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    hey,
    At the moment I am studying AS French and I'm not going to lie it is very difficult. Over the weekend I have been doing past papers, everything apart from writing the essays because I wouldn't know how to mark them. I have done 2 papers and I have got roughly the same marks on each. On both of them I am losing the majority of my marks on the grammar section where you have to change the verb or adjective to fit the context of the sentence, and the listening especially the questions where you have to answer fully in french. I would absolutely love to get an A at AS, so then I could afford to lose marks in A2 as I presume it will be a lot more difficult.. Any advice at all on A Level French would be much appreciated, thanks
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    I did AS French last year and I'm doing A2 this year. French was definitely one of my hardest subjects but there are things that you can do to improve and get better.


    Become a grammar ninja:
    I know, grammar is hard and rather boring but if you take the time to learn the rules it will really help you in the grammar section of the exam and also with accuracy marks in your exam essay and your oral. Our school give us grammar books; this year we're using a book called Action Grammaire and it is so incredibly thorough and has absolutely any grammar point you can think of (subjunctive, preceding direct object, adjective agreements etc.)


    Learn your vocab:
    Another obvious thing but it will help in the long run! After every lesson it's good to note any new vocab that you have learnt and write it in a vocab book or something like that. My favourite vocab resource is Study Stack; you can make your own vocab lists and practice them online and on your phone too using apps like Quizlet or Kaka Flashcards.
    Also make a conscious effort to learn "sparkly" vocab - i.e. idiomatic phrases and/or interesting words to make your essays and oral stand out.


    Essay skills:
    Learn essay phrases!! These will make your essays flow better and seem more impressive in general. At our school we have a book called Mot a Mot which is filled with loads of essay phrases that you can use.
    A key thing with essays is to make sure that all your ideas in it are fully developed and justified. We were always told to aim to write about 10 ideas in our essays (which seems like a lot but is achievable if you prepare and practice essays).
    What I found is that essays often repeat themselves over the years, so I would look at the essay questions set from past years and make essay plans for them - you never know, something very similar could come up in your exam in June!

    And a final thing - in the exam you will get a choice of 3 essays - make sure that you pick the EASIEST question. Easy questions usually ask "What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of X?", like these following real examples:
    Selon vous, quels sont les avantages et les dangers des portables? (January 2010)
    A votre avis, quels sont les avantages et les dangers de la télé-réalité? (June 2011)

    AVOID questions that are formed of two questions or ask you to predict the future of something like these following real examples:
    Expliquez pourquoi les jeunes achètent les vêtements de marque. Est-ce que ces vêtements jouent un rôle positif ou négatif dans la vie des jeunes, a votre avis? (June 2011)
    A votre avis, quels sont les avantages et les inconvénients des différents moyens de regarder un film? Pour vous, quel est l’avenir du cinéma? (January 2011)
    These questions are unnecessarily annoying and are far more difficult to plan.


    I hope this helps you! If you have any other questions feel free to ask me
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    hey,
    At the moment I am studying AS French and I'm not going to lie it is very difficult. Over the weekend I have been doing past papers, everything apart from writing the essays because I wouldn't know how to mark them. I have done 2 papers and I have got roughly the same marks on each. On both of them I am losing the majority of my marks on the grammar section where you have to change the verb or adjective to fit the context of the sentence, and the listening especially the questions where you have to answer fully in french. I would absolutely love to get an A at AS, so then I could afford to lose marks in A2 as I presume it will be a lot more difficult.. Any advice at all on A Level French would be much appreciated, thanks


    You can go through various sites from where you will get huge number of information. as, I was doing A-Level at that time teachers suggested me to gather the website which is duoling, the site was helpful. Or you can also go through the site which is french.about, you can find lots of french related things which are essential while learning, I mean you will get grammar, vocabulary etc. This is the best site to be prepared yourself sperately.


    Thanks!
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    (Original post by IrishChick)
    hey,
    At the moment I am studying AS French and I'm not going to lie it is very difficult. Over the weekend I have been doing past papers, everything apart from writing the essays because I wouldn't know how to mark them. I have done 2 papers and I have got roughly the same marks on each. On both of them I am losing the majority of my marks on the grammar section where you have to change the verb or adjective to fit the context of the sentence, and the listening especially the questions where you have to answer fully in french. I would absolutely love to get an A at AS, so then I could afford to lose marks in A2 as I presume it will be a lot more difficult.. Any advice at all on A Level French would be much appreciated, thanks
    You're absolutely right to tackle the grammar at this stage - getting to grips with it now is going to save you a lot of scrabbling to catch up later on. And you'll find it's not boring when you can see that you're making progress!

    The grammar section in the exam need not be a stumbling block - indeed, that is the one section of the exam where you can actually get full marks quite easily! My students like using Essential French Grammar for the Sixth Form and beyond by Caroline Tracey (http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gramm.../dp/095706120X) as it has particularly clear explanations and is structured in such as way as to facilitate self-study (as opposed to classroom-based work). For the exam, I would concentrate on tenses, particularly where the tenses in English are different, such as in si- clauses, with depuis and venir and the hidden future after expressions of time - all these are covered in depth in this book. And then work on those sections of grammar where you make most mistakes.

    Your other difficulty - answering in French to listening comprehension questions - seems to relate more to expressing yourself in French than to understanding what you have heard. Apart from learning vocab (absolutely essential, of course!) you need to practise re-phrasing French in your own words. It is generally a good idea to keep your listening comprehension answers pretty simple and concise. You could practise this skill by taking a previously studied written text and summarising each paragraph into one single sentence.

    Hope this helps! ​Bon courage.
 
 
 
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