Transition Year French Jan 2018

Calling all Transition Year Students!

Do you want to keep your standard of French up to speed during TY?

Essential French has the programme you are looking for!  We provide a Transition Year French Grinds programme in Cork that will keep your French language skills up to date.

Transition Year Programme :

This short 12 week programme is ideal for busy TY students – depending on school commitments, choose the term that best suits your busy TY school timetable. The easier elements of the Leaving Cert programme are covered with a huge emphasis on the oral part of the exam which is 25% of the Leaving Cert grade.


-12 week programme : 1 ½ hour class per week


-All tutors are native French speakers to ensure authenticity in accent and pronunciation


-Students choose either Course 1 (Oct – Dec) or Course 2 (end Jan – April)


-Max 7 students per class


-All classes are streamed


-Homework given weekly and corrected the following week


-Regular assessments throughout the programme


-Access to our exclusive QUIZLET APP where we have uploaded content from our TY programme, so you can revise and practise the EF material on the go.


-Extra worksheets are available online during and on completion of the programme to ensure students stay focused when programme has ended. These are completed at home and returned to us for correction.


-Progress reports are sent to parents on completion of the programme


-All classes will receive a FREE 2 part workshop in Term 2 before summer exams in order to facilitate revision.


For some of ye, this will be the first time that you will speak French – so it is essential that you are in a class that you are comfortable in, with teachers who will encourage your confidence and help you to love the language. Every TY EF student enjoys the classes so much, they return for our more challenging  5th year French and Leaving Cert Grinds programmes.

COST : €28 per week (payment details included in our Info Pack, given to each student at the assessment session)

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

21 Responses to Transition Year French Jan 2018

  1. Fiadh May 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    I started this course in February and it’s been so helpful. I was afraid that I would forget all my French in TY but now that I’ve done Essential French I’ve learned so much and met some lovely people. It really gave me a head start for 5th year.

  2. Orla Dolan April 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    Essential French really helped me up my standard of French. My knowledge of verbs, grammar and vocab all improved whilst I was attending their TY 12 week course. I also had fun! All the teaching games made it easy and interesting to learn and the quizlet app made it easier to study at home.

    I would greatly recommend Essential French’s TY programme for any TY who wants to focus on their French skills before their Leaving Cert.

    Thank you Natasha and the team!

  3. Karolina Gontal April 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

    I have found the programme very good. The small classes made a big difference because I always got help if I needed it, the material was really useful and I still look back at it. The continuous assessments helped me to keep track of my learning. I think the course was worth it.

  4. Emma April 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

    Started the TY course in October and it was so well worth it because now I can use all my packs throughout the leaving cert and my french is very strong going into 5th year. Highly recommend this course !!!!!

  5. Clodagh Clery May 4, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    I found the TY programme in Essential French very beneficial. Every week we did oral work, learned new vocabulary and went over grammar. We played games every week aswell which made learning the vocab fun. I found this programme really helpful and I would definetely recommend it as I now feel well prepared with my french going in to 5th year.

  6. Niamh Ryan May 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    ” essential french make learning into fun ”
    I looked forward to my Thursday evening french class as each week I learned more and more but we also had fun in class. I really felt like I got lots out of ty from doing essential french.

  7. Laura Power May 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I heard about the TY course from my brothers and I’m delighted I went through with it! In TY I expected to lose my french but instead I learned more. For only one class a week its easy to keep on top of it and its well worth the work. The teacher was lovely and I actually enjoyed the classes. I am much more confident going into 5th year now and I’ll definitely be continueing Essential French next year!

  8. megan McCarthy May 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    I really really enjoyed the Thursday classes of essential French, they were very helpful in terms of going over the material we have already learned from school, helping us to understand the language better and also teaching us new vocabulary and how to pronounce everything properly. I hope the TY course was only a taster to what I’ll be learning as I go into 5th year because I learned so much this year alone! It really surprised me how much you can learn in 11 weeks for an hour and a half a week! Also the homework helped me learn a lot of what we went over in class! My French grades have risen considerably well and I look forward to the 5th year and leaving cert classes in the next 2 years!

  9. Emma F May 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    French was always one of my weaker subjects in school, I would always be quite lost in class and it also made me dread going into the class because I felt like everyone else was so much better than me. I had heard a lot about Essential French from my friends, so i decided to do the TY course there and it was honestly one of the best decisions I made! I felt like it was the most French I had learned in a few weeks than my 4 years of knowing the language. It was a great environment to be in, it was fun but we got so much work done. I noticed I instantly felt so much more confident in school, I started to love French and I knew answers to more questions. My exam results went up so much and I was getting A’s in tests we were doing and even though they weren’t big tests it was such an improvement in my results! I would definitely recommend EF to anyone, it was the best few months and I’m looking forward to going back in 5th year.

  10. Bryan o Connor May 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    started the course in January and benefited greatly from it , I will definately be back next year

    Bryan o Connor-PBC.

  11. Jane Madden April 3, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    Started the TY course in January and with two classes to go I must say I’m going to miss it! The material is clearly layed out, easy to learn and the teacher is superb. Could not recommend it highly enough and I look forward to hopefully returning to EF for the 5th year programme in September.

    Jane Madden- Scoil Mhuire

  12. Matt O'Reilly April 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Essential French showed me the fun i could have studying, It’s no longer a pain to revise some French!
    Merci beaucoup! :-))

  13. Niamh Fenton March 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    The Essential French TY course has saved my French in a year that I haven’t been practicing it as often being so busy with other Transition Year related things! It has improved my French immensely in such a short space of time. I feel very prepared for leaving cert French now and much more confident about the Oral aspect of the course especially. I would highly recommend the TY programme!

  14. Sinead Roce March 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    French was always my weakest subject in school and now after doing the essential French course in TY, I feel a lot more confident about French as a subject for my leaving cert! My French has improved massively and I’m extremely happy I did the course. I would highly recommend everyone to go and do essential French.

  15. Siobhan Kelly March 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    I found Essential French great! It really improved my French and kept it up during TY. It has also prepared me for going into 5th year, I’m so glad I did it!

  16. Stephanie Leahy May 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I felt Essential french to be very beneficial this year and my french vocab really improved! It was a great way to keep up my french in TY and the class was really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone!

  17. Patrick Lee May 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I found Essential French very beneficial this year. I really enjoyed the class and feel that my French greatly improved!

    Patrick Lee – PBC Cork

  18. Laura Dyson May 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    My French was always very bad but doing essential French gave me the boost and confidence I needed going in to the Leaving cert course. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    Laura Dyson St.Angela’s College

  19. Julie Walsh May 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Before essential french my french was very poor, but after I found I was able to all class work very easily. The notes that I got are very useful. I think essential french is a very good programme and would recommend anyone I know to go there.

  20. Elizabeth O' Donoghue May 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I really benefited from doing Essential French this year. It was good to keep up with my French during a year like Transition Year and it really gave me a boost heading into the Leaving Cert!

    Elizabeth O’ Donoghue – St. Angela’s College

  21. Kate K May 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Very useful!

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