Back to School!

Are you ready?!

I hope you had a great summer, mine was fantastic and I’ll tell you all about it when we meet again.

Here is one of the places I visited, do you know where it is?


Here are the fireworks I saw, can you guess when?


Why don’t you bring some photos to show me next week?

I hope you are starting to get organised for school, I’ve already bought my new pens and pencil cases, my new mark book is waiting for your first test results!

I’m also looking at new ways to help you learn, and I found this – learning strategy list which I think you will find very useful, so why not take a look?

Whatever you are doing this week, I hope you enjoy the last days of the holidays and I’m looking forward to seeing you all very soon 🙂

How to prepare your oral exam

Read the textbook, practise with your partner or your family.

The subjects for the 6ème can be found  here

5ème revise here:

The 4ème subjects can be found here:

and the 3ème should revise these topics :

Here is a copy of the mark sheet I will use:

Oral Evaluation Term 3 2015

Name :

Class :

Date :

Total & Observation:

Dialogue :     /5

  • Student understands question and responds appropriately
  • Students asks extra questions and reacts to partner, e.g. “Oh you like tennis? I prefer football, did you watch the Swiss world cup match last weekend?”
  • Students helps partner, e.g. reformulating questions if partner doesn’t understand

Pronunciation:       /5

  • Student speaks clearly and can be understood
  • Student pronounces individual words well
  • Student uses appropriate intonation, especially in questions


Grammar:       /5

  • Student uses a variety of relevant tenses and grammar items
  • Student correctly uses grammar items studied in class this year

Vocabulary:       /5

  • Student uses a variety of lexical items
  • Student correctly uses lexical items studied in class this year
  • Student uses synonyms instead of repeating partner

Remember you can ask your teacher if you have any questions!

How to Learn

Recently I went to a conference and listened to a talk about this subject and here are the best ways to learn:

1. Self-testing
Look at the new word or rule, cover it and rewrite it.
Ask someone to test you.

2. Distributed Practice
This means revising a subject regularly, for example 10 minutes every day, this is better than 1 hour once a week.

3. Keywords & Mnemonic techniques
Invent your own phrase or way to remember, for example Roy Of York Gave Battle In Vain helps me remember the colours of the rainbow, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

4. Interleaved practice
This means mixing subjects, for example revise English for 30 minutes, then French, then Maths… Instead of big blocks of one subject.

Highlighting key words and rereading were mentioned but these are not the best ways to learn.

So, try some of these and remember, regular learning is the key to success!