I'm currently teaching a motivated and generally bunch of S5 pupils (in their 5th year of studying French in secondary school) who are to sit their (Scottish) Higher exam in May. They are finding the listening part of the exam particularly challenging. For the Higher, they have to listen to a conversation lasting about 4 minutes and then answer questions in English worth 20 points. They get to study the questions before the recording begins and can use a dictionary. We've had the predicatable sorts of discussions about predicting answers, appropriate note taking technique, short term memory, concentration etc, but for a couple of them there are no signs of improvement - none of my advice seems to be working! I would be grateful if anyone could share strategies and ideas with me for developing the skill of listening and perhaps direct me towards any articles or books which I could read. Merci d'avance.