The reading and listening exams which you will sit in May are - to a large extent - tests of VOCABULARY. We have been going through the topic based vocabulary in class - filling in the English versions of the French words and phrases. Make sure you revise them all. The topic based vocabulary is in the second half of the booklet.
We will not have time in class to work through the miscellaneous vocabulary pages at the front of the booklet so I have recorded the French (so that you can HEAR what the words/phrases sound like should they come up in the listening exam) and have then recorded the English meanings. You could try writing in the ones you know and then listening to the audio files to check you were right - and to fill in any which you did not know! As always, focus your revision on the items which you DO NOT know. It might be a good idea to highlight these for ease of reference later.
I advise you to work through one or two of the following audio files per day - then really learning them! Here are the files to accompany page one of the GCSE vocab booklet (comparisons, connectives, prepositions, negative expressions and question words/phrases). More will follow soon ...
Here are the lists of vocabulary which we have encountered this term. For most of them I have included sheets with just the French and the same sheets with the English included also.
How to revise vocabulary:
Download the French only versions. Write/type in the English. Then compare against the version which has the English.
For some of the environment/home area sheets there is no English version so compare against the English translations noted in your "Home area" booklets in class earlier this term.
You can also paste French versions into an Excel spreadsheet (1st column) then type the English in the 2nd column and check against the correct English version. You can then hide the French column by scrolling along the bottom and try typing the French in column 3. Then scroll back to check against the French in column 1. You can keep doing this - alternate columns for French & English - until you know all the items.
To view them you will need to download the "For home use only" version of the Task Magic software. To do this go to http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/ and then from the menu bar on the left hand side click the button "Home use only" button. Et voilà!
Here is the next instalment of vocabulary revision - this time the most common verbs which crop up in GCSE reading and listening papers. The number to the right of the French indicates how many times the verb has appeared in the last five years. Revise particularly the most commonly recurring verbs, therefore.
And here are some sound files so that you can listen to the accidents/emergencies/problems vocab to establish whether you would understand them in a listening exam. The answers are all on the file above.