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GCSE
French

Learning a language is about learning everything at the same time, forgetting most of it as you go along and yet function so that no one notices.  This content is not about teaching you, it is about making sure you understand the right thing at the right time, one step at a time.  It feeds in all four skills.

Create a new word document, call it yournameFrenchGCSE and share it with me.  Then at each step, when it makes sense, edit your work by adding what else you have learnt.

Step 1

Theme: Basics

Topic: presentations

Chunk:
Talking about yourself

This was done in Year 7 and will no doubt turn up in your GCSE exam in one way or another.  

Bonjour, je m'appelle Bob. J'ai 14 ans. J'habite à Clynderwen. J'ai une soeur, un frère et un chien.

Step 2

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 1

Chunk:
Fundamentals

OK, step 1 only gets you so far.  And now it is time to pause and learn verbs (doing words).  Once this step 'done', you will not be able to do much more instantly. But, in the long term, this is key to success.  In red , those you need to know English to French and French to English.  The others, from French to English only

Step 3

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 2

Chunk:
Tenses

Each verb has three spellings: one for the present, one for the past and one for the future.  Some of you know that this is a lie but, for now, let's keep things easy so that we can make easy progress...

Step 4a

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 3

Chunk:
Present tense

For the present tense, change the verb chanter (to sing, for example) to Je chante (I sing or I am singing).  Here are the others and, as you will see, learn the pattern and your grand mother can do it (get rid of the last 'r'):

Step 4b

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 3b

Chunk:
Good to know

OK, good to know.  When you learn another language, you learn to think differently.  This means that it is not about translating each word into another.  Write a sentence in English, translate each word into French and you get...  nothing!  Computers still cannot beat humans.

Step 5

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 4

Chunk:
Past tense

Past tense now.  This is also the time to change the basic spelling but this time, we also add a tiddly word in front of it.  There is no point asking why.  It is what it is because French people think differently.  Feels weird to us (well, you) but it is normal for us (I mean us Frenchies).

Note: a Telephone is, in French, Téléphone.

Frankly, if you forget the accents in the middle of a word, no one cares.

However:

Forget the é at the end of a verb and this matters very much.

How much?

Get everything right in the GCSE exam and forget the é at the end of a verb and your maximum grade will be D.

So, when you do forget the é, expect your teacher to have a heart attack, hit the roof, lose his/her rag and then, finally, go apoplectic just before going ballistic.

Step 6

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 5

Chunk:
Future tense

Now that you are happy changing the last letter and adding a little word, the Future tense is straight forward:

Step 7

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 6

Chunk:
Recap

So:

1) You can introduce yourself but after that, you are in the dark

and:

2) you have started to learn some verbs. Some from English to French and French to English, others just from French to English (for reading and listening).  Having said that, they are not much use unless you know how to change the endings.  There are three options...

3) In the present, get rid of  the r and write je parle (I speak)

This works for all the verbs we have learnt

4) In the past, change 'je' into 'j'ai" and change the -er into -é to do: J'ai parlé (I spoke)

This works for all the verbs we have learnt

5) In the future, change je into 'je vais' and keep the -er at the end: Je vais parler (I am going to speak)

This works for all the verbs we... well, you get it.

Have you noticed:

* So far we can only talk about ourselves (good enough for now)

* In French, I eat or I am eating has pretty much the same answer.

* We have not done 'I will' for the future but we have learnt 'I am going to (whatever)'.  Again, good enough!

Step 8

Theme: Basics

Topic: Family

Chunk:
Family

my father = mon pere

my mother= ma mere

my grand father= mon grand'pere

my grand mother = ma grand'mere

my brother= mon frere

my sister= ma soeur

my uncle= mon oncle

my aunt = ma tante

Have you noticed that there are 2 ways of saying 'My' in French. Why is that?

Step 9

Theme: Basics

Topic: Family

Chunk:
Connectives

Now you are reaching the stage of knowing quite a lot of words but you struggle to put them together in a sentence.

You need connectives to connect (!) words!

because= car or parce que

but= mais

when = quand

therefore= donc

as= comme

Step 10

Theme: Basics

Topic: Family

Chunk:
1st Essay

If you have not started to write your essay (see instructions at the top of the page), now is a good time.

Using the content of the last 10 steps, how many sentences can you come up with?  

