Tipperary woman returns to her roots to teach Franglais

Cashel Community School transition year French students discover Franglais.




Cashel Community School transition year French students recently welcomed  back past pupil Sinéad Magner to facilitate a workshop on Franglais, which is the rising trend of the use of English within the French language.

“It was a great honour for the school to have Sinéad facilitate this workshop as she has excelled in her study of French since leaving the school in 2013,” a school spokesperson said.

Sinéad’s accomplishments began in her undergraduate studies in Maynooth University when she was awarded several prizes for her studies in French, most notably the prize for ‘Best Final Year Dissertation’, ‘French Government Medal’, the National University of Ireland prize for ‘Proficiency in French’ for her final year work, and the Dr. H.H. Stewart ‘Literary Prize in French’.

Her studies of English and French included a year attending university in France. Sinéad is currently completing an LLM in Gender, Conflict and Human Rights at Ulster University. Whilst in Cashel Community School, Sinéad was taught by Ms. Lisa Williams.

Her workshop focused on the use of Franglais and how the French are now borrowing words from social media and fashion in English and integrating them into modern day French. The transition year students from Ms. Barry’s and Ms. Tierney’s classes were thrilled to guess what these words meant and to discover how to use them correctly and in context.

Throughout her workshop Sinéad actively promoted the study of and the importance of language learning in secondary school and at third level. The general consensus at the end of the presentation was "Je Like”!

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