Hello everyone! Bonjour! This post is reposted and reformatted from the old 'Ancein Acceuil' page.
With some schools administering the Internal Oral Assessment within the coming weeks, I thought that I'd take this opportunity to share with you some tips and tricks on how you can do your best to score high marks. More tips to come within the next few days and/or weeks so stay tuned.
What I would like to talk about now, is expanding your vocabulary. I cannot stress this enough. Developing a varied vocabulary will help you when it comes to the Oral component of these "assessments". Many students tend to develop anxiety because they feel that these oral assessments are more complex than they actually are. Take the time to understand, that although they are important in determining your overall mark, don't think of these orals as assessments, think of them more as conversations with your peers and teachers.
Listen and Talk In Class!
Learning a new language is always difficult because often times students feel self conscious about the way they may pronounce a word or about the accent they produce when they speak. Everyone in class is learning the same concepts, techniques, and content as you. The only way that you will improve your spoken French is if you practice it in class with your teacher present. Your teacher is not there to judge you. Your teacher is there to assist and guide you so that you are able to learn from your mistakes; should you make them. Utilize your valuable class time to learn vocabulary, to ask your instructor how to effectively word a sentence, a phrase; use your instructor to help elevate the skills I know you have within you.
Do Your "Homework"!
What I mean by do your "Homework" is this: Foreign Language acquisition can only be successfully achieved if you put in the effort. You owe it to yourself to do your homework everyday even if none was assigned. Go on youtube, TV5 Monde, LeParisienTV, Tumblr, the list goes on and on but use the resources you have to your advantage; watch an entertaining clip, watch a recipe video, watch the news. The point I am trying to make is that you have the wonderful tool that is the internet. As such, take a few minutes out of your day and dedicate them towards developing your listening skills which will in turn help you with your speaking skills. Keep a journal and jot down words that you hear but don't quite know the meaning to and look them up online or in a French-English dictionary.
Au Revoir for now.