HOW TO WRITE IN FRENCH
If you want to do well in either junior or leaving cert french, you must learn how to write in french. Sentence building or construction is such an important skill to master in French. At junior level, the written section is very structured, in that you are given specific instructions in the letter, note or postcard. At leaving cert, it really does become more difficult, as you are generally just given a specific theme to write about, and then you must come up with a response in the form of a diary entry, narrative or opinion piece. At leaving cert honours, there is sometimes a formal letter or an e-mail, but again, you cannot count on this. At ordinary level for the leaving cert, as well as a diary entry, a letter and a post-card or message, you are tested in the cloze test and the form filling. These writing tasks test your grammatical knowledge of how the French language is structured.
Please click on the links below to access a sample of our free junior & leaving cert revision notes
I find drill work in sentence building to be a very important part of language teaching, as it gives autonomy to students, when working within a particular topic.
Drill exercises are a very important way of instilling confidence in writing. In our drill exercises, French Notes have provided you with key expressions, which can be used in a variety of writing tasks. By taking the time to use the expression in a few different contexts, you will get to really understand how to use it, and it will add fluency to your written expression. We have provided the answers here, but we do hope that you have attempted the various exercises first.
AVOIR DU MAL À – TO HAVE DIFFICULTY IN
As a member of the Leaving Cert or Teacher Plan, you would have immediate access to:
Over 700 sample topic sentences on a wide-range of topics
- Approximately 60 sample opinion pieces.
- Diary Entries
- Narrative writing technique & Phrases
- Alternative past exam paper listening exercises
- Grammar section
- Grammar exercises
- Reading comprehensions
- Verb drills
- Study guides
- Comprehensive oral section with videos
- Expressions & key constructions
- Letters and much more…
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If you were to sign up for our one year Junior Cert plan, you would have access to:
- Audio section
- Oral questions & Role-plays
- Powerpoint presentations
- Comprehensive vocabulary lists
- Verb drills
- Grammar section
- Reading Section
- Written section with postcards, notes & letters
Please see some of our sample Junior Cert revision notes here
Members of the Teacher Plan have automatic access to both Leaving Cert & Junior Cert revision notes. Also we are constantly adding new files to the site, so whatever is put up for the duration of your membership, you have access to it. While we do put up some of our material on social media, it is only a fraction of what you will find on our site.
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.
This is an expression which takes the verb “avoir”. When you are using a verbal expression, remember that the verb changes according to the tense you are using. You will see this with the sample sentences below. Why not try these ones before looking at the answers underneath. If you would like to do your own ones, we would be delighted to correct them for you. Just send them to us at [email protected]
- I had difficulty in finding my jumper this morning.
- I will have difficulty in finishing my homework this evening because of the match.
- He had difficulty in accepting criticism.
- We are going to have difficulty in crossing the road with the traffic.
- I have difficulty in understanding the teacher when he speaks quickly.
The entire collection of drill exercises are available to members of our Leaving cert or Teacher plans. Please follow the link to find out more
Well how did you do? Check your answers here.
- J’ai eu ( I had) du mal à trouver mon pull ce matin
- J’aurai ( I will have) du mal à terminer mes devoirs ce soir à cause du match
- Il avait ( he had) du mal à accepter la critique
- Nous allons avoir (We are going to have) du mal à traverser la route avec la circulation.
- J’ai (I have) du mal à comprendre le professeur quand il parle vite.
We have different examples of sentence builders or drill exercises on https://frenchnotes.ie/