About Us – The Story So Far

The Story So Far…

Natasha Lynch established Essential French in 1996 as part of her thesis in her Masters Business Degree in Entrepreneurship from University College Cork. Establishing the business at such a young age allowed Natasha to push the boundaries in teaching methodology. She developed a unique, vibrant and innovative way of teaching French and Irish. Louisa, the Director, is a French native from Alsace. She joined EF in 1997.


About Us

The EF team spent the past 26 years analysing Leaving and Junior Cert programmes and how best to maximize points. The Essential French legendary notes, swot sheets, rhymes, tips and tricks are the key to the superb results each year.  All of the material is copyright – to guarantee exclusivity to EF students. The level of commitment shown to students by the provision of additional facilities, available exclusively to EF pupils, at no extra cost, makes Essential French so unique.  All of the native French tutors have been extensively trained in the Essential French method of teaching. As a result, 26 years on, Essential French’s grades remain unmatched anywhere! EF students have obtained THE HIGHEST GRADES IN LEAVING CERT FRENCH FOR THE PAST 19 YEARS!


With a maximum of 4-12 students per class (depending on the programme), we have the best teacher/pupil ratio in Munster!  We are also available online 24/7 if our students have a question outside of class time. We are the first and only grind school to provide this service in Ireland.



All at EF were deeply saddened by Natasha’s death in February 2021 and miss her dearly. We remember with fondness Natasha’s love of teaching, her strong will and her kindness every day. It is in Natasha’s memory that the EF team will continue to teach in innovative ways. We will continue to help every student achieve the highest possible grade.






Essential French Language College, is a provider of French grinds for 2nd Year, Junior Certificate, Transition Year, 5th Year and Leaving Certificate students and Irish Grinds for Leaving Certificate students in Cork.

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