LEAVING CERT FRENCH READING PRACTICE STRATEGY

I find that reading comprehensions contain an absolute wealth of information that students could use to great effect. If reading comprehensions were really used to their absolute potential, they would provide a very rich training ground for our students. I know that in the Leaving cert exam, students must read a text for understanding, but I also believe the material offered in reading comprehensions could be used to teach so much more. The following is a reading on the housing crisis in Ireland. You might like to use the following strategies to make reading so much more than just understanding the gist of the text.

As any French teacher will tell you, verbs are integral part of language learning, and this point is really pertinent in the study of the French language, where there are so many irregular verbs. In order to do well in the leaving certificate French exam, you will need to have a thorough understanding of verbs, and have the ability to switch from tense to tense.

The following is an extract taken from one of our reading practice pieces. The original piece contains four sections, but we have given you the first section to practice with. In this reading piece, which is on the housing crisis on Ireland, you are presented with part of the text, with the accompanying verbs. You attempt to put the verb into the tense being asked, and don’t worry, the solutions are found at the end of the blog, but try and do them first without peeking!

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LA CRISE DU LOGEMENT – THE HOUSING CRISIS

Section 1.

La crise du logement en Irlande est une dure réalité à laquelle sont confrontés tous les expatriés fraîchement débarqués. Détermination et réactivité sont de mise pour trouver un toit, notamment dans les grandes villes du pays. Ce à quoi je n’avais pas pensé quand je me suis décidée à partir vivre en Irlande, c’est que la recherche d’appartement pourrait être compliquée. J’aurais dû me renseigner, parce que c’est en fait une grosse galère. Parcours du combattant de tous les nouveaux arrivants, la recherche de logement à Cork ou à Dublin est souvent la première étape de l’expatriation, mais en Irlande, c’est aussi surtout la plus compliquée.

Section 2.

Des loyers exorbitants

D’abord, le prix des loyers…

TRY TO PUT THE VERB INTO THE CORRECT TENSE

Français Anglais English French
Être To be It is
Confronter To confront He confronted
Débarquer To land They will land
Trouver To find I found
Avoir To have We used to have
Penser To think They (m) are thinking
Décider To decide You decide
Partir To leave She left
Vivre To live He will live
Pouvoir To be able to They used to be able to
Devoir To have to We have to
Se renseigner To enquire She enquired

 

NOW CHECK TO SEE IF YOU KNOW YOUR VERBS!

Français Anglais English French
Être To be It is Il est
Confronter To confront He confronted Il a confronté
Débarquer To land They will land Ils débarqueront
Trouver To find I found J’ai trouvé
Avoir To have We used to have Nous avions
Penser To think They (m) are thinking Ils pensent
Décider To decide You decide Tu décides
Partir To leave She left Elle est partie
Vivre To live He will live Il vivra
Pouvoir To be able to They used to be able to Ils pouvaient
Devoir To have to We have to Nous devons
Se renseigner To enquire She enquired Elle s’est renseignée

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