Message from Mrs J Parker, Head of Languages, for year 11 students and their parents/carers:
I am writing to make you aware of the forthcoming Year 11 GCSE French examination later this month: Speaking Controlled Assessment (Sport and Leisure).
The preparation sessions for this will take place in French lessons in the week beginning 15th – 19th October and the assessments will be in the week commencing 22nd October. Your child will have been told the date of their individual assessment. (Please note that because Mrs Stokes is accompanying the History trip to Berlin, her class will be doing these assessments the week before.)
We are preparing for these in class over the next 2 weeks and it is important that your child brings all notes and homework to each lesson. The languages staff is available to help with pronunciation and planning at lunchtimes and after school by prior arrangement. I am pleased to say that our 2 French assistants have arrived and will be running a lunchtime club once a week where, again, the students will be able to practise pronunciation and work towards greater fluency.
There are websites your child can visit to listen to clear French on the topic. The students who do best are those who are familiar with the material they have prepared and are able to speak clearly and with a good accent. I suggest www.linguascope.com. Our school username is lander and the password is polyglot. The students should look on the ‘intermediate’ section of the website. Also, the BBC Bitesize revision site is very good. Look under the topic heading ‘Healthy Living’.
Strategies for revising for Speaking tests include the following:
· Reading aloud to a real or imaginary audience
· Reading in your head and hearing how it sounds to you
· Putting pictures to your phrases and sentences to help both with pronunciation and retention of phrases ( a picture of a door could help with the phrase ‘médaille d’or’)
· Recording yourself reading your prepared work and then listening back to it
· Writing out your prepared sentences and phrases on alternate lines of a page with a phonetic version of difficult words on the empty lines
· Working with your teacher or the assistant at a lunchtime or after school as above!
As with all exams, it is important that your child gets enough sleep – particularly in the couple of nights leading up to the exam. A regular calm routine at bedtime helps with this. Research has also shown that a short walk in the fresh air on the morning of the exam is beneficial.
Thank you for your help at this time which can be very stressful for your child. With enough revision, I am sure he/she will be very successful!
Team Leader MFL