Learning another language at GCSE can be very rewarding, particularly if you get the chance to use your language skills abroad or in your future career. However, it can be challenging to master the skills that you need to pass your French GCSE, particularly when it comes to the listening and vocabulary skills that need to be practiced regularly. Luckily, there are some great language learning resources online that can help you to prepare for your exams.
1. The BBC Bitesize website is a great resource, particularly for revision. It can help you with your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and it has some useful tests and mock exams to help you to prepare for each section.
2. The BBC has also produced some other French resources that can be useful when you are preparing for your GCSEs. You can follow one of the short courses or just pick the resources that focus on topics on your syllabus. The videos are a particularly useful feature if you want to practice your listening skills, but there are also some good quizzes and games that will allow you to test your knowledge. You can also find some interesting links to French websites featuring news and interviews, which can provide you with useful listening experience.
3. GCSE.com has some useful tips on how to tackle each section of the exams, as well as some useful pages recapping tenses, verbs and adjectives. If you want to review these concepts or boost your study skills, this is a useful place to start.
4. If you want to test yourself, the S-cool website has some good revision resources that will help you to learn actively. Rather than just giving you notes to review, the site encourages you to answer questions as you study so that you know how well you are doing. There is also a section on study skills to help you prepare for the different sections of the exam.
5. French in a Click has some good resources designed with the GCSE curriculum in mind. The core vocabulary section and the interactive dictionary are particularly useful, but there are also plenty of games and guidance for the different topics you will cover in class.
6. Target Language is useful if you want to review a particular topic or work on your vocabulary. There are 80 different levels, from basic phrases to the simple future tense, which you can use to revise what you have learned.
7. Many of the revision sites feature games or quizzes that allow you to test your language skills, but there are also a few useful sites that focus mainly on these kinds of activities rather than on teaching topics covered in the exams. Working these into your study plan can be a good way of keeping your language skills active. Jeu de l’oie has games suitable for various skill levels, while Polar FLE lets you take part in a murder mystery. You use your reading and listening skills to follow the story, testing yourself with various activities along the way.
8. Phonetique can be a useful site if you want to improve your listening skills. The site is all in French, but you should be able to navigate it even if you can’t understand everything. You can find some useful tools here to help you to understand the sounds that make up the French language. The tests to see how well you can differentiate between closely related sounds or phonemes is particularly useful as it will help to improve your listening and pronunciation skills.
9. Memrise can be a useful revision tool, particularly for a language course. Some of the material is a little too easy for GCSE level, but there are some good learning resources here that can help you to master the vocabulary you need to use in your exams. The site is set up to encourage you to practice regularly, so it can be a useful way to fit a little bit of revision into your day.
10. Practicing your listening skills can be a good way of familiarising yourself with French and preparing for your exams, so websites like France 24 that stream French news channels can be useful resources for GCSE students. Even if you don’t follow everything that’s said, simply hearing the language as it is spoken, and picking out the bits that you do recognize, can help you to improve your skills.