As we approach the S4 diet of prelims in January, here are some hints and tips to help you with your revision for National 5 French and Spanish.
Your Exam Papers
You will sit 2 papers – one Reading and Writing paper that lasts 1h30mins. You will respond – in English – to questions on 3 reading texts. You will then be asked to write a 120-150 word letter of application for a job. You have been preparing this in class and youe must LEARN IT BY HEART. This is called a “supported writing”, where you can anticipate most of the letter but you will have to respond to two bullet points that are unknown. DO NOT PANIC! Trust yourself – you know how to answer these questions because you have been doing this in class.
Your second paper is a straightforward listening paper that lasts around 20 – 25 mins. You will hear the text three times and you must write your answers in English.
Your revision can call on the following resources:
- linguascope and other resources on the modern languages blog (under blogroll). See your teacher for the password (it has just changed and, contractually, we can’t publish – or even allude to it - it here!)
- Metro Rouge vocab pack (stored in this blog under “S3 French”) for French
- or, for Spanish, the Listos 3 vocab pack (stored in this blog under “S4 Spanish”)
- the SQA website, where you can access a specimen Reading/Writing and Listening paper plus the audio file. These can be found here: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47415.html
- “How to Pass National 5 French”, by Douglas Angus, published by Hodder Gibson
- “SQA Specimen Question Papers with Answers”, published by Hodder Gibson and available in French and Spanish.
- you can log on to Bright Red Books for free to gain access to their study resources : http://www.brightredbooks.net/Account/logon
In order to practise listening, please click on “BBC Ma France” in the blogroll list. You will find a selection of 24 topics, each of which contains three videos with subtitles and transcripts in French and English. Get your parents to think up questions based on the English transcript, then listen out for the answers. Or ask them to blank words out of the French transcript and see if you can listen in closely to find the missing words. You can check your answers any time by turning on the subtitles!
- Please also remember that we have a drop-in session every Wednesday lunchtime in ML2 for French and Spanish. Use this opportunity! We can help you to learn better!
Above all, good luck for the prelims!