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I'm currently studying for my French controlled speaking assessment which is coming up! I'm only in year 10 and they're making my sixth period class take our GCSE early. I'm super scared for what's to come and I'm most worried about remembering what I have to read (it's about holidays). Anyone have any tips for memorising long answers, especially when they're in a foreign language.

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Hey,
I'm currently studying for my French controlled speaking assessment which is coming up! I'm only in year 10 and they're making my sixth period class take our GCSE early. I'm super scared for what's to come and I'm most worried about remembering what I have to read (it's about holidays). Anyone have any tips for memorising long answers, especially when they're in a foreign language.

Thanks,
Twizzy
Hey!! I had the same worry as you when I did my French GCSE - the key thing is to remember that coursework and controlled assessments are literally the easiest way to gain marks. To take advantage of this, really spend a lot of time planning and preparing your piece, using all of the grammar rules that you learn throughout the year. Then, when it comes to memorising, whatever you do, don't ever just read kt through. Practice saying your piece out loud to yourself, to get a feel for the pronunciation and the emphasised words. Try to imagine that you are having a conversation with a real french person, so that instead of just learning a page for the sake of it, you are really engaging with what you wrote.
For more advice, see the thread that I started - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4038801
Hope this helps xox
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For my ca, I translated everything into English and once I knew what I was saying, it was easier to remember the French. Learn it sentence by sentence. If you can have a 40 word sheet with you, my advice would be that from every sentence, write one word that you forget or which stand out to you so you don't forget any important sentence.
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68249112[/url]]Hey,
I'm currently studying for my French controlled speaking assessment which is coming up! I'm only in year 10 and they're making my sixth period class take our GCSE early. I'm super scared for what's to come and I'm most worried about remembering what I have to read (it's about holidays). Anyone have any tips for memorising long answers, especially when they're in a foreign language.

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Twizzy
Hi, I do French A Level and got an A* at GCSE so I can probably help;

For my speaking I recorded myself reading it aloud onto my phone and then listened to it over and over again with headphones on, this strategy helps with memorising the content aswell as the pronounciation (which was assessed on the old A*-U spec, idk if it is for the 1-9 spec that you guys are doing)

Also, fun fact: my French teacher does the recordings for the female voice on AQA listening exams, I found that out today lol
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Hi, I do French A Level and got an A* at GCSE so I can probably help;

For my speaking I recorded myself reading it aloud onto my phone and then listened to it over and over again with headphones on, this strategy helps with memorising the content aswell as the pronounciation (which was assessed on the old A*-U spec, idk if it is for the 1-9 spec that you guys are doing)

Also, fun fact: my French teacher does the recordings for the female voice on AQA listening exams, I found that out today lol
I'm sorry but that voice stresses me out so much.
I have a question
I'm in year 11 and I did my CA last year. I got A,A in speaking and A,B in writing. I am hoping for an A at the end so would you recommend me to retake the writing or not. Also any tips for listening and reading?
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I'm sorry but that voice stresses me out so much.
I have a question
I'm in year 11 and I did my CA last year. I got A,A in speaking and A,B in writing. I am hoping for an A at the end so would you recommend me to retake the writing or not. Also any tips for listening and reading?
One B in writing shouldn't be a problem but if you feel like retaking it that's up to you (also remember the AQA writing CAs aren't actually marked by your teacher, they can give you an estimate yeah but an AQA examiner gives you the final mark so that B isn't set in stone)

Reading exams are rather straightforward, just do every past paper you can find (they're rather short exams so shouldn't take long). Just cram all the specialist vocabulary you can find, that is words that are specific to all the topics.

As for the listening, again past papers are great practice, vocab is the key. For the listening I'd recommend using online software that lets you do listening exercises in your own time just to get familiar with the French accent, vocab express is a good one for listening if you have it.
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I'm sorry but that voice stresses me out so much.
I have a question
I'm in year 11 and I did my CA last year. I got A,A in speaking and A,B in writing. I am hoping for an A at the end so would you recommend me to retake the writing or not. Also any tips for listening and reading?
My French teacher is actually a native french lady who moved up here to Yorkshire 20 years ago lel, she's really nice normally but I agree the voices can stress you out in listening exams!
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Hey!! I had the same worry as you when I did my French GCSE - the key thing is to remember that coursework and controlled assessments are literally the easiest way to gain marks. To take advantage of this, really spend a lot of time planning and preparing your piece, using all of the grammar rules that you learn throughout the year. Then, when it comes to memorising, whatever you do, don't ever just read kt through. Practice saying your piece out loud to yourself, to get a feel for the pronunciation and the emphasised words. Try to imagine that you are having a conversation with a real french person, so that instead of just learning a page for the sake of it, you are really engaging with what you wrote.
For more advice, see the thread that I started - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4038801
Hope this helps xox
Thanks so much for the help! I'll definitely read through your thread I like your conversation tip and I even have a few French friends who I can practice with!
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For my ca, I translated everything into English and once I knew what I was saying, it was easier to remember the French. Learn it sentence by sentence. If you can have a 40 word sheet with you, my advice would be that from every sentence, write one word that you forget or which stand out to you so you don't forget any important sentence.
We haven't been told about a 40 word sheet, I'll have to ask! if we can have one I'll definitely do that, that's what I did for my English speaking assessment
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Hi, I do French A Level and got an A* at GCSE so I can probably help;

For my speaking I recorded myself reading it aloud onto my phone and then listened to it over and over again with headphones on, this strategy helps with memorising the content aswell as the pronounciation (which was assessed on the old A*-U spec, idk if it is for the 1-9 spec that you guys are doing)

Also, fun fact: my French teacher does the recordings for the female voice on AQA listening exams, I found that out today lol
omg congrats! That's such an amazing result! I probably will record myself but I find it so cringy listening back to my own voice haha. I think we're getting marked from A*-U but with the rest of my other exams it will be 9-1
Also, it's so cool that your teacher did the voice!!
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Thanks so much for the help! I'll definitely read through your thread I like your conversation tip and I even have a few French friends who I can practice with!
No problem 😊 Let me know how it goes for you!
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Hey,
I'm currently studying for my French controlled speaking assessment which is coming up! I'm only in year 10 and they're making my sixth period class take our GCSE early. I'm super scared for what's to come and I'm most worried about remembering what I have to read (it's about holidays). Anyone have any tips for memorising long answers, especially when they're in a foreign language.

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LOL dont worry in a years time you will be laughing about the times you worried
my advice just write down lots of high level phrases make sure the pieces flows use connectives and make sure that you use all three tenses. That way you can make sure you have the content for an A*. then to the actual work, rewrite the first sentence until you know it of by heart then add the second sentence then the third and so on and on a whiteboard can be useful for this , use this technique (GOOD LUCK!!!)
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Just an update (a bit of a while later) I got an A in my French GCSE! Thanks for all the help guys
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