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Hey all, I am doing the Year 11 preliminary of French beginners next year through the school of languages and would really like a tutor which can communicate face-to-face with me. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good French tutor which is familiar with the NSW French Beginners syllabus and is preferably also a native speaker. Thanks for your time.
 

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Hey! I did french beginners in year 9&10 and also continued to French continuers in year 11&12 this year! I just finished my Hsc and I also went to NSL !! I can definitely tutor you if you are keen either online or face to face (depending where you live).
 

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Hello! Not sure if this is still relevant but I am able to help. I am a part-French native speaker who moved to Australia recently and I did French Extension for my HSC (also at NSL) and got the highest bands for both Continuers and Extension. Given the current circumstances I most likely can't do face-to-face lessons but I can definitely help using online platforms!

Ça sera pas facile pour un débutant mais bonne chance!
 
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Hello! Not sure if this is still relevant but I am able to help. I am a part-French native speaker who moved to Australia recently and I did French Extension for my HSC (also at NSL) and got the highest bands for both Continuers and Extension. Given the current circumstances I most likely can't do face-to-face lessons but I can definitely help using online platforms!

Ça sera pas facile pour un débutant mais bonne chance!
Salut! J'étudie le français (niveau des continuateurs) via NSL et comme c'est ma premiere année, j'apprécierais que vous répondiez à quelques questions:
What should i expect from the distant-education style?
What are the exams like? Like the speaking, reading, writing and listening? Is it based off all the unit study? Are they very difficult? What marks/ranks should i aim for to get a band 6?
Merci beaucoup!
 

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Salut! J'étudie le français (niveau des continuateurs) via NSL et comme c'est ma premiere année, j'apprécierais que vous répondiez à quelques questions:
What should i expect from the distant-education style?
What are the exams like? Like speaking, reading, writing and listening? Is it based on all the unit studies? Are they very difficult? What marks/ranks should I aim for to get a band 6?
Merci beaucoup!
Holy cow that french is on point. The only French word I know is "Gracias". Put those things in a google translator and you guys were swearing... if you go back n forth in various languages. I would actually study French (sounds so good whether if you understand it or not) just hate how there are masculine and feminine terms. Is your background French or do you just have a keen interest to do it/learning a new language is just good in general?
 

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I know it was a Mr. Bean reference hence I put it in Quotation marks where a lady says "perfect french" and he says "gracias".
 

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Salut! J'étudie le français (niveau des continuateurs) via NSL et comme c'est ma premiere année, j'apprécierais que vous répondiez à quelques questions:
What should i expect from the distant-education style?
What are the exams like? Like the speaking, reading, writing and listening? Is it based off all the unit study? Are they very difficult? What marks/ranks should i aim for to get a band 6?
Merci beaucoup!
Salut! Désolé pour la réponse tardive. Pour obtenir de bons résultats, il faut suivre quelques conseils:

1- Non-native speakers tend to find continuers a bit challenging. But that shouldn’t be a problem, because I’ve seen many non-native speakers get excellent marks in continuers. Being from a francophone background is a good advantage, though a lot of people doing continuers will also be francophone/French. Being francophone will help you with the speaking. Try speaking French only with French-speaking people around you. Listen to French music, watch French TV shows (with subtitles). That’ll help you progress much faster with the speaking part. Also, practise using the dictionary and use google translate less often.
2- I’m not gonna lie, in my opinion, distance education isn’t the best method to learn a language. Since I’m a native speaker I didn’t have this problem but other non-native speakers in my cohort did. But I did have technical difficulties which really annoyed me throughout the year. I’ve always been a fan of physical classes myself. However, I guess having more free time at school because of that is an advantage students tend to love.
3- From my experience, NSL French Continuers exams test the relevant units covered, so the questions you get are relevant to what you study. Since it’s your first year for continuers, which by that I assume you mean year 11, you shouldn’t worry that much. Exams are relatively easy. The yearly exam typically combines a 7 min speaking test, then a 20-30 min listening test (can’t remember the exact length), then some reading comprehension questions, and then writing in French. There is a part from reading comprehension where you also have to write in French. You get a text in French, like a letter, and then you have to answer it in French. However, writing correctly in French for that part is not enough. You also have to make close reference to the stimulus.
4- In year 11, ranks don’t really matter that much. But a band 6 in continuers is 90% and more. To get a band 6 you need to show commitment, keep in touch with your teacher and ask questions. Pronounciation/accent/grammar are extremely important. However, markers for continuers are generally much more lenient than for Extension. Extension markers are extremely harsh.

