Teacher Patricia McGrath from Hewitt College, Cork has made five video tutorials to help you prepare for the Leaving Certificate French Higher Level examination.

These videos cover the new exam paper layout and look at specific topics and questions (scroll down to watch them all).

The exam structure is also detailed at the bottom of this article, but first let's look at the tutorials!

Video 1: Journalistic Comprehension

In this video, we will focus on the 2002 higher level journalistic reading comprehension. We will look at important vocabulary, how questions are phrased, what the correctors will be looking for as answers, to help you maximise your marks on this important question.

Video 2: Literary Comprehension

In this video, we will focus on the 2005 higher level literary reading comprehension. Again, we will focus on key vocabulary, phrasing of questions and analysis of the marking scheme.

Videos 3 & 4: Sample Essay Answers

These videos works through sample questions and answers on topics such as technology, staycations, sport, and other topics, all relevant to our lives in these Covid times.

And Video 4

Video 5: Journal Intime (Diary Entry)

A diary entry has featured on the examination paper since 2001, and is a question that most students will hope to see in June 2021!

We focus on sample answers, written to factor in events that have taken place since March 2020.


Structure of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level French Exam 2021

There are 130 marks allocated to the 2021 written examination, instead of the usual 220 marks.

The Exam:

Listening Comprehension:

There is no change to the Listening Comprehension Test in 2021.

In Section A, Reading Comprehensions, instead of answering both reading comprehensions, candidates will be required to answer questions on only ONE of either the journalistic or literary reading comprehensions. This question will be marked out of 60 marks.

In Section B, Written production, candidates will be required to answer TWO questions: Question 1, (a) or (b) or (c), which will be marked out of 40 marks, and one other question from Questions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, marked out of 30 marks. )

The Teacher

Patricia McGrath graduated with an honours degree in Modern Languages from University College Cork, and then continued her studies, completing a Higher Diploma in Education. Patricia has been teaching French for almost 30 years, and is founder of Hewitt College, established 2000.

Patricia has lots of experience in teaching all aspects of Leaving Certificate higher level French, and is an experienced corrector and Leaving Certificate textbook author.