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    I'm writing my French controlled assessment on Monday and I have a few questions:
    1) Will using Canadian French affect my grade? (my family is from Quebec and as a result I've picked up a few words)
    2) Is there a maximum word count?
    3) Any tips on how to get an A*?
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    (I'm on a different exam board, but I gather it's similar to some extent?)

    1) I would say yes. I also have family from around those parts, and they all say Canadian French is quite different from the French actually spoken in France. I wouldn't risk it, unless you can find said words in a dictionary?
    2) At school we say no more than 300-ish (although this might differ with your exam board), in case of repetition/rambling . I have heard of some cases where they've gotten away with more.
    3) Lots of (correct) tenses; present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional - possibly pluperfect or other perfect tenses, or subjunctive. Higher level grammar points help a lot too.
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    In terms of grades, you need at least 200 words for a C grade, and 250 words minimum for an A*. I don't recall there being a maximum word count but chances are you keep it concise and don't waffle you'll be fine. Again, more about quality than quantity, since 250 isn't really that much in the scheme of things and that'll get you an A*. As for French Canadian it's similar to compare to British English and American English, and since the exam board is British it'll no doubt want 'proper' French, so as annoying as I'm sure it is try to avoid any French Candian language. Good luck!
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    There isn't A word count for AQA writing (however for speaking, you must not exceed six minutes) but I wouldn't think you need to go to overboard. I wrote one and 3/4 pages and got an A*. Things that will help you get an A*. Modal verbs (vouloir, Pouvoir and Devoir), a variety of tenses (conditional, pluperfect and conditional perfect really impress the examiners), impersonal phrases such as il faut, and il vaudrait mieux, comparitives using plus and moins, and maybe even some direct object pronouns like J'adore ca parce que... I hope you do well, and I hope this has helped!
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    (Original post by louisadempsey)
    Hey
    I'm writing my French controlled assessment on Monday and I have a few questions:
    1) Will using Canadian French affect my grade? (my family is from Quebec and as a result I've picked up a few words)
    2) Is there a maximum word count?
    3) Any tips on how to get an A*?
    Thanks
    As long as you don't put too many tabernac' it should be ok.

    The differences between Québécois and French are mostly in colloquial speech, and slang. Formal Québécois is roughly the same as French.

    If you have questions, post them in the French society: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=524539
 
 
 
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