French for IGCSE Students
FRENCH FOR IGCSE STUDENTS
French is a language of love, expression and more. This expression is beyond just words, it’s a form of communication that is so strong and so divine. The French language is a well-known language in several international countries. French is a much-loved and much-admired global language. As such, schools in India have started introducing beginners and intermediate French courses from Class 10. The reason why French linguistic skills are seen as an important skill to pick up at the school level is that France, as a developed nation, offers many employment opportunities, as well as university programs for higher education. It is also a fact that the French language is relatively is easy to learn.
WHY COURSE IS IMPORTANT?
Learning the French language is an advantage by which you’re allowed to reach higher scopes and goals. This course is a chance for being able to step outside your comfort zone. There will be new challenges as every language is and you will be able to come out as a stronger and knowledgeable person. The syllabus consists of topics that will guide you through your introduction and the basic conversations. A stronger working memory than those speaking only one language. This helps with mental calculation, reading and other vital skills. The ability to switch from one task to another more quickly.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE COURSE?
- Do past papers. You’ll be able to find them online, and you can print them out and fill them in
- Listen to French radio
- Watch French TV/films with subtitles
- Find a native French speaker
- Cambridge IGCSE & International Certificate French Foreign Language (French Edition) ( PDFDrive ): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EwpZA30gFUnV23XFozwVbjdrYiUNIsve/view?usp=sharing
- Cambridge IGCSE Modern World History_ Option B_ The 20th Century ( PDFDrive ): https://drive.google.com/file/d/14SriRWulpSx6-3F4fn-12Z_oiIm2lCiO/view?usp=sharing
- Complete French All-in-One ( PDFDrive ): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XnJY0CqJ-4ctILF8uFgdiqr_ytS43MLO/view?usp=sharing
- French_ Phrasebook! – Over +975 French Phrases to Meet People, Socialize & Find Your Way Around – All While Speaking Perfect French! ( PDFDrive ): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GTNHtekU6KNkMVZDmAcT380d0AAOsaaS/view?usp=sharing
- The Everything Essential French Book_ All You Need to Learn French in No Time ( PDFDrive ): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fk_122jKLooBh1saqArN2zC4C0bOiOz6/view?usp=sharing
- Lessons in Cambridge IGCSE French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsDtk7Aql1A
- Example of a GCSE French speaking test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qICzuNzW8
- HOW I REVISED: GCSE FRENCH | A* student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U6FRlbBx_s
- French Listening Practice for Beginners A1 DELF – Top 35 Objective Questions Comprehension Oral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK0xf5ZW5u4
- 10 Top Tips for the French GCSE 9-1 Reading and Listening exams – HIGHER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWrmm_k08YY
IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER
- Speak loudly and clearly – it must be clear if the examiner is to hear all the good bits!
- Reply in full sentences to ensure you maximize your use of verbs.
- Try to say as much as possible for every answer you give. Extend your sentences by explaining and describing people/events in detail.
- Use a variety of tenses (past, present, future, conditional) wherever possible.
- Include attitudes and opinions (with reasons/justifications) for every answer.
- Talk in the 3rd persons (he/she/it and they) as well as the 1st persons (I/we).
- Given personal accounts, these will undoubtedly be original.
- Use your imagination – this is one exam where it doesn’t all have to be totally true!
- Use idiomatic expressions to make yourself sound more like a native.
- If you need time to stop and think, mask the hesitation with ‘fillers’ (‘well’…’er’ etc.) from the target language just as a native speaker would.
- Have plenty of learnt vocabulary/verbs ready to use, this will help you vary your language.
- Get plenty of practice and preparation answering the sorts of questions that may come up.
- Find out from your teacher examiner if he/she will be willing to practice with you in advance, as this will allow you to get used to their voice/accent and style of questioning.
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat/drink before the exam. You need brain power and energy to concentrate!
- Panic about making mistakes. You are bound to make a few but the exam is marked POSITIVELY so you are given credit for what you do well, not what you do wrong.
- Speak in English during the exam. The teacher examiner is under strict instructions not to respond to this so it will only waste time and also create a negative impression.
- Worry if you have to ask the teacher examiner to repeat something because you didn’t hear or understand it the first time. As long as you do this in the target language and provide an answer eventually, you shouldn’t lose marks for this.
- Think or worry about the timing of the exam. This is part of the teacher examiner’s job.
- Think about the exam too much once it’s over. What’s done is done and can’t be changed.