The French oral exam accounts for 25% of the total marks at Higher Level and 20% at Ordinary Level.
Mr Niall Murphy, the Founder and Director of Education & Studies at The Carlow Academy, is a secondary school teacher of French & Mathematics since 2007. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Mathematics from N.U.I. Maynooth where he achieved 1st class honours. He has been employed as a State French Oral Examiner since 2013 and has worked as a Written State Examiner for several years.
Niall has written his own French oral notes covering all key information and topics for the Leaving Certificate oral exam and acquired French native speakers to record his notes. Both male and female voices are represented throughout the recordings with different accents from across France. Also, he lists a variety of different ways that each question can be asked by the Examiner on the day of the oral exam itself so students are not blindsided. He shares his expertise as a State French Oral Examiner on how and why students need to learn how to take control of the conversation and emphasises the importance of expanding on all answers in a very easy manner.
He refers to the ‘SHSH’ method throughout his notes which references Chapters 1-4 of his notes as these 4 chapters normally take up 6-7 minutes of the overall approximate 12 minute oral exam.
Remember: SAY WHAT CAN YOU SAY; NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY i.e. do not bring a topic if you are unable to expand on it as you will be penalised for this in your overall grade
NB: These notes must not be shared or copied by any person(s) who do not purchase them through this website.
Topics covered throughout all 11 packages:
Chapitre 0: Introduction [Plus much more: Subjunctives & Pronouns / Key Vocabulary / Expressions / Final Tips / Essential One-Liners / On the day of the exam key advice + a full list of useful digital tools to improve pronunciation & listening skills]
Chapitre 1: Moi-même
Chapitre 2: La famille
Chapitre 3: L’école
Chapitre 4: Les passe-temps / Les loisirs
Chapitre 5: Le week-end
Chapitre 6: L’été / Les grandes vacances
Chapitre 7: Les vacances / À l’étranger
Chapitre 8: L’avenir / L’année prochaine / La carrière
Chapitre 9: Que feriez-vous si……..
Chapitre 10: Les sujets d’actualité