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    Well I'm doing AS French next year, yay! But, I have heard it's a big jump from GCSE so I was wondering if it would be useful to do some reading over the summer? They sell some French magazines at my local WHSmith so I was wondering if buying and reading some of them would be beneficial? Thanks!
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    course it'll be beneficial :rolleyes:
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    Yes certainly, as well as watching French TV and French radio.
    You could also buy a revision guide, i'm sure that would help.
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    And brushing up on grammar, tenses and all that is a really good idea - you can learn all that on your own from a revision guide or something. That was what I found hardest about AS french, especially because my school didn't teach them at GCSE
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    Yeah, definitely. I did no preparation for AS and I found it OK, so it's not the end of the world if you don't, but it will make things easier if you do because there is a pretty big gap and you could end up forgetting your French very easily if you don't use it for 6 weeks! Reading French magazines would be good, and you could also try reading a newspaper online. I recommend www.liberation.fr, as the articles aren't too long and the language is quite straightforward. As well as that, listening to the radio online and watching TV or a film would help with the listening. Make sure you have a good understanding of all the grammar you've covered at GCSE as well as vocabulary.
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    definitely do something. i did gcse french a year early so i basically had a year before a-level where i did nearly no french - big mistake. that said, french newspapers and magazines can be very boring because the articles are rarely interesting. i recommend finding dvds which have both french language AND french subtitles (if they have english subtitles you just don't listen, you end up thinking that they're speaking english). you watch the film listening to the french, and you can read the french subtitles which help you to understand. that way you get practice in listening, oral, reading and written work. best films to try, obviously, are french ones (amelie, jean de florette, etc etc) but you can also find dubbed films - i watched 'secret window' for A2 french revision.

    also, i know you didn't ask, but if at all possible go on a french exchange at some point in your course - i spent two weeks working as an assistant in a primary school in france and my french improved hugely.

    sorry, i've written a bit of an essay there :s:
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    i didnt start french AS till my second year at coll, and i only got a C at gcse. Its a big step yes, but u spend so much more time on it that you will learn quickly. If u want to do some prep, i suggest yes dvds, but also buy the french version of ur favorite book - i bought hitchhikers guide to the galaxy book 1, it saved much time scouring through dictionaries, being able to just compare english-french versions when i got stuck
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    (Original post by NickNack)
    i didnt start french AS till my second year at coll, and i only got a C at gcse. Its a big step yes, but u spend so much more time on it that you will learn quickly. If u want to do some prep, i suggest yes dvds, but also buy the french version of ur favorite book - i bought hitchhikers guide to the galaxy book 1, it saved much time scouring through dictionaries, being able to just compare english-french versions when i got stuck
    the book thing is a good idea, especially if you do edexcel french because you can study literature at A2 with that exam board.
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    Yeah, definitely. I did no preparation for AS and I found it OK, so it's not the end of the world if you don't, but it will make things easier if you do because there is a pretty big gap and you could end up forgetting your French very easily if you don't use it for 6 weeks! Reading French magazines would be good, and you could also try reading a newspaper online. I recommend www.liberation.fr, as the articles aren't too long and the language is quite straightforward. As well as that, listening to the radio online and watching TV or a film would help with the listening. Make sure you have a good understanding of all the grammar you've covered at GCSE as well as vocabulary.
    that site looks pretty good actually, this article made me laugh - http://www.liberation.fr/page.php?Article=309409 good start to his reign! :eek:
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    that site looks pretty good actually, this article made me laugh - http://www.liberation.fr/page.php?Article=309409 good start to his reign! :eek:
    Ooh, someone's been a naughty boy! I was quite pleased that I understood that though, having not done french for a year now.
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    Thanks for your help people! And yes I am doing an exchange next year so that should be very beneficial!!
 
 
 

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