French Oral – Common Errors
Leaving Certificate French Oral – Common Errors
The oral examination lasts for approximately 12 minutes and counts for 25% of your total mark at Higher Level. It can be the most daunting section of the Leaving Cert French exam, but being well prepared with vocabulary and verbs will go a long way to laying the groundwork.
Treat it as a conversation rather than an interrogation and try to get as much practise as possible at speaking French in advance of the exam.
Euro Languages College Leaving Cert French Oral Course
Euro Languages College?Leaving Cert French Oral Course?will give you confidence before the actual exam as you will be much better prepared. We have small classes so students get more personalized attention.
Main Areas Where Students Make Mistakes:
Below are 3 areas (Pronunciation, Vocabulary, and Structure) where many students sitting the Leaving Cert French Oral make mistakes. These are very common and easy to iron out if you put in the effort.
By attending the Euro Languages College oral course you will be better equipped to prepare for the oral examination and make fewer mistakes.
Common Pronunciation Errors
Pronouncing final silent consonant, e.g.?trucs, trop, cours, sport, heures, je sors
Mispronunciation of words such as:?natation, installation, r?cr?ation, ?mission
Difficulty in pronouncing correctly the ?gn? in?gagner, campagne, Espagne
Confusion between?ville, mille, tranquille?as opposed to?famille, fille, pavillon
Difficulty with the nasal sounds in words, e.g.?examen, jardin, vin, mon, on, ans
Little or no effort to pronounce the French [r]
Failure to observe the silent ?e? or ?ent? in the Present Tense, e.g.?je joue, il aime, elles regardent
Confusion of?mati?re / m?tier, vie / ville, a?n? / ann?e, cheveux / chevaux
Final???in the Pass? Compos? not pronounced, e.g.?j?ai jou??pronounced?j?ai joue
Not making correct liaison, e.g.?les ?l?ves
Mispronunciation of school subjects, especially?le fran?ais, la chimie, la biologie
Mispronunciation of common nouns such as?parents, poulet, soeur, travaille
No distinction between the pronunciation of?un?and?une.
Common Vocabulary Errors
The most common errors in vocabulary are below and a re made by students every year; they include:
Les faux amis:?coll?ge?used instead of?universit?, facilit?s?used instead of?installations / ?quipements
Confusion between certain words, e.g.?journ?e / voyage, travailler / voyager, boisson / besoin, P?ques / bac, chambre / pi?ce
School subjects and names of countries not known
Inability to mention a favourite dish other than?frites?or?pizza, or items of clothing bought or received as a present
Limited range of adjectives and verbs
Failure to recognise words within the question which hint at the correct tense to be used in answering, e.g.?dernier / prochain, hier / demain
Irish words used instead of French words, e.g.?le?for?avec, mar?for?car, n??for?ou, a l?n?for?beaucoup
Occasional inappropriate use of slang terms, e.g.?vachement
Widespread inability to cope from a lexical point of view once pushed, albeit gently, beyond their comfort zone
Common Structure (Grammar) Errors
The most common areas of difficulty are:
Confusion between the subject pronouns?il?and?elle
Total absence of verb, e.g.?Ma famille grande
C?est and?il y a?confused
Avoidance of the future tense by over reliance on?je voudrais?or?j?esp?re + infinitive
Incorrect word order, e.g.?Ils s?appellent mes soeurs Aoife et Mary
Incorrect or unnecessary use of prepositions, e.g.?en Paris, ? France, je regarde ?,?la t?l?, sur samedi, rencontrer avec
?tre/i>used when speaking of age, e.g.?je suis 17 ans
Little distinction between definite and indefinite articles
Expressions of quantity such as?beaucoup?followed by?des?instead of?de
Incorrect idiom when speaking of sport and pastimes, e.g.?je joue au sport, je fais natation
Confusion regarding expressions of time, e.g.?pendant / pour / depuis
Incorrect conjugation of?acheter?and??tudier?in all three basic tenses
Gender of very common nouns confused or not known, e.g.?la caf?, le mer
Incorrect auxiliary verb or omission of same in Pass? Compos?, e.g.?j?ai all?, je sorti, je ne pas vu
Confusion relating to verbs followed by preposition + the infinitive, e.g.?j?esp?re d?aller
Use of?parce que?or?car?confused with?? cause de, e.g.?parce que mes ?tudes?instead of?? cause de mes ?tude
Echoing the question form used by the examiner, e.g.?j?allez, je regardez,?etc.