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Working within the framework provided for by the syllabus for the teaching and examining of French at Leaving Certificate level; the aims of the French Department can best be outlined as follows:


1.      To introduce the students to the target language as a living and vibrant method of communication, thus helping them to appreciate a culture other than their own.


2.      To enable the students to acquire the necessary communicative skills that will allow them to take full part in classroom activities in the target language participate in everyday transactions and interactions extract information from and to interpret the various mass media organs make further study and or possible career paths through the medium of their chosen target language a realistic option.

To achieve the above aims the students must be facilitated to develop a critical awareness of how meaning is organised and conveyed by the structures and vocabulary of the target language and to develop an understanding of language in general.


Our aim is to continue and develop the aspects and aims of the Junior Cycle Programme and to develop skills in the following four areas leading to proficiency in all areas of the target language and to succeed in Leaving Certificate Examination.


  • Oral Proficiency. Used in a range of personal, social, cultural and topical areas.
  • Aural Proficiency.  The ability to listen to and answer questions on a wide variety of auditory stimuli.
  • Comprehension Proficiency.  The students must be able to read, interpret, extract and manipulate texts ranging from literary to contemporary journalism and answer the questions in the target language.
  • Written Production Proficiency.  The student must be able to react to a given stimulus in grammatically correct everyday French. These stimuli cover the whole range of written production from formal to informal letters, to notes, messages, and postcards, to fax, e-mail, diary entries and personal opinions.


Assessment at Leaving Certificate consists of an oral examination followed by an aural examination. The written examination is at two levels and includes reading comprehension and written production. The primary difference between levels is the marking structure used in the oral and aural sections.

Level Higher Level Ordinary Level
Written 55% 55%
Oral 25% 20%
Aural 20% 25%

5th Year

 Term 1

Topics Communication Grammar Vocabulary
C’est moi

Le journal intime

La description orale de la famille

Le présent

Les adjectifs possessifs

Les adjectifs interrogatifs

Les articles

Le caractère

Le physique

Mon idole


La famille Ma famille: une description orale

Les formes interrogatives

Les pronoms interrogatifs


Les relations familiales

Chez moi

Le journal intime

Les descriptions

Les intérieurs

Les tâches ménagères

Les articles

La maison

Les meubles

Les descriptions

Mon quartier Les avantages/ inconvénients

Les descriptions

Les avantages et inconvénients d’habiter en ville/à la campagne

En ville/A la campagne

Les voisins


 Term 2 & 3

Topics Communication Grammar Vocabulary
Mes potes Les descriptions orales et écrite La négation L'amitié
Le temps libre

Sortez au cinéma

Les loisirs


Sortir pour les loisirs

Le cinéma

La lecture

Le sport et l’argent

Pratiquer le sport

Le dopage

La lettre formelle

Le passé composé

Les prépositions de temps

Le petit boulot

L’argent de poche


6th Year

 Term 1

Topics Communication Grammar Vocabulary
Les vacances Les habitudes des vacances

 Le plus-que parfait

Les souvenirs/activités de vacances

La pollution

Le recyclage

Les prépositions de lieu La protection et la prévention


Term 2 & 3

Topics Communication Grammar Vocabulary
Notre monde L’Europe et Le voyage Le comparatif, superlatif Les voyages scolaires
Les actualités Lisez et l’auditif

Les adjectifs/pronoms démonstratifs

Les pronoms possessifs

Les nouvelles
La santé/Les addictions

Être bien dans son corps

Être accro aux substances

Les pronoms relatifs

Le subjonctif au présent

Le corps et les addictions

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