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The course is based on the communicative method of studying languages. This means that students are involved in listening to, speaking and writing French from the very beginning. The course is modern, relevant and practical in its applications to everyday life in France e.g. writing letters, ordering a meal, making a phone call etc. Students are encouraged and helped to develop contacts with French students. The school has an exchange programme with a school in Normandy “Le Maitresse de Notre Dame” enabling our students to visit there and in return host French students in Drogheda.

Choosing French for Junior Certificate is essential if one is to study that language for the Leaving Certificate. A modern language is essential for entry to many third level colleges.

What are the modern languages Junior Certificate exams like?
• you will listen to and answer questions on conversations, news items, etc. in the language
• you will read and answer questions on texts like advertisements, articles, recipes and celebrity profiles in the language
• you will write texts like notes, cards and postcards in the language. You can take each exam at Higher or at Ordinary level

 The French course is a continuation of the Junior Cert course to a more advanced level.The Leaving Certificate French course builds on knowledge already attained in Junior Cert level. It is advisable that students should have attained a high grade at honours level if hoping to attempt the exam at Honours Leaving Certificate Level. Students are expected to read magazines and to tune in to French radio, podcasts or TV 5.

Oral Assessment

General conversation with the option of also discussing a picture or document of the pupils choice. External examiner during 5th and 6th year for mock orals and within the Department there is oral language team teaching.

Listening Comprehension

Candidates will listen to a CD – recording and answer questions on what they have heard, e.g. public announcements, extracts from radio, conversations overheard, etc. Use of supplementary material is also recommended.

Reading Comprehension

Higher Level candidates will explore various levels of meaning and register in literary & journalistic texts & current affairs. All students will also demonstrate grammar analysis and manipulation of syntax.  

Written Production  

Higher Level Oral 25% Aural 25% Written 55%
Ordinary Oral 20% Aural 25% Written 55%

Learning a language requires regular study throughout the two years of the course, as proficiency in the language can only be built up gradually. A student who is prepared to work can do well in these subjects. Many colleges have a language as a course entry requirement, e.g. European Studies, Languages or Marketing. Industry and employers rate language skills highly.  

You need a European language as a minimum entry requirement to study in any NUI Colleges:

UCD, NUI Galway, UCC, NUI Maynooth, St. Angela’s Sligo, Shannon College of Hotel Management, RCSI and to become a Cadet in the Army or the Air Corps.


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Address: Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, A92 VP28

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