DIARY ENTRY 2017 LEAVING CERT FRENCH
Diary entries are extremely popular in the leaving cert exam, with over 75% of candidates choosing to do one. However, due to their popularity, students must have a very good command of the French language, in order to stand out from other candidates.
Remember that a diary entry is a personal piece of writing, so the way you express yourself will differ from an opinion piece. You will be able to talk about how you feel and express how something has or will affect you at a personal level. This of course, is actually rather more difficult than an opinion piece, where an excellent understanding of the present tense will get you through. A good diary entry is an authentic personal response to the stimulus given. The chief examiner’s report on the 2016 question noted the following:
“Some candidates put a lot of work into writing down several prepared, generic diary-type phrases at the beginning and the end, but did not devote much space to the stimulus material itself, so lost marks”
Students, who rely too heavily on a good opening and good closing, but who make little or scant reference to the material given, will lose marks!
To do well in the diary entry, read the question very carefully, underline key words, and then plan your answer. A knowledge of the present tense, the passé composé, the imperfect, the future and the conditional is important here. Subjunctive is always an impressive addition to any written piece, as long as it fits into the context. Do not dive into any written piece for the leaving cert without putting a plan together. My advice is always to do a plan for the three written pieces, go to the reading comprehensions, and as thoughts come to you, jot these down and only when the reading comprehensions are done to your satisfaction, go to the written section to write your three chosen pieces.
Here is an extract from the 2017 diary entry.
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En vous promenant dans la rue à Dublin, vous avez soudain vu un chanteur / un acteur
(une chanteuse / une actrice) très célèbre. C’est une personne que vous admirez
énormément. Alors, vous décidez de lui parler…… !
En rentrant chez vous, qu’est‐ce que vous notez à ce sujet dans votre journal intime ?
While walking on a street in Dublin, you suddently saw a very famous singer/actor . It is a
person that you really admire. So you decide to speak to him/to her….!
On returning home, what do you write into your diary?
Quelle journée extraordinaire!
What an amazing day!
Je suis allé(e) à Grafton Street aujourd’hui pour faire du lèche-vitrines.
I went to Grafton Street today to do some window-shopping.
C’est mon anniversaire la semaine prochaine et je voulais choisir quelque chose.
It is my birthday next week, and I wanted to choose something.
Tout à coup j’ai vu Niall Horan qui marchait seul dans la rue.
All of a sudden I saw Niall Horan, who was walking alone on the street.
Quelle journée extraordinaire! – What an amazing day!
Faire du lèche-vitrines. – To do window shopping
Je voulais + verb in the infinitive – I wanted to
Tout à coup – Suddenly
FRENCH LEAVING CERT REVISION COURSES
If you would be interested in attending one of our French Leaving Cert Revision courses, please follow the link below for more information. All of our monthly courses take place from September to May and are held in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Our Courses begin at 1pm and ends at 5pm. The cost is €60 and includes a 30 page booklet with exclusive French Notes content. During our revision courses, students learn how to write opinion pieces, Diary entries and/or the narrative (récit), learn active listening methodology, practice speaking and reading French comprehensions. They also do Translation exercises and study a specific area of grammar.
If you would like to see some of our sample material for either Junior or Leaving cert, please follow the links below