Grade 10 – French internal examination

Vivre en ville ou à la campagne?


As explained in class, your examination on May 7 will be based on our topic “C’était comme ça”.  It will include the following two tasks:

1) Two reading comprehension texts related to one of the themes of our current unit, city life versus country life.  Both texts will be unseen passages similar in difficulty to the ones we have done previously. Reviewing and acquiring a thorough knowledge of all the vocabulary introduced and encountered during the exploration of this aspect of our unit will be essential to preparing successfully not only for this task but also for your second task.

2) A composition based on the same theme, in which you will have to state and support your position in a well constructed argument.

In class we will spend time looking at some connectors that can be used to improve your writing style and develop it to a more sophisticated level to convince your readers.

Be prepared to use them in your examination paper!

Grade 9 – French internal examination

As explained in class, your examination on May 5th will be based on our topic “Un repas à la française”.  It will include the following:

1) Three reading comprehension texts related to our current unit on French gastronomy and French celebrations. The texts will be similar in difficulty to the reading comprehension task that was given recently.

2) Two writing tasks also related to our topic: an invitation and a newspaper article in which you will describe how you celebrate important moments in your life and what meals you enjoy eating.

How can you prepare for your exam?

  • Go over your recent reading comprehension paper and highlight all the new vocabulary that you have come across. Check in a dictionary the meaning of the words in this particular context and copy them in your wordbooks. Memorize your new vocabulary.
  • With regards to your writing tasks, you are encouraged to make use of the Google doc. that includes all brainstorming ideas on writing an invitation. In preparation for the second writing task, you should try to complete all exercises in 2ème étape of your chapter 3 “Practice & Activity” sheets. Submit your work for feedback.

In class we will also spend time working on writing extensively on this topic. Here are some of the questions we will be answering:

  • Quelles fêtes passez-vous avec votre famille?
  • Décrivez la fête que vous préférez: dites ce que vous faites et ce que vous mangez ce jour-là.
  • Quels sont les plats que vous aimez le plus? Quand est-ce que vous les mangez?
  • Décrivez un repas de famille typique. (Incluez les informations suivantes: quels plats vous mangez, avec qui vous les mangez, où ça et à quelle heure.)
  • Est-ce que vous aimez les repas de famille? Pourquoi/pourquoi pas?
  • Ce week-end vous allez manger avec des amis: où aimeriez-vous aller et pourquoi?

How to tackle your reading comprehension on the day of your exam?

Steps to follow:

  1. Preview of the text: glance quickly at the layout of your reading selection to understand how it is organized.
  2. Skim the sections of the text by reading the headings, captions and the first sentences of paragraphs or blocks of text. Ask yourselves: What is the reading about? Who was it written for? Where is it set? What was it written?
  3. Scan the text to look for specific information: look for key words to guide you to the specific information you want to find. This is here that you need to be a good guesser: learn to use visual cues and context to help you guess the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. You should try to anticipate the meaning of the words and think about how they fit into the context of what you are reading.

By this time, you will be able to look for the main idea of what you are reading. Make sure you  also look carefully at any visual cues such as illustrations or photos.

(Suggestions compiled from our textbook Allez, viens! Level 2)

Bonne chance!

Grade 8 – French internal exam preparation

As mentioned earlier, this year’s Grade 8 French internal examination on May 5th will be based on our topic “Au téléphone”.  You will have two reading selections and two written tasks to complete.

What you need to know about your written tasks and how you can prepare yourselves:

1) In your first written task you will need to recount an eventful weekend in the passé composé.

2) In your second written task you will write a telephone conversation during which your friend shares a confidence, you provide some advice and encouraging words.

What should you review?

You should go over all your notes of chapter 9 and review the following:

  • how to conjugate verbs in the passé composé.
  • how to describe events in a sequential order, using specific connectors.
  • how to express your opinion on your weekend.
  • how to make and receive a phone call.
  • how to share a confidence, give advice and words of encouragement.

Review all the dialogues you have composed in class.

Practice your vocabulary online with Conjuguemos French vocab : go to all three sections of Chapter 9, practicing either with Flashcards, List of words or the activities linked to each section.

Practice your verb conjugation online with Conjuguemos French verbs : go to the second section entitled INDICATIVE MOOD: THE COMPOUND TENSES. Choose the passé composé (with AVOIR).

What you need to know about your reading comprehension tasks and how you can prepare yourselves:

The texts you will be reading should be appropriate to your level of proficiency. You will not be expected to understand every single word in the texts but you will have to use various reading strategies to decode the texts quickly and understand their meanings.

In class, we will be reading a text about the use of the telephone and we will apply reading strategies that you will be able to put into practice during your examination. It will be important to pay attention and take notes.

You are encouraged to see me if you have any questions regarding your preparation.

Bon courage!

Grade 7 – Preparing for your French internal exam


As mentioned earlier, this year’s French internal examination will be based on our topic “On va au café?”

Here is how you can prepare yourselves to avoid undue stress:

1) Review all the vocabulary of this unit with the use of your online textbooks or with Conjuguemos : if you scroll down to Chapitre 5, you will be able to practice the vocabulary from 1ère, 2ème and 3ème étapes.

You can review

  • with flashcards that you can download and cut up to test yourselves. Just click on the Flashcards link.
  • with the vocabulary list that you can also download and copy in your vocabulary notebooks to practice your spelling. Just click on the List of words link.
  • doing the online activity and time yourselves. Just click on the chapter section you want to practice such as Chapitre 5-1: On va au café?

2) Review your verb conjugations, particularly AVOIR and PRENDRE.

Here again, you can review with your classnotes or go to Conjuguemos :

You can scroll down to number 9 “Le présent: all verbs” to

  • test yourselves immediately or
  • start reviewing the verb chart 

3) Practice writing dialogues at a café following the models we have written in class, as you will have a written task which will include a conversation in a café situation.

4) Remember that part one of your examination will include reading comprehension texts. You will not be expected to understand every single word in the texts but you will have to use various reading strategies to decode the texts quickly and understand their meanings. You will be looking for

  • context cues such as information from pictures or from sentences surrounding the unknown words
  • headings, subtitles
  • superscript numbers referring to a vocabulary list at the bottom of the page
  • cognates

You are encouraged to see me if you have any questions regarding your preparation.

Then you can feel prepared and enjoy une menthe à l’eau!