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I'm goinginto year 11 and I'm going to be doing GCSE French. I honestly know next to nothing. I've no idea where to start and my teachers have been so unhelpful. Help!
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you could use duolingo to help learn french?
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Hi! I just got my results and honestly my best advice is just to practice. Do practice speakings with yourself (a bit weird to begin with but you get used to it lol), practice translations, grammar etc. I recommend getting the Studio AQA GCSE French Grammar and Translation book - obviously only if you’re doing AQA! Try to integrate French into your daily life - for example, I used to talk to myself in French when I’d normally talk in English. It feels hella weird but it works!
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Don't answer the questions in English.
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sign up for duolingo, babbel and memrise. these are very very useful sites. it's also good to purchase workbooks like the one mentioned 2 posts above and to spend a fair amount of time everyday building up your knowledge. purchase a dictionary as well because it's good to learn idioms and complex phrases because examiners usually like those in writing assessments and it does help.
embed french into everyday life. constantly speak french, write french and immerse yourself into the culture. i did spanish gcse and i enjoyed watching spanish movies with subtitles and listening to spanish songs. in class my teacher would occasionally show us spanish magazines and newspapers and we had to translate unusual passages which also helped build up my vocabulary. each topic has certain vocabulary so you should familiarize yourself with it (i.e when you're in a classroom try to label everything and every event in french. for instance what time it is and what's in your schoolbag etc.).
for speaking make sure you know all the questions and how to respond to topics.

my whole spanish class was entered into foundation but the transition from year 10 to year 11 is huge after i was suddenly asked to do higher. i spent a lot of time in year 11 stepping up my grade by looking through mark schemes and understanding things i needed to say and do to score top marks. practice a little bit everyday and it will help.

more tips here. good luck
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I'm goinginto year 11 and I'm going to be doing GCSE French. I honestly know next to nothing. I've no idea where to start and my teachers have been so unhelpful. Help!
I feel you so much. My teacher is beyond unhelpful. Half the class is doing the actually GCSE, and just picked it because spanish was full, and the only other person who actually somewhat cared about french left. :mad:

However, to improve my grade (because failing is not an option) I am going to learn all the grammar and learn the vocab. Oh and for the speaking, I'd say it ould be best to just learn some really good phrases and if possible write out answers for the questions ahead of time.
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By speaking and writing in French. You're welcome.
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Don’t worry! I took gcse french as well and when I came to garde 11 I did not know ANYTHING but then I started working really hard and started memorizing as much vocabulary and sentences as I could and really made an effort.
I ended up getting an A , which isn’t too bad
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Chat to me... starting now
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Tbh, unless you’re doing it in a levels, I would make it the least of my priorities because it won’t really matter. Personally I got a B in my Spanish but I have friends that failed their languages and colleges/sixth forms didn’t really care coz their other grades were good
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sign up for duolingo, babbel and memrise. these are very very useful sites. it's also good to purchase workbooks like the one mentioned 2 posts above and to spend a fair amount of time everyday building up your knowledge. purchase a dictionary as well because it's good to learn idioms and complex phrases because examiners usually like those in writing assessments and it does help.
embed french into everyday life. constantly speak french, write french and immerse yourself into the culture. i did spanish gcse and i enjoyed watching spanish movies with subtitles and listening to spanish songs. in class my teacher would occasionally show us spanish magazines and newspapers and we had to translate unusual passages which also helped build up my vocabulary. each topic has certain vocabulary so you should familiarize yourself with it (i.e when you're in a classroom try to label everything and every event in french. for instance what time it is and what's in your schoolbag etc.).
for speaking make sure you know all the questions and how to respond to topics.

my whole spanish class was entered into foundation but the transition from year 10 to year 11 is huge after i was suddenly asked to do higher. i spent a lot of time in year 11 stepping up my grade by looking through mark schemes and understanding things i needed to say and do to score top marks. practice a little bit everyday and it will help.

more tips here. good luck
Thank yu, PRSOM
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By speaking and writing in French. You're welcome.
Wow, best advice here. Hands down 😏
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I went from getting 5s to 8 by the end just by learning all the vocab needed a week before the exam french isnt as hard as it seems all u need to do is print out all the words your exam board requires you to know and learn each one of them I wish I did that a bit earlier I could have got a 9
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Just did my Spanish GCSEs and got a 9 so here's just a few things I've done and was told by teachers

- To pass, the exam board expects you to know the basic tenses (Past, present, future). When I was taking French up until year 9, we were shown songs which helped me memorise the tenses (I still know them and we learnt them in year 7). You can find these on YouTube. Listening to them just a few times a day will definitely help you memorise the tenses.

