2015/16 – 5th/6th Yr – Leaving Cert French Higher and Ordinary

FRENCH LEAVING CERT EXAMINATION

  • Higher exam:

    1. Section I: 120 marks;

      1. Question 1(60 marks): A comprehension based on a journalistic text followed by 6 questions, 5 to be answered in French and 1 to be answered in English.

      2. Question 2(60 marks): A comprehension based on a literary text followed by 6 questions, 5 to be answered in French and 1 to be answered in English.

    2. Section II: 100 marks;

      1. Question 1(40 marks): This question is compulsory. The students have a choice of 2 questions which usually refer to the subject matter of each text.

      2. Questions 2, 3 and 4 (30 + 30 marks): Students must answer two out of these three questions. Each question offers two options.

    3. Aural paper: 80 marks.

      A CD is played for a duration of approximately 40 minutes. The students are asked to answer questions in English. This part of the examination has 5 different sections and is undertaken after the sitting of the written paper.

    1. Oral: 100 marks.

      The students will be asked to sit an oral examination about two months before the end of the year exams. An external examiner is sent to the school by the Department of Education and Skills. Each student will be expected to answer basic as well as more elaborate questions in French on various topics. Students have the choice to bring with him/her a document prepared in advance on which he/she will be interviewed.

 

  • Ordinary exam:

    1. Section I: 160 marks;

      1. Question 1 & 2 (80 marks): Two comprehensions to be answered in English.

      1. Question 3 & 4 (80 marks): Two comprehensions to be answered in French (except for the last question in English or Irish).

    1. Section II: 60 marks;

      1. Question 1(20 marks): The students have a choice of 2 questions. One is to fill in the blanks in a text and the other is to complete a form.

      1. Questions 2 & 3 (40 marks): The student has to answer 2 out of the 4 questions. These usually are: a journal entry, a message, a postcard or/and a formal letter.

    1. Aural paper: 100 marks.

A CD is played for a duration of approximately 40 minutes. The students are asked to answer questions in English. This part of the examination has 5 different sections and is undertaken after the sitting of the written paper.

    1. Oral: 80 marks.

The students will be asked to sit an oral examination about two months before the end of the year exams. An external examiner is sent to the school by the Department of Education and Skills. Each student will be expected to answer basic as well as more elaborate questions in French on various topics. Students have the choice to bring with him/her a document prepared in advance on which he/she will be interviewed.

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