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Edexcel French Syllabus Link

Friday May 10th

We will look at AQA 2018 Series Reading and Writing Papers, you probably did the Edexcel ones for your Mock Exams.

Here is a copy of the 2018 Listening paper from AQA

Here is a copy of the MP3

Monday April 29th

You need to be ready to do a dummy run of the Speaking Exam which is coming up imminently.

Here is the listening paper from Edexcel for June 2015

Here is a link to the MP3 for the listening paper for June 2015

Here is the reading paper for June 2015

Friday April 26th

You need to be ready to do a dummy run of the Speaking Exam which is coming up imminently.

Here is the listening paper from Edexcel for June 2016

Here is a link to the MP3 for the listening paper for June 2016

Here is the reading paper for June 2016

Throughout March and April we worked on reading and translation skills. We revised grammar in particular verbs and their conjugation in various tenses.

Friday 1st March

Translation and strategies for listening, reading and writing papers.

Look down this blog to Thursday 4th October for an Edexcel Past Paper Listening which you should be able to access directly from this page.

Here is the Higher Reading paper for June 2017.

Thursday 21st February

Practising translation tasks and strategies for approaching the translation element.

Friday 15th February

Preparation for your presentation on the theme of Environment.

Thursday 7th February

Preparation for your presentation on the theme of Environment.

Friday 1st February

Preparation for your presentation on the theme of Environment.

Friday 11th January

Preparation for your presentation on the theme of Environment.

Thursday 13th December

Preparation for your presentation on the theme of Environment.

Thursday 6th December

Here we will finish the Holidays theme. We will look at one further set of role play and picture stimulus cards from Eduquas.

We will also look at some Christmas traditions in France. In particular December 6th in the very East of France is an important day for children.

You would be advised to get your answers ready theme by theme for the speaking exam in May 2019.

If each time we meet, you can bring some of your preparation, we can make sure it is all fine and then get a correct version you are happy with recorded onto your phones as a sound file. From this you can make sure you can pronounce everything correctly too.

British singer Annie Lennox released an album of Christmas songs in 2010. On this album was her version of this French Christmas Carol. I always think of this one as being therir equivalent of 'Away in a manger' as it is so often sung by Primary School children.

Thursday 29th November

We looked at another set of role play and picture stimulus GCSe cards from Eduqas.

We looked at the theme of school and had some model answers to look at on this theme

Thursday 22nd November

We will continue to work on the Holidays theme for the Spoken exam. I have one set of Higher Speaking for the new syllabus from another board AQA/WJEC and of course, we can look at anything you may have prepared for your own work.

Thursday 15th November

We will continue to work on the Holidays theme for the Spoken exam. I have one set of Higher Speaking for the new syllabus from another board (WJEC) and of course, we can look at anything you may have prepared for your own work.

Thursday 8th November

We will continue to work on the Holidays theme for the Spoken exam. I have one set of Higher Speaking for the new syllabus from another board and of course, we can look at anything you may have prepared for your own work.

Thursday 1st November

We will continue to work on the Holidays theme and look at anything you may have brought along to work on as well. Perhaps looking at what feedback you got for your mock exams.

Wednesday 24th October

There are some Welsh Board Sample Materials (similar to those you will encounter), we can work on.

You still have a listening past paper and plenty of speaking prep to work through. We began working on Holdiays theme, with a detailed question and answer model.

Thursday 18th October

There's lots you can do for your speaking preparation and there's also the past paper listening under the 4th October. I will see if I can source some genuine Sample Materials for your new syllabus or at least those from other exam boards.

Thursday 11th October

You had a further model presentation to work on about the theme of health.

There were some activities from the previous week to complete and you now have your speaking exam questions to prepare as well.

I have one on environment and one on the town itself (some overlap of themes here) this will help you with the speaking (and writing) preparation.

Thursday 4th October

You were going to adapt the model I found for you about family and friends to make it more your work.

You also had the regular -ir and -re verbs work to work through. Hopefully this should help you get to grips with how Regular French verbs work in the present tense.

You said you do the Edexcel Examination board at school, so it is likely that they will use the sample material and of course last summer's (only) past paper.

Eduqas - The Welsh Government board have a lot of resources online available currently for free... We may have a look at their materials.

AQA also have some material they have provided as do OCR - Listening material for the current papers is very rare as there has been just one cohort through the new 9-1 system. However any listening practice is useful. If I can load some things their links will appear below in blue...

Here is a past paper from Edexcel 2017 Higher Listening (so aiming for grades 9-5)

Here is a link to the MP3 of the listening paper higher 2017

Friday 28th September

We would look at anything you may have prepared to enable you to better speak about yourselves, your family, pets and friends in an exam situation and the first family of regular verbs in the present tense the '-er' verbs.

We discussed background listening to get you used to spoken French. Many French radio stations will have Francophone music and Anglo-Saxon music broadcast, but the chitchat, adverts and news etc will be in French. You won't understand it all, but you will certainly begin to pick out the odd word and begin to be used to the sound of French.

Here is a link to Radio Garden. It streams free live radio stations around the world. The link will take you to a Radio station in Brittany near where I used to live in France.

Radio Garden

At the bottom of this page I will add some music videos from YouTube of current French singers and bands.

Thursday 20th September

We will continue to look at tense formation including the future and imperfect tenses.

Thursday 6th September

We discussed aspects of grammar including the formation of the Present Tense, the Perfect Tense with avoir, être, reflexive verbs and the equivalents in English.

This website gives you a good guide to the formation and use of the French Present Tense.

Kyo - Le Graal

A band started in the 1990s who continued to 2005 and then came back in 2013 with a handful of songs including this one, whose video seems to star Rasputin the monk from the Russian Revolution...

Zaz - Tous les cris les SOS

Zaz began her career in 2010. She has had many varied hits. This one is a cover version of a 1980s track by the late Daniel Balavoine who tragically died at the height of his fame in a helicopter crash.

Mylène Farmer - N'oublie pas

The most successful singer in the history of Francophone music is Mylène Farmer. She is nicknamed the French Madonna. They began their careers around the same time, but unlike Madonna, Mylène is still getting number one and top ten hits in France. This one is part French part English duet with LP a pretty much unheard of in the UK American singer.

Mylène's 1991 number one hit Desenchantée is the most sold French song in history.

Slimane - Paname

There are also a lot of rap singers in French, some of whom are autotuned! This one is one of the least annoying tunes (no autotuning all that detectable)


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