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 this technique:
- Read Question 6.
- Read the title & sub-title
- Box off the 1st section with a highlighter.
- Respond to the questions relating to this section
- Draw a diagonal line through the first section, to remind yourself that you have answered the questions.
- Go on to section 2 and do the same.
- Repeat for the 3rd, 4th and possibly 5th sections.
- Go back to Question 6. Return to each section, and see if there is a relevant detail that you can use in your answer. As you go through the sections, draw another diagonal line through each section making a X effect.
- This will ensure that you have answered everything and that the comprehension is absolutely finished.
- Read over your answers to make sure that you have put the accents in the correct places etc..
We don’t just stop there you know! Unlike a lot of sites which aim to help students with several subjects in the Leaving or Junior Certificate exams, French Notes.ie focuses entirely on French. We have devised this study guide to help you answer the reading comprehensions, without giving the answers, as that, in our opinion, would be pointless, and there would be no evidence of learning. This study guide is designed to help you, without doing all the work for you! These study guides can either be given out in class, or used at home. They are downloadable, and designed to give students confidence. In each study guide, you will find that there is a list of some important vocabulary, and the questions are partially translated without giving too much away! We have also divided the questions into the particular sections for ease of use. In order to do well in the reading comprehensions, you must understand exactly what you are being asked, and only answer what you are asked. If you give too much information, you will be penalised accordingly. For example, if the question is asking for a particular word or “mot” and you give the sentence or “phrase” containing the word, you will not get the marks.
FICHE DE VOCABULAIRE – 2007 1ST COMPREHENSION
BANLIEUES UN AN APRÈS
Les émeutes – the riots
Les rapports – relations
Se tapir – to lurk
Harceler – to harass
Demeurer – to live
Des ouvriers – workers
Des retraités – retired people
Des chômeurs – unemployed people
Au quotidien – on a daily basis
Les chantiers – building sites
La fierté – Pride
Vanter – to boast
Une grue – a crane
La poussière – dust
QUESTIONS FOR COMPREHENSION NO.1 2007
BANLIEUES UN AN APRÈS
Trouvez deux details qui indiquent que – find two details which indicate that
Citez l’expression qui montre que – State the expression which shows that
Selon la deuxième section – According to the second section
Comment les residents ages évitent-ils – How do the elderly residents avoid?
Relevez – Pick out
Expliquez pourquoi – Explain why
Comment est-ce que ? How will ?
Quel détail indique que – What detail indicates that
Quelle est la reaction des residents – What is the resident’s reaction
FICHE DE VOCABULAIRE – 2007 – 2ND COMPREHENSION
L’enfance – Childhood
Le siècle – the century
Bouleverser – to upturn
Améliorer – to improve
Prendre l’habitude de – to be used to
Ravissement – delight
Bavarder – to chat
Une scéance – a screening
Le fossé – The trench
Tressauter – To jolt
affoler – To startle
QUESTIONS for 2ND COMPREHENSION 2007
Pourquoi est-ce que Maxellende dit que – Why does Maxellende say that
Pourquoi – Why
Citez un adjectif – state an adjective
Quel détail montre que – What detail shows that
Citez la phrase qui indique que – State the sentence which indicates that
Combien de temps?
How much time?
Selon la troisième section
According to the third section
D’après – According to
Pourquoi est-ce que ? Why did
Dans la quatrième section – In the fourth section
Donnez-en deux raisons – give two reasons