French is offered from 1st year onwards. Students sit the Junior Certificate in 3rd year and the Leaving Cert in 6th year. Our philosophy is to help students develop their use of French for practical purposes as well as developing an appreciation of French culture and of language learning in general. We believe in a communicative approach to language teaching, with lessons conducted largely in French, supported by careful study and practice of grammar and vocabulary. We aim to develop the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing through a wide range of activities including: class oral work, pair work, group work, acting out dialogues, vocabulary learning, oral and written grammar drills, listening to and watching recorded material, songs, playing language games, dictation, memorising talks and writing compositions.