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    I'm studying French at Sixth Form at the minute and would love to carry it on in University, so was wondering if anybody has any useful French revision tips, for all aspects (speaking, writing, reading and listening) THANKS :rolleyes:
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    I will try to keep this short and simple, and divide my reply into four sections:

    Listening
    For listening, it would be beneficial to listen to authentic French materials. This could be in the form of watching French films (with subtitles), listening to French music (while reading the lyrics and looking up any words that you don't understand), listening to French radio stations (such as Virgin Radio and NRJ) and watching French TV shows (TV5, a French channel is available on some UK TV packages).

    http://www.rfi.fr/emission/revue-presse-francaise
    The above website is very helpful and provides a daily round-up of that days news in the form of a podcast. There is also a script, so you can follow along with what is being spoken.

    Reading
    As well as the scripts on the RFI website, there are other French news websites (Liberation, L'etudiant, Yahoo Fr and Le Nouvel Observateur come to mind, but there are many others) that will help with reading.

    Speaking
    Speaking is probably the most difficult to revise for, unless you have a fluent / native French speaker at hand. If not, the main thing to do is practise what you have to speak about, making sure that you have an answer for each question that you may be asked.

    Writing
    To practise your writing, you need to practise French grammar and make sure you understand all the necessary grammar points. You could also write practice essays and either post them on TSR to be corrected or ask your teacher !

    Hope this helps !
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    (Original post by alouette-)
    I will try to keep this short and simple, and divide my reply into four sections:

    Listening
    For listening, it would be beneficial to listen to authentic French materials. This could be in the form of watching French films (with subtitles), listening to French music (while reading the lyrics and looking up any words that you don't understand), listening to French radio stations (such as Virgin Radio and NRJ) and watching French TV shows (TV5, a French channel is available on some UK TV packages).

    http://www.rfi.fr/emission/revue-presse-francaise
    The above website is very helpful and provides a daily round-up of that days news in the form of a podcast. There is also a script, so you can follow along with what is being spoken.

    Reading
    As well as the scripts on the RFI website, there are other French news websites (Liberation, L'etudiant, Yahoo Fr and Le Nouvel Observateur come to mind, but there are many others) that will help with reading.

    Speaking
    Speaking is probably the most difficult to revise for, unless you have a fluent / native French speaker at hand. If not, the main thing to do is practise what you have to speak about, making sure that you have an answer for each question that you may be asked.

    Writing
    To practise your writing, you need to practise French grammar and make sure you understand all the necessary grammar points. You could also write practice essays and either post them on TSR to be corrected or ask your teacher !

    Hope this helps !

    Thank you so much!
    This has helped A LOT. At the minute I do listen to a lot of French songs on my iPod but haven't actually looked up the lyrics or anything yet. I think I'll start downloading some of the podcasts and posting any French work I want to be corrected on here.
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    (Original post by laurabethm)
    Thank you so much!
    This has helped A LOT. At the minute I do listen to a lot of French songs on my iPod but haven't actually looked up the lyrics or anything yet. I think I'll start downloading some of the podcasts and posting any French work I want to be corrected on here.
    I find a good way of learning specific vocabulary is making lists on memrise.com (you can use lists others have made, though I find the process of typing the vocab up is in itself helpful) It takes some self-motivation to remember to refresh your memory but it really is good for targeted vocab learning.

    Also, I'd get a good grammar book, such as: http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gramm.../dp/0340991240

    It's a good investment if you're thinking of continuing French at university
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    Qwertyuiop1993 is correct in saying that a grammar is a good investment if you plan on studying French at university however French Grammar and Usage is very heavy and is more suited to students who are studying French at university.

    Personally, I would use the one in the link below as it is more 'A Level friendly' and is what we were recommended during our first year at university. There are also many exercises at the end of each chapter so you can practise what you have learned (the answers are at the back) .

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Help-Yoursel...french+grammar

    Mot a Mot is also a very book by the way. It is a vocabulary book and is divided into lists and lists... and lists of vocabulary, each of which are related to the topic areas of the A Level specifications.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mot-New-Adva...d_bxgy_b_img_y
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    (Original post by qwertyuiop1993)
    I find a good way of learning specific vocabulary is making lists on memrise.com (you can use lists others have made, though I find the process of typing the vocab up is in itself helpful) It takes some self-motivation to remember to refresh your memory but it really is good for targeted vocab learning.

    Also, I'd get a good grammar book, such as: http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gramm.../dp/0340991240

    It's a good investment if you're thinking of continuing French at university
    Again, thank you for the info! I've been doing a few courses on memrise atm actually after my French teacher introducing it to me, which are helping so I'll probably start continuing with that
    As for the grammar book I'll definitely be looking into it
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    (Original post by alouette-)
    Qwertyuiop1993 is correct in saying that a grammar is a good investment if you plan on studying French at university however French Grammar and Usage is very heavy and is more suited to students who are studying French at university.

    Personally, I would use the one in the link below as it is more 'A Level friendly' and is what we were recommended during our first year at university. There are also many exercises at the end of each chapter so you can practise what you have learned (the answers are at the back) .

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Help-Yoursel...french+grammar

    Mot a Mot is also a very book by the way. It is a vocabulary book and is divided into lists and lists... and lists of vocabulary, each of which are related to the topic areas of the A Level specifications.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mot-New-Adva...d_bxgy_b_img_y
    I already bought Mot a Mot nearing the end of my AS studies, but haven't used it as much throughout A2 so will definitely have to bring it out again soon.
    Do you know, by any chance, any good resources or websites that can help with translations? Particularly English to French translations.
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    (Original post by laurabethm)
    I already bought Mot a Mot nearing the end of my AS studies, but haven't used it as much throughout A2 so will definitely have to bring it out again soon.
    Do you know, by any chance, any good resources or websites that can help with translations? Particularly English to French translations.
    Yes !

    http://zigzageducation.co.uk/samplep...ages/s3794.pdf

    This PDF is an inspection copy of a resource called Practice Exercises For Translation Skills. It is designed for the Edexcel A Level specification, but will be helpful regardless of your exam board (as they are all very similar).

    The translation exercises are on pages 10-31. Hereafter, there are grammar exercises (which aren't very useful due to the big strip down the side of the page), but you can still try to translate the English texts.

    The answers are at the end of the document, but again, longer answers are sometimes 'cut off'.

    Hope I've been helpful !
 
 
 
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