Leaving Cert French

Are you looking for Leaving Cert French Grinds in Cork? Essential French provides Leaving Cert French Grinds in Cork. We at Essential French Language College promise to maximise your potential regardless of your level. The following is included in the term fee.  There is no additional charge for any of the facilities outlined below:

Leaving Cert French Programme

An intensive programme covering all aspects of the Leaving Certificate paper suited only to those willing to give us 100% commitment.


  • 35 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 questions practiced and taken up for correction
  •           – Assessments given every 2-3 weeks
  •           – All areas of the course covered: reading comprehension, listening, oral, written.
  •          – 5 Workshops throughout the year hosted by our Director Natasha Lynch, where she shares exclusive tips, tricks, advice and techniques to ensure all students know how to WOW in their LC French oral and written exams.
  • Compulsory Grammar Class : 1 hour per week
  •           – Held on different days to suit students’ busy schedules
  •           – Booked online via our Mindbody booking site
  •           – Specifically tailored to facilitate study and revision


Additional Facilities throughout the year :

  •           – Oral Classes throughout the year with detailed feedback given to students
  •           – Listening Comprehension Classes throughout the year
  •           – Reading Comprehension Classes throughout the year
  •           – Free access to our exclusive Quizlet App with our LC content uploaded
  •           – Extra worksheets and material on our Online Kit for completion at home and returned to us for correction
  •           – 3 different Pre Exams that students can sit with us or complete at home, corrected and returned with our detailed feedback
  •           – Online support 24 hours a day via our Private Facebook group
  •           – 2 Progress Reports are sent to parents in Term 2 with our teachers’ advice and feedback
  •           – Regular emails sent to parents to keep them updated on everything happening in EF



A / French Oral and Aural

Do you know that oral and aural accounts for 45% of the final examination result?  All tutors teaching this part of the programme are French nationals so oral work is perfected in every possible way. By participating in this programme, you will be taught unique and exclusive oral material along with communication skills, vital for the spoken exam. Classes are streamed, to allow each pupil to progress at a comfortable pace.  Weaker pupils build up much needed confidence; advanced pupils are challenged with phrases guaranteed to impress in the exam.

Past Leaving Cert papers are focused on for the aural part of each lesson. The vocab is perfected and answering technique is mastered to overcome any problems you may have in this tricky part of the course.

B / French Written Expression

Concentration on this area is focused on grammatical structures and tenses. We also target common mistakes and spend the year helping you to eliminate these in your written pieces. We specialise in 75 / 90 word pieces, messages and diary questions.  Since 1996 we have developed a tried and tested answering technique – easy to learn  and drilled into your head to ensure you have them off by heart months before the exam!!  With our exclusive tips, tricks, rhymes and rules, you will find the learning effortless and straight-forward!

C / French Comprehension

To perform well in this area you need to master the vocabulary which appears regularly in the papers. We have compiled lists of vocabulary for you, taken from past papers. Once these are learnt, the comprehensions will become far more easier to manage.  Just as in the aural part of the exam, we help you understand and perfect your answering technique.

No French in School

At Essential French we offer a special programme designed for students who choose to study French exclusively with us as an extra subject outside of school. We offer this programme only to diligent students who are 100% committed to the course and prepared to work closely with us throughout the year. Additional fee for this option.

The programme includes:

  • All classes and facilities offered as part of the Leaving Cert programme
  • Extra worksheets from our online kit to be completed by the student on a weekly basis that are corrected by us and returned to the student with our feedback.
  • Two individual oral sessions (20 mins each)
  • Two individual grammar sessions (½ hour each)
  • All aspects of the students progress are closely monitored throughout the year
  • Parents are updated frequently regarding the student’s progress


Essential French Language College, is a leading provider of Leaving Cert French Grinds in Cork.

123 Responses to Leaving Cert French

  1. Ciara May 12, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

    I would 100% recommend EF to any student studying french as I went from bearly passing the language to top of my class! Their dedicated and enthusiastic staff quickly figured out where I needed help most on a personal level and prepared me for every aspect of the French exam. I couldn’t be more confident going into my exam in June!

  2. Hannah May 12, 2019 at 8:59 am #

    Couldn’t recommend more if u struggle with French or just want to get a H1/2 . Their style of teaching makes it so much easier to learn and the environment is so welcoming. My level of French has shot up since I came and I’m so happy with how I’m doing . Would 100% recommend

  3. Brayden May 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Best grinds ever! I love that they give you exactly what you need to learn and how to learn it. Also, things like quizlet for learning vocab and all of the extra classes have helped me massively this year. No better place to go for french grinds.

