After a failed au pair experience in France I entered my second year in college without having spent any adequate length of time in France. This was worrying- while I was doing my utmost to immerse myself in the French language in everyday life I knew that I would have to spend more time in France to fully master la langue. As I was unsure whether I would complete an Erasmus year in France at the time, I was becoming increasingly apprehensive about working in France.
« Au milieu de la nuit, j’ai été réveillé… » [Section I, Q.2]
Au milieu de la nuit, vous avez soudain été réveillé(e) par un bruit. Racontez ce quis’est passé ensuite. (Votre récit peut être réel ou imaginaire.)
This is actually the diary entry from the paper when I sat my own Leaving Cert exam- memories! This is also the exact way in which I wrote it- ticket loss included! Dividing the diary into three separate days like below is another option for the question.
Here’s a step by step breakdown on write an opinion piece….je vous en prie! You’re welcome! 😉
Grammar questions are asked annually on the comprehension section of the exam. Here, you will be given a grammatical term to find in a section in the piece. Remember- do not give the “subject” with your term (the “I”, “he”, or “they”)- otherwise the answer will be incorrect.
Here are the most common terms:
Vos parents sont partis passer le weekend à Paris et ils vous ont laissé(e) seul(e) dans la maison. Alors, vous avez décidé de profiter de leur absence et d’organiser une fête chez vous le samedi soir. Qu’est-ce que vous notez à ce sujet dans votre journal intime, après la fête ?
You are on a school exchange in France, and are staying with a French family. Write a letter in
French to your penpal Annette who lives in another part of France. In your letter
– apologise for not writing sooner and give an excuse
– describe the family with whom you are staying
– tell her about some things you like/dislike about France
– say that you are going to spend a few days in Paris next week
– invite her to come to Ireland during the summer holidays.
An essential trick for the Leaving Cert Oral exam is to steer the examiner in the right direction.
Encouraging the examiner to do this brings in topics that you have prepared and increases the likelihood of getting asked the questions that you hoped for.
Here are a few ideas on how to do it:
The terms “Erasmus” or “year abroad” have various associations. There’s the idea that your only real involvement in the culture is by socialising in the town, yet there are also the terrifying tales (often recited by your lecturers…) about those mysterious students who somehow failed all of their exams and ultimately were left without the elusive “international” degree certificate.