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#1 superstar

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 06:15 PM

smile.gif Hey does anyone else do higher french???
Its kinda hard to revise for wot are you all gona do??
Any advice would be great!
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Posted 15 May 2004 - 06:48 PM

Yeah i'm doing french this yr

i think french is one of the easiest highers you can do! if ur good at memorising things you can easily bank 25% of ur grade before even sitting the final

then the close reading passage isnt ever that challenging, and again if ur good at learning things the essays shouldn't be too hard either

id say the listening is the hardest bit

as for revision, do past papers, practice papers (there's a grey book published by Gibson for reading/directed writing practice), learning phrases, especially for the directed writing as the topic is very predictable

you should be able to get some listening recordings from your teacher from past papers so that's an excellent way to practice, there's also a book that was recently published by leckie and leckie specifically for Higher French and it's got a CD with it so that's good practice too

also become familiar with your dictionary, since ur allowed it in the whole exam its an excellent way to boost ur marks! many have verb tables at the back and lots of phrases you can easily put into an essay, accurately and it saves you having to learn them

good luck & all the best with it biggrin.gif

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 06:50 PM

I agree. Languages are so easy compared to other subjects and that's part of the reason I loved doing them before exam years.

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 09:38 PM

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Languages are so easy compared to other subjects


I dont think languages are easier than all other sujects!!! I think they are just as challenging and i feel that you are making out people just take languages as an easy option and they certainly are not!!

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 09:42 PM

too right i got a grade 1 last year in French as in everything else which was my best result and i even failed the listening but the amount of learning involved and all those essays made my feel sick when my head of year suggested i follow it up next year to fill a column ohmy.gif

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 10:21 PM

QUOTE (superstar @ May 15 2004, 10:38 PM)
I dont think languages are easier than all other sujects!!! I think they are just as challenging and i feel that you are making out people just take languages as an easy option and they certainly are not!!

Dunno if this was at partly directed at me, but i wouldn't say languages are an 'easy' higher, there isnt an easy higher!

if ur someone who can learn a page of text and thats how ur mind works then its relatively straightforward

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 10:32 PM

If your speaking exam went well then youve already got a good chance! The hardest is probably the listening, last years tape was quite slow for a change so hopefully this year it will be aswell. Iv got a lot of short essayson different topics that could possibly come up after the listening if anyone wants to see them. Its just things like essays on money,quarrels,household tasks,holidays,etc. Keep doing the readings and also,directed writing(the essay which follows readings). Learn phrases such as how you got there and what the journey was like,saves a lot of time. By the time of my prelim I could write a directed writing in 20minutes. Also, just read a lot of vocab if youve been noting it throughout the year,simple words can save a lot of time during the reading exam and you won't have to look them up! smile.gif

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 03:05 PM

I got 71% in my prelim, just an A. My teacher isn't good though and I frown upon her reverse psychology, confidence dampening strategy of saying in a round about way that my work quality has become poorer as the year has progressed. 20/25 in the speaking which is OK. Hopefully the reading paper is nice, usually not too bad and my marker doesn't have quite the same feelings for my writing work as my teacher has had of late. The speaking is a bit hit or miss, probably the hardest aspect but I've been getting 13-16/20 which is OK. Good luck to everyone. As far as revision goes practice exams, tense revision, vocab learning and french TV are all a good idea I think.
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Posted 20 May 2004 - 04:00 PM

Hey i got 20/25 for my speekin too. I am quite worried about the exam mostly about the listenin as i hate it and cant do it very well. If the writings are on ok topics then it will b ok but of not help and please... no conditional tense!!!!!!

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 04:57 PM

hi, the conditional's not so bad - endings are really similar to the future. this link might be of some use, i dunno: http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa120599.htm
my 2 teachers have been faffing about worrying us with the subjunctive and such but to get an A grade you don't require to know the subjunctive.
i think the listening is the biggest step up from standard grade; it's so fast with no breaks between questions. i think it's best not to worry about answering the listening questions exactly until it's all over. i think just jotting down words and phrases when listening and putting them together to answer the questions during the 2 min break or after the tape's switched off is best. gd luck and gd luck with maths tomorrow if ur doing it sad.gif
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Posted 20 May 2004 - 07:02 PM

The listenin is hard enough but the listening is over the break time at our school so we will have to put up with all that roudiness as well as the fast french which is hard enough as it is!

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 07:13 PM

After just reading all those posts im glad i did not pick higher french. tongue.gif
All the way from 1st year i kicked ass in french, and got str8 1's for my SG's. biggrin.gif
But the thought of doing it again in 5th year, hah u gotta be joking.
Just the thought of it makes me fall asleep!! dry.gif
Lol dont let me put u off the subject, im sure if i did take it this year i would have loved it, especially since now u have this close reading thing to do.
Oh gr8...

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 07:21 PM

Close reading????
No we dont!
Only a reading but it is just more complicated than SG with a 10 mrk translation at the end!

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Posted 22 May 2004 - 02:35 PM

I just noticed that the reading paper in 1995 was the exact same as the paper in 2000, with just a few different word orders in the questions! Im hoping if I do enough past papers, the same will cum up this year! tongue.gif

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Posted 22 May 2004 - 03:32 PM

1995 is the same as the specimen paper, not 2000

I seriously doubt they'd use the same passage twice, but then again it is the SQA...

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 04:36 PM

Good luck for the exams tomorrow! biggrin.gif
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Posted 25 May 2004 - 11:42 AM

Well that was alright. Found the reading pretty easy and I think my 2 writings are decent too. The listening was a bit harder, it's so fast but I think I did OK there too. Hopefully I'll get an A.
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