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hi,,,,,, i am rather confused as my french writing paper is in a few weeks HOWEVER the advanced information is really vague. does anyone know which topics will be assessed on or what we have to do? thank you in advance!
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Original post by lolsies5
hi,,,,,, i am rather confused as my french writing paper is in a few weeks HOWEVER the advanced information is really vague. does anyone know which topics will be assessed on or what we have to do? thank you in advance!


Hi, sorry for the late response, I was typing an answer last night but I accidentally closed the tab and couldn't be arsed anymore...

I think that the Advanced Information is quite clear on the writing. They showed clearly the vocabularies from parts of the specification that you need to know to gain full marks (on the extended writing questions), meaning that you will have to know only vocabularies from those specific parts of spec. "Students will be credited for using any relevant knowledge from any other non-listed topic areas when answering questions. Where areas have been listed, there is no expectation of knowledge beyond that identified in order to achieve full marks." If were you though, I would still revise all of the spec as it might make presenting your ideas more fluent and it may come up in the lower marked questions in Foundation, and/or the Translation in Higher. I won't say that you need to know 100% of the words on the list but at least 95% as you can pick and choose the specific words you use. However I guess you can say it isn't very helpful, as for higher, AQA only took out 2 out of 12 topics.

For 2022, we also get a choice of 3 in the extended writing tasks. As there are only 3 main themes in AQA, I am hoping that for each question, each choice will be one of the 3 themes, meaning still being able to obtain a higher mark if you are particular weak on a theme.

The Advance Information did not mention anything on grammar nor tenses, so know all the rules especially if you do higher as you do need to know at least 3 tenses (l'imparfait, present, passé composé, futur simple, conditionnel).

Moving forward, I recommend the CGP French Workbook writing tasks if you already have, not a good value for money if you don't already as we only have writing left. Alternatively, do past papers or exam questions from teachers. This allows you to train your brain to come up with the vocabularies and grammar rules quicker.

CGP French Workbook: https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/gcse/languages/french/faq41-gcse-french-aqa-exam-practice-workbook
AQA Past Papers: https://www.aqa.org.uk/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes
AQA French Changes for 2022: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/changes-for-2022
AQA French Vocabulary list GCSE: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/subject-content/vocabulary

Hope this helps and good luck 🙂
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(Original post by Zantu)Hi, sorry for the late response, I was typing an answer last night but I accidentally closed the tab and couldn't be arsed anymore...

I think that the Advanced Information is quite clear on the writing. They showed clearly the vocabularies from parts of the specification that you need to know to gain full marks (on the extended writing questions), meaning that you will have to know only vocabularies from those specific parts of spec. "Students will be credited for using any relevant knowledge from any other non-listed topic areas when answering questions. Where areas have been listed, there is no expectation of knowledge beyond that identified in order to achieve full marks." If were you though, I would still revise all of the spec as it might make presenting your ideas more fluent and it may come up in the lower marked questions in Foundation, and/or the Translation in Higher. I won't say that you need to know 100% of the words on the list but at least 95% as you can pick and choose the specific words you use. However I guess you can say it isn't very helpful, as for higher, AQA only took out 2 out of 12 topics.

For 2022, we also get a choice of 3 in the extended writing tasks. As there are only 3 main themes in AQA, I am hoping that for each question, each choice will be one of the 3 themes, meaning still being able to obtain a higher mark if you are particular weak on a theme.

The Advance Information did not mention anything on grammar nor tenses, so know all the rules especially if you do higher as you do need to know at least 3 tenses (l'imparfait, present, passé composé, futur simple, conditionnel).

Moving forward, I recommend the CGP French Workbook writing tasks if you already have, not a good value for money if you don't already as we only have writing left. Alternatively, do past papers or exam questions from teachers. This allows you to train your brain to come up with the vocabularies and grammar rules quicker.


CGP French Workbook: https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/gcse/languages/french/faq41-gcse-french-aqa-exam-practice-workbook
AQA Past Papers: https://www.aqa.org.uk/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes
AQA French Changes for 2022: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/changes-for-2022
AQA French Vocabulary list GCSE: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/subject-content/vocabulary

Hope this helps and good luck 🙂

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