DIARY ENTRY 2017 LEAVING CERT FRENCH
Diary entries are extremely popular in the leaving cert exam, with over 75% of candidates choosing to do one. However, due to their popularity, students must have a very good command of the French language, in order to stand out from other candidates.
Remember that a diary entry is a personal piece of writing, so the way you express yourself will differ from an opinion piece. You will be able to talk about how you feel and express how something has or will affect you at a personal level. This of course, is actually rather more difficult than an opinion piece, where an excellent understanding of the present tense will get you through. A good diary entry is an authentic personal response to the stimulus given. The chief examiner’s report on the 2016 question noted the following:
“Some candidates put a lot of work into writing down several prepared, generic diary-type phrases at the beginning and the end, but did not devote much space to the stimulus material itself, so lost marks”
Students, who rely too heavily on a good opening and good closing, but who make little or scant reference to the material given, will lose marks!
To do well in the diary entry, read the question very carefully, underline key words, and then plan your answer. A knowledge of the present tense, the passé composé, the imperfect, the future and the conditional is important here. Subjunctive is always an impressive addition to any written piece, as long as it fits into the context. Do not dive into any written piece for the leaving cert without putting a plan together. My advice is always to do a plan for the three written pieces, go to the reading comprehensions, and as thoughts come to you, jot these down and only when the reading comprehensions are done to your satisfaction, go to the written section to write your three chosen pieces.
Here is an extract from the 2017 diary entry.
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En vous promenant dans la rue à Dublin, vous avez soudain vu un chanteur / un acteur
(une chanteuse / une actrice) très célèbre. C’est une personne que vous admirez
énormément. Alors, vous décidez de lui parler…… !
En rentrant chez vous, qu’est‐ce que vous notez à ce sujet dans votre journal intime ?
While walking on a street in Dublin, you suddently saw a very famous singer/actor . It is a
person that you really admire. So you decide to speak to him/to her….!
On returning home, what do you write into your diary?
Quelle journée extraordinaire!
What an amazing day!
Je suis allé(e) à Grafton Street aujourd’hui pour faire du lèche-vitrines.
I went to Grafton Street today to do some window-shopping.
C’est mon anniversaire la semaine prochaine et je voulais choisir quelque chose.
It is my birthday next week, and I wanted to choose something.
Tout à coup j’ai vu Niall Horan qui marchait seul dans la rue.
All of a sudden I saw Niall Horan, who was walking alone on the street.
J’adore sa musique et j’avais assisté à son concert deux semaines auparavant. Malheureusement il y avait trop de monde et je n’ai pas réussi à prendre sa photo. Alors c’était maintenant ou jamais.
I love his music and I had attended his concert two weeks earlier. Unfortunately there were too many people and I didn’t manage to take his photo. So it was now or never.
Quelle journée extraordinaire! – What an amazing day!
Faire du lèche-vitrines. – To do window shopping
Je voulais + verb in the infinitive – I wanted to
Tout à coup – Suddenly
Deux semaines auparavant – Two weeks earlier
Il y avait – There was/were
C’était mainentant ou jamais – It was now or never
Assister à un concert – To attend a concert
S’approcher de – To approach
Avoir peur – To be afraid
Prendre une photo – To take a photo
A WORD ABOUT OUR REVISION COURSES/WORKSHOPS
Our first revision course/workshop for the academic year 2018/2019 will take place in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Saturday, 1st of September. Our course will bring students through the four linguistic skills of reading, writing speaking and listening, needed for the leaving cert French exam. Our first topic will be on social media. We only accept a maximum of 20 students on our courses, so that learning is never compromised.
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Course content –
Reading comprehension & verb drills
Oral – Sample questions & answers on the topic of social media
Written skills – Focus on opinion pieces/diary entries/narrative or personal récit
Comprehensive vocabulary list on the topic of social media
Sample opinion piece on social media
We also offer weekly tuition in the Limerick area. Please feel free to send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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