1. Assess your level of French
It’s hard to know where we can go if we don’t know where we are. The same thing happens with language; starting to study French without knowing our level will only make us study without a real parameter of the situation.
Carrying out a diagnostic test will allow you to increase the chances of success, since you will start from a reliable point.
There are several international exams to know your level of French, such as the DELF, the TEF.
2. Know the type of test you are going to perform
It is said that an important step in winning a war is to know the enemy, and in this case it is not very different; if you want to ensure a better result in your exam, you must know its characteristics and the specific level you are facing.
Internationally standardized templates have very specific characteristics of what you need to learn to pass your exam. If you know the details of the level of French you are going to present, you will be able to concentrate on it and not waste precious time learning aspects that you will not need at that time.
3. Create a learning environment entirely in French
Try to use only French study material to improve reading comprehension: if you develop this skill, the other three aspects (writing, speaking and listening in French) will naturally be strengthened.
If you listen to music in general, make sure it’s also in French. Do the same with the comments you make; also consult a French dictionary for definitions of words you don’t understand.
Avoid translating! This will only make language acquisition more difficult.
This strategy has the specific function of getting your brain used to thinking in French without going through double translation. Of course, it will be a little difficult at first, but little by little you will see how French words stop seeming foreign to you and spontaneously integrate into your vocabulary.
4. Follow a mentoring program
When we have to face tests, it is common to think that we are alone in the process and start working with what we have at hand. Maintaining this practice will only destroy the motivation to achieve the goal.
Just as an athlete needs a coach for the preparation period, when we are preparing for an important test, we can turn to experts who can give us advice and academic support.
5. Practice regularly
This will be the most important strategy of all. One way to practice is to join conversation clubs in your town. Look them up on the internet, make friends who speak that language and sit down to chat with them; don’t be afraid to make mistakes because it’s completely normal, you will make mistakes many times, but you will learn a lot from your mistakes.
Look for opportunities and communicate with people who speak French and so several times a day you will learn very easily. Think in French, think of things you already know in that language, for example if you are thirsty and want to drink something, and you already know that vocabulary, use it.
Say for example: “I’m thirsty, I want to drink something”. This way you will get your brain used to the fact that you already have another language in your mind. Remember that the French language is widespread all over the world and it will be common for you to find others like you who want to improve it.