What to expect
GCSE lessons are suitable for children taking the French GCSE exam and needing help to get prepared and to pass their exam, regardless of their level. The child can start the year before the exam or the year of the exam.
Exams can be stressful, this is why it is important to be well prepared. If the child starts the lessons during the year preceding the exam, we will work alongside school and will work towards the exam requirements. If the child starts the year of the exam, we will work alongside school, furthering and consolidating the existing knowledge. A few months before the exam we will do past papers (reading and listening) as it is essential to be familiar with the exam format. It is also a really good way to widen the vocabulary range which is, in turn, really helpful for these two parts of the exam. We will also work on writing and speaking using the GCSE’s topics (based on the syllabus) they need to know in relation with the level of the exam (foundation or higher). A few weeks before the exam, I will give the child some advice regarding how to approach the different parts of the exam according to their level. I am always really supportive and will be happy to help until the exam starts and to answer any questions after it.
It’s really important for me to know what their French teacher wants them to improve so I can fully support their learning. Parents have a significant role in their child’s success, this is why communication is greatly important to me. It is essential that you know how your child is doing during the lessons and what we have been working on. This is why I always give feedback (oral or written) at the end of each lesson and why I inform you of your child’s homework. Having homework to do at home, is really important for their learning journey, as a result it is important to make sure they have done it.