GCSE French Speaking AQA 9-1 Quick Tips Watch

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I'm in no way an expert in French, in fact I was at a solid level 3/4 for most of the year, but I just finished my oral examination and my teacher told me off record, I'll most likely be getting an 8-9. I thought I'd just impart some revision tips onto you guys specifically for my course.

  • If you don't have time, you don't have to memorize every single answer to every single question, just make sure you know what the questions mean, and understand what you have to write and talk about in every question. For the role play and photocard, the questions do come from some of the modules and overlap. it really helps to understand and formulate a brief answer for the questions not only for the general conversation, but also for the role play and photocards.
  • A lot of the modules overlap with each other, so make sure to use it to your advantage to further your grade. Make sure you try to use atleast a couple of if clauses and subjunctives, if you want to really pazazzzzz your grades. They're super easy to form and if you know just a few of them, you can repeat them constantly. I kept on saying stuff like "Il est important que je puisse me detendre". I would use it while talking about school and vacation, so you can repeat a lot of your subjunctives and if clauses. You can also use phrases such as "Si j'avais les temps, je jouerais au foot dans mon temps libre" to talk about your hobbies and whenever it suits you, just change the verb. So if you're talking about going out with friends, you could say "Si j'avais les temps, je sortirais avec mes amis." As long as you know the rules for if clauses, you'll be golden. You can also use these if clauses and subjunctives in your role play when you prepare your answers. It's definitely a way to impress your examiners, because I believe the subjunctive is an AS level tense, but its still super easy.
  • In the general conversation, the examiner usually has a tick list of list of tenses you've used, so don't over saturate your work with if clauses and subjunctives, use other tenses such as conditional and past/present/future/imperfect etc....
  • Remember to drink lots of water and keep your voice clear and fluent. Avoid stuttering, because the recorders they use are absolutely ****e, so you need to make that extra effort to be clear.
  • If you don't know the answer to a question, instead of trying to formulate one on the spot and messing up your fluency, it would be better to just give a short answer or an opinion, which would result in higher marks for fluency, and you can make up for content in latter questions.
  • Try to incorporate a reason for everything. As long as you have a reason/justification, you'll be golden and you'll do well. Also give your opinion on things, again, it's super easy to do. Just say "Je pense que c'est........"
  • Lastly, if you have a week or more left till your speaking exam, honestly just do your best to memorize your answers to all the questions, but keep your answers to a line or two. It's so much better to have only a line or two for every question and understand them all, rather than write an essay for one question and barely know what to say for all the others. It took my a couple of days to memorize all 80 questions, because my answers were only a couple of lines, so they were easy to memorize, and trust me - Memorizing your answers is one of the easiest ways to achieve top marks if you're not as confident in your abilities like me. Because I memorized my answers, I knew what most of the questions meant in my role play, or else I would've been screwed. But take these tips with a grain of salt, if you don't memorize your questions completely, you might be stuck in the exam with a completely blank mind, so always have backup phrases to say. As long as you know what to talk about, I'm sure you'll be able to think of something on the spot.


Useful phrases for photocard - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resourc...ench-11434301#

Examples of subjunctives to use - https://www.talkinfrench.com/french-...ctive-phrases/

Rules for if clauses - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S5T...ew?usp=sharing


These revision tips are probably bland and not very helpful, but hopefully they can help you a bit. One last thing, your speaking will help you a lot with your writing as well, because if you do end up memorizing your answers, you'll be able to use those and formations of the subjunctive/if clause in your writing, since those 8 modules covers most of the writing exam as well. So it's essentially a "double whammy" as my Canadian biology teacher says.
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Thank you thank you thank you
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Thank you so much...you have honestly made the exam on friday so much less daunting. What a hero, honestly thank you 🙌🏼
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Thank you thank you thank you
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Ahahaha, cheers and good luck on your exams! Let's try and get through all of this together
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Thank you so much...you have honestly made the exam on friday so much less daunting. What a hero, honestly thank you 🙌🏼
No problem! I'm sure you'll do really well, and 4 days is plenty of time to revise! :bumps:
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I have one day before my french speaking and I haven't really had time to revise. What should I do?
Hey, if I were you, just go through all the questions and make sure you can translate and understand all the questions. Then, try and form some if clauses and subjunctives that you can use throughout your general convo and role play etc... Use the resources I attached, and for the photo card, try to remember some of the key words in the attachment above, like "Sur la photo, on se voit......"
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I also need help with some adjectives that I can use to describe my opinions. For example, I know inoubliable and incroyable but apart from that I'm not sure
genial, interessant, fascinant, delicieux, facile, difficile, super, bien, tres bien, ennuyeux, amusant, rigolo, drole, triste, deprimant, tragique
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Thanks for this I'm in maths lesson right now and I am skimming through my flashcards as my speaking exam starts in 1 hour. I also aspire to get 8/9 as I received an 8 in my last mock. I appreciate these documents xx
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Honestly this helps me more than you can imagine, definitely makes me less worried about the oral next week. Do you by any chance have the link to the 80 possible questions that may come up? Thanks for this thread mate.
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Honestly this helps me more than you can imagine, definitely makes me less worried about the oral next week. Do you by any chance have the link to the 80 possible questions that may come up? Thanks for this thread mate.
No problem! The 80 questions that come up in your general conversation are on page 196-197 of your AQA French textbook.
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Thank you so much! It really helped and my french speaking actually went really well!
Wow, that's amazing, I'm so happy for you!!
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No problem! The 80 questions that come up in your general conversation are on page 196-197 of your AQA French textbook.
Sorry to bother you further but is there any way you can send a picture, my school does not have any french textboooks at school. :s
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You do realise that you’re not allowed to discuss what went on in your exam, online or irl? At my school anyway, apparently there’s a chance you could be disqualified if AQA find out. We’ve been told not to talk about it until exam season is over.
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You do realise that you’re not allowed to discuss what went on in your exam, online or irl? At my school anyway, apparently there’s a chance you could be disqualified if AQA find out. We’ve been told not to talk about it until exam season is over.
Maybe, but i wasn't really told about this in my school, and these are more general tips for french orals, not specifics. Everyone knows the structure of the exam, and what it entails anyways.
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You do realise that you’re not allowed to discuss what went on in your exam, online or irl? At my school anyway, apparently there’s a chance you could be disqualified if AQA find out. We’ve been told not to talk about it until exam season is over.
I think that rule is more to do with the exam content itself, not so much tips regarding the exam. So if I had explicitly said any of the questions i guess i could be in trouble, but i think i was imparting advice more so, that had been already imparted onto me by my teacher.
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Thank you so much
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did you speak slow or fast?
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did you speak slow or fast?
It was all a blur to me, but I think and I hope I spoke slowly and took my time. If you're doing it soon, just speak slowly and clearly.

1. It's easier to understand and your voice is more intelligible.

2. You'll be asked less questions if your answers are longer as a result of speaking slower, but don't be too slow since you don't want to make it seem like you're thinking of answers on the spot.
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THANK YOU, speaking exam in 13 days and not prepared at all
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THANK YOU, speaking exam in 13 days and not prepared at all
13 days is a lot of time! I'm starting to question why my school did our speaking 2 weeks ago ahahahah. But I guess it's better since I won't have to stress about that anymore. Now I only have to stress about my other 23 exams.

But Good Luck!
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