Also, from what I’ve seen, your French looks really promising :)

Voilà! J’espère que mes conseils t’aideront à réaliser tes ambitions! Bonne chance et bonne continuation :) Je sais que mon anglais est super mauvais, pardonne moi 🙏🏻

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By the way, would you mind telling me who your NSL teacher is?? Just curious 😄
 

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Salut! Désolé pour la réponse tardive. Pour obtenir de bons résultats, il faut suivre quelques conseils:

1- Non-native speakers tend to find continuers a bit challenging. But that shouldn’t be a problem, because I’ve seen many non-native speakers get excellent marks in continuers. Being from a francophone background is a good advantage, though a lot of people doing continuers will also be francophone/French. Being francophone will help you with the speaking. Try speaking French only with French-speaking people around you. Listen to French music, watch French TV shows (with subtitles). That’ll help you progress much faster with the speaking part. Also, practise using the dictionary and use google translate less often.
2- I’m not gonna lie, in my opinion, distance education isn’t the best method to learn a language. Since I’m a native speaker I didn’t have this problem but other non-native speakers in my cohort did. But I did have technical difficulties which really annoyed me throughout the year. I’ve always been a fan of physical classes myself. However, I guess having more free time at school because of that is an advantage students tend to love.
3- From my experience, NSL French Continuers exams test the relevant units covered, so the questions you get are relevant to what you study. Since it’s your first year for continuers, which by that I assume you mean year 11, you shouldn’t worry that much. Exams are relatively easy. The yearly exam typically combines a 7 min speaking test, then a 20-30 min listening test (can’t remember the exact length), then some reading comprehension questions, and then writing in French. There is a part from reading comprehension where you also have to write in French. You get a text in French, like a letter, and then you have to answer it in French. However, writing correctly in French for that part is not enough. You also have to make close reference to the stimulus.
4- In year 11, ranks don’t really matter that much. But a band 6 in continuers is 90% and more. To get a band 6 you need to show commitment, keep in touch with your teacher and ask questions. Pronounciation/accent/grammar are extremely important. However, markers for continuers are generally much more lenient than for Extension. Extension markers are extremely harsh.

Also, from what I’ve seen, your French looks really promising :)

Voilà! J’espère que mes conseils t’aideront à réaliser tes ambitions! Bonne chance et bonne continuation :) Je sais que mon anglais est super mauvais, pardonne moi 🙏🏻

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By the way, would you mind telling me who your NSL teacher is?? Just curious 😄
Merci beaucoup! Vous parlez l'anglais très bien; pas d'error! My teacher is Madam Masselos. She's nice so far
 

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Merci beaucoup! Vous parlez l'anglais très bien; pas d'error! My teacher is Madam Masselos. She's nice so far
Super! Content de savoir que mon anglais s'améliore :D
Madame Masselos? Je la connais pas malheureusement.

In year 11 I had Madame Ritchie, she was very nice too.

I am happy to help in case you need it. Best of luck.
 

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Hey,

I have a few tips for you. For reference, I'm native French and came 2nd at SGS.

I'm going to assume you're already fairly good at french. In that case, French at the HSC level is not that much about the language, it's about ticking the boxes. You'll know from experience that the listening / reading & responding sections are very hard to get completely right. This is because the marking schemes are frustratingly specific. I'd recommend doing as many of the papers as possible and nailing every.single.point in the marking rubric. If you get even one part wrong, they will deduct a mark.

In terms of speaking, if you want to nail your pronunciation, go to google translate, chuck in some text, click play and get comfortable with speaking it. Watch french tv and try read as well.

For the writing as well, make sure you address all parts of the stimulus, they will deduct marks if you even miss out on one part or do not make an explicit reference to it.

Good luck
 

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Hey,

I have a few tips for you. For reference, I'm native French and came 2nd at SGS.

I'm going to assume you're already fairly good at french. In that case, French at the HSC level is not that much about the language, it's about ticking the boxes. You'll know from experience that the listening / reading & responding sections are very hard to get completely right. This is because the marking schemes are frustratingly specific. I'd recommend doing as many of the papers as possible and nailing every.single.point in the marking rubric. If you get even one part wrong, they will deduct a mark.

In terms of speaking, if you want to nail your pronunciation, go to google translate, chuck in some text, click play and get comfortable with speaking it. Watch french tv and try read as well.

For the writing as well, make sure you address all parts of the stimulus, they will deduct marks if you even miss out on one part or do not make an explicit reference to it.

Good luck
thank you!
 

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