Any ideas on how to revise FRENCH speaking and writing?

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French speaking and writing coming up, any one got any good ideas to revise these subjects. MANY THANKS

Posted Sat 25th February, 2012 @ 12:52 by James Andrews

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Okay I haven't done French in a while, but her goes. When your doing French speaking you have to be condifent in yourself, if you are stuttering and struggling the examiner will immediately look at your weakness and you will be marked down because you haven't revised enough (happened to me). If you are doing French as a GCSE or an A Level, you may want to actually put on a French accent to make it sound more fluent and believable. Writing, you definetely have to look at verbs and adjectives and remember the adjectives comes after the verbs!!!! Look carefull at French connectives and you have to make sure that the sentences make complete sense. I hope this was helpful....any other questions just ask.


Answered Sat 25th February, 2012 @ 14:55 by Lucas Barker
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If it is a speaking, I generally write out my answers straight after I get set the task. I then try and learn it off by heart a sentence or two at a time. I then get my parents to pretend to be the examiner before my actual test and practice speaking it out to them. Use your 40 words on your plan sheets as prompts for you speaking. Maybe put one word every two sentences etc. :) 

Answered Sat 25th February, 2012 @ 15:52 by ercallander
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For french writing exams, I write out my answer again and again until it sticks in my mind and I can write it without looking at my notes. I also learn a couple of sentences at a time! For speaking exams, I find it easier to say my answer aloud rather than writing it down. Get someone in your family to test you because then you realize which parts you don't know so well :)

Hope this helps! :) 

Answered Tue 28th February, 2012 @ 20:37 by Little Miss Chatterbox
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The secret to success is being able to remember the material you wish to speak on or write about.  Your memory decays very fast unless you take steps to reinforce the material you are learning.  Ebbinghaus (1879 to 1885) did research that shows that if you have the correct revision programme the information you study will be put into your long term memory.  The best way to be able to review as he recommends is using Mind Maps.  These have key words that will recall the concepts you are learning.  if you look at my webs site ( you will see  a fuller explanation of Mind Maps.

The big problems you will have are nerves and self consciousness when facing the oral exam.  You MUST try and cultivate a good accent.  It will make a difference to your marks.  If you decide what you are going to talk about and learn the necessary vocabulary, you can then practice with your friends.  Overcome your inhibitions to speak in a French accent  (act the part- pretend you are in play) in this environment and it will be easy in front of the examiner.

You will be confident (for the  written and oral) if you know that you are master of the subject.  You need to overcome the problem of forgetting which is easy and does not impose a massive revision work load if you use the Mind Map approach.

I am a fluent french speaker so I have experience of the approach i am recommending.  I have used mind maps to help me make presentations and pass exams and I can assure you that they work.

Good luck, Christopher

Answered Thu 1st March, 2012 @ 13:30 by christopher Boyd
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i kept writing down what  i needed to learn, so id get my paper with the french on, id read a few words, then cover it, and try to remember and write down what i hav just read, and then when i knew that bit of by heart i read some more of myy french and i just kept repeating that process, and i came out with an A in that speaking exam :) so it really worked for me :) x

Answered Thu 1st March, 2012 @ 17:55 by Gabby Tracey