EF and non EF students have been emailing me these past few weeks regarding the document – will you do one or not? So here is the inside info – from the Essential French point of view!

Firstly, despite what many teachers say, the document is NOT compulsory!  You will NOT be penalised if you decide against doing one.

Teachers love the document – as it brings a very personal and different element to the oral exam.  Everyone brings up the same topics, using the same vocab – so the exam can become quite tedious for the examiner listening to the same stuff all day.

Bringing up a document gives you a chance to discuss something that you may not have the opportunity to discuss in the French oral.  The key to picking the correct document is that it must mean something to YOU.  There is no point in preparing a document on a theme that everyone else is discussing – as there is no element of difference in it!

We definitely recommend the document for students NOT attending Essential French.  For Essential French students – to be honest, there is really no need to do a document.  All of our material is unique and exclusive in content, so from the minute you start speaking French the examiner will be WOWed.  Ye are just starting your third pack and ye have two more to do – look how much information ye have?? Remember the exam is 13 mins long – you already have way too much info as it is – why add the extra element of a document when what you are learning is so FAB?

Almost half of our students obtained an A in the Leaving Cert in August – every one of them did NOT do a document………

For those of ye out there who wish to do a document – the question is WHAT theme to do?


Deciding on what to bring up – here are a few ideas :

– your first childhood memory (your first day at school)

– did your parents meet in unusual circumstance – a cute loved up story is always welcome!

– do you know anyone who won the lotto  – everyone loves hearing a good news story!

– did you ever meet someone famous? what were the circumstances? did it live up to your expectations?

– do your parents have an unusual hobby?

– have you visited somewhere unusual for your holidays?  you need a lot of detail for this one including the differences in culture / food / weather / your fav part / your least fav part of the hols

– did you ever have a childhood pet ?

– are you a godmother or godfather to a child?

– your favorite birthday / christmas present

– your style icon and why?

– your fav sports star and why (this could tie in lovely with your hobby!)

– your fav french film

– your fav film star – and link to your fav film.  details of their life and other films they were in.

– your fav french dish – know the receipe / how to cook it etc – link to where you tasted this first etc

– a past-time you would love to start once the Leaving Cert is over – and why?  you will need to know all about the hobby obviously and any famous person linked to the hobby

These are only a few ideas to help you get creative!  Remember to make sure your teacher reads through and corrects your material to ensure you have no errors – and that you have covered all angles of the theme.

You can not bring in any photo/ item that has any writing on it – except for french writing.  One last thing to remember is that there are some students out there who have their document prepared since 5th year – so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to learn everything properly!  The examiner will expect you to know this theme ab perfectly – so don’t disappoint them!


Hope this has helped!  Feel free to post comments below so I can answer any more questions you have! If there is another area you would like a blog on, please let me know.

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  1. Sarah says:


    Thank you so much! 🙂 Just starting 6th year now and didn’t know much about the document! This has really helped. I am hoping to do the last point mentioned.

    á plus tard,
    Merci beaucoup,
    A fellow french student.

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