Results of the 2020 Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition

Despite Covid-19-related school closures, 14 Cork schools participated in our competition this year. Many thanks to all the teachers and students who took part. The entries we received by post and email were fabulous and it was very difficult to choose three winners.

The Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition, which was launched in 2017, is the first of its kind for second-level students in Ireland.

It has several objectives:

– To promote the diversity of French-speaking contexts and motivate Junior Cycle students to continue learning French;
– To spark Junior Cycle learners’ curiosity about other cultures and foster intercultural awareness;
– To offer an occasion to acknowledge the linguistic and cultural experiences of Junior Cycle students for whom French is a Foreign Language and those who have French as a First or Heritage Language;
– To provide an opportunity for less academic Junior Cycle students with artistic abilities to take part in a language competition.

This year, entries had to mention at least five francophone countries.

The jury consisted of members of the Committee of the Cork FTA and of the Board of Alliance Française de Cork.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:
1st prize: Liam Murphy, Clonakilty Community School (Teacher: Ms Deasy)
2nd prize: Grace Scanlan, Coláiste an Chraoibhín (Teacher: Ms O’Callaghan)
3rd prize: Emma Fleming, Boherbue Comprehensive School (Teacher: Ms Lane Garel)

We are very grateful to the Belgian, Canadian, French and Swiss Embassies in Ireland, to Josselin Le Gall, Honorary Consul of France in Cork, and to Alliance Française de Cork for providing prizes for the winners again this year.

Next year, we will be extending our Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition to include Junior Cycle students from all over the Republic of Ireland.

Valérie David-McGonnell, Cork FTA Chairperson / AF de Cork Board Member

Laura Cronin, Cork FTA Treasurer


1st place
2nd place
3rd place

Congrès national de la FTA 2020/FTA National Conference 2020

La santé et la sécurité de nos membres et des amis de la FTA étant ses priorités, le bureau national de la FTA annonce, avec regret, l’annulation de son congrès national prévu pour le 09-10 octobre 2020 à Galway. Elle souhaite à tous un excellent été après ce 3etrimestre si différent des autres et attend le plaisir de vous retrouver en septembre.

The health and safety of our members and of the friends of the FTA being our priorities, it is with regret that the National Executive of the FTA announces the cancelling of this year’s national congress planned for the 9th-10thOctober 2020 in Galway. We wish you a great summer after this very different 3rdterm and look forward to seeing you in September.

Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades

The FTA has been in touch with the Minister of Education, the DES, Inspectorate and other relevant stake holders voicing the concerns of many of our members regarding calculated grading (indemnification from legal action, issuing of clear guidelines, students’ ability to change level, etc). Individual members may wish to contact their own public representatives on these issues.

Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition APRIL 2020 UPDATE

Update_ Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition 2020(2)

Francophonie competition open to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year students in Co. Cork.

Posters must mention at least 5 different francophone countries.

Entries must be sent by email to by 14th May and include the following information: student’s name, school, class, and French teacher’s name.

Part of the prizes have been kindly provided by the Belgian, Canadian, French and Swiss Embassies in Ireland, the Consular Agency of France in Cork and Alliance Française de Cork.


Concours courts-métrages de 2020 : « Voyage »

Résultats du concours courts-métrages de 2020 : « Voyage ».

Félicitations à tous les professeurs qui ont accepté ce défi et qui ont donné à leurs élèves la possibilité de faire de leur salle de classe un plateau de tournage. Chaque film réalisé est une belle réussite pour tous les élèves qui y ont participé. Tous les films de cette année ont fait preuve de beaucoup de créativité avec des interprétations très différentes du thème du voyage, que ce soit un voyage vers la liberté, un voyage émotionnel, un voyage à travers le temps, un voyage au fond de soi… Sans exceptions ces jeunes acteurs ont eu l’air de s’amuser, et de s’amuser en français !

Nous félicitons tous les participants, les élèves et leurs professeurs qui ont facilité leurs créations. Quel amour pour la langue française ! Bravo à tous !

La FTA tient à féliciter, en particulier, les gagnants de cette année qui recevront bientôt leurs prix ! Tous les participants recevront dans les semaines à venir un certificat de participation. Voici donc les résultats du concours courts-métrages de 2020, « Voyage » :

Prix : Meilleur film – Junior

Voyager en France (élèves de 2e année)

Professeur : Mme. Lynn McDevitt. École : Holy Child, Military Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin

Prix : Meilleur film – Senior

L’Ile d’Amour (élèves de l’année de transition)

Mme. Elaine Power. École : Millstreet Community School, Millstreet, Co Cork

Prix : Langage

Un voyage vers la liberté

Professeur : Mme. Emily Foynes. École : Templeogue College, Templeville Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Prix : Imagination

Le voyage à travers le temps

Professeur : Mme. Emma Shanley. École : Roscommon Community College, Lisnamult, Roscommon.

« Hautement recommandé »

Un voyage à la librairie

Professeur Mme. Geraldine Zechner. École : Beech Hill College, Dublin Road, Monaghan.

Annulation des épreuves orales, 2020

As you will all have heard this morning, Minister McHugh has cancelled the 2020 oral examinations for languages.

Although expected, it is important to show students that all their oral preparation work has not been in vain.

Those teachers assigning student work online this and next week might like to choose assignments which target the same vocabulary and structures as those prioritised during oral preparation.

Bon courage à tous!