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Vocab every day and each day in tutor time I'd do one of the activities in my CGP book and then mark it. For listening I watched Extra French on youtube and for speaking spent a lot of time sitting talking to myself describing various pictures on my camera role.
In terms of academic difficulty, there is no way that you can expect to go in from GCSE and expect to get top grades straight away. As someone who did fairly well in all my GCSEs, that was a bit difficult at first, and I did really question my own abilities after I'd got a couple of pieces of prep back that were all graded at D, C or at best B. However, the crucial thing to understand about French is that it's not just a school subject, it's a way of teaching your brain to think differently, so of course it's going to take time to adapt and pick up the skills, even if you're working really hard. Progress is always going to be a gradual curve rather than a changeable grade based on an end of topic recally test, and so if you're getting Ds in the first term, then great, you can be at a C the next term and a B the one after... you have to be in it for the long-haul! But what other subjects are there where you can revise by watching a film or listening to music or reading a novel? It's amazing to see your own progress through the year- you go in having only every written 150 words on the environment and 3 weeks later you're debating with your class about gender politics... in French.
A level French, I think, is probably more like GCSE English that GCSE French, if you think about the skills- we study a book and a film and write essays on them (again, not as intimidating as it sounds) and do an independant research project to present to the class like the English speech test, if you did it. That being said, it is, of course, still French rather than English, and GCSE provides a great base for it- you even study some of the same topics such as relationships and charity work, just in more depth. As I said, I really love French so studying the Francophone (French-speaking) world is just another plus of the course, as it allows you to understand how the language is used in real life, rather than just in specific scenarios.
Basically, if you're predicted to do well at GCSE and like French as a language, then go for it. It's hard, but so interesting and enjoyable at the same time. I can't recommend it enough! Feel free to message me if you have any other quesitons about it
hi i’m doing gcses this year and thinking about taking french at a level but really scared that i won’t be able to do it and be overwhelmed by having to speak and understand french all the time. could you tell me what it’s like studying it at a level and how different it is compared to gcses