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I am going into Year 13 and wanted some tips on how to get an A in A level french??

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For listening/reading/translation - if you're on a new specification, try and get hold of specimen papers, but don't stop there. Once you've used up all the current resources, use papers from other boards and old specifications because French itself doesn't change that much and you'll have a better idea of how the sometimes confusing French A-level marking system works ! Make use of all resources provided by the exam board, even if you were on lousy Eduqas like me who only provided a few exercises that didn't even cover the whole spec. If that's the case, refer to the specification closely and make sure you're doing what it wants. Above all I would say that immersion is key.

For oral - READ and make notes! Look at your specification and gather as many articles as possible on what topics you could possibly be asked about - run over grammar and make sure you're throwing lots of subjunctive in there for an A. A useful thing I did was to record myself answering specimen questions and going over them with a fine-toothed comb afterwards. For your IRP, make sure you pick a subject that interests you so you won't get bored easily, because being enthusiastic about your topic goes a long way because you'd know about it regardless.

For essays - revision guides are useful, but my best asset was my teacher. Pick some sample essay questions and write some up in timed conditions, then give extra essays in regularly for marking and criticism. V useful technique for English A-level too!

Just about to start studying French at Oxford so pm me if you have any more questions xx
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(Original post by moggygeorgieee)
For listening/reading/translation - if you're on a new specification, try and get hold of specimen papers, but don't stop there. Once you've used up all the current resources, use papers from other boards and old specifications because French itself doesn't change that much and you'll have a better idea of how the sometimes confusing French A-level marking system works ! Make use of all resources provided by the exam board, even if you were on lousy Eduqas like me who only provided a few exercises that didn't even cover the whole spec. If that's the case, refer to the specification closely and make sure you're doing what it wants. Above all I would say that immersion is key.

For oral - READ and make notes! Look at your specification and gather as many articles as possible on what topics you could possibly be asked about - run over grammar and make sure you're throwing lots of subjunctive in there for an A. A useful thing I did was to record myself answering specimen questions and going over them with a fine-toothed comb afterwards. For your IRP, make sure you pick a subject that interests you so you won't get bored easily, because being enthusiastic about your topic goes a long way because you'd know about it regardless.

For essays - revision guides are useful, but my best asset was my teacher. Pick some sample essay questions and write some up in timed conditions, then give extra essays in regularly for marking and criticism. V useful technique for English A-level too!

Just about to start studying French at Oxford so pm me if you have any more questions xx
Omg CONGRATULATIONS on getting into Oxford! That's amazing and well done!!!! And thank you for your response!
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