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    Anyone else doomed for their second language: french, spanish, german, italian, japanese or mandarin?

    It's sad that I am more worried (and doomed) for french than maths, chemistry and biology. Seriously, how can a language be so difficult?

    Any idea of how to study (master) the language before the exams? or exam tips? Let us collude to do well on this most annoying group!


    I'm aiming for 6 & 7's on everything apart from Spanish ab initio, where I'm aiming for a 3.

    :P You took ab initio French.
    Well, here's how you avoid doing what I did and get more than a 4 in a second language.
    1) Print out the syllabus and read it.
    2) Two months before exams, you should be reading a little French every day and writing. Try to find someone to read your work and iron out any sort of writing errors. If there's someone fluent with French, I'd suggest trying to explain a French article to them or something.
    3) One month before exams, you download past papers and go through them all. It's the writing, however, that is the most difficult to assess, so I would suggest getting other teachers to read your written work.
    4) WRITE. That's the toughest part, writing in French. And if you can get past that, you will get a great mark.

    Keep going at it and aim high. Peace.

    Oh, and write about internationalism, especially relating to Francophone topics. IB examiners LOVE that. Memorize formal sentence openers, too.

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