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Hello, I am doing Higher French and i want to know any methods to improve the reading and listening part of the exam.

I have heard that reading french newspapers are a good idea but can anyone give examples.

Also, where can i get listening practice apart from past papers, maybe lstening to french radio or schloar, can anybody give someexamples?
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Hi

I am doing Higher French this year too. I find listening hard aswell, my teacher just suggests listening to french music or the radio. I downloaded an app on my phone for Chante France (a french radio). She also gave us a cd with practice listening tracks that i downloaded on to my ipod. For reading you could download past papers from the sqa website? Or go online to your favourite magazine page and read it in french? I'm sure you could find lots of newspapers online (ive not looked yet) and even if it is simple vocab im sure it would still help a little. I can't really think of much else just now but if i get any more handy tips i will be sure to post them I have just handed my reading homework in so fingers crossed I do okay!

Hope I have helped a little!!
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(Original post by animelover123)
Hello, I am doing Higher French and i want to know any methods to improve the reading and listening part of the exam.

I have heard that reading french newspapers are a good idea but can anyone give examples.

Also, where can i get listening practice apart from past papers, maybe lstening to french radio or schloar, can anybody give someexamples?
Well here it goes, i'm sure you were expecting a reply from me.

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There are a few methods which aid in improving your reading abilities. We say that practice makes perfect - this rule applies to french reading.

The more past papers you go through - [ translating words you don't understand as you go ] then the wider your vocabulary will become and the faster you'll be able to do the questions.

So past papers , in my opinion, are your first port of call. Newspapers are for some extra practice - try read them, again translating and noting as you go.

I feel that it's important to develop a method to doing your reading papers. ( Many people read the whole thing and then do the questions ). My personal method, would be to look at the 1st question and then read the allocated parts for the question, and answer them that way.


Listening

Most difficult part of the examination, and coincidently also the most difficult part of the course to improve on.

Again, practice papers/scholar is your first port of all as you'll develop different methods, improve vocabulary etc.

The BBC website has a section called " Ma France " which i found helpful. I'd stick on the french subtitles and watch the videos ! That way i was hearing what all of these words sounded like, spoken by a variety of different actors.

You could also find youtube videos of news podcasts etc, i think sky also has a french TV channel ( you have to pay for it though ) that might be of some use, as your visually seeing what they're talking about...


Hope that's of some use,

Good luck.

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Well here it goes, i'm sure you were expecting a reply from me.

Reading


There are a few methods which aid in improving your reading abilities. We say that practice makes perfect - this rule applies to french reading.

The more past papers you go through - [ translating words you don't understand as you go ] then the wider your vocabulary will become and the faster you'll be able to do the questions.

So past papers , in my opinion, are your first port of call. Newspapers are for some extra practice - try read them, again translating and noting as you go.

I feel that it's important to develop a method to doing your reading papers. ( Many people read the whole thing and then do the questions ). My personal method, would be to look at the 1st question and then read the allocated parts for the question, and answer them that way.


Listening

Most difficult part of the examination, and coincidently also the most difficult part of the course to improve on.

Again, practice papers/scholar is your first port of all as you'll develop different methods, improve vocabulary etc.

The BBC website has a section called " Ma France " which i found helpful. I'd stick on the french subtitles and watch the videos ! That way i was hearing what all of these words sounded like, spoken by a variety of different actors.

You could also find youtube videos of news podcasts etc, i think sky also has a french TV channel ( you have to pay for it though ) that might be of some use, as your visually seeing what they're talking about...


Hope that's of some use,

Good luck.

Adam
merci beaucoup
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I am currently only doing Standard Grade French, any advice on Speaking, Reading, Listening?
Same things basically but less vigorously cause you don't need to do translation or the other things to such a high level.
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Dunno if they do them at your level, but Letts Revision guides come with Audio CDs with Listening and Speaking activities on them, and have activities involving all 4 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) in the book (the audio goes with questions in the book). Anyone who comes across this thread and is doing GCSE French, German and I think they do Spanish, get it. It really Helps!
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Dunno if they do them at your level, but Letts Revision guides come with Audio CDs with Listening and Speaking activities on them, and have activities involving all 4 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) in the book (the audio goes with questions in the book). Anyone who comes across this thread and is doing GCSE French, German and I think they do Spanish, get it. It really Helps!
Would it be relevant to the course because Higher and GCSE's are quite different, anyway, do you have the title of the book or the IBSN?
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Would it be relevant to the course because Higher and GCSE's are quite different, anyway, do you have the title of the book or the IBSN?
Letts: Revise GCSE French. There might be some other ones for your qualification, you could have a look on the Letts website.
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Watch tv/movies in french with french subtitles. You improve listening and reading at the same time, and it is the best method when learning a language if you are a bit lazy (like me).
For more reading, try to get an abonnement in french of your favourite magazine/newspaper, or use the internet. Also, set your phone in french.

EDIT: http://www.rollingstone.fr/ (rolling stones)
http://www.animefr.com/ (might be a long shot but i guessed you like manga)
http://www.lefigaro.fr/ (one of most important newspapers)
http://www.lemonde.fr/ (other one of the most popular newspapers)
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I am currently only doing Standard Grade French, any advice on Speaking, Reading, Listening?
There is a childrens french news website which i found really useful doing sg french to help with reading, it was my main reading practise and revision for exams (aside from past papers), and its good because the language isnt too difficult because the site is aimed at kids:

www.lesclesjunior.com

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Hello, I am doing Higher French and i want to know any methods to improve the reading and listening part of the exam.