- You MUST include opinions in order to enhance your work. For example, if you were to say 'Je joue au foot' (I play football), you should follow it up with 'Je joue au foot parce que j'aime ca.' Another way to improve this would to maybe add time phrases and/or connectives, e.g 'tous les mercredis je joue au football avec mon frère.' (Every Wednesday I play football with my brother). Detail is GREAT and teachers can really appreciate it when it is done correctly. I would suggest learning and knowing the vocab and connectives before you dive into adding it. Accuracy is of course the most important thing when learning languages, and it is better to not over complicate things or add things when you are not sure how to use it properly.

-Take 20 minutes of every day to learn vocab. You can do this through quizlet, memrise, duolingo or simply covering and saying out the words from the text book.

-Include over people's opinions and what THEY do during the day. Using the previous example, talk about how often your brother plays football or whether or not he enjoys it as much as you.

-Learn set phrases or connectives you can use in all courses/areas of discussions/topics. (e.g however, the way I see it, on the other hand, in my opinion, I believe that etc) With this you can expand your work by offering different opinions and perspectives.

-Listen to music, attempt to read articles, watch films. I can't say this works for me because I have never tried it, but if you are more of a visual learner, reading the lyrics and subtitles may really benefit you.

Hope these help
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Chat to me... starting now
Je deteste la Francais, cest merde
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Act French. Start eating baguettes for breakfast and hope for the best.
Just kidding. I cheated in all my mocks for French, so the school entered me in higher tier for the GCSE exam. I somehow got a 5, which I was happy with as that's the highest you can get in foundation anyways
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At gcse (or when I did it in 2017), I got an A by literally just learning all of the vocabulary. Most of the exam boards publish a vocab list and no words other than them should be on there! Then you can find/put them into a Memrise course which is handy for actually learning all the words. Also, learn some very basic grammar rules e.g agreeing adjectives and verbs to genders.

Good luck!!
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I just did GCSE French and German, wasn't predicted very well until I finished both Duolingo courses for them and I just got a 9 in each. You'll be fine
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Je deteste la Francais, cest merde
C'est le facon tu l'appris, avec les amis francais les formations deveint heureuse. Je le parle mieux que je l'ecrit, desolee.
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There's already some good responses on here.

I did French at GCSE, A level, Uni, and lived in France for a total of 3 years. However, I only started finding French EASY/EASIER after living in France as part of my uni course.

I found it especially hard at school at GCSE and A level and specialising in teaching English as a second language, reflecting on how I was taught at school I think they could teach it better! I surprisingly got an A at GCSE but only a C at A level (still I came out my uni degree with a 1st and a distinction in spoken French, one of the best leaving my year so goes to show that low grade at A level means nothing later on). Honestly... sometimes you've just got to do and say what those old examiners want to see and hear and if you get that wrong you're... well

Anyways... there's already some helpful comments here. These days there are so many language learning apps which weren't so popular when I was at school. Make use of them!

Also, I recommend you find past papers and study them. I know it's boring but look up new words.

When you have exams or just generally reading or listening whatever don't get too worked up if you don't understand a word or phrase. Try to understand the general sense of things and guess the meaning.

I know some Youtube channels you could look at.
https://www.youtube.com/user/lsfrench
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...with+geraldine

Listen to French/Francophone music:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Monogrenade
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKL...OhNwqoJo3sqXUQ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_...P42wOdoYaIk6og
https://www.youtube.com/user/Dapastudio
Personal fav (also like the Shakira version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMZVtFCU0ZQ
If you like disney consider listening to the French versions of the songs.

Listen to French radio:
http://www.listenlive.eu/france.html

Read children's stories:
https://www.iletaitunehistoire.com/
I also reccommend getting a copy of "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry if you have't read it already. Amazing book. Written for children but enjoyed by adults too. You can also listen and read on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChFPwOo4f80&t=3967s

Watch children's stories:
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ur+les+enfants

Watch French films:
Personally I love harry potter so watched them all in French. It was helpful when my French was not good because I already knew what was going on/ being said which helped me learn.

Get a French penpal:
https://mylanguageexchange.com/
(if you're a girl be wary of "creepy" French men... I've used this before and you can encounter that.. mostly nothing to worry about though!)

All these techniques can help even if you don't realise it because you can learn a language naturally but absorption. (Babies listen A LOT before they even begin to speak).
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