French Revision and Support

The course covers a variety of topics that are grouped into three themes.  Assessments are based on content from all three themes.  Please see a list of topics below.  For more information about the course, please see the specification here.

Knowledge Organisers for GCSE French can be found HERE

 

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topics:

 

1) Me, my family and friends:

  • Relationships with family/friends

  • Marriage and partnership

 

2) Technology in everyday life:

  • Social media

  • Mobile technology

 

3)  Free-time activities

  • Music 

  • Cinema & TV

  • Food and eating out

  • Sport 

 

4)  Customs and festivals in French speaking countries

Topics:

 

1) Home, town neighbourhood and region

 

2) Social issues:

  • Charity/voluntary work

  • Healthy/unhealthy living

 

3)  Global issues

  • Environment 

  • poverty /homelessness

 

4)  Travel and tourism

Topics:

 

1)My studies

 

2) Life at school/college

 

3)  Education post-16

 

4)  Jobs, career choices and ambitions





 

Exams

Listening (25%)

Speaking (25%)

Reading (25%)

Writing (25%)

What does this cover?

 

You will need to listen to a variety of audio material covering content from all themes and respond to the questions.  

 

There are 2 sections:

 
  • Section A - answer in English

  • Section B - answer in French

What does this cover?

 

You will need to communicate and interact in French on a variety of different topics across all the themes.  

 

There are 3 tasks:

 
  • Role-play

  • Photo card

  • General conversation

What does this cover?

 

You will need to understand and respond to different types of written language covering content from across all themes.

 

There are 3 sections:

 
  • Section A - answer in English

  • Section B - answer in French

  • Section C - translate into English

What does this cover?

 

You will need to produce written responses in French across a variety of different themes.  The tasks are different for Foundation/Higher.

 

Foundation tier:

  • Describe a photo

  • 40 word task

  • Translate sentences into French

  • 90 word task (choice from 2 sets of bullet points)

 

Higher tier:

  • 90 word task (choice from 2 sets of bullet points)

  • 150 word task (choice from 2 sets of bullet points)

  • Translate a passage into French

How should I revise?

Listening is a skill built up over time, so try to practise listening to French as much as possible.  Little and often is best.

 

The more you are familiar with vocabulary, the better, so revise key vocabulary from each topic area.  Make sure you listen to the words too so you are familiar with how they sound.  Remember that multi-choice questions in the exam often contain traps, so knowledge of time phrases, tenses, qualifiers, negatives and opinions is important as well as topic based vocab.  

 

Using past papers is a good way to revise.  Listen to the audio and do the question as if you were in the exam.  Afterwards, check your answers, look at the transcript and listen again.  Can you see where you lost any marks?  Look up and note down any tricky vocab.

How should I revise?

Knowledge of question words is important for the speaking exam, so revise key question words.

 

For the role-play, it is crucial that you understand the bullet points, so look at past role-plays and look up any tricky vocab.  Then give yourself 5 minutes preparation time to prepare your answers.  Remember, this is the only area where you do not need to expand - just give the required piece of information.  Similarly, for the photo card, look at examples from past papers.  Give yourself 5-6 minutes preparation time to prepare your answers (make notes), then practise saying them aloud.

 

Make sure you have prepared answers to the questions in your speaking booklet.  Remember to expand as much as possible.  Practice answering the questions in your speaking booklet, gradually reducing your dependance on it until you can answer without looking at your booklet. To help remember your answers, write prompts e.g. key words/words you find tricky/the first letter of each word in a sentence.

 Using flashcards is really useful - write the question on one side and the answer on the other, or pair up with someone and practice asking/answering the questions (in and out of order).

How should I revise?

As with the listening paper, the more you are familiar with vocabulary, the better, so revise key vocabulary from each topic area.  

 

Remember that multi-choice questions in the exam often contain traps, so knowledge of time phrases, tenses, qualifiers, negatives and opinions is important as well as topic based vocab.  

 

Using past papers is a good way to revise.  Read the text once through, then read the questions.  Look at the first question and identify the section of the text where you can find the answer.  Re-read that section very carefully - look out for traps (different subjects, tenses, negatives etc.), then answer the question.  Remember that you can use context and other words you know both in French and English to help you work out unknown vocabulary and make a sensible guess.  Once you have completed a past paper question, check the mark scheme.  For questions you got wrong, look back at the text, can you see how to get the correct answer?  Can you spot where you went wrong?  Look up and note down any tricky vocab.

How should I revise?

It is important to practise writing in French when preparing for the written paper.  This can be done in a variety of ways:

 
  • Use my topic revision sheets to practise writing key verbs and sentences on a variety of topics

  • Create your own mind maps - do one per topic and include key vocabulary, verbs in different tenses and some example sentences

  • Use past papers to practise past questions - make sure that you look up any unknown vocab used in the bullet points

  • Practise writing out answers to the questions in your speaking booklet

 

When writing, it is important that you are using a variety of tenses and that verb forms are accurate, so revise key verbs as well as appropriate time phrases.  Your Burglar Bill sheet can help with this.

 

You will need to express and justify opinions on all topic areas, so revise opinions vocabulary as well as ways you can uplevel your writing by introducing your opinions.

 

To access the higher grades you will need to ensure you use a variety of structures and some ‘wow’ expressions - use your Burglar Bill/work from class to create your own bank of these that you can use from topic to topic.

 

Make sure that you know some key vocabulary/sentence starters to describe a photo - use your describing a photo help sheet. 

 

Remember, you can show me any past paper writing questions you do as part of your revision and I will give you feedback.

Resources and useful links

 

Resources and useful links

 

Resources and useful links

 

Resources and useful links

 

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