking of preparing my answers in English first and then translate them into French that way I know a literal translation. I really don't know how long it will take me to learn all of it and I don't want to panic on the day! HELP PLEASE!
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by princess:))
    im doing a French speaking ca in a months time and im pretty nervous! what did you find most effective for learning all of it and how long were your answers? I was thinking of preparing my answers in English first and then translate them into French that way I know a literal translation. I really don't know how long it will take me to learn all of it and I don't want to panic on the day! HELP PLEASE!
    Hi, guess we're in the same boat haha. I've literally just finished writing my final piece up ready to learn. I'm aiming for my whole thing including questions to last around 5:30 - maybe 6 mins. Each answer to the questions should be around 4/5 lines in length too I think. Also, as for revising it depends what type of learner you are, i'd say i'm a visual but a test in school said i'm auditory. In my case i'm gonna keep reading and saying it, as well as record myself saying the whole thing and listening to it.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Bump! Any help would be appreciated!
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Memorise everything, I managed to memorise my entire pieces a day before the exam. Improvising does not help. Make sure you use as many tenses as you can, past, present, future, conditional, imperfect etc

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Well, I guess succeeding your oral is half about the method you used to prepare it and half about your french skills and oral skills.

    How do you prepare it?
    Have you practicing with your classmate? Using keywords as support or whole sentences?
    How about pronounciations? I can help you out for this - pm me.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Thanks for the replied everybody! I have a mock exam for this tomorrow any general advice would be very much welcomed, thanks again.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Bump!
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    how many different tenses are you supposed to know at GCSE MFL level? my teacher has only taught us past, present and future...I really want to learn conditional and imperfect. Any tutorials or tips for them would be great!
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JadeMay)
    I'm in year 11, I've done two speaking exams and my grade for speaking overall is an A. So hopefully I can give you some useful tips.
    - Have a good French accent
    - Ask at least two questions
    - Be as confident as you can
    - Don't worry about hesitating, in the exam when you hesitate it feels like forever when it's only been a few seconds
    - Make sure you give opinions with reasons
    - Try not to speak English or any other language other than French (I know it sounds obvious but it's really easy to accidentally speak English etc)
    - Don't worry too much about it as long as you know what you want to say you'll be fine
    - Make sure you know how to pronounce words you're not sure of
    - And good luck!
    I'm predicted an A for my French (but I'm working hard to achieve an A*) and I was wondering how much you prepared for your speaking since you managed to get a good grade. I have my French speaking in a few weeks and I'm starting to prepare it now. Thanks for the great tips above!
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by princess:))
    I'm predicted an A for my French (but I'm working hard to achieve an A*) and I was wondering how much you prepared for your speaking since you managed to get a good grade. I have my French speaking in a few weeks and I'm starting to prepare it now. Thanks for the great tips above!
    It may sound weird but don't over-prepare. By over-preparing you don't sound spontaneous so you lose marks. In my first speaking exam I totally over-prepared, everything I said was grade A* but I didn't sound spontaneous so didn't do as well as I should have. I prepare by writing up what I want to say in my prep lessons then the night before I learn it all (you might want to learn it before that depending on how good your memory is). I've done 4 speaking exams because I do French and German and that's how I've learned it for each one. Good luck and hope this has helped. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Hi, hope it went ok! I have a speaking tomorrow... Am in year 10 too!

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: March 14, 2014
New on TSR

Personal statement help

Use our clever tool to create a PS you're proud of.

Article updates
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.