Here are some advice and tips for Section B: Leave a message and postcard
Section B Question a
Section B Question b
In this question, you re required to write a postcard according to the instructions given.
Example of introduction: 2014 -
You are on holidays in France. Write a postcard to your friend Guy / Chantal in which you say that:
You should highlight the PLACE you are in. i.e. in this case you are in France.
Pick the PERSON you are going to write to: Guy - boy therefore use Cher Guy or Chantal - girl so therefore use Chère Chantal
You will then be given 3 points to make. You must for each develop your point. Do not just translate the point.
If you look at past papers, you will see they ask you to use different tenses mainly present, past, future.
Let's take 2014 as an example:
For each point, make a list of vocabulary who relate to the topic.
For example, here point 1:
Passer - to spend time
Avec ma famille - with my family
Dans les Alpes - in the Alps
Deux semaines - two weeks
Voyager en avion - to travel by plane
Loger dans un chalet - to stay in a chalet
Le paysage - the scenery
Beau / magnifique / superbe - beautiful / magnifiaient / superb
Remember that the MARKING SCHEME will look at the content and the language.
Topics which have come up over the years:
Being on holidays (2014; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2008; 2007; 2006; 2005; 2004; 2003; 2001; 2000; 1999)
Exams / school (2002)
Sporting activity (2014; 2012; 2010; 2008)
School tour (2013; 2004)
Buying /shopping (2013; 2008)
Holiday activity (2013; 2011; 2010; 2009; 2006; 2005; 2003; 2001; 2000)
Weather (2006; 2005; 2004; 2001)
Key phrases and sentences:
Je suis en vacances ... I am on holidays
Je passe ... I am spending...
Je joue au + team sport
Je fais du/de la + individual sport
Je loge dans un hôtel - I am staying in a hotel
Je fais du camping - I am in a campsite
On loue une maison / une villa / un gîte - We are renting a house / a villa / a self catering accommodation
Se baigner - to go for a swim
Faire du tourisme - to go sightseeing
Faire du ski - to go skiing
Se faire bronzer - to sunbathe
Faire du sport - to play sports
Se la couler douce - to take it easy (present: Je me la coule douce!)
Visiter - to visit a place
Render visite - to visit someone
Faire beau / mauvais / froid / chaud
Y avoir (il y a/ aura / a eu) soleil / vent / des nuages / de l'orage
Prepare activities for all seasons and weather.