Step 11

Theme: Basics

Topic: Food for thought

Chunk:
Boring is OK

In French, at the start, you do not write or speak about what you want, you write or speak about what you can.  At the start, you will not have much to say.  At this stage, it is OK to be boring.  Builders do not start with huge buildings, they start with itty bitty walls.

Step 12

Theme: Basics

Topic: Family

Chunk:
Adjectives 1

Adjectives (words that describe).

Most adjectives have 2 spellings.  One way if it describes a male word. 1 if it describes a female word.

Tall = grand

Bob is tall= Bob est grand (no change, Bob is male)

Sarah is tall= Sarah est grande (add an e as Sarah is female)

small/short= petit

blue= bleu

red= rouge

Step 13

Theme: Basics

Topic: Family

Chunk:
He and she

OK, you can now write about yourself in the three tenses.

Je parle= I speak

J'ai parlé = I spoke

Je vais parler= I am ging to speak

If you want to write about someone else (he or she= il or elle), it is slightly different in the past and future

il/elle parle = he/she speaks

il/elle a parlé= he/she spoke

il/elle va parler= he/she is going to speak

If you talk about Bob, then just replace the word il with Bob

Bob parle= Bob speaks

Step 14

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 7

Chunk:
-er endings

In French, at the start, you do not write or speak about what you want, you write or speak about what you can.  At the start, you will not have much to say.  At this stage, it is OK to be boring.  Builders do not start with huge buildings, they start with itty bitty walls.

Step 15

Theme: Basics

Topic: Family

Chunk:
2nd essay

In French, at the start, you do not write or speak about what you want, you write or speak about what you can.  At the start, you will not have much to say.  At this stage, it is OK to be boring.  Builders do not start with huge buildings, they start with itty bitty walls.

Step 16

Theme: Basics

Topic: School

Chunk:
Likes and dislikes

It is quite easy to stretch your sentences using likes and dislike

to like= aimer

to love= adorer

to hate= detester

Using the steps before you should be able to write:

I like

he likes

Bob likes

I love

Bob loves

I hate

Bob hates

Step 17

Theme: Basics

Topic: School

Chunk:
Key vocabulary

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 18

Theme: Basics

Topic: Places

Chunk:
House

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 19

Theme: Basics

Topic: Places

Chunk:
Town

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 20a

Theme: Basics

Topic: Places

Chunk:
Wales

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 20b

Theme: Basics

Topic: Places

Chunk:
Adjectives 2

You already know that there are 2 ways of writing an adjective.  A male and a female version.  Normally, just add an extra 'e' if the word describes a female word.

But actually, it also depends of numbers.  It depends of singular or plural.  When it describes one thing, then use the normal male/ female system.  If you describe more than one thing (plural) just add an extra 's'.  Simple!

Step 21

Theme: Basics

Topic: Places

Chunk:
France

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 22

Theme: Basics

Topic: Places

Chunk:
French speaking
world

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 23

Theme: Basics

Topic: verbs 8

Chunk:
To have

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 24

Theme: Basics

Topic: verbs 9

Chunk:
To be &
MR VANS TRAMPED

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 25

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 10

Chunk:
To go

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 25

Theme: Basics

Topic: Verbs 11

Chunk:
Recap verbs

Subjects: Le Francais, l'Anglais, le Gallois

Key word: La matiere, le Bac, le stress

Key adjective: stressant

Key verbs: reviser, etudier, reviser

Key expression: j'apprends

Step 26

Theme: Basics

Topic: End of stage!

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
How to improve your listening

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 28

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Youth culture

Chunk:
Self and relationships

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 29

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Youth culture

Chunk:
Technology and social media

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 30

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Lifestyle

Chunk:
Health and fitness

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 31

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Lifestyle

Chunk:
Entertainment and leisure

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 32

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Customs and traditions

Chunk:
Food and drink

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 33

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Lifestyle

Chunk:
Festivals and celebrations

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 34

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Essay

Chunk:
Revision

Write an essay about yourself and your friends, technology and media, health and fitness, entertainment, food and drink and festivals and celebrations.  3 sentences per sub topic per topic.

Step 35

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Adjectives

Chunk:
Adjectives 4

As you have by now noticed, some describing words behave weirdly.

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

Step 27

Theme: Intermediate

Topic: Listening

Chunk:
Recap of all steps before moving to intermediate stage

Ready to go to intermediate stage?  Actually, this is not a challenge as you have effectively done the hardest in French.  The intermediate and advanced stage are all about vocab and a bit more grammar.  But the hard bit is behind us!

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