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Aims of The Department


To develop the ability to use languages effectively for purposes of practical 


  • To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure

  • To introduce pupils to other cultures and civilisations.

  • To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning.

  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

  • To encourage positive attitudes to language learning and to the speakers of other languages and 

  • sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.

  • To promote skills of a more general application to all learning processes, for example analysis, memorising and the drawing of inferences.

  • To help all pupils secure a pass grade at GCSE, AS and A-Level.



Mrs Ciara McAnenny

Subject Teachers

Mrs Michelle Glynn

Mrs Aileen McSorley

Mr Conor Mullin

Mrs Andrea O'Donnell

French Assistant

Angélique Mazuy

Key Stage 3

Topics covered in Key Stage 3:

  • Everyday routine and weekend activities

  • Physical descriptions

  • Personal details

  • Family details/jobs

  • Friends details

  • School details

  • Occupations

  • Classroom Objects

  • Colours and prepositions

  • Classroom Rules

  • Classroom Instructions

  • Daily Routine

  • Days of the week

  • Weather

  • World of work

  • Ailments 

  • Parts of the body

  • Adjectives

  • Use of tenses

  • Pronouns

  • Personal numbers

  • Recent and future holidays and trips abroad

  • Shops, goods, public services

  • Past times and equipment associated with them

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For specifications and course details of the GCSE and AS/ A level content:

Key Stage 4

Pupils who opt for French at this level complete CCEA GCSE.

Through studying this specification, students:

  • develop an understanding of written and spoken French in a variety of contexts;

  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Irish, using a variety of vocabulary, syntax and structures;

  • develop knowledge of the language and language-learning skills;

  • develop an awareness and understanding of French-speaking countries and communities;

  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society; and

  • derive enjoyment from language learning.

The course provides a sound base for further study of French at a more advanced level. It also helps students make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

GCSE Content & Assessment


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Key Stage 5

Pupils complete CCEA AS and A2 exams

Our revised GCE French specification aims to enable students to:

  • develop their interest in and understanding of the language;

  • communicate with speakers of French; and

  • acquire knowledge and skills that will help them progress to further study and/or employment.

Language learning can open up a world of opportunities to students. The revised GCE specification will help students avail of these opportunities and take their place in a multilingual, global society.


Pupils who study French can find careers in the following areas:

  • Education

  • Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

  • Translator

  • Interpreter

  • International Organisations

  • Media

  • International Business 

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