A Message from our Director


Bienvenue and Welcome to our website.


Essential French is celebrating 24 years of excellence this year. We are so proud that our Leaving Cert results remain unmatched anywhere in Ireland.

Our unique programme includes ALL aspects of the Leaving Cert exam – oral, written, listening and reading comprehensions.  We do not follow a text book, as we find that most are  irrelevant in parts and because they are widely available, there is nothing exclusive in content.   The material we provide is EXCLUSIVE to Essential French students.  As we are a grinds college, we are not obliged to follow any syllabus as laid out by the Deparment of Education.  Instead, we have developed a unique and exclusive programme – our primary focus is to teach our students how to WOW in the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams.We concentrate entirely on the aspects of each course that will impress the examiner.  As a result of this, our students obtain the highest grades in Leaving Cert French nationally for the past 17 years.

Due to the new norm of online teaching and social distancing, we are in the process of completely revamping each of our programmes.  During these summer months our admin and teaching team are working closely together to develop a unique form of blended learning – a mix of online classes and face-to-face tuition.  With 24 years of experience behind us, we understand what works best for each student and what is the best way to deliver our programmes to ensure that each student will be challenged at his/her level.

It has been a challenging few months for students and teachers alike all over the country, since the school closures in March.  With the sudden cancellation of the Junior Cert along with the stressful few weeks on the lead up to the cancellation of the Leaving Cert, almost every household in Ireland was feeling the pressure and the anxiety from students and teachers.  Now with the summer upon us, we hope that the school books are well hidden under the bed, and that everyone is relaxing and enjoying the summer bliss that is so well deserved.

Here in Essential French, we are so proud of how well our EF team and our students adapted to the new online tuition we provide these last few months.  Weekly and additional classes were all delivered online and we offered 1-2-1 support on our private Facebook page 24/7 – so that all students were encouraged to contact us with any questions or problems they encountered. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response we received from so many of our parents and students with regard to our fresh approach to online tuition.  The feedback has been so positive – we are confident that incorporating our approach to online learning into our programmes will be enjoyable and beneficial to every student.

Please feel free to browse our website and fill out our inquiry form here

We hope to talk to you very soon.

A la prochaine,

Natasha Lynch, BCL, MBS



Essential French Language College, is a leading provider of French and Irish Grinds in Cork for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students.

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