You will be examined in listening in an exam in May. It might seem hard to revise for listening, because you don’t know what to revise. But if you remember that listening is basically a skill, it becomes clearer. You can improve your skills by practising.
Your first step should be the SQA website where you can now download all your Standard Grade French papers for free, along with the audio files for the 3 Listening papers. The papers include the transcripts, but unfortunately no marking scheme. Ask your teacher if they can give you a mark scheme. For papers before 2007 your teacher may have copies you can use. Alternatively Leckie and Leckie now produce books of practice papers which include an audio CD.
For the Listening, past papers will help as you can follow the text and listen along. However there is no substitute for simply listening to spoken French to get a feel for the rhythm and the accent. As well as any resources you may be able to borrow from school, try downloading podcasts, or accessing French speaking news channels either on the web or via cable / satellite tv.
Check out your DVD collection as well, as you might already have DVDs where you can change the language to French and have English sub-titles (or turn off the sub-titles if you've seen the film many times.) Or you might be able to rent French speaking films from dvd rental companies.
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