Part 4 Leaving Cert French Oral Exam – Vocabulary
20% of the Oral Exam – VOCABULARY
In this blog entry, we have looked at the chief examiner’s report and have drawn from our own experience, to show you the vocabulary that students are currently using, and more importantly, the vocabulary that students are finding confusion with.
Vocabulary: Most candidates had sufficient vocabulary to communicate at a basic level on topics concerning their daily lives, e.g. personal details, family, home, school, holidays, part time job, sport, music, and were at ease with these topics. Many candidates were able to use a rich and varied vocabulary on a wide range of subjects, particularly those who presented a well-chosen Document. Others had prepared the vocabulary necessary to discuss abstract topics or social problems, e.g. alcohol, unemployment, homelessness, or emigration, and were able and willing to give their viewpoint on these topics.
The less able candidates had difficulty with basic interrogative words (e.g. qui, quand, comment, combien, où, pourquoi) and with phrases denoting a time period such as l’été prochain, après le bac, pendant les vacances. Other areas of difficulty included basic vocabulary such as numbers, times, dates, school subjects, food, and clothing. Adjectives were often limited to super, sympa, difficile, facile and intéressant. Some candidates were unable to use obvious conversational phrases, e.g. je ne comprends pas, or pouvez-vous répéter la question, s’il vous plaît.
You will need to take a note of the following:
- Have the ability to talk with ease, about your daily life and the world of young people.
- Consider difficult social topics & abstract reasoning.
- Willing and able to express personal opinion.
- Ability to use various idiomatic and elegant expressions.
- Be able to use a wide ranging choice of adjectives.
- Be able to recognise basic interrogative or question words.
- Avoid using Super, Sympa or intéressant as adjectives of choice.
- Failure to name school subjects, or countries.
- Inability to mention a favourite dish other than frites or pizza.
- Inability to name items of clothing bought or received as a present.
- Limited range of adjectives and verbs.
- Failure to recognise words within a question which hint at the correct tense to be used in answering: dernier – last, prochain – next, hier – yesterday, demain – tomorrow.
- Irish words used instead of French equivalent: le for avec, mar for car, nó for ou, a lán for beaucoup.
FRENCH ORAL PREPARATION BOOKLET
Our guide to the French Leaving Cert Oral exam is a 60 page booklet containing approximately 100 sample questions and answers, as well as tips on how to maximise your potential.
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All of these questions and answers are already available to members of our Leaving Cert or Teacher plans. Please see here for information on these plans.
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.