SIX BONNES RÉSOLUTIONS POUR 2019

Ok so you have woken up to a new year, realising that the Junior Cert & Leaving Cert is only a few short months away. What should you be doing every day to maximise your learning potential in French.  Follow these 6 tips and maximise your potential.   VERB LIST! Concentrate on trying to learn…

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NCCA ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES FOR MFL

DES_MFL-spec-for-consult-final Introduction to junior cycle Junior cycle education places students at the centre of the educational experience, enabling them to actively participate in their communities and in society and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives. Junior cycle is inclusive of all students and contributes to equality of…

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7 TIPS FOR LEARNING FRENCH

french, learnfrench

For parents of students studying French, language learning is a bit of a mystery. How are you meant to help your child if you haven’t studied French in years or maybe you never studied the language. As a student, you are at one of two stages at the moment; you are beginning secondary school in…

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ARE YOU NEW TO FRENCH?

Are you going into secondary school in September and taking French? In 2016 over 31,000 students sat the Junior Cert French exam.  So in any one year there are approximately 30,000 students meeting French as a subject for the first time. Whenever I go into a first year class, I explain to the students that…

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WHEN TO USE THE PRONOUN ‘ON’

Pronouns

WHEN TO USE THE PRONOUN ‘ON’ The 3rd person singular pronoun ‘on’ is an indefinite pronoun and means: One They We People It is used with the il/elle form of the verb. Si on étudie, on reçoit de bonnes notes – If we study, we receive good marks.   ‘ON’ MEANS ‘WE’ IN MODERN FRENCH…

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TOP 12 VERBS FOR POSTCARDS

French

ÊTRE – TO BE – I always refer to the verb être as the king of the verbs as you simply cannot express yourself in any meaningful way without a very good knowledge of this verb. Je suis – I am J’ai été – I was Je serai – I will be ALLER – TO…

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LA FÊTE DES MÈRES – MOTHER’S DAY

French Language Learning Mothersday

Tomorrow is Monday, the 27th of March and is D-day for a lot of students, who will be facing their French Oral Exam. You may or may not be asked about Mother’s day, but it is no harm to have something to say on the subject, if it does come up! Below is a very…

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JOYEUSE PÂQUES – HAPPY EASTER

French Easter Egg

Pâques est la fête la plus importante du christianisme et elle tombe juste après les épreuves oraux. C’est certain à mon avis, qu’il y aura une question sur cette fête et voice un exemple de réponse à une question typique: Easter is the most important festival in Christianity, and it falls just after the oral…

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GUIDE TO THE LEAVING CERT HONOURS READING COMPREHENSIONS

I have been getting a lot of messages from students on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram about how they should go about answering the reading comprehensions. Following the French Notes technique https://www.frenchnotes.ie  they are now finding it easier. To do well in the reading comprehension, and not to be overwhelmed by the quantity of text presented, just follow…

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What comes up in the Junior Cert listening exam?

JUNIOR CERT LISTENING SECTION The Junior Certificate French exam focuses on the receptive skills in language learning. Therefore, most marks are awarded for listening and reading. The productive skills of writing and speaking are given more prominence in the senior cycle. The Higher level Junior Cert French paper is divided into 3 sections: 1. LISTENING…

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How do you say? Guide to the French Oral Exam

Bonjour tout le monde! Just a quick word about our free downloadable  Tips section. https://www.frenchnotes.ie/tips-advice/ We have a fantastic document on everything that you need to know on the French Oral Exam. Our tips section includes a two-part document on the four key areas of the exam. The first document deals with pronunciation and structure. The second…

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FRENCH MOCKS – A GUIDE

French Revision Notes

FRENCH MOCKS – A GUIDE A lot of students are asking us how or what to cover for the mock exams, which are going to be starting in the next couple of weeks. Here at French Notes, we have put together a few ideas to tackle each part of the exam. We will look at…

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HOW TO STRUCTURE A LEAVING CERT OPINION PIECE

How to structure an opinion piece

HOW TO FRAME A COHERENT OPINION PIECE FOR THE LEAVING CERT FRENCH EXAM I have found with many students, that they tend to rely on very limited vocabulary to express themselves. As an examiner for the Leaving Cert Honours paper, I have found the exact same conclusions, opening statements and connecting words in all three…

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The Subjunctive

Every year, the subjunctive instils fear into the hearts and minds of Leaving cert students up and down the country. It shouldn’t! It is only another form of expression. There are a few rules to respect, and the subjunctive is well within the grasp of any student. The key word to look for is the…

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