Can anyone who has taken an AS or A-Level Language in the past give some general advice to students currently undertaking an A-level in a lanuguage from their own experiences
eg. -if they could do it over agin what they think they should have done to, ..... simplify thier learning etc....
Im doing AQA French atm
all comments appreciated
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Language A-level advice - from your own experiences watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-02-2010 19:36
- 11-02-2010 19:44
I did German last year, AS, with the Welsh Board. All I'd say is try and stay focused, and do some outside reading and writing to keep your skills up. I didn't, lost interest and the grade I have is basically a fluke. It also meant I didn't want to continue to A2...
- 12-02-2010 16:45
I agree with Louise_x- it's a really good idea to do outside reading, listening and writing if you can. Maybe try and find someone who you can regularly talk to in the target language. Be prepared to work hard if you wanna get one of the top grades, persevere with it (it can get difficult).
- 12-02-2010 16:52
Learn all your vocab, listen to as much french as you can and speak french alot (to yourself will do). I didn't do all of these when I should have done, and got a C.
- 12-02-2010 16:59
Watch films! Firstly, film watching is fun, secondly you get practice at hearing the language. Use subtitles but don't rely on them entirely, they wont match up perfectly.
Learn all vocab and grammar work set, test yourself, do spelling tests and grammar exercises.
Some ideas for Films, if you haven't seen them already:
Au revoir les enfants (Very sad, be warned!)
Le dernier metro
Jean de Florette (and its sequel...)
Manon des sources
He loves me, he loves me not.
- 12-02-2010 17:21
I like to read online magazines in the target language, like cosmopolitan.es, it's not too difficult and it feels like revision!
- 12-02-2010 18:09
-Read French newspapers - keeps you up-to-date with current affairs and improves your reading skills as well as giving you extra vocab to impress your teachers (and more importantly examiners)
-Watch French news - also keeps you up-to-date with current affairs and improves your listening skills as well as giving you a better idea of intonation/accent/pronunciation
-Watch French films - makes you a more cultured person, improves listening skills
-Constantly revise grammar and vocab, even if you feel like you already know it all
-Make a note of all faux amis and idioms - use the idioms that are relevant i.e. that the French use today rather than something they used 50 years ago
-Try to speak only in French in your lessons (unless asked otherwise) and with your classmates when you're not in lessons - don't worry too much about grammar etc when you're learning and don't be too hard on yourself if you can't get the right word - it takes time and it'll start to flow naturally before you know it