Modern Languages

GCSE French students preparing for their Presentation and Discussion Exam, which does count for 15% of their final GCSE grade have their exam is on Thursday 17th March. All students have been informed of the date and time and location. Further details can be found on notice boards in the MFL Faculty.

All students should have prepared a presentation and discussion using guidance and resources given in class ( also attached). The presentation should be 2-3 minutes long and the discussion will last for 3-4 minutes. Please remember that revision and support sessions are Mon-Thurs for an hour after school every week except holidays until their final exams in May. Students just need to sign up for these on sheets posted on the language office door.

Structured Conversation Exam Booklet

GCSE French Revision 2016

GCSE French Reading and Listening Exam Practice

Japanese, French and SpanishWhen is your exam likely to be?
(Times to be confirmed nearer the exam!)
  • Tuesday 17th May 2016 AM:

    French Listening examination Foundation and Higher

    French Reading examination Foundation and Higher

  • Friday 20th May 2016 AM:

    Spanish Listening examination Foundation and Higher

    Spanish Reading examination Foundation and Higher

  • Tuesday 7th June PM:

    Listening and Understanding in Japanese

    Reading and Understanding in Japanese

  • Monday 13th June AM:

    Writing in Japanese

Exam Codes
Japanese GCSE Listening: Edexcel 5JA0101
Japanese GCSE Speaking: Edexcel 5JA0201
Japanese GCSE Reading: Edexcel 5JA0301
Japanese GCSE Writing: Edexcel 5JA0401
WJEC French Listening Unit 1 4221
WJEC French Speaking Unit 2 4222
WJEC French Reading Unit 3 4223
WJEC French Writing Unit 4 4224
WJEC Spanish Listening Unit 1 4521
WJEC Spanish Speaking Unit 2 4522
WJEC Spanish Reading Unit 3 4523
WJEC Spanish Writing Unit 5 4524

Tips for Exam Success
  • Tell your parents! Get someone at home involved in your revision. They don’t have to understand what you’re doing to help you prepare flashcards and test you on key vocabulary
  • Remember you are not alone. There is always somebody to support you. It is a team effort!
  • Attend revision sessions and master classes
  • A little a lot and often will go a long way to helping you get the grade you would like!
  • Chunk it up/Break it down – don’t do everything at once! It can be overwhelming and can knock your confidence!
  • Be honest! Know your strengths and weaknesses. What skill area do you need to work on more? What topic area are you least confident with?
  • Don’t let yourself or your teacher down by wasting your time by not trying hard! Listen to the advice that you are being given
  • Earn your free time. Give yourself a reward for working hard. Set yourself mini targets
  • Get control over your speaking and written assessments! If they are at your target grade then you are more likely to achieve a good grade in the final result in August!
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Top Revision Tips

  • Try and learn 10 new words each week (a couple each day).
  • Make a set of vocabulary cards for each of the main topic areas. Use pictures or words
  • Make a list of the 10 most common verbs
    and make sure you can conjugate them in the present, past and future tenses
  • Make a spider diagram to jot down words and phrases for a topic area
  • Employ a range of language learning strategies:
    Look, cover, write, check, cue cards, hangman, post-it notes, study buddy.
  • When you write down vocabulary, extend this by also writing down a synonym to go with the word
  • Keep a list of “false friends” – words which look like English words but have a totally different meaning
  • Improve your listening skills by using the materials that are on the GCSE Bitesize Revision website or doing past papers
  • Record yourself on your mobile phone to practice your Speaking
  • Little and often is best. Just spending 10 minutes a day going through vocabulary will have the most impact

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Ryun

Useful Revision Tools

· Listen to French/ Spanish radio

· Watch foreign films with subtitles

· The College website/student shared area (languages) revision resource area has a variety of downloadable resources that you can access to help you revise key grammar, structures and vocabulary

· Get yourself – a revision guide – do a little and often. Don’t leave it to the last minute!

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Take a look at some of these websites!

General Websites
BBC Bitesize

Languages Online

WordReference Online Language Dictionary

MFL Sunderland

AlloCine: Cinema, TV, Stars, Videos,, DVD et VOD

University of Texas - French Grammar Resources

Le Figaro

Le Monde

AQA Exam Board

Key Materials from the AQA website, including specimen question papers and mark schemes

El Pais

Elmundo es

Spanish Resources from Cuymaca College

Espanol Extra

Beginner and Intermediate Spanish

Radio Nacional de Espana


Revision Sessions
  • Master classes for French will be held for an hour after school Mon-Thurs. Spanish are after school on a Tuesday lunchtime and after school. Other slots may be available – consult with your teacher
  • Japanese revision sessions are on Thursdays after school
  • Extra Master Class Revision sessions for Foundation and Higher candidates will also be available after school in the week beginning 11th April after the Easter Holidays. Exact dates and times will be published nearer the time
  • Hot lessons will held in the morning of your exam to help you prepare

Tips for when you’re in the exam!

  • Make sure you have a black pen and a spare
  • Take in a highlighter
  • Read questions carefully and look at the examples
  • Highlight the theme, key words in the question and in the answers
It could be the difference between a grade boundary!
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Bonne Chance!
Buena suerte!
Remember you are not alone! You can do it!
“Perseverance is a great element of success; if you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow