Introduction to French

The Syllabus Candidates may take the examination at Higher Level or Ordinary Level, but the syllabus is common to both. It is a communicative syllabus, organised around the needs, expectations and interests which pupils bring to the foreign language classroom. Tasks assessed involve both productive use of the language (oral and written skills) as well as receptive use (reading and listening comprehension).



The Junior Certificate French exam is made up of 3 sections:

  • Listening Comprehension (43.75%)
  • Reading Section (31.25%)
  • Written Expression (25%)


Useful Tips

  • Try to learn about 5 new words a day. Keep these in a Vocabulary notebook, either organised alphabetically or by topic.
  • Listen to French songs and news items. These will help with understanding French and also with pronunciation.
  • Practise reading and saying phrases, letters etc. as well as writing them. This will help with recalling material when necessary.
  • Make posters for your own home/bedroom wall or label items with post-it notes.
  • Practise, practise, practise! It is not possible to cram a language. Frequent practise of oral work in particular will reap the rewards.


Useful websites for students