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Hi so basically I have a really small French class ( 2 other people!!) so there is never much opportunity to practice and I would like to be better at both speaking and writing. I am starting A level in September and only got a C in my AS end of year exam. This means I'm definitely going to need to improve as hoping for a B/A next year!
So I was wondering if there was any native French speakers/ people in the same situation as me(wanting to improve their French writing and speaking skills) wanted to make a WhatsApp/facebook group to help improve this. Sort of like 'revision buddies' as we get ready for A levels


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(Original post by Bethrose2813)
Hi so basically I have a really small French class ( 2 other people!!) so there is never much opportunity to practice and I would like to be better at both speaking and writing. I am starting A level in September and only got a C in my AS end of year exam. This means I'm definitely going to need to improve as hoping for a B/A next year!
So I was wondering if there was any native French speakers/ people in the same situation as me(wanting to improve their French writing and speaking skills) wanted to make a WhatsApp/facebook group to help improve this. Sort of like 'revision buddies' as we get ready for A levels


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The trouble with languages lies in the very process itself of language learning. In subjects like Physics or English Literature, you can revise, say, Heat, or "Hamlet" which won't affect Mechanics or your analysis of "The Great Gatsby". With languages, everything you learn helps build up your knowledge - all the grammar, all the vocab, all the speaking/listening skills, etc. It all interacts with each other. This is why last-minute learning (or cramming) is not really very useful - you need to work on the building process over weeks and months, as you have obviously already realised.

Here are some general tips which you may find useful:

- Organise your topic-based vocab and learn it. You'll need all that specialist vocabulary at your fingertips. There are various websites out there like Quizlet and Memrise which can be useful for learning vocab.

- Go through your essays and texts and make sure you understand the main ideas and opinions, as well as the arguments to support those opinions.

- Grammar - you need to be able to do all your tenses without thinking about them, conjugations have to be 100% correct if you want a decent grade. These are easy to revise, as are basics such as personal pronouns (me, te, le/la/lui etc but also y and en), relative pronouns (qui, que, dont, ce que, ce qui, use of preposition + lequel), use of du/de la/des and de on its own. Practice stuff like agreement of adjectives, agreement of past participles - make sure you understand the rules. If you need to improve your writing, then grammar is definitely something to work on: get a decent grammar book and make sure you do the exercises! The one I use with my students is this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gram.../dp/095706120X - the exercises come with answers that are actually explained so, if you have made a mistake, you've got a chance of understanding why/where you went wrong.

- Read, read and read. And then read some more. Not just about your topics, but anything. Any contact you have with French will help you build up your vocabulary and understanding of structures.

- Listen to some French - about 20 minutes to half an hour - every day if you can manage that. Le Journal en français facile on the RFI website is really useful as there is a transcript in case you get stuck.

- Try to speak some French every day. If you can, have lunch with your classmates and/or other people interested in speaking French and agree to speak French then - even just ten minutes a day will build up fluency and confidence. The nearer you get to your exams, the longer you can make your now really useful lunch break!
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