How to improve your speaking performance
How you are marked
It is useful to be aware of the points your teacher will be looking for when he/she judges your performance. The exam board provides a list of criteria which you need to meet in order to achieve a certain grade. These criteria are discussed below.
- Firstly, your teacher's role is considered. Does he/she stick to short, basic sentences spoken slowly (Foundation level) or can he/she use longer phrases spoken at normal speed (Credit)? Does he/she need to repeat him/herself a lot or rephrase his/her questions to help you understand?
- Next, your role as the candidate is considered. Can you successfully complete a simple conversation? Do you use short, set phrases or can you give longer answers and take the initiative?
- What's your comprehension like? Do you understand everything that is said to you or can you only cope with short, simple questions?
- Do you speak in short phrases or are you capable of speaking at length on a topic? Can you ask for help in French if necessary?
- Would a French person easily understand you? How good is your pronunciation and your intonation? Do you hesitate when speaking or do you speak fairly fluently? How accurate is your grammar? Do you speak French with flair?
- Is your use of French appropriate to the situation? Do you know when to use 'tu' or 'vous'? Are you polite? Can you use longer sentences with a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures?
- Now you know which points your teacher is looking for, you should find it easier to aim for the higher grades. Remember, the assessment is your chance to show off.
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