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What is the best way to prepare for GCSE Edexcel French Listening exams?
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I did this exam so I know exactly how you feel!
PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND PRACTICE! I know it sounds so cliche but it`s the only way to get better at it.
Listen to pronunciations and examine contexts for words.
Keep repeating, try recording yourself and listening back to it.
Hope that helped!
All the best
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Practice makes perfect, in order to improve your listening skills for Edexcel in particular:


You can also use AQA since the listening format is similar:

Bonne chance !!!
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Find some past papers as they are great ways to prepare. Also listen to French radio and TV (with english subs)
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I am a French private tutor who is also a native speaker of the language.
I will try to describe how I teach the Listening task to my GCSE students, something that you may find useful.
1-I provide exposure to audio materials based on Edexcel or AQA specifications.
2- Training the student’s mind to work on recognising key-syllables and familiar short words, which can act as a clue to helping him/her guessing, then ultimately finding the meaning of the spoken message.
3-Teaching the learner to look out for discreet sounds in the spoken message. This method is used in an attempt to enhance the quality of the learner’s listening skills through a theoretical understanding of phonetics supported by practical assignments.
4-I use GCSE syllabus only. There is a list of topics presented to be taught within the Listening component. My advice is to focus on these lessons only. AQA Specification: What`s assessed?
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. How it`s assessed
Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)-40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)-25% of GCSE(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)Questions
To follow
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To prepare yourself for your GCSE listening exam you can:

Listen to a past papers once a week and ask your teacher to go over it with you

Access your text book and practise your listening with some exercises

go on thisislanguag, vocabexpress, online BBC (www.bbc/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/french/) and practise

Listen to something small but often such as podcast, radio, news, cartoon, YouTube,...

Ask a friend to talk about something in French and try to understand.

Watch your favourite tv series or movie in French with subtitles in French

__> the key is to listen as much French as you can :)

Good luck.

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Using past papers is the best way to revise for this specific exam - otherwise listen to French radio: there`s a great app, News in Slow French which is really helpful, otherwise GCSE bitesize French (on bbc) has listening links. Also revise vocabulary specific to the exam.
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On top of everyone else`s brilliant suggestions, I would recommend listening to French radio stations whilst you`re travelling or cleaning etc. Also, try watching your favourite film with the French language on but English subtitles. I did this for my exam and found it helped a lot!
Good luck.
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French movies with subtitles in your native language, online french radio on in the background whilst you are doing things, french music on you tube- sometimes you will not understand every word but don`t let it put you off or de-motivate you. If you understand the gist, that is a good start. The more you surround yourself with the language, the more your ear will start to familiarise sounds and sometimes you won`t even be aware.
Bonne Chance!
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I got my French teacher to record my responses for my oral exam, which in turn helped me with my listening skills too. Additionally, a few of my friends have used Duolingo (an app) to help them learn new languages. Hope this helps.
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Apart from doing past papers (which you can find recordings for here: www.aqa.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-4655/past-papers-and-mark-schemes), I would suggest the best way is to listen to podcasts made specifically for GCSE level French students. As you listen to French speaking more often, you`ll become more used to the accent, and gradually you`ll find yourself understanding more and more. An example of recordings like this can be found here: www.bbc/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/french/ . Good luck!
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