how am i suppose to revise for French HIgher GCSE reading and listening?

  • 4 votes

Finding it difficult, i know i could just learn every word in the text book but that would never work for me. Any tips from people who have done it in the past?

Posted Mon 5th March, 2012 @ 19:43 by edie

17 Answers

  • 9 votes

make sure you know your grammar really well, because no matter how much vocab you know it's useless unless your confident with that plus the really basic words like the evoir and etre strands, because in an exam it's those stupid little words that through you. and I'm affraid to say it, but you do need to learn the vocab! put words on sticky notes and place then on objects around your house eg. having the french word for door stuck to your door etc. and try drawing humourous cartoons labelled with the french words you need to know. And maybe record a load of vocab and stick it on your ipod, it may be a bit weird having "poubelle - bin" crop up between songs, but I garantee it will be worth it! But I don't advise sitting there staring at a sheet of black and white words, because none of it will go in, and if it were me I would kill myself with the boredom!!! hope this helped, and good luck :D

Answered Thu 8th March, 2012 @ 19:32 by Bethany
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i got an A* and i'm doing french for a level, i would definitely say that you just need practice of vocab, i found that sounds words cropped up which kind of threw me off because i wasn't expecting them o if you've been given vocab books learn them!!! i have a jar which i keep all little pieces of paper with the french word on one side and the english on the other, it's a good way of testing yourself because you just take one out and see if you know the other language. 

for listening, things like french songs and movies will help because you will get used to picking out key words etc.

one other MAJOR thing is learning little phrases such as ne..que.. and ne..pas... because things like this can really can what is being said and you can lose easy marks!

also grammar! at a minimum know the basics and make sure you can realise what tense a verb is in! make yourself grids with the keys verbs in and especially irregulars such as etre, aller and faire and the modal verbs because these are likely to come up a lot.. you've just got to be prepared, practice practice practice. If you keep doing past papers you'll become more and more accustomed to it - you can find podcasts online and liek i said, music will REALLY help with this sort of thing

Good luck!!

Answered Fri 9th March, 2012 @ 16:50 by Ella
Edited by Ella on Fri 9th March, 2012 @ 16:53
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Learn all the vocab that you are given as it really does help.

I downloaded a french radio app on my ipod and listened to that and also watched soem french TV channels to get used to the french accent and the speed they talk at (although it won't be as fast on the real thing!)

If you know your grammar and vocab then reading is soo easy. Listening is the one that will be difficult.

Good Luck


Answered Sat 10th March, 2012 @ 21:22 by Chelsie Robinson-Barr
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haha just did a practice of speaking listening in school and got like 21/40 :p  quite good for a first try! my teacher said to improve basically learn grammer and do all the past papers..the exams in like 2 months though

Answered Thu 8th March, 2012 @ 20:32 by Lamise Hassan
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My teacher is really good an she says to make sure you learn the tenses as they try to trick you.  Learn words like maintenaint, demain, hier, etc... and do quick vocab tests from the end of each chapter in the book.  Also speak the words aloud to yourself so that you know how they sound for the listening exam.

Answered Mon 30th April, 2012 @ 12:10 by Claire Harrison
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to revise for reading, what i do is print off all the past papers i can get my hands on and go through them.

  • highligt any word you don't know
  • highlight others you aren't sure of and write what you think they mean next to them
  • mentally translate as much as you can
  • make notes etc to help you remember the words you come across
  • when you think you have translated as much as you can, go through with a dictionary to find the meanings.
  • this way the most popular exam vocab will keep comming up untill you recognise it.

with listenings, do a similar thing using the transcript, then not only look up the words, but also the way it is pronounced using an online translator.

past papers are key, use as many as you can!

good luck!!!

Answered Sun 11th March, 2012 @ 18:05 by ;)
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I did a mock for listening and I got 13. E.

I just cannot get it.

However, in Reading I got a B.

I have no idea how I can boost my listening , because I've got A/A* in the C/A 's. I think, you should try to learn some defenitions of KEY WORDS, like activities, places, time,ect. and tricks they might use, like using gender, different tenses and negatives, they might be saying they dont like swimming, but many people pick on a key word , and if the question is what does he like, they might put swimming down, so grammar is important. maybe even saying them out loud, listening / reading french newpapers and radio or songs ect :)

Answered Thu 15th March, 2012 @ 19:00 by Meghna
Edited by Meghna on Thu 15th March, 2012 @ 19:05
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Make up little rhymes for grammar patterns to help you remember them, and keep going over vocab. You could try using games on the internet, some useful sites are:

hope this has helped :) remember practice makes perfect

Answered Thu 12th April, 2012 @ 19:00 by Jenni
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PRACTISE speaking, reading and writing and this should help with your confidence

Answered Tue 24th April, 2012 @ 17:16 by Alexxx0409
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i'm stuck too, there my first exams and i try to do the listning papers but there not filling me with confidence!

Answered Fri 27th April, 2012 @ 17:18 by kitty
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i have slight sensory processing disorder so the listenings are hard

Answered Fri 27th April, 2012 @ 17:44 by Nathan
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I find that the best way to revise for these french exams is to learn vocab and grammar, then do past papers. The more past paper, the better because the content tends to stick with you.

Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 11:59 by RFC1871 (Eden32)
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I learnt all of the higher vocab section by doing look, cover, write, check haha, see if it works for you :)

Answered Sun 13th May, 2012 @ 12:53 by Charlotte
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Learn all the words for the subjects talked about. Make sure you understand a lot of the basic words.

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 16:08 by Tezz
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You must do a little every day, and find something motivating.  I recommend RapideFrench ( where you can practice both:

1. Print the vocab for an article and test yourself (fold the English over) then you have a small list to learn

2. Translate the article now you know all the vocab

3. Listen to the article wtihout looking at the translation several times until you understand as much as you can

4. Listen to the article whilst looking at the transcripts.

The articles are by level; once you find your level have a go at listening to some at the levels below without looking at the vocab and transcripts first.  You'll be amazed at how much you improve after two weeks if you do one every day!

Answered Wed 19th September, 2018 @ 20:50 by RapideFrench
Edited by RapideFrench on Wed 19th September, 2018 @ 20:50
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my exams tomorrow

Answered Sun 13th May, 2012 @ 14:07 by Stewart
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Just do all work set and homeworks etc.. and you will be fine. I did no revision at all for the reading and listening and i got an A*!

Answered Thu 8th March, 2012 @ 21:42 by Kirsten