S4, S5, S6 – revision tips

In a few short weeks your exams will be here and we wanted to give you some good tips to be prepared for them so that you can really show off your progress this year! Here it is, in a course-by-course guide (some points are valid for all of you!)

For Everyone:

For vocabulary practice on a wide array of topics, go to www.linguascope.com. Work here is set at various levels (beginner for S1-S3, and intermediate for S3-S6). If you have just started a new topic at beginner level, challenge yourself to try the intermediate level games too!

An excellent resource for grammar is languagesonline. Focus on practising your present tense regular verbs and then work on one or two irregular verbs per session. Remember that getting really good at “avoir” and “etre” in French, “haben” and “sein” in German, and “ser”, “estar” and “haber” will help you with other tenses, like the perfect tense. Again, don’t limit yourself – go and explore and see what you can learn!

Finally, to keep your listening skills up to speed, go to BBC Ma France , BBC Mi Vida Loca, or BBC German. Alternatively, search for video clips that suit your own interests by going to BBC Classclips. There are also the BBC Bitesize revision pages for each language, which are very useful even if you have to use the GCSE page. Or you could switch your favourite DVD or console game to another language.

Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 1:

You have your speaking behind you and will have an indication of your marks for this. Phew! One less to worry about! Now, make absolutely sure that you learn your job application writing by heart and practise writing past papers under timed conditions. If you have any problems or would like one of us to look over it for a second opinion….PLEASE ASK!

As for reading and listening, there’s no substitute for practice. The SQA Past Paper site has a wealth of practice papers, and the full marking schemes further down the page. Mark these yourself and, again, ask for help if you don’t understand a point.

Higher and Advanced Higher:

Like Int2 and Int1, you have your speaking behind you and can count those marks as being “in the bank”. For reading and listening, go to the SQA Past Paper  site, which has a wealth of practice papers, and the full marking schemes further down the page. Mark these yourself and, again, ask for help if you don’t understand a point.

Unlike Int1 and Int2, your writing forms a big chunk of your mark (for Higher, it’s 25% overall – 10 in the listening paper; 15 in the directed writing). I will say it again: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PRACTICE!! Build your phrase banks for the Listening Essay, learn the set phrases for Directed Writing, and practise, practise, practise!! Aim to learn set phrases in small chunks, working on maybe one bullet point for 3 days for the Directed Writing before moving on. You can always ask us to mark them for you, and revision classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes in Miss Ritchie’s room. Use the help that’s available guys!

Good luck! Viel Gluck! Bonne Chance! Buen Suerte!

Miss R

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Bonne Nouvelle Annee! Gutes Neues Jahr! Feliz ano nuevo!

Happy new year everyone! We hope you had a fab holiday and wish you all the best for a hapy and successful year in 2013.

The Mod Langs Dept :)

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La rentrée

On your marks
We’re all set for a golden session 2012-13 in Modern Languages. The new S1 cohort will start off by learning about languages on a global scale before investigating the French-speaking world. S2 are learning about school life in different countries – and this year will provide a solid grouding in French grammar. In S3, we welcome our Spanish beginners and French continuers who embark on the new CfE Level 4 courses as they move towards N4/5 Qualifications in S4. S4 French and German are focussing on key grammar and building up exam practice as well as vocabulary as they look ahead to their Intermediate prelims and exams. S5 and S6 pupils are busy with Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in the different languages, some from scratch!

And we have the Spanish exchange to look forward to, International Film Club, Languages club, various outings and trips…

Finally, but by no means least is a big BIENVENUE to Madame Riffaut who joins the team this year.

And we’re off!
Mrs Roy
PS: and I have changed my name from Miss Clarke!

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Test your numbers!

Great for all year groups…test your numbers with this random number generator http://french.about.com/library/begin/bl-numbers34.htm

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Language Learning Apps

Some apps (for your iPhone & iPad – maybe even for your Android tablet…):

Vocab learning:




 French verbs:


French radio on the go:


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Parlez-vous francais?

Click here to see how many French words we already use in the English language….. french words english language

Thanks to Miss Smith for this video!

If you find any videos you’d like us to add to your blog, just drop us a line.

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S2 with the world at their feet!

Well done to S2 yesterday! They rose to the challenge of recreating a map of the world at the back of the Law, out of nothing more than some sheets. Everyone showed great spirit and good team work skills!

Here are a few photos of the fun. Which continents can you recognise?



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Berlin, Part 2


Here is part 2 of our Berlin trip. Be warned, it`s just over 7 minutes long but I hope you enjoy it. I think there`s a bit more of the NB crew this time (although they are a rather shy, retiring bunch!).

Hope all my German pupils are working hard and learning everything they`ll need to convince me that I should take them to Germany too!

Bis bald,

Miss R

Berlin – Day 2

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Achtung…Fertig…Los! – Ready…Steady…Go! GERMAN TRIP

For your education and entertainment (and to give you an idea where your languages could take you!), here is a little clip of our trip to Berlin, filmed on Friday 11th Nov.

FYI: we´re still here, German-ing away, having a really interesting time and learning loads! Although it´s a bit tiring, we´re picking up more and more of the language at every turn. And, yes, we ARE still in Germany…due to come home on Friday to a world of Irn Bru and fry-ups :)

I hope you enjoy the video, more to come soon I hope!

Viel Spass,

Miss R

Deutschland Reise November 2011

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A little tip from Miss Smith: watch Tom from The Apprentice trying out his French. Think he’d make a fortune? Hmmmm….Alan Sugar probably doesn’t either!

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