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Preparing for the Junior Cert Listening Comprehension

JC_Exam_ListeningBy Matthieu Nivard

The listening comprehension part of the Junior Certificate French Exam accounts for 43.75% of your overall grade. It is designed to test your ability to understand spoken French vocabulary.

So, your knowledge of those lists of words you have been learning for the last three years will be tested as follows – do you recognize the words as they are spoken?

The listening comprehension section is divided in 5 parts.

To help you revise efficiently here is a break-down of what to expect for each section.

Part A  consists of  three separate conversations usually about


Part B consists of two people introducing themselves. They are usually 2 young people but it can also be the case that in the past adults introduce themselves. The questions revolve around


Part C and D are somewhat less predictable but usually entail:


Part E consists of 5 items. The questions are always news items about

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To prepare efficiently for the listening comprehension examination remember to


[Also read]: Preparing for the Junior Cert Reading Comprehension

[Also read]: Self -assessment check lists for the French Junior Certificate (informal and formal) letters


Matthieu Nivard ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Matthieu Nivard

Matthieu has two Masters Degrees from Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III and taught in the linguistic Department in Bordeaux III. He later relocated to Denmark where he taught English and French in a Danish Folkeskole. He moved to Cork in 2007, and joined the team at Alliance Française de Cork as a French tutor, teaching second level, adults, children and training French teachers. Matthieu also works with Cork French Film Festival team during the week of CFFF, introducing films, interpreting and helping with Education Packs. 

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