What comes up in the Junior Cert listening exam?
JUNIOR CERT LISTENING SECTION
The Junior Certificate French exam focuses on the receptive skills in language learning. Therefore, most marks are awarded for listening and reading. The productive skills of writing and speaking are given more prominence in the senior cycle.
The Higher level Junior Cert French paper is divided into 3 sections:
1. LISTENING COMPREHENSION This section of the exam is really pivotal, as it carries a total of 140 marks or 43.75% of the total marks awarded.
2. READING SECTION The reading section of the exam is allocated 100 marks or 31.25% of the total marks.
3. WRITING SECTION This section carries the least amount of marks, but at 25%, this is still a substantial chunk of the overall marking.
I cannot over-emphasise the importance of attuning a student’s ear to the French language from DAY 1 of their experience with language learning. I try and incorporate a listening into almost every class – even a quick 3-4 minutes. This will really benefit students in all facets of the exam. A finely tuned ear to the sounds of French is vital to a proper understanding of this beautiful, albeit complex language. The listening piece usually takes about 45 minutes and luckily, the department of Education usually follows a fairly recognisable pattern every year. The listening comprehension is broken into 5 sections, A, B, C, D, and E.
Please feel free to browse our Free revision notes for either the Junior or the Leaving cert exams.
Here at French Notes, we have broken down the trends over a 10 year period for the Junior Cert listening exam, and we hope that it will prove to be a useful guide, for both teachers & students.
Just go to our “EXTRAS” section on our homepage, and download the document which are colour coded for ease of reading.
FRENCH LEAVING CERT REVISION COURSES
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