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Hi, i'v put down A level French for my 6th form application and was just wondering how anyone whose doing/done a level french finds it.

I would like to get a good grade if i did it at a level, but i don't speak it at home or anything, i'v just been taught it from school, so i don't know whether i'd be able to do it. For my mocks i got A* in reading and a B in listening, but i'm not sure how i would improve listening either.
(The other A levels i'v chosen are geography, maths and psychology).
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Hi, i'v put down A level French for my 6th form application and was just wondering how anyone whose doing/done a level french finds it.

I would like to get a good grade if i did it at a level, but i don't speak it at home or anything, i'v just been taught it from school, so i don't know whether i'd be able to do it. For my mocks i got A* in reading and a B in listening, but i'm not sure how i would improve listening either.
(The other A levels i'v chosen are geography, maths and psychology).
I only did french for AS, but we started the A level course at the end of our AS exams. One thing I have to say, there's a lot more writing and analysing stuff.
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Ok thank you xenon, surely there's more people in this whole forum whose taken as level french??
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Hi, i'v put down A level French for my 6th form application and was just wondering how anyone whose doing/done a level french finds it.

I would like to get a good grade if i did it at a level, but i don't speak it at home or anything, i'v just been taught it from school, so i don't know whether i'd be able to do it. For my mocks i got A* in reading and a B in listening, but i'm not sure how i would improve listening either.
(The other A levels i'v chosen are geography, maths and psychology).
The difference with studying an A level in a language, is the need for consistency with your learning. Unlike other subjects you can't pick up a book the night before your exams and do well (unless you are already fluent to some degree).
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I am currently studying two AS language subjects: Spanish and French. If you know the grammar, it is not really that hard. It's just you have to learn soo many new words which drives you crazy.
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The AS french oral annoyed me. I searched high and low for the info. Found loads a few weeks before the actual exam, and then by the time the mock came, Iwas confident in what I was saying. If you feel confident, then you will speak more fluently and the confidence will come out in your voice, I think. Sorry, this has absolutely nothing to do with what was asked in the 1st place.
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Do you think after taking it to a level you'd actually be able to say that you're fluent in french?
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I've got that problem now! I am doing the FN and can only talk about news from September 2003+ which is really annoying as there aren't many articles which are really interesting since then.
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The AS french oral annoyed me. I searched high and low for the info. Found loads a few weeks before the actual exam, and then by the time the mock came, Iwas confident in what I was saying. If you feel confident, then you will speak more fluently and the confidence will come out in your voice, I think. Sorry, this has absolutely nothing to do with what was asked in the 1st place.
I'm grateful for any information! I don't like the way in GCSE they give you role plays and you don't know what they're gonna be about or the questions you have to ask.
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Do you think after taking it to a level you'd actually be able to say that you're fluent in french?
You would know how good you are (or even how fluent you are) when you go to France and communicate in everyday life situations. I certainly hope that I will be fluent by the end!
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You would know how good you are (or even how fluent you are) when you go to France and communicate in everyday life situations. I certainly hope that I will be fluent by the end!
Yeh, i guess so! So how would i improve my listening for french? I tried listening to Oceans 11 in French (on dvd) but i don't think it's helped that much lol.
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Yeh, i guess so! So how would i improve my listening for french? I tried listening to Oceans 11 in French (on dvd) but i don't think it's helped that much lol.

French radio's good - try fiddling with your radio on MW and see if you can get any French stations. It's alwys fuzzy and I guess it depends on where you live as to whether you can get it, but I found listening to the radio helped a lot. As with most things I found 'little and often' worked best. Other than that, going to france for a few days can be a help! If it's possible, try to pretty much immerse yourself - it works wonders.
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Seems like you have to be really dedicated to learning the language.
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Seems like you have to be really dedicated to learning the language.
Yup
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Do you think after taking it to a level you'd actually be able to say that you're fluent in french?
I did A Level French and am nowhere near fluent. I will be spending a year in France as part of my degree, so I should be fluent after that.
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Hmm ok, i think i will take french cos i do really want to carry on learning it. Thank you to everyone who replied!
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i did french GCSE a year early and i got an A*, and i am currently doing AS level french (i'm in year 11) and i got a high B for my mock reading paper, so it can't be that difficult.....
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