Ah, French pronunciation. When I was a student preparing for French oral examinations I used to walk around the house muttering to myself in French in a deranged manner. I was never entirely sure if it was correct or not- I just hoped for the best! Anyway, I made French friends in college and have spent around two years in France working/ studying since that so all is well on the pronunciation front now. That said, I speak regularly to French friends to maintain it.
À votre avis, pourquoi les jeunes suivent-ils la mode ?
Here are some resources that may be useful for finding inspiration for oral work in class or preparation for the Classroom Based Assessments.
‘Les jeunes d’aujourd’hui n’arrêtent jamais de manger ! Partout où ils vont – à la maison, à l’école, dans la rue, à la discothèque – il y a des paquets de chips vides et des cannettes qui traînent par terre. Pourquoi ne respectent-ils pas la bonne vieille formule : ‘Trois repas par jour’ ?
Une mère désespérée
Qu’en pensez-vous ? (75 mots environ)
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.
I love hearing about ideas for TY French. Here are a few of mine.
Saving you that trip to Amazon! Here are a few films that are available online for free. It can be great to show a film in TY and discuss it afterwards. This is great preparation for the Leaving Cert Oral exam where students can discuss a favourite French film! It can sometimes be difficult to find a suitable/ reliable film on the internet so here are a few ideas.
Idiomatic phrases are fluent phrases that often can’t be literally translated to English. Using these in your Leaving Cert written and oral work will enhance your work as it increases fluency and language skills. Don’t overuse them however- but be sure to use one whenever suitable. Here are a few to learn and use:
It is the month of May and you are looking forward to the summer holidays.
Write a letter in French to your penpal, Christine.
In your letter
‐ thank her for her letter and birthday present
‐ give her some news about one of your friends
– say something about a film you have recently seen –
say that you are going to spend a week in Italy with your family
– ask her about her plans for the summer.