Weekly Grind

6th Year

Our Leaving Cert French grinds are delivered with a core focus of getting you better at answering exam questions and building your confidence in the subject itself.
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How will these French Grinds help you:

Improve how you approach and answer reading comprehensions in the exam
Show you how to perform better on the listening comprehension part of the exam
How to write better responses to essay pieces (structure, essay plans, vocabulary, sample answers)
Build your confidence with the oral exam with preparation topic by topic
Help you with your Diary Entry written task i.e. Journal In time

When can you attend our French Grinds?

Day Start Time End Time Location
Tuesdays 5:30pm 6:45pm On-Site
Tuesdays 5:30pm 6:45pm Live-Stream
Wednesdays 8:00pm 9:15pm On-Site
Wednesdays 8:00pm 9:15pm Live-Stream
Saturdays 9:00am 10:15am On-Site

Weekly Grinds Fees


Subject Price Total Savings
1st Subject €335 €335 €0.00
2nd Subject €234 €569 €101
3rd Subject €170 €739 €266
4th Subject €170 €909 €431
5th Subject €170 €1,079 €596
6th Subject €170 €1,249 €761
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Meet your French Grinds Teachers

Katie Lenehan

Katie Lenehan holds a degree in French and Spanish, and a Professional Masters in Education. Her training as a teacher was based on the most up to date education models and methodologies and is designed to ensure all students are catered for and can reach their goals in the most efficient way possible. Her knowledge of languages and linguistics, as well as teaching in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin, will ensure that students obtain the best possible grades in their exams. Katie has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert Spanish and French for RTÉ Radio.

Ian O'Donoghue

 Ian is a French and Irish teacher and is a fluent speaker of both languages. He obtained a first class honours degree in his subjects in the University of Limerick before completing his M.Ed ‘An Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas’ through the medium of Irish in NUIG. Ian is an oral & written examiner with the SEC and holds a postgraduate diploma in educational leadership from UCD. He is extremely passionate about languages, having worked in the Gaeltacht and France. Ian has also completed courses with l’Alliance Française in France and with COGG (An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta) in Dublin. Ian’s approach aims to instil a deep appreciation of languages in students and a deep understanding of how the language works, in order to develop fluency. His teaching is highly exam focused in order to ensure students obtain the highest mark possible.

Hear from our French Students

"I can't fault Katie in anyway at all she is a fantastic teacher who is always organised with a clear plan for each class. Her classes were incredibly enjoyable and made French easy to learn."

- Attended Katie's French Grinds

More Information on our French Grinds

By the time you leave these Leaving Cert French grinds, you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a major emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes.


Topics covered in our French Grinds:

  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
  • Listening Comprehensions (exam techniques & vocabulary)
  • Oral exam preparation topic by topic
  • Diary Entry written task i.e. Journal Intime
  • Abstract Topics (social problems & current affairs)
  • Response Essay Pieces (structure, essay plans, vocabulary, sample answers)



Katie will dedicate significant time to preparing for the Leaving Cert French Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

  • The French oral exam worth 25% of the overall grade, therefore, preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year.

Where can you attend these grinds?

You can experience our live and interactive weekly grinds by attending classes either:


On-site: We offer on-site classroom-based weekly grinds in our Stillorgan location.


Online via Live-stream: We also offer you the option of attending our weekly grinds via live-stream meaning you can participate from anywhere in Ireland.


Regardless of which option you select, you will be able to interact with our teachers and ask questions. These weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration and all classes are accompanied by our renowned Dublin Academy study notes. If you opt for Live-streamed weekly grinds, our study notes will be posted to your home free of charge.


The foundation of our Leaving Cert weekly grinds is ‘exam focus’. Our teachers strip away the unnecessary sections of each subject and focus solely on the core, examinable material, the aim of which is increasing your exam performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the schedule for weekly grinds?

Start Date:
Classes commence week beginning Monday 4th September 2023.


Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:


Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 30th October- classes resume Monday 6th November 2023
Monday 12th February – classes resume Monday 19th February 2024

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 11th December 2023 – classes resume on Monday 8th January 2024

Easter Holidays:
Monday 25th March - Sunday 7th April

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 18th May 2024

Please note weekly grinds take place as normal on bank holidays

Can students ask questions in weekly grinds?

Yes. Regardless of whether students are attending weekly grinds on-site or via live-stream they will be free to ask our teachers questions.

How long are the weekly grinds?

Leaving Cert weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration. Junior Cert weekly grinds are 60 minutes in duration.

Can I get recordings of the weekly grinds?

We do not offer recordings of our on-site or live-stream weekly grinds. Students attending our weekly grinds will have the option of adding our On-demand grinds videos to their chosen subject for just €125 (normally €525). The On-demand grinds contain over 40 hours of high-quality videos shot from our school studio covering the entire Leaving Cert curriculum in each subject.

Can I change my choice of subject for my weekly grind during the year?

Yes, however, please note that an administration charge of €25 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.

How do I access my live-streamed weekly grinds?

You will access your live-streamed weekly grinds via our online learning management system, DASH (Dublin Academy School Hub). We will send you logins for this platform in advance of your live-streamed grind.

If I opt for live-streamed grinds, how do I get my study notes?

Your study notes will be posted to your house free of charge in advance of your live-streamed grinds commencing. Please note, study notes will take up to 3 working days to arrive from the time of booking.

Can I try out the weekly grinds for free before signing up?

Yes, all students can attend a free trial of our weekly grinds to ensure they are happy with the service.

Do Weekly Grinds take place on bank holiday Mondays?

Yes, weekly grinds take place as scheduled on bank holidays and public holidays throughout the year.

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