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Help with 90 word essay for gcse french

I’ll post the pictures but does anybody know how I can improve my marks to get to the 9-10 for content and 5-6 for accuracy ?
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Apart from the targets I was already set
90 words? That's a paragraph not an essay. The only way I think you can get everything in is for your last year's holiday to be to your preferred and ideal one all in one.
Original post by mondays child
90 words? That's a paragraph not an essay. The only way I think you can get everything in is for your last year's holiday to be to your preferred and ideal one all in one.

oop soz I meant paragraph. Could you explain what you mean?
Original post by nikkiblonsky
oop soz I meant paragraph. Could you explain what you mean?

You can combine all three aspects in one or two sentences. Something on the lines of (to put in English to save a translation)- Last year I went on holiday to a cottage in Cornwall and it enabled me to relax by reading and going for walks. Such a beautiful place and the calm makes it my ideal and favourite holiday.
Original post by mondays child
You can combine all three aspects in one or two sentences. Something on the lines of (to put in English to save a translation)- Last year I went on holiday to a cottage in Cornwall and it enabled me to relax by reading and going for walks. Such a beautiful place and the calm makes it my ideal and favourite holiday.

oh i get it now! thx
@RazzzBerriesdo u hav any advice?
(edited 2 years ago)
You may want to refer to this thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2320896 which has some guidance for language work at the school level; it's more written for higher/AH but it is applicable to GCSE/A-level as well.

I don't know French so can't comment on what you've written directly but looking at the mark scheme for the accuracy section you've not attempted (enough) complex grammatical structures, and you haven't used three time frames/tenses (only two). You may also need to expand your vocabulary and make sure your style/register is relevant to the question (e.g. if it's something being written formally make sure you use any formal language, or if it's for friends to use more informal terms - I don't know French but in German an example would be Sie vs du).

For the content section you must've not addressed all the required points to not get into the top brackets. You may have also only expressed one opinion rather than several (although this is unclear). Otherwise it seems to be about conveying more information (avoid waffling I guess) and trying to be clear in what you are saying (which will follow largely from knowing your grammar and vocab).

Also generally speaking, for language exams, what my teachers used to emphasise was to lie and steal as much as we could :tongue: i.e. for "lying" we don't tell actual true stories about our lives - just write what we can with the vocab we use. If you've never been skiing it doesn't matter if you know all the vocab to write as if you had. For the "steal" it means just take set grammatical constructions that have been given to you on work sheets and just lift them whole into your responses with the vocab tailored to the question - this way you are using those more complex grammatical constructions to get those points, but keeping them relevant.
Original post by artful_lounger
You may want to refer to this thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2320896 which has some guidance for language work at the school level; it's more written for higher/AH but it is applicable to GCSE/A-level as well.

I don't know French so can't comment on what you've written directly but looking at the mark scheme for the accuracy section you've not attempted (enough) complex grammatical structures, and you haven't used three time frames/tenses (only two). You may also need to expand your vocabulary and make sure your style/register is relevant to the question (e.g. if it's something being written formally make sure you use any formal language, or if it's for friends to use more informal terms - I don't know French but in German an example would be Sie vs du).

For the content section you must've not addressed all the required points to not get into the top brackets. You may have also only expressed one opinion rather than several (although this is unclear). Otherwise it seems to be about conveying more information (avoid waffling I guess) and trying to be clear in what you are saying (which will follow largely from knowing your grammar and vocab).

Also generally speaking, for language exams, what my teachers used to emphasise was to lie and steal as much as we could :tongue: i.e. for "lying" we don't tell actual true stories about our lives - just write what we can with the vocab we use. If you've never been skiing it doesn't matter if you know all the vocab to write as if you had. For the "steal" it means just take set grammatical constructions that have been given to you on work sheets and just lift them whole into your responses with the vocab tailored to the question - this way you are using those more complex grammatical constructions to get those points, but keeping them relevant.


thank you so much for the advice!!!
Original post by nikkiblonsky
@RazzzBerriesdo u hav any advice?

Hey Nikki! I’m so sorry for the late reply, I haven’t been active on TSR for a while!
I’d say to maybe vary the verbs that you use or switch up the basic words (e.g à cause de... instead of parce que), examiners love to see a bit of spice in the midst of marking all these exams 🤣. But otherwise, I’d reiterate the advice above. Well done you!! You’re doing amazing xx
Original post by RazzzBerries
Hey Nikki! I’m so sorry for the late reply, I haven’t been active on TSR for a while!
I’d say to maybe vary the verbs that you use or switch up the basic words (e.g à cause de... instead of parce que), examiners love to see a bit of spice in the midst of marking all these exams 🤣. But otherwise, I’d reiterate the advice above. Well done you!! You’re doing amazing xx

aww thx luv!!!
go on pearson active learn!! they have a whole higher book if you want good grades! i use that for my french :smile:

also how are u revising for french?? (like vocab wise??) thankyou
(edited 2 years ago)
Buy the cahier du jour cahier du soir for the CM1 and CM2 classes and do the exercises. They're designed for French children ( 8/9 year olds) but are excellent for Brits trying to get a good grasp of grammar for GCSE, There are worked examples and exercises to complete with the answers provided at the back.You can find them on Amazon.
Original post by harlz_chalamet
go on pearson active learn!! they have a whole higher book if you want good grades! i use that for my french :smile:

also how are u revising for french?? (like vocab wise??) thankyou

here besties someone made a memorise deck containing all the vocab for gcse french (AQA) https://app.memrise.com/course/5978423/french-gcse-aqa-9-1-general-vocabulary/
Original post by harlz_chalamet
go on pearson active learn!! they have a whole higher book if you want good grades! i use that for my french :smile:

also how are u revising for french?? (like vocab wise??) thankyou

i cantttt, but do u know where i could find the higher bool
Original post by nikkiblonsky
i cantttt, but do u know where i could find the higher bool

just search persons (ur teacher probably has a login for it)!!

also thanks besti for the vocab xxx
Original post by nikkiblonsky
oh i get it now! thx

No what he said was entirely wrong, you must only talk about each bullet point separately - making new paragraphs for when you do. I see that your problem is accents, try and learn them but apart from that remembe the rule of 3 (3 verbs in each sentence) and reach out to me if you want more tips...

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