Years later, the “beep” of the Junior/ Leaving cert aural exams still heightens my breathing and increases my heart rate. Not ideal… particularly when I’m the teacher. This post is designed to help French learners develop better aural skills- it’s aimed at university students as well as secondary school students. Advertisements
I completed my dissertation based on the topic of “Dyslexia and MFL learning” two years ago. At the time I was concerned by the number of people getting exemptions from studying MFL, even though I was convinced that these students were exceptionally able.
It’s the last thing you want to hear about. Unless I offer you a free holiday to the French Riveria of course (not this time). However, maintaining French language skills over summer can prove to be hugely advantageous when preparing for Junior Cert/ Leaving Cert. And the good news is that it’s quite easy in… Continue Reading →
I first became familiar with the concept of “foreign language anxiety” as I completed research for my dissertation. My dissertation was not based on this, but it was something that certainly intrigued me. I was an unlikely candidate for French study at university level. Whilst I achieved very good in the subject at school, I… Continue Reading →
French videos are obviously a fantastic resource to include in the French classroom. However, I have struggled to find videos suitable for Junior Cert and Senior Cycle level but I eventually managed to find a few! I have another post on other aural resources here.
Resources for the letter are here. Resources for the note are here. Resources for the postcard are here. Resources for the reading comprehensions are here. Resources for the aural are here. Grammar resources here.
Resources for reading comprehensions are here. Resources for diary entries are here. Grammar resources are here. Resources for opinion pieces are here. Vocabulary lists for written pieces are here. Translation exercises here. Oral resources are here. Listening resources are here.
I’ll be the first to admit that I sympathise with people when they say that they find French study difficult or boring. I can still remember life almost ten years ago when I was preparing for my French Junior Certificate exam. Unfortunately, most memories consist of me attempting to learn EVERYTHING in my French book… Continue Reading →