I have heard that reading french newspapers are a good idea but can anyone give examples.

Also, where can i get listening practice apart from past papers, maybe lstening to french radio or schloar, can anybody give someexamples?
Reading

As others have said past papers are good although they are very limited and are actually quite simple (too simple in my opinion). To really improve your French I would suggest reading French newspapers such as "Le figaro" which can be found online. Obviously you won't understand most of what they are saying but if you get the gist of it then it is a start. I also recommend wordreference.com as a online dictionary mainly because it provides you with set phrases and colloquialisms.

Listening

As for listening I would say that they best way is practice and if you can get your hands on a native speaker then that would really be the best thing. I'd recommend having a look at Alliance Francaise. If there isn't an Alliance Francaise in your town but there is a university then I would suggest that you do some research and try and find out if your local university has language classes with native speakers.

If you wanted to listen to French music then I would suggest that you do so with the lyrics (paroles) on the screen on youtube. Really if you want to gain some kind of fluency in a language you must spend a large portion of your day dedicated to language study (much more than the hours of teaching you get in class), or even better spend time in a French speaking country or make some French speaking friends to practice with.
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I am currently only doing Standard Grade French, any advice on Speaking, Reading, Listening?
My advice would be:

Reading: Learn vocab everyday , even if its only one word, you have no idea how much time it saves you in the exam beacuse you already know the meaning of a word that people waste time looking in the dictionary for.

Listening: regular past papers should be enough for a 2 in the exam, as it is the hardest.Hope that other elements can boost it up.

Speaking: learn your script off by hand, say it to yourself agian and again. Practice with your teacher.

Finally , good luck this year. And also, it is only standard grade ( the glorious days of standard grade, i miss them so much) so you wont need to do that hardcore of revision.Just little bits should gurantee your 1 that you want.
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Reading

As others have said past papers are good although they are very limited and are actually quite simple (too simple in my opinion). To really improve your French I would suggest reading French newspapers such as "Le figaro" which can be found online. Obviously you won't understand most of what they are saying but if you get the gist of it then it is a start. I also recommend wordreference.com as a online dictionary mainly because it provides you with set phrases and colloquialisms.

Listening

As for listening I would say that they best way is practice and if you can get your hands on a native speaker then that would really be the best thing. I'd recommend having a look at Alliance Francaise. If there isn't an Alliance Francaise in your town but there is a university then I would suggest that you do some research and try and find out if your local university has language classes with native speakers.

If you wanted to listen to French music then I would suggest that you do so with the lyrics (paroles) on the screen on youtube. Really if you want to gain some kind of fluency in a language you must spend a large portion of your day dedicated to language study (much more than the hours of teaching you get in class), or even better spend time in a French speaking country or make some French speaking friends to practice with.
Reading french newspapers: how often do you think i should do it , because i have so much homework that i dont have time , so im planning to allocate time in the week to do this?
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Reading french newspapers: how often do you think i should do it , because i have so much homework that i dont have time , so im planning to allocate time in the week to do this?


The actual articles in the exams are really short in reality.


Don't feel you need to read loads and loads, just do a little bit, ( maybe even a paragraph or two ) every time you choose to revise french - translating and making notes as you go.

Le parisien is good
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Try not to translate though. That's the worst mistake when learning a language. If you don't know the meaning of a word, don't translate it to english, look for a french definition.
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Try not to translate though. That's the worst mistake when learning a language. If you don't know the meaning of a word, don't translate it to english, look for a french definition.
Looking for a french definition is essentialy the same thing as the english one! The french definition IS the english definition.

le chocholat = ( french ) = Chocolate ( french? - english )

That's quite misleading advice:confused:

Sorry if i've picked you up wrong

Perhaps you meant, try not to translate every word? If so i agree.

Underline words you think are key to revealing the answer and use your knowledge ( use your english really ) to work it out.
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Looking for a french definition is essentialy the same thing as the english one! The french definition IS the english definition.

le chocholat = ( french ) = Chocolate ( french? - english )

That's quite misleading advice:confused:

Sorry if i've picked you up wrong

Perhaps you meant, try not to translate every word? If so i agree.

Underline words you think are key to revealing the answer and use your knowledge ( use your english really ) to work it out.
Yes yes, sorry, I didn't explain myself properly. What I meant is that, if you find a verb for example, don't look for the translation but read what it means, explained in french, so you actually learn more words and how to use it in a context.
Unless you are aiming for a translation career, learning a language is not (just) about knowing words in a different language.
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Yes yes, sorry, I didn't explain myself properly. What I meant is that, if you find a verb for example, don't look for the translation but read what it means, explained in french, so you actually learn more words and how to use it in a context.
Unless you are aiming for a translation career, learning a language is not (just) about knowing words in a different language.

ye i agree

It saves much more time if you try and work out what a word means by using the other words around it.
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Thanks a lot, I am currently doing 3 hours of French a week to try and gain a grade 1, could you just confirm how the grading works? If I were to get a 1 in Writing and Speaking, but a 2 in Reading and Listening, would that work out as an overall 1?
Ye it would be a 1.

The Writing and Speaking count for more ( i'm not sure how much )

At SG i got what you said and got a 1
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watch french porn.
this helped me a lot, an A at GCSE and an A at AS speaking.
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