Junior Cert French

Are you looking for Junior Cert French Grinds in Cork? Essential French Language College is a leading provider of Junior Cert French Grinds in Cork. We at Essential French Language College promise to maximise your potential regardless of your level.

All aspects of the Junior Cert programme are covered with a huge emphasis on the aural part of the exam which is almost 45% of the Junior Cert grade. We also encourage our Junior Cert students to participate orally to make them comfortable with the oral aspect of the language and give them a head start for the Leaving Cert. This further enhances their listening skills too.

  • 34 week programme : 2 ½ hours per week (the weekly class and the grammar class)
  • All tutors are native French speakers to ensure authenticity in accent and pronunciation
  • Weekly Class : 1 ½ hours per week
  •           – All classes are streamed
  •           – Max 7 students per weekly class
  •           – Homework is given weekly and corrected the following week
  •           – Exam written questions practiced and taken up for correction throughout Term 2
  •           – Assessments given every 2-3 weeks
  • Compulsory Revision Class : 1 hour per week
  •           – Booked online via our Mindbody Booking Site
  •           – Specifically tailored to facilitate study and revision
  •           – Themes covered: grammar; reading comprehension and listening
  • Additional Facilities throughout the year
  •           – Extra worksheets and material on our Online Kit for completion at home and returned to us for correction
  •           – 5 different Pre Exams corrected and returned with our detailed feedback
  •           – Free access to our exclusive Quizlet App with our JC content uploaded
  •           – Online support 24 hours a day via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram) or email.
  •           – Progress Reports are sent to parents at Christmas and Easter
  •           – Parents are notified if students do not complete their homework or are not performing to the best of their ability



Listening: This part of the paper accounts for over 40% of the Junior Cert exam, so a huge emphasis is placed on both verbal and oral communication in our weekly and extra classes.  Both audio and oral work is concentrated on – to develop each student’s ear to the accent and the sound of the language.  Although French oral work is not tested in the Junior Cert, we feel that the Junior Cert year is an ideal time to build on a student’s confidence in speaking the language.  All of our tutors covering this part of the programme are French nationals , this ensuring authenticity in accent and pronunciation.  With a max of 7 pupils per class, each student receives the attention they deserve during our classes.

Comprehensions: We provide each pupil with Vocab Packs that cover every aspect of the reading comprehensions in the Junior Cert.  Once this vocab is mastered, the answering technique is worked on to perfect this part of the paper.

Written: All of our Junior Cert pupils LOVE the written part of our course!! We have condensed it right down to the essentials – yet every phrase will impress the examiner.  The key is to learn our material and practice manipulating it in letters, messages and postcards.  It’s straightforward, easy and fun!  How many grind colleges can make French Grammar fun?

All of the classes are streamed, so each pupil should progress at a comfortable pace.  Advanced pupils will be challenged with trickier structures and vocab; while the weaker pupils will revise the basics and build up much needed confidence in ability.

13 Responses to Junior Cert French

  1. Colm McCarthy April 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    Since beginning Essential French I have found that my French has improved dramatically. Being taught by actual French people definitely helps and I feel way more confident in my French speaking ability

  2. Neil o connor April 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    Since starting EF my French has improved in all ways. They are there from being in class to being at home day or night. Defintley would recommend it for Jc!

  3. Luke Healy April 23, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Since beginning Essential French my level of french has drastically improved, the materials are easy to learn, the written and listening excercises together have made my confidence in french grow and in general I would be hopeless without it.

  4. Christine O''Keeffe April 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Since I started Essential French my french has improved tremendously! I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn the french language.The whole Essential French team have been so helpful and I really enjoyed my year there!

  5. Harry Fitzgerald May 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    The two French classes each week combined have really improved my level of French and has done so consistently throughout the year

  6. Ruth Daly May 4, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    The handouts given were really useful and the classes were so fun. My french has improved so much because of the teaching methods!

  7. Abby Horgan April 29, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    since starting Essential French my grades have improved drastically! The classes are really enjoyable and make the French language interesting and fun to learn. The French vocab and material we are taught is extremely helpful and I would definitely recommend starting essential French asap!!

  8. Ellen O'Keeffe March 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    My french has improved so much since I started Essential French, I’d really recommend it to any french student as it helps you with all aspects of the language.

  9. abagael gowen March 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Before I started the jc course at Essential French I used to dread going to French class in school as I felt I didn’t have a clue what the teacher was saying but since the first day I started the JC course its made such a difference. im know growing in confidence and I am no longer scared to answer a question i know longer am scared for French class. At Essential French it doesn’t feel like you’re doing work that you would do in class because it is fun and in a relaxed environment i know feel i will be ready to face the JC in June thanks to the JC course

  10. liadh o donovan April 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    my grades have really improved since i started essential french in september. the teachers are really helpful and encouraging. i no longer dread studying it and always look forward to my weekly class.i would highly recommend it

  11. Jennifer Barron April 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    The JC course is really improving my French. I went from a grade of a low D to a high B in a couple of months. The classes are also a lot of fun which makes it more interesting to learn the language 🙂

  12. Róisín Wilson April 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I found Essential French’s method of teaching very unique – it’s a completely different learning experience! It has definitely improved my quality and understanding of French, I have a lot more interest in the language since I started the grinds in September. The teachers are great and always willing to help. Definitely would recommend it!

  13. Hugh Whelan March 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    I found the JC french course very good. It has improved my french a lot, orally and in the exam.

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