2018/19 – 1st years – Les articles indéfinis et définis

Les articles indéfinis et définis :

A) Les articles indéfinis = indefinite articles (exple : a car, a table, a boy : « a »)

En français il y a 3 articles indéfinis :

  • Un = « a » masculine singular (one of sthg)
  • Une = « a » feminine singular
  • Des = « some » masculine or feminine plural (more than one thing)


  • Jay écrit dans un (= Jay writes in a copy) – Why do we put “un”? Because “cahier” is masculine, singular.
  • Olivia ouvre une (= Olivia opens a pencil case) – Why do we put “une”? Because “trousse” is feminine singular.
  • Evan prend des (= Evan takes (some) pencils) – Why do we put “des”? Because “crayons” is masculine, plural.

B) Les articles définis = definite articles (example: the shoe, the girls, the house, etc.)

En français il y a 4 articles définis :

  • Le = « the » masculine singular (singular = one entity)
  • La = « the » feminine singular
  • L’ = « the » masculine/feminine singular BUT only when the next word starts with a vowel OR a silent « H »
  • Les = “the” masculine/feminine plural (plural = more than one entity)


  • Le garçon habite à Cork. (= the boy lives in Cork).
  • La fille s’appelle Jeanne. (= the girl is called Jeanne).
  • L’homme mange une pomme. (= the man eats an apple). “L’” because “homme” starts with a silent “h” and is singular.
  • Les familles habitant à Paris. (= the families live in Paris). “Les” because “familles” is feminine plural.

2018/2019 – 2nd years – Phrases et vocabulaire utile

Un élève A pupil
J’ai un problème I have a problem
Je n’ai pas de… I don’t have a…
J’ai besoin d’un/d’une I need a …
J’ai oublié… I have forgotten my…
J’ai perdu… I have lost …
… mon stylo … my pen
… ma trousse … my pencil case
… mon cahier …my book
… mes devoirs …my homework
… mon agenda … my journal
Non, je ne comprends pas I don’t understand
Oui, je comprends I understand
Je ne sais pas I don’t know
Pouvez-vous répéter? Can you repeat that?
Comment dit-on … en français? How do you say… in French?
Comment dit-on … en anglais? How do you say … in English?
Je m’excuse d’être en retard. I am sorry I am late.
J’ai fini I’ve finished
Je n’ai pas fini I have not finished
Comment ça s’écrit? How do you spell that?
Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire? What does it mean?
C’est quelle page? What page?
Pouvez-vous m’aider? Can you help me, please?
J’ai un problème I have a problem
Je ne me sens pas bien I don’t feel well
Est-ce que je peux sortir? Can I go out?
Est-ce que je peux… Can I…
…aller aux toilettes? …go to the toilet?
…emprunter un/une…? …borrow a..?
Je n’ai pas entendu I did not hear

2017/18 – 1st years – Kids explain mindfulness

1) What positive words/expressions do the kids come up with when answering the different questions in the video?
2) What would you like to share from your experience of mindfulness?
3) Draw a poster about “What is mindfulness” to you or about anything you would like to share from your experience of mindfulness. It can be one picture, one word, one expression, an explanation, anything you’d like.

2017/18 – 1st years – French project (summer exam)

Bonjour chers élèves,

Here is a little post to help you with your French project (20% of your Summer exam mark) and its presentation in class (20% of your Summer exam mark).


Create a project on any topic you would like, as long as there is a link with France, the Francophonie or the French culture.

  1. Think of a topic you are interested in and bring it to your teacher who will let you know if this is ok to work on. Examples of past project: Les voitures Peugeot, PSG, La tour Eiffel, Les croissants, etc.due by the 26th of April
  2. Your project should be divided in 6 sections:
    1. Table of contents (What is present in your project with page numbers – 1 page).
    2. Presentation about yourself (In FRENCH – 1 page).
    3. Introduction of the project (Introduction to your theme AND the reason you picked this project – 1 page).
    4. Your research and written work about your topic divided in several sections (6 to 10 pages maximum).
    5. Conclusion of the project (Conclusion to your theme AND What did you learn through this project – 1 page)
    6. Sources/Bibliography (Any information/websites you have used to create your project – 1 page).
  3. The format of your project can be one of the following one:
    1. A digital presentation (Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.)
    2. A handwritten scrapbook with collage.
    3. A typed document (using Microsoft word, Open officem, etc.) printed into a folder or made into a ring binder or other physical form.
  4. Make sure your work:
    1. Is well organised.
    2. Uses colours (if possible).
    3. Integrates pictures/charts/drawings/etc. that fit your theme.
    4. Has a “Breathable” and “appealing to the eye” layout.
  5. Remember, this should be YOUR work hence no copy and paste from website/books/etc. YOU are the creator of YOUR work. You can use quotes of course but sources need to be added at the end of your project/presentation.
  6. Proof read it and have someone else proof read it for you before your print it or share it with your French teacher.
  7. Project should be brought to your teacher by Tuesday the 15th of May. If you decide to create a presentation make sure it is sent to: porzadnyj@stconleths.ie before the due date.
  8. Marks on the project will be based on:
    1. Table of contents and – 5%
    2. Presentation in French – 15%
    3. Introduction – 10%
    4. Content – 45%
    5. Conclusion – 10%
    6. Sources/Bibliography – 5%
    7. Overall organisation and layout of the work – 10%


  1. Presentations will take place in French class from Thursday the the 17th of May onward.
  2. Each student will have 3 to 5 minutes to:
    1. Give a general introduction to their project (why they picked this project).
    2. Talk about the content of their project (Summary, most important points of each sections, etc.).
    3. Give a conclusion to their project (what they have learnt doing this project).
    4. Answer few questions from the rest of the class.
  3. Marks on the presentation will be based on:
    1. Content of the presentation – 40%
    2. Preparation and originality – 20%
    3. Interaction with the crowd – 20%
    4. Answers to the questions – 20%

Bon courage!

Mr Porzadny

2017/18 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd years – French play (FTFS)

Chers étudiants,

On Thursday the 25th of January the French Theatre For School troupe will come to St Conleth’s college to do their interactive play called: “La visite”. At 9.20am the first show will start  for the 3rd years and 2A and at 11am the second show will start for the 1st years and 2B.

You can find here the links to the summary of the play, some useful vocabulary to understand the play and the songs that will be sang in the play.

I am embedding underneath the videos for the songs in the play:

So have a read/play through all the material and see you on Thursday for a little over an hour of French fun!

Mr Porzadny