French A-Level and Fluency

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Kiesha
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By the end of the 2 years of French A level do most people have a good fluency of French?
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at least 2 of the 4 girls who've just finished at my college are quite fluent, although for proper fluency, you have to spent real time in france speaking to french people
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at least 2 of the 4 girls who've just finished at my college are quite fluent, although for real fluency, you have to spent real time in france speaking to french people
Yeah, well that definitely makes sense. But what about by the end of uni - do you think that you could class yourself as being fully fluent?
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Iw ould consider myself to be a very fluent speaker of French,although I have only been there twice (and both times for short weekend trips). Both my French teachers at school were english; only the assistant was French. None of my Ffamily speak the language, so I read and listen to as much French, as possible and did the AEA this summer and AS and A2 all in one year last year.

I do some translating from French to English for a certain company.
It really is one of the more straightforward A-Levels, if you have a flair for grammar and idiom. Also, there are a lot of ways to improve fluency outside school. For example, listening to French radio/readingFrench books, or watchiong French films (La Haine is excellent, or Amelie etc etc)
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I'd say I've become quite competent at spoken French after completeting my A-level, although my written French is lacking (this is a personal weakness tho, not a fault of the course). Hopefully uni with two years in France should make me fluent. As I am at the mo I have few problems conversing with French people about the news and sport and the like.
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Yeah, well that definitely makes sense. But what about by the end of uni - do you think that you could class yourself as being fully fluent?
spend one of your summers in france.
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Iw ould consider myself to be a very fluent speaker of French,although I have only been there twice (and both times for short weekend trips). Both my French teachers at school were english; only the assistant was French. None of my Ffamily speak the language, so I read and listen to as much French, as possible and did the AEA this summer and AS and A2 all in one year last year.

I do some translating from French to English for a certain company.
It really is one of the more straightforward A-Levels, if you have a flair for grammar and idiom. Also, there are a lot of ways to improve fluency outside school. For example, listening to French radio/readingFrench books, or watchiong French films (La Haine is excellent, or Amelie etc etc)
I agree with all of that. Most of my DVDs are French films: Taxi, Taxi 2, La Haine, Amélie, Les Visiteurs, Les Rivieres Pourpres amongst that lot. Aside from being a good course it's also very interesting. I especially liked reading the news in my spare time, something which is essential for the current affairs modules of the course. Liberation online (www.pressdisplay.com) and TF1.fr are both great sites
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Yeah, well I was thinking at uni I could do some sort of Biochem course with French - I've seen a few examples and they look pretty good - but I don't know yet!
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Hey,

I did French AS at college this year from scratch, and while not up to the standard of those who have done A-Level French, I feel I can communicate quite a bit in French now. I have also completed my Spanish and Italian A-Levels this year (Italian in a year), although I feel more confident in those languages than French. Hopefully I'll be going to the University of Sussex to study Spanish and Italian, if not then the University of Portsmouth to study the same languages.

However, I immensely enjoyed French at AS and I would have carried it on to A2 if I'd stayed at college another year (although in total I've been there 3 years already, so I'm finished with college now....but uni beckons!!)

I went to Spain in July with my parents to Chiclana de la Frontera, near to Cádiz, on the Costa de la Luz and we stayed in a villa where the owners don't speak English at all, so I had to do some simultaneous interpreting for my parents (who only speak a little Spanish), which I really enjoyed doing. I feel this could be the path I'd like to follow for my career. The owners have even invited me back in the winter to stay with them for a week or two which would be very good, especially being immersed in the Spanish language with no English being spoken at all, and also I would be able to pick up some colloquialisms of the language, which would put me in good stead for my year abroad, if I happen to go to Spain for it, although I may got to Italy.

Right, that's my contribution, sorry about distracting away from French!

C ya,

Jordan
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