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.

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