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!

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