  4. Ana Luisa May 9, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

    The best grinds school I have ever gone to! All of the teachers are just fantastic and always willing to help out! 🙂

  5. Caoimhe May 9, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

    Essential French made the previously daunting French exam so much more approachable. Extensive, personalized material prepare you for every aspect of the exam- would definitely recommend!

  6. Lilley May 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

    Would highly recommend. Everyone who works there is so nice and so helpful. Get the help and tips you wouldn’t get in school

  7. Jean Mc Auliffe April 29, 2019 at 10:29 pm #

    Would highly recommend Essential French! Having attended the course for both 5th and 6th year, it is clear that the dedicated work of Natasha and the EF gang is guaranteed to improve your marks for the LC. Thanks to EF, I feel 100% prepared for my exams in June and enjoy studying the language.

  8. Abbie April 29, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    Essential French is such a welcoming place and has helped me so much through the year! It has made me love the French language!!

  9. Matt brady April 29, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    Essential French is a great way to really improve your marks in French no matter what level you are. I started in fifth year and never thought I would see my level of French improve so much.

  10. Toby April 29, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

    Essential French bumped up my grade to from the 40/50 percentile range to 70<. It was so worth it and they are the most helpful and nice people out there. You won’t regret signing up.

  11. Breffni June 14, 2018 at 11:12 pm #

    I chose to study French outside of school with essential french and I’m so glad I did, Natasha is so supportive and available 24/7 to answer any questions you have and the grinds themselves are so helpful! I would recommend it to anyone.

  12. Rachel June 14, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    Would highly recommend essential french! All the teacher are so good and nice! They really put in so much effort to get you a good result

  13. Eimear Manning June 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

    Would 100% recommend essential french!
    As someone who had a bad teacher in school and only started EF at the beginning of sixth year, my teachers at essential french have made me love the language and a lot less stressed doing my french exam for the LC.
    Natasha and her staff really go the extra mile to make sure each student is happy and that shows in students results

  14. Cara June 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    Look after u so well. They send lovely birthday cards and get u the grade you want !

  15. Daniel June 14, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    After spending 2 years with essential french i could not recommend them anymore. Their staff are friendly and very helpful and natasha is always willing to help through texts or in class. I enjoyed my time there and my grade has improved significantly thanks to the brilliant material and teachers

  16. Laoise Heffernan June 14, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Really could not recommend Essential French more! The course is brilliant and covers literally every aspect of leaving cert french. I was really struggling to make any progress in school with French before coming to EF in September. I felt so comfortable walking into the oral and the exam in June knowing I had all their material and techniques to use! I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to do well in French!

  17. Sally Boylan June 14, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    I found Essential French very useful! Their teaching methods are very effective and the staff are always willing to help. They really went the extra mile to help us!

  18. Ella June 13, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

    I would 110% recommend Essential French to everybody. Their fool proof approach to the French exam, commitment and care for every student is simply second to none. I, like everybody in Essential French was spoilt that we could text Natasha at any time of day for help, whether that be how to pronounce a french word or essay work, she was always just a text away. All my teachers in essential French went above and beyond the call of duty. I went from completely panicking about my French oral at the start of the year to going into my leaving cert oral exam calm and confident, knowing that I had the best material there is. I can’t thank Essential French enough.

  19. Aisling O L June 13, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

    After 2 years with them, I couldn’t recommend Essential French enough! Not only do they prepare you for the French exam but tips and tricks that you pick up that benefit you in all your other subjects are so motivating. The teachers and the constant support provided by the EF team is nothing like anywhere else, they are there to help 24/7. I never felt the need to ‘cram’ French or to spend hours studying as we were all so well equipped for every exam paper and oral. Not only was I prepared for the exam itself but also for all the pressure that comes with it!

  20. Sarah coleman May 18, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    Such a welcoming place!! Wonderful teachers who are always willing to help! My grade improved so much this year all thanks to essential french! Loved it!!

  21. Rachel May 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    Choosing French as an extra subject outside of school was the best decision I’ve made for my leaving cert and I can’t imagine studying it anywhere other than in Essential French. Their material and teaching is second to none and their round the clock support helps enormously with any queries or worries you have. I couldn’t recommend it more!

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