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  1. I understand that with words of quantity like 'beaucoup de', the 'de' stays the same. But I'm confused as to when I should write just 'de' or 'du/de la/de l'/des', if I have a phrase like "[noun] de/du/de la/de l'/des [noun]". For example: Le chat des enfants. Le chat de l' enfant. versus Mon mode de vie. Une épidémie d' obésité.
  2. Matscholar

    French B Written Assignment

    Hello everyone, for the French B written assignment I'm a little bit confused and have got two questions. If we choose a letter does it have to be from our "own" perspective, or can it be from the perspective of a fictional student living in France? Also, does reducing the voting age to 16 come under the umbrella of global issues, it feels like it should...? If anyone could help me out on either of these questions that would be fantastic!
  3. I take French B HL and my teacher said that the syllabus has been changed recently. How can I better learn French strategically under the new syllabus? What are changes made in the new syllabus? I took AP French and got a five. Will I find the new syllabus hard?
  4. Hello, I am about to submit my final draft of my French B written assignment. My word count is currently 418 (SL word count is 300-400), which means I am over the word limit by 18 words. I told this to my teacher at school, but she says I shouldn't worry about it. Which is why I was wondering whether going over the word limit by a bit is really okay like my teacher says or will this result in a one/two mark penalty? I have been avoiding the submission process as I am worried (I don't want to lose a mark for something as dumb as this)
  5. sophiesunflower

    Need your opinion on my subject choice!!

    Hi guys! I would love to know what you think about my IB subject choices. I started the IB programme one month ago, so I still have same time to change my mind. Right now I am studying: English A, French B, Mathematics & Geography - HL Polish A, Biology - SL Could you please tell what you think about this set? What courses could I take at the university level? Personally I have thought about economics, finances, law or something connected with french language. I will be extremely grateful for your help Have a nice day! xxx
  6. Hey. I just started year 1 of IB, and not knowing what I was getting into, I chose French B SL. Now I don't know about any of your schools, but at mine, the French 10 teacher I was placed with was really really bad. They didn't prepare me or anybody in the class at all for this class, and now I'm completely lost. My teacher speaks maybe one or two English sentences per class, and teaches almost entirely in French. I don't understand what he's saying or what he's telling us to do at all. I understand that IB was going to be extremely hard, but I was prepared for the other subjects. The only subject that's actually scaring me right now is French.
  7. Hello all, It says on the highest grade boundary for Criterion A (Lang B SL): To what extent is a source 'fully described'? Also, I just want to make sure I understand - the aim of the WA is the 'point'/thesis? E.g. I'm writing an open letter to encourage people to pursue careers in physics, chemistry etc etc - is that my aim also? Pardon the stupid question heh :$
  8. Hey guys, I happen to take French B at Higher Level, and was wondering if you guys have any tips which helped you speed through learning a B language and really ace it (like getting a 7)? Any help would be greatly valuable!
  9. A quick cheat sheet to revise the french tenses and how and when to use them. It contains simple tricks to construct one tense from another tense and has a note at the end which summarises the things you need to remember well.
  10. French Tenses and how to use them - French Ab Initio Notes View File A quick cheat sheet to revise the french tenses and how and when to use them. It contains simple tricks to construct one tense from another tense and has a note at the end which summarises the things you need to remember well. Submitter IBTopper Submitted 09/19/2016 Category French  
  11. Hi there, So on Paper 1 you generally have to be really specific when giving the answers to certain questions, especially questions of the type, "Quelle expression montre que ..." (Which expression shows that...), and I was wondering if IB examiners give you any slight leeway if your answer isn't exactly the same as the one in the markscheme but the important stuff is there, which shows that you understand the text but you didn't know every part to include. For example, this year's Paper 1 had a question in Text B that was like list two disadvantages of a multilingual society, and I wrote: (a): "La vie economique ... plus complique." (b): "La vie sociale ... plus conflictuelle." However, the text said "La gestion de la vie sociale...", which is the management of social life. I had included la gestion before but I crossed it out so I'm really worried if I'm just gonna be taken off 2 marks just like that for not including la gestion. I still show that I understand the text since I pull out pretty much exactly the sentence that I need but I just didn't include that initial la gestion part... so is it safe to say that I'd be given some leeway here since it's obvious that I understand what they're asking for, I just didn't know exactly how to put it? Thanks!
  12. I was wondering if there were any online versions of the french b sl textbook? We are using one called "le monde on francais" and I left mine at school by accident and i really need it to study for my test on monday... does anyone know where i can find a pdf version of it for free? thanks
  13. Hey everyone - I've been giving heaps of tips lately for people's French studies, so I've decided to make a master post, filled with everything that I can think of which has helped me over the past two years (sorry for my lack of accents, my laptop doesn't like inserting them in!) So firstly, get hold of a past exam (SL/HL/ab initio - whichever you're doing). Look at paper 1, and the sort of language you need to understand, and the type of questions you're going to have to answer. Then look at paper 2, and see what you need to write about, how much you need to write, and the sort of language (vocab/grammar etc.) you might need to know. That way, you know the sort of level you'll need to be at by the end of the IB. Vocab and grammar Quizlet is a great place to start for vocab and grammar - there are literally thousands of flashcards, and some are even dedicated to IB vocab! Additionally, if you don't have one already, buy yourself a French grammar book, complete with exercises (a good one is Schaum's French Grammar http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/0071828982 - it covers everything, from the basic to the advanced). Set yourself a challenge to do 40 mins every night, just to make sure you cover heaps of grammar, and that you're maintaining constant practice of the language. Also, with the Schaum grammar, it gives you heaps of vocab as well, as it makes you write out sentences, so make sure to translate any words you don't know, and learn them. Any words you're unsure of? Dedicate a notebook to writing down the French word and the English translation (make your own vocab list), and revise as much as you can. What I do is I browse http://www.wordreference.com to find French translations for any English word that I want to use. I also do this in my spare time to boost my vocab (yes, this is essentially just reading a dictionary but trust me this helps so much!). Paper 1 To practice for paper 1, literally just do heaps of past papers. When you read the texts, translate any words you don't know (obviously you can't do this in the real exam, however this helps you to learn useful vocab). Keep in mind, it's not expected that you understand every single word, you mainly need to know the general gist, and understand the grammar. In the actual exam, read the text once through, slowly, making sure that you understand all you can to the best of your ability. Once you've done that, read each question carefully, and make sure you understand exactly what they're asking of you (there have been cases where I have misinterpreted a question because I skimmed through it without actually realising what it's asking). With the vocab questions (e.g. trying to find an equivalent word), look at the tense of the word, whether it is a verb or a noun, and that will help you to narrow down to the answer. With the grammar questions (e.g. filling in the blanks with a connecting word), see if the next word begins with a vowel, then you know that if it's something like "bien que", the IB will actually put in "bien qu' " in the list of phrases to choose from, so you know that it's definitely that answer. Paper 2 I suggest to do your best to write a piece (even if it's only 50-100 words) and hand it up to your teacher to get it marked with feedback. Maybe try to increase your responses by 25-50 words every month or every few months so you can eventually get to that word limit (250 minimum for SL, 100 for ab initio (I think, don't hold me on this)) The feedback from your teacher is priceless because it allows for you to learn even more grammar in the context of your own work, as well as seeing what you're good at, and what you can improve on. Take their feedback, and rewrite your response, incorporating all the feedback and advice they're given you, that way it sticks in your mind. For the actual exam, make sure you read the question extremely carefully, and make sure you address everything that needs to be addressed. Incorporate as much from the question as you can in your response (e.g. if they want you to talk about what you've learnt from a bad holiday, make sure you describe a bad holiday, and interweave things you've learnt throughout your response). Proofreading is key: when you're under stress, you'll make heaps of silly mistakes. Make sure you allow 5-10 mins at the end of the exam just to read through your response, check your tense, accents, and spelling in particular. Make sure you've included connective phrases where possible, and try to include some French idioms too (but don't force them, only use them to enhance your response). Individual Oral I personally loved the individual oral, as I'm strong with my fluency and pronunciation. So, the best way to improve on your pronunciation is to read aloud as much French as possible - read extracts from your textbook, read aloud your written responses. When you're speaking, speak slowly at first, and make sure you're pronouncing it right - to 100% make sure you're doing just that, record yourself and play it back, so that you can hear what you sound like, if you're speaking clearly enough, and you can pick up on any slight mispronunciations. Additionally, try to listen to as much recorded French as possible - find some YouTube videos in French, watch them, listen to how they're speaking, and try to mimic their pronunciation. That will guarantee an improvement in your oral work for sure! General tips for the IO - I find that in the preparation time, I just practice the oral itself, and write down any key points I want to discuss, so that I don't forget. Usually, I end up running out of time to say everything, so I prioritise my key ideas, to make sure I cover the most important ones first. When it comes down to breaking up your time for the actual oral, this is what works for me: Start with something along the lines of "J'ai choisi cette photo car la legende dit que (state the caption) et ca montre la theme de (state the theme e.g. Loisirs) Describe the photo, but don't spend more than 2 mins all together on steps 1 and 2 Come back to the legend - restate it, and if possible, state whether or not you agree with it. Then, relate it back to the theme, and basically talk about what you've learnt about it. I usually apply it back to my own life, and try to say things like "j'avais trouve une texte du bac qui a mentionne que..." and link it to the option. This should take up the bulk of your oral, and maybe talk for about 4 mins about this. Always (ALWAYS) say "en conclusion" once you've finished (yes, it's kinda lame but trust me it makes life for the examiners so much easier, so they know that you're finishing up, and they can prepare to ask you questions at the end) and summarise the points you've made, and come back to whether or not you agree with the legend. Enjoy the questions from the examiner, they may ask you "nasty" questions, but seriously consider them a blessing, because there's a whole section in the mark scheme dedicated to your ability to expand on complex ideas, and your teacher is trying to boost your mark for that.Make sure you include connective phrases and idioms where relevant - the IB loves that so much (but don't just put them in for the sake of it). I hope I've helped a bit, and feel free to expand upon anything that I've said, or let me know if there's anything else you find helpful. Feel free to send me a message if you ever need help with anything - I'm always happy to help
  14. isaisaisa

    Advice on 3HL vs. 4HL

    Hi! So I really need help with choosing what HL and SL courses to take. I'm definitely taking HL English Literature, HL History, HL Spanish Language and Literature, SL Biology, and Math Studies (SL). I think I'm quite good at French, so I was thinking of taking French B HL too, but I'm afraid 4 HL courses will be too much to handle. I've been getting 6's and 7's in all of my courses, and would really like to get into my dream school (which happens to be an Ivy League school). I intend to focus on the Humanities. I chose Math Studies because I'm not very good at math and taking SL Math would have taken away time from studying for my other demanding courses, but I'm afraid that universities will think I was being lazy when I chose Math Studies instead of SL Math. I was thinking that taking 4 HLs could help me compensate, in a way, for that. What do you think?
  15. Hi, I want to write my EE on a piece of French literature (probably a novel) but I don't know what book to write it on. I don't really like the French books I've read so far enough to write the EE on them. Any suggestions? I guess I'm looking for books that are not super well known but are still very good and have a lot in them to analyse. I'd also prefer that they not be too long (like over 400 pages) because it takes me a while to read in French. Thanks!
  16. Hello everyone! I'm currently in the summer between IB1 and IB2, trying to begin my extended essay. I chose the topic of French cuisine because I found it to be very intriguing. However, I'm having a bit of difficulty finding a research question, as I often find myself being too descriptive. For example, one of my ideas was "How is French gastronomy portrayed in French films?" Would this suffice as a research question? I am afraid it does not leave much space for a reasoned argument. Could anyone help me out? Any help would be much appreciated!
  17. Hello everyone! I'm currently in the summer between IB1 and IB2, trying to begin my extended essay. I chose the topic of French cuisine because I found it to be very intriguing. However, I'm having a bit of difficulty finding a research question, as I often find myself being too descriptive. For example, one of my ideas was "How is French gastronomy portrayed in French films?" Would this suffice as a research question? I am afraid it does not leave much space for a reasoned argument. Could anyone help me out? Any help would be much appreciated!
  18. Just curious what syllabus French B SL uses. I'm ordering a French B SL textbook (Oxford), and it says it follows the 2011 syllabus. Is this the one that's in use as of now? Thanks.
  19. leonacho

    HL French B P1

    Hey guys .. Did Anyone else find the P1 tricky?
  20. Hey guys .. Did Anyone else find the P1 tricky?
  21. hey guys, for the paper 2 exam tomorrow, first, are these the text formats that we are supposed to know how to write in? -un journal intime/blog -un article -une lettre officielle (une lettre de reclamation (letter of complaint)/candidature/a un auteur) -une lettre a un ami-un discours (a speech) -le guide de recommandations, la brochure -le recit d'imagination- le compte -rendu -une declaration a la police -une critique d'un film/livre -une anecdote-une page internet .. i wanna know EXACTLY which and only ones we need to know, if i missed or added anything that isn't mentioned please let me know. Also.. Q2: does anyone have a source which states exactly the format of those texts to get a level 5/5 on format accuracy? (as they are easy marks).. thanks!
  22. sophiaspitz

    French B SL - Texte D

    Hi all! As you know we have the paper 1 of French B SL tomorrow. For texte D, it is no longer an essay, correct? But just simply an extra text with a few questions. My tutor said we won't have a texte D section anymore. Is this true? Can anyone confirm? Merci beaucoup et bonne chance!
  23. Annabelle

    French B SL Tips

    Hey guys What are some tips and suggestions you have for French B SL that's coming up for TZ1 this Monday/Tuesday? I usually do pretty well but because I haven't studied at all or put any thought into it (I prioritize my other subjects) I think I need a little more prep than I usually do for midterms and tests (I would get ample practice by going to class). What are your tricks for Paper 1 and 2? P.S I'm not aiming for a 7 so anything that makes it easier for you is welcome to be shared even if you get 4s doing it.
  24. Lucia Malpense

    French B HL Paper 2

    So, my teacher mostly followed the provincial curriculum instead of the IB curriculum for the past two years so I haven't a clue what's gonna be on the Paper 2. I've seen some past exams, but I believe that she said something like that the paper has changed this year and we have to write two composition instead of one? Is this true? Also, while I'm aware that we need to memorize the formats, is there anything else we need to know?
  25. under-cover

    French B Extended Essay

    My Extended Essay is in French and I was wondering if anyone who did theirs in a language B, or simply anyone willing to help, can give me some advice. So, my essay is about how accurately the films Entre les Murs and La Journée de la Jupe portray the problems in schools in poorer areas of France. In the Extended Essay forum there is very little advice for language B extended essays and I really need some guidance in structure, what makes a good essay and things to avoid. Or simply just any advice that will send me in the right direction. Thanks

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