How to learn vocabulary?

For each unit, your teacher will ask you to learn vocabulary. Remember to:

Study and Cover and Write and Check (SACAWAC)

Don’t forget

– to ask someone else’s help. They might not be able to help you with pronunciation but can check you know your spelling.

– to try to do a bit everyday rather than leave it until the last minutes. A small chunk of speaking and writing everyday is easier than a HUGE chunk the night before.

– to check the school website to see if the vocabulary has been put onto sound files (MP3).

– to ask your teacher for help if all failed.

Young ‘dreaming of living abroad’

If you are interested in working abroad one day…

Seven out of 10 young people want to live and work abroad one day – but most do not have a second language, research for the government suggests.

Most popular destinations
USA – 55%
Australia – 52%
Spain – 47%
Italy – 35%
France – 35%
New Zealand – 34%
Germany – 20%
Portugal – 17%
The Netherlands – 13%
Switzerland – 12%

Schools minister Jim Knight said:

This research is yet more proof that we need to equip today’s youth with the tools to succeed in the international marketplace – which means encouraging all young people to improve their language skills.

Want ot read more about it, click HERE.


Why learn a foreign language?

Kolik jazyk? znáš, tolikrát jsi ?lov?kem.
You live a new life for every new language you speak.
If you know only one language, you live only once.
(Czech proverb)

“I speak English, so I don’t have to learn a foreign language….”

Everyone speaks English, right? Well, certainly not everyone speaks English. According to the CIA World Fact Book, only 5.6 % of the world’s total population speaks English as a primary language. That number doubles when people who speak English as a second or third language are counted. By conservative estimates, that means that well over four-fifths of the world’s population does not speak English.

Knowing other languages brings opportunites!

Want to know more about why you should learn a foreign language click here.


Writing assessments


Writing is assessed by means of a folio, consisting of 3 pieces of work produced in the course of S3 and S4. This work may be drafted and redrafted, although the final pieces must be produced under test conditions. This folio is then marked by the SQA,

It is important to spell accurately. To help you prepare you can divide your text into more manageable chunks (for examples using teach and test cards) and don’t forget to “look, cover, write and check”.

Parents/guardians can give invaluable help and support in the following ways:

· Check homework planners to see what homework has been given, and that it is completed for the due date

· Check that vocabulary has been carefully memorised, including the spelling. Test your son/daughter orally.

· Check that Writing tasks have been prepared, practised, and learned. Ask your son/daughter to rewrite their writing piece when they think they have learned this work and check against their good copy in their jotter.

What to do for speaking assessments

Speaking is worth 25% of the total marks for Standard Grade examination. The overall grade is based on the total score gained in Speaking assessments.

Try not to be too nervous about you speaking test: it is assessed by your class teacher and you know beforehand what the assessment will be.

When preparing remember that if you have nothing to say it is better to LIE than say nothing! MAKE IT UP!

Preparation is the key to success. Do not leave it to the last minute! To help you prepare you could make up a mind map or use “teach and test” cards as this will help you break up your speaking into more manageable chunks.

Find an example of a mind map here: Speaking assessment preparation – Mind map.

Remember to practise. Why not record it and listen to it to hear how you sound?

On the day, remember to speak in French and not to speak too quickly.

Here are some phrases that could help you not to speak English:

Vous pouvez répéter? – Can you repeat?

Je ne sais pas – I don’t know

Watch Lauren performing a French speaking test! A good example of what not to do!

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S1 revision

With the year test coming soon in your classroom, try the following websites to revise your vocabulary.

Remember the topics you have to revise are:

School subjects / Opinions / Time

You can practice your vocabulary on any of the following websites:

Linguascope – Ask your teacher for the user name and password

Zut (you will have to pay between the hours of 9am and 4pm on Weekdays). Try the exercices relating to your topics for year 7 and 8.

Bonne chance!

S2 Revision

With the year test coming soon in your classroom, try the following websites to revise your vocabulary.

Remember the topics you have to revise are:

Hobbies / Weather
School subjects / Time
Daily routine

Now the ewebsites:

Linguascope Ask your teacher for the user name and password!

Zut This website can only be accessed after 4pm through the week. Try the exercices for year 7 to 9.