Online Christmas Revision Course 2020
French is one of the many subjects available on our Christmas Revision Course, that takes place from December 28th – 31st.
This 4-day live and interactive online course provides students from 1st – 6th year with expert tuition and exam focused notes delivered straight to their door. Pre-recorded tutorials, and all classes, will also be available for students to re-watch until the end of June.
What does it take to get a H1 in Higher Level French?
Edwina Hilton, past student from The Institute of Education who achieved a H1 in Leaving Cert higher level French, explains how she got top marks in the exam.
Immerse yourself in the language!
This is the most important advice I could possibly give any student. French is a living language and to do well you need more than class notes.
It’s important to have a confident command of the language so you can think on your feet if surprised by a question on the day, in either the oral, aural or written exam. It will also give your work an individual and original dynamic that is vital in order to achieve the top grade.
Simply watching French movies as a form of relaxation during study breaks can dramatically improve your linguistic skills and fluency. Even if you find it difficult to understand, it is far from a waste of time!
In terms of reading, I started out with simple children’s books moving to well-known translations I had already read in the English language.
Chat with friends
I also had the opportunity to converse weekly on a one to one basis. Constant oral practice is really key to securing the A grade in the oral and doing this with a friend is a really great habit to get into!
“In Productive Writing never lose sight of the question”
Dedicated and experienced, our teachers have an in-depth understanding of the Leaving Certificate exam papers.
In this short video, Corrine Gavenda, who has been teaching French at The Institute of Education for over 30 years, offers students some key advice for approaching the Productive Writing section of the exam paper.
Need help with Reading Comprehension or building negative sentences?
French teacher Corinne Gavenda steps through some useful pointers in the online tutorials below.
‘In the Reaction Question the examiner is looking for clarity and focus.’
The Reaction Question is graded according to communication and language, and it’s crucial that you focus completely on the question asked and structure your answer properly.
In this short video Corinne Gavenda, French teacher at The Institute of Education, explains how this section of the paper is marked and what you can do to maximize your grade in the exam.