FRENCH LEAVING CERTIFICATE ORAL EXAMINATION 2016 – PART 1.
Submitted by FrenchNotes.ie’s director Elizabeth Hayes:
Elizabeth Hayes-Lyne is the owner and founder of FrenchNotes.ie which is a website that provides material for the Junior Cert & Leaving Cert French Exams. She is the author of the popular Listening & Oral book, Bonne Chance, published by Gill & Macmillan. She is a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland, and is a State Examiner with the State Examinations Commission. Elizabeth is a French teacher in the CBS, Sexton Street, Limerick.
PRONUNCIATION & STRUCTURE
There are 100 Marks and these are divided as follows:
I have gone through the CHIEF EXAMINER’S REPORT 2010, and have referenced the findings, with recommendations of my own.
In French, as in any language, your ability to pronounce the words properly is very important. The examiner noted that a lot of candidates had no substantial issues with pronunciation, but that there were candidates who found it difficult to correctly pronounce even the most basic vocabulary. I have included a chart, which goes through the list of words signaled by the Chief Examiner. I have added in a simple to understand guide to correctly pronouncing these words. I suggest that students go through their notes, and practice how to say these words.
This was not the most impressive feature of the average candidate’s performance.
There were however some candidates who displayed a wonderful grasp of French Grammar.
Example of very good candidates’ use of grammar was:
Ability to use basic tenses very well and manipulate other verb forms, such as:
The present subjunctive
Accurate use of simple pronouns
Accurate use of negatives
However some candidates found it difficult to formulate short,simple sentences.
Candidates are expected to manipulate the present, past & future tenses with ease.
They should be able to introduce simple pronouns, adjectives and prepositions appropriately.
Verbs are still a major issue for some candidates.
Some candidates only answered in the present tense form of the verb
Some candidates used “je” + infinitive in answering all their questions.
Correct manipulation of the negative in compound tenses